"Near-perfect" is not good enough, dear sir. This is like talking about "near-perfect" records on stopping space shuttles from blowing up while in flight or "near-perfect" methods of birth control. Not good enough, sir.
I am glad that the gentleman highlights the plight of Orleans Levee District workers who lost their homes. Perhaps they will have useful information from the District and the Corps and will be willing to testify in lawsuits against the Levee District and the Corps. As assistant comptroller, Mr. Bollinger himself might have some interesting information about where funds from the Levee District's casino and airport were "invested." Perhaps Mr. Bollinger is glad records were destroyed by floodwaters.
Unfortunately, in the past New Orleans has had World Class brazenness in its culture. I'm happy we're now moving on to World Class flood protection.
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
The Times-Picayune has proven itself either a fool or a tool with its misrepresentation of facts about the Orleans Levee District. It is time you publish a bit of real fact rather than out-of-context innuendo.
The Orleans Levee District inspects its levees 365 days per year and conducts a drive-by once a year with senior staff from the Army Corps of Engineers, Levee District and Department of Transportation and Development. Why, pray tell, do you focus on the annual, one-day affair -- when it is not relevant to the real inspection effort?
Let's be blunt. The Times-Picayune is a tool of the business lobby -- the Chamber and its auxiliary wives -- which is busy collecting signatures and smearing fine people who have devoted a lifetime seeking to protect New Orleans. This group implies that the tragedy of Katrina was caused by corrupt behavior at the Levee District. Someone ought to be sued over this.
The Chamber knows that flood walls failed despite everyone doing what they believed were the right things. The Chamber knows that changing state law to require public bidding for professional service contracts will cure the whole state, while destroying the Orleans Levee District won't do much more than enrich the private sector.
Many employees of the Orleans Levee District lost everything they had. And they lost their near-perfect record against flooding.
Many helped evacuate folks from eastern New Orleans and had to face guns as they evacuated through St. Tammany Parish. I challenge The Times-Picayune to tell the positive about them.
James B. Bollinger
Orleans Levee District
Now in Baton Rouge