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Re: “Save the Libraries

For any community to shut down their libraries is a direct threat to the survival of our democracy. Every community must have exposure to the free flow of various ideas, writings, and community programs so as to be an educated community and make wise choices in who we elect and who is accountable to us. Never ever take libraries for granted. They are the cornerstone of an informed electorate and intelligent society.

Paul Harris
Author, "Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina"

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Posted by PatriotPaul on 07/17/2012 at 10:31 PM

Re: “Do you support the plan to change the curfew for minors in the French Quarter to 8 p.m. on weeknights?

While I might question the parenting choices of anyone who allows their young teen to be out in the Quarter late at night without an adult perhaps a compromise could be reached. 8PM seems too early as it's often still light out.

Paul Harris
Author, "Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina"

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Posted by PatriotPaul on 01/10/2012 at 10:41 AM

Re: “Rising Tide 6 at Xavier University

I had the pleasure of traveling from NW Arkansas to attend Rising Tide last year. I'm so glad I did as the presentations helped bring some closure to my experiences during Katrina as well as separating facts from emotions in the media's coverage of this unnatural disaster.

Paul Harris
Author, "Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina"

Posted by PatriotPaul on 08/23/2011 at 10:17 AM

Re: “#Danziger verdict: reactions and analysis

As a former probation officer I have seen far too many cases in law enforcement where there is a code of loyalty, similar to what existed in the Catholic Church protecting/transferring problem clergy. If you narc out a fellow officer you most likely will pay for it. Until this culture is changed these type of police abuses will continue. Hopefully this offers some accountability and justice in this horrific case.

Also this was especially poignant for me, being a tourist stuck in the Superdome during Katrina and the levee failures. We were all controlled by fear but so much of the media reports were greatly exaggerated.

Paul Harris
Author, "Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina"

Posted by PatriotPaul on 08/05/2011 at 11:35 PM

Re: “Katrina blah blah God's punishment blah blah Southern Decadence blah blah. Still.

I was a tourist who was stuck in the dank Superdome during Katrina and the levee failures. Sorry Rick but you got your dates wrong. Decadence wasn't scheduled for the next day. Katrina hit on Monday 8/29. Not only that but it was the failed Army Corps of Engineers levees that failed to stand up to a Category 3 storm that caused most of the death and destruction in the City. And the areas least devastated tended to be the most secular and gayest. I'm guessing Jesus would have wanted you to be held accountable for your misstatements, AKA lies, Rick!

Paul Harris
Author, "Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina"

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Posted by PatriotPaul on 07/01/2011 at 10:34 PM

Re: “Mitch Landrieu on 60 Minutes: the video

New Orleans has definitely suffered from tons of scapegoating. I can't tell you how many times I've heard people say that the residents got what they deserved after Katrina and the levee failures yet you never hear these same people make such cruel statements about those who live in tornado alley, or in areas in the midwest that suffer flooding every other year or those who live in earthquake or fire prone areas.

And the fact is that about 1/2 of New Orleans is actually at or above sea level and has survived almost 300 years. How old is your city? Nor do we hear that the 85% to 90% evacuation rate during Katrina is considered very good by disaster experts. This is in spite of the fact that the New Orleans Airport, Amtrak, and Greyhound were all shut down before the mandatory evacuation. They said the town could not be rebuilt but the resiliency, initiative, and neighborly culture of the citizens have proven "them" wrong.

Paul Harris
Author, "Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina"

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Posted by PatriotPaul on 05/02/2011 at 11:51 AM

Re: “Ill winds

There simply must be a new way to perform redistricting. It may take an advanced computer application to do so. It may take abolishing all party politics completely in the future. It may take the creation of many different parties. Let's get creative and think outside the box or in this case the district, and develop a fair and just redistricting plan.

And to those mean-spirited people in Houston, Dallas, and San Antonio who demonized all Katrina evacuees you are now reaping the benefits of gaining extra representation but I don't hear you now.

Paul Harris
Author, "Diary From the Dome, Reflections on Fear and Privilege During Katrina"

Posted by PatriotPaul on 03/28/2011 at 1:09 PM

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