I saw a news video by Shepard Smith on the foxnews site yesterday. He was on the Mississippi coast talking about how, even 4 months after Katrina, there is still devastation everywhere. He pointed out the fact that bothers so many Mississippians: when most of the country thinks of Katrina, they think of New Orleans. But Katrina didn't hit New Orleans; they were only affected because they are below sea level and their levees broke. Mississippi was the one slammed by 125mph winds and a 32-foot storm surge that, in Shepard's words, "eliminated the southern tip of the state of Mississippi."
My favorite quote from his report was this:
You do not hear the people of Mississippi po' mouthing about "the government come save me," "government come do this for me." You don't hear it, because that's not how they act here.
Shepard is from Mississippi, so he should know.
So think about the Mississippi coast when you plan your charitable giving for this year. Our people down there are still hurting, and the recovery will take a long, long time.