Quote of the Day - Nurture your mind with great thoughts; to believe in the heroic makes heroes.
Earlier this evening, our local Bishop hosted a dinner at his home for the Luevano Foundation (free registration required). I was not surprised to hear much of the conversation steer away from that charity, and instead focus on Hurricane Katrina, and the steps we're taking given that our dysfunctional government apparently has not.
According to one hospital administrator at the dinner, area hospitals have taken in medical students to allow them to finish their residency. The University of California, Irvine, has done the same thing, and admitted (in a hurry) 50 California students that were enrolled in universities in the stricken area and headed that direction for school this fall, only to be turned back. A vice chancellor, he said that UCI admitted the students to get them into classes, and that the financial issues would be straightened out later. Law schools are doing the same thing.
We're taking care of our own. Each of us, in our own way, according to our own capacities - the way it should be.
Certainly insurance companies and the federal government will have the lion's share of the financial responsibility, and the consequences of the rebuilding of New Orleans, Biloxi, and other areas of Louisiana and Alabama will be spread among all of us to bear. But if there's one thing we've learned from our experience four years ago, it's how to come together.