Saturday, January 06, 2007

When You Put It That Way…

It looks pretty bad:

In the last week more Americans have died in New Orleans than in Iraq. Since Dec. 29, there have been eight military deaths. In the Big Easy, there have been 14 murders.
Please, New Orleans is not as dangerous as Iraq. I don’t want to sugarcoat the violent crime problem down here, but c’mon. Along with the military deaths, how many Iraqi troops, police, and civilians were killed? I guess Iraqis don’t count.

On the same page is a video report with this description (as of 4:24 pm):
Jan. 5: There have been 14 murders since Jan. 1 in New Orleans, outpacing any other U.S. city, and even the number of troops killed in combat in Iraq. NBC's Martin Savidge reports.

Nightly News
Besides being incorrect (as of Jan.5 there are seven or eight murders, depending who you read), that contradicts information on the same page. Admittedly, seven (or eight) is just as bad as 14. I just thought I would point out the error.

Also, while talking about exclusively American deaths, I believe Paul Gailiunas was Canadian. It says a lot about his character that he gave so much to a community so far from where he was from.

While there are many things to lament about New Orleans both pre and post Katrina, there’s one aspect I’ve always loved about our city. You don’t have to be from here to be from here.

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