Have you ever noticed that our elected representatives arenâ€™t very good at responding to questions? At least not answering questions they themselves havenâ€™t proposed. Hereâ€™s the response I go to my recent letter to Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison:
Dear Dr. Heyduck
Thank you for contacting me regarding Hurricane Katrina. I welcome your thoughts and comments on this issue.
In the midst of this tragedy, my heart has been warmed by the many Texans who opened their arms and their homes to our fellow Americans. Approximately 80% of the city of New Orleans has been covered in water, and thousands of people suddenly found themselves homeless with nowhere to turn. Flood waters in Alabama left 325,000 homes and businesses without power. In Mississippi, hundreds of waterfront homes, businesses and community landmarks were obliterated by a storm surge that reached 30 feet. In the wake of this, I am proud of how our state has responded.
Thanks you for taking time to write your suggestions regarding the current relief efforts. While we cannot undo the losses to the victims of this devastation, working as a nation we can help them to regain some sense of normalcy in their lives.
I appreciate hearing from you and hope that you will not hesitate to keep in touch on any issue of concern to you.
Iâ€™d written Senator Hutchinson asking about what adjustments in the Federal Budget sheâ€™d be proposing to cover the expenses of Hurricane recovery. I guess she didnâ€™t want to answer that question.