Welcoming homeless hurricane survivors, sending volunteers with supplies and raising money to help, American private citizens have comported themselves well. Now we face the prospect of doing with less (read: real budget cuts - pork slashed), one way or another, to pay for the public sector's role in the rebuilding.
I hope we can do it without too much of our public money getting lost to bureaucratic inefficiency, eaten up by corruption or just plain stolen. Maybe we can also do it without whining or squabbling over our share of the doing with less.
I came across this article: Proper grain storage could be more important than usual this year, at Agriculture Online, Successful Farming mag's website. Grain farmers are taking steps to mitigate the economic impact Katrina may have in store for the crops in the fields now.
David Shelton, a UNL agricultural engineer at the Haskell Agricultural Laboratory near Concord, Nebraska said "Proper grain storage could be more important than usual this year" because "Producers may want to store grain longer than usual this season in hopes that grain prices will improve once Gulf Coast ports return to full capacity".
Responsible folks mitigate their damages. No wonder we don't see much of it.
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