Aug. 31, 2008
-- WASHINGTON, DC—“Three years have passed since Hurricane Katrina swept across the Gulf Coast, devastating New Orleans and leaving so many homeless and in need. The floods have long since receded. However, the searing memories of those days remain with us and too many are still struggling and waiting for the help that they have been promised and deserve. The tragedy of the Gulf Coast became a national disgrace that the Bush Administration still has yet to adequately address. There is no doubt that more must be done to aid reconstruction, help the displaced and prevent a disaster like the failed response to Katrina from ever happening again. Yet for all the hardship and heartbreak brought on by Katrina and its aftermath, the storm also revealed the inspiring strength of the American spirit. From across our Nation, Americans have stepped up to help in any way they can, and so many people of the Gulf Coast have persevered in the face of tremendous challenge to rebuild and renew their communities. There is so much work still to be done, and so many mistakes to correct, but I hope that this sense of solidarity and perseverance is the lasting legacy of this great tragedy. The approach of Tropical Storm Gustav to the Gulf Coast region is a sobering reminder that the failures of Katrina must never be repeated.”
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A Native of New York, Rena writes as a freelance speech writer, ghost writer, journalist, and poet. She has been represented by the Hearst Corporation, Conde Nast, and Random House.