No Man Is An Island

No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man’s death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

O Katrina

NY Daily News
On this, the fourth anniversary of the destruction of New Orleans, let us resolve to replace the political heat of accusation with the penetrating light of reason.

The single most important thing to know is that the city remains vulnerable to another big hurricane strike. Its flood protection system must be completely re-engineered, a project that will cost billions.

It takes work to think the matter through. Like many who fell in love with pre-Katrina New Orleans, I find it hard to avoid getting carried away by sadness and rage.

In honor of the anniversary: