A READER TAKES ME TO TASK for not paying enough attention to the aftermath of Hurricane Ike in Texas, and she's right. The Houston Chronicle has been doing a good job of covering that, and there's a lot of coverage from John Little. And here's the latest update from Dr. Melissa Clouthier. If you've got more stuff, please send it.
Why do hurricanes that hit Texas get so much less attention than hurricanes that hit New Orleans?
UPDATE: Another reader emails: 'If you want to discuss lack of coverage, wasn't the hurricane that hit New Orleans the same hurricane that nearly wiped the Mississippi gulf coast off the map?" Yes. Why did New Orleans get so much more attention? Is it because the media wanted to paint the Bush Administration as racially insensitive, or is New Orleans just the only place they could find on a map?
Or perhaps it's just because most of the people who live in Texas realize that the price they pay for living in an almost tropical climate is that occasionally they have to deal with some of the perils of the tropics, ie, storms. Apparently many of the residents of the Gulf region were unaware that living in an area frequented by hurricanes and brutal tropical storms means that odds are, you're gonna get your house wrecked at some point by one of these storms, and that whining about it after the fact isn't a great way to deal with it. Sure, you'll get billions in taxpayer aid from the rest of us who didn't decide to live in such an area, free housing, big-screen TV's, etc, but I guess maybe Texans are more interested in actually rebuilding their communities themselves instead of complaining to the media that everyone else around the country hasn't given them enough cash.