Sunday, December 18, 2005

Mardi Gras Controversy

To have or not to have. That is the question. Emotions are still running high as the debate continues.

This Daily News article lends some insight to the debate.

Supporters rejoiced when the city green-lighted a shortened eight-day
carnival ending on Feb. 28, heralding the move as a crucial kick-start to the
city's economy, as well as a sign of the city's fierce spirit.

There are those who had mixed emotions on the subject. Then there are those who have an opinion and an opinion that isn't going to change.

I love Mardi Gras, so it breaks my heart to say it, but I hope nobody goes,"
Johnson said. "If you have that kind of money to party with, you have that kind
of money to spend on people in need."

Well, count Ol' BC as one with an opinion. Tourism is the NUMBER ONE industry in New Orleans. This festival brings millions of dollars into the community which will go a long way towards allowing the city to provide services to those who choose to live there. It will create employment opportunities as well as hasten the city's return to some level of "normal." Sure, some money will be spent, however very little by the city, that could be given to some in need. But, as the old saying goes, "Give a man a fish and he can eat for a day. Teach a man to fish and he can eat for a lifetime."

There are still those in this country who prefer to eat for a day.

Just a thought.


At 12:48 AM, Blogger Col. Hogan said...

I agree fully, BC. Getting back as close to normal as soon as possible is the best way to show progress and empower those who are most harmed.

It's interesting that no one ever suggests that each property owner can clean up and repair his own property. When we had the earthquake in '94, FEMA gave us $1,500. With that, along with our insurance settlement, we fixed up our own house.

I suspect the city and state governments just want a big pile o' money to rebuild the graft and corruption that existed before the hurricane.

At 10:28 AM, Blogger Ol' BC said...

You know, Colonel, you're right. There has been little talk of any personal responsibility. Governments tend to always want more and NOLA seems to be no exception.


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