Letters to the Editor

Twin Creeks residents go above and beyond

On behalf of my family and the additional 20-plus families now living in Sugar Hill because of Hurricane Katrina, I would like to thank the people of the Twin Creeks neighborhood for their generosity.

The amount of material goods and donations raised was simply amazing, and it sure has made our lives better. You have no idea how scary it is when you lose everything and not knowing what the future holds.

Special thanks go to Rosanna Teta, Brett Werrbach, Jill Levitz and Councilman Ron Johnson for leading the charge and doing better than our wildest dreams. To the people of the Twin Creeks neighborhood, to say thank you is not enough. Honestly, I don't know what to say or how to express my gratitude, but for now please accept the words thank you, thank you, thank you!

Several of us have decided to make Sugar Hill our new home. It sure is nice to know that people care. Life is getting better and we definitely know whom to thank for it. God bless!

- Yolanda Baak

Sugar Hil

Bush should accept at least some blame

Gene Wade, in his recent letter ("Don't blame Bush for Katrina problems," To the Editor, Sept. 13), gave a well thought out and reasonable outline of the monumental problems presented by Katrina and came to the conclusion that President Bush was not to be held accountable.

Had the head of our government been a Democrat, I'm sure Wade would have been equally eager to absolve him from all blame. Somehow I have a problem getting on board with that scenario, but life is full of surprises.

I don't subscribe to the idea that the president be held accountable for events beyond his control such as natural disasters. He is certainly expected to act decisively and quickly in the aftermath of these disasters. In the opinion of a majority of Americans, he failed to do so.

While it would be unfair to blame Bush for everything that goes wrong, it would at the same time be naive and unrealistic to never blame him for anything. There are elected officials in the president's own party who are not happy with his performance on a variety of issues.

Presidents rarely, if ever, please all of the people all of the time. This I acknowledge. However, when they flounder in the face of a national emergency and then rush all over seeking photo ops to show how involved they are, it tends to erode support and confidence in the government no matter what political banner it flies under. Whether we blame or absolve the president, the buck, now and always, stops with him.

- George Morin