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Help Katrina victims first

After reading "For Katrina Victims, Relief at Last," from the Nov. 17, 2010, issue of the New York Times, I began thinking about why it took five years to help. Finally, survivors who had been left out of disaster relief are receiving aid. Most are low-income citizens who have been suffering for five years, some homeless, because the rebuilding programs were structured to help the wealthy. I think it's ridiculous that it's taken this long to help these survivors.

According to James Perry, leader of the Greater New Orleans Fair Housing Action Center, "People who were doing okay before the storm hit were more likely to get back into homes than those who were struggling." However, some think we should give money to less fortunate countries before spending it on our own problems. I disagree. We are leaving thousands of people homeless and are spending money on other countries instead.

Don't get me wrong, I think it's great that we help out other countries in need but I don't think it should have taken five years to help survivors. We should have solved this problem before sending money to other countries.

Shayla Hunstad

Junior, Pillager High School