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View Diary: Lucy Lawless: A Plea for New Orleans and its People (33 comments)

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  •  I was disturbed to hear... (none)
    that most of the people who have not as yet had anything done to help them get back to a decent living in New Orleans, do not want the Mardi Gras this year.  They think that it takes away from them and that corporate moneys will take away the dollars that they need to build back their neighborhood.

    It seems to me that the life blood of New Orleans is the Mardi Gras and that these people should be right in there making sure that some of the profits go to rebuilding their neighborhoods.  Am I wrong?  How can we help?

    The shrub needs to be pulled

    by libbie on Thu Dec 22, 2005 at 07:20:27 PM PST

    •  What about the Saints? (none)
      The concern seems to be that money shouldn't be spent on frivolous things like Mardi Gras and saving the NFL team until people's safety is ensured and their basic sustenance is taken care of. It really is tragic to see parts of the city where life is close to normal, the older sections of town near the river, and just a few blocks away everything is destroyed and many homes uninhabitable.
    •  IMO it's a double-edged sword (none)

      On the one hand, it will boost the NOLA economy.

      On the other hand, it can - and probably will- do the opposite for awareness as the rest of the country will use it to convince ourselves that All is Well so Let the Good Times Roll in NOLA - and we can move on to the sexier stuff like Spy scandals, '06 races, and calls for impeachment.

      Problem is, none of that puts people back in their homes or the pieces of their lives back together.

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