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    Wednesday, September 07, 2005

    Is This Good or Bad?

    The Denver Post offers a weird article about Community College of Aurora (Denver suburb) being turned into a camp for Katrina survivors/evacuees/refugees. The article starts by saying the place is a like a concentration camp, then discusses the happiness of those encamped, then tells us of an outsider trying to get into the camp.

    There's a credentials unit to process every visitor, an intake unit to provide identification tags and a bag of clothes to every evacuee, several Salvation Army food stations, portable toilets, shuttle buses, a green army-tent chapel with church services three times a day and a communications team to keep reporters as far away from actual news as possible.

    I get the feeling that the writer, Diane Carman, wants the place to sound really scary, but I think that making sure everyone gets what they need and is kept safe, even if it requires some uncomfortable, semi-creepy order and structure, is probably a good idea right about now. And if people want to talk to the press, fine, but if they don't, let them rest already! I wish that employers could get in and offer jobs, but give these people a couple of days to get organized. I mean, they're making up for an incredible failure of the government here- let's cut them the slightest bit of slack. If these people are still fenced on Saturday, then I'll get riled.

    But others disagree. I agree with some of the comments here: people should not be shipped off without knowing where they are going- that's seriously freaky. But I think at this level of chaos, things are falling through the cracks, and all we can do is keep our eyes on things.

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