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Hurricane Katrina asked readers to share their thoughts about Hurricane Katrina. Here is a sampling from the responses, some of which have been edited:

My prayers go out to all the victims of Hurricane Katrina. However, I don't believe they should just let the people stay in New Orleans because they want to. My son along with many other mother's sons are in N.O. working on trying to get the power restored. He left behind a wife and child to come down there and work, not to get shot at or killed. With the water going down and more looters coming out, that means more shooting. I say get all the residents out of the city so the workers can do their job without fear for their own lives.
Marla Woolsey
Palestine, Texas

My utmost sympathy to those lost and to those still missing. I can not imagine losing everything however material it is still devastating. I still do not understand why it took the disaster relief people and government so long to help those people. If I lived closer to Louisiana I would have opened my door to any that needed help, shelter, supplies, sleep and a shoulder to cry on. My offer stands if anyone needs somewhere to go. Canadians do care. Stay safe and God bless.
Cassandra Giesbrecht
Chilliwack, Canada

Sitting in the office feeling helpless! Of course our family sent money but once it leaves us how do we know it reached a truly needy family or person. The bureaucracy and media are so slanted, both are like cancers to a healthy people. The government on all levels, federal, state, and local is so infested with incompetence it is astonishing. Legality is as immoral in hands of such bumblers such that they dare to name survivors as looters. Yet they bus thousands to other states to pass the buck. The government can house hundreds of thousands of men and women for war in a week's time, but none of those they fight on behalf of. It makes me sick.
Thomas Ulrich
San Diego, California

I just dropped of some stuff at the Phoenix Salvation Army. There were two lanes of traffic going through the donation center and they stretched back 3/4 of a mile. It was amazing to see the outpouring of generosity and compassion.
Maria Parrish
Phoenix, Arizona

The people here are setting up shelters and helping the victims with food and clothing. We have a lot of jobs available in this area that these men and women can use to help get themselves out of shelters and into a home. I myself have a house on the market and I will throw in furniture, appliances, and a van to help a family get on their feet. The house is real nice with lots of updates. And the van is nice and runs good. Anyone wanting a home and job can relocate to Johnson City and we will help all we can. Thank you and may God bless.
Vickie Carden
Johnson City, Tennessee

Our thoughts are with the people of New Orleans. My son Brandon asked if he could have a lemonade stand at a small picnic on our street this past weekend. He and his 4-year-old sister Riley raised $29.35. Various family members are matching what he earned, and he is very proud to be sending almost $150.00 to the American Red Cross. We are very proud of his efforts and realize that if everyone would just do what they can, even a small donation, together we can send a lot of help to that devastated region.
Laurie Scott
Glen Allen, Virginia

I am in Austin, Texas, where a large number of evacuees have come. There is very good community support for these people. I would like to make a suggestion. If every apartment complex in this country, with the help of their state or of their own volition could donate one apartment with paid utilities to one displaced family for six months to a year, these people would have a chance to get back on their feet without spending months in shelters. Every state would be contributing in a very significant way to the plight of these people and those who do not wish to return to New Orleans could blend into their new community without having to carry the stigma of being homeless. To most medium-to-large size apartment complexes one apartment would be a relatively minor expense and the number of homes made available this way would virtually empty all the temporary shelters.
Shirley Corsini
Austin, Texas

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