By Joe Hischer
2theadvocate.com staff writer
I received a few comments about how "the criminal element has entered our town," referring to some New Orleanians. I did some research on The Advocate police archives and found that there has been a considerable amount of crime here in Baton Rouge prior to Hurricane Katrina. We've even had two serial killers where New Orleans has had none in recent history. So for those people who make comments like that, double-check your stats. If someone breaks into a car it may not be one of "those" people -- it could very well be one of "our" people.
Others have said it's not fair that we have to take in these many people. If you need justification, other than they've all just lost their homes, there are two big reasons why we should open our arms to these evacuees: Jazz Fest and Mardi Gras. This deed we do now in small part makes up for all the trash, vomit, urine and other unmentionables we've left behind when we've visited their hometown.
For the less decadent who still have complaints about the influx of refugees, just know that it is the right thing to do. Like it or not, our population has grown and they will be here for a long time. Welcome our neighbors from the east.
The gas lines seem to be going down. Although the gas supply has obviously diminished in Baton Rouge, most stations have kept the price within reasonable levels. To those stations -- thanks! I know where I'll be shopping for gas when all of this is over. To the "gougers" -- I'll remember you, too.
No, I didn't make it to Slidell or Diamondhead over the weekend. I was able to get in touch with my friends. Telephones (especially cell phones) seem to be working better now. Thanks for all the travel tips you sent in.
I've been working at the PMAC pretty regularly. Yesterday I worked almost ten hours, probably a little more than I should. The problem with volunteering I see is that if most people just work a few hours at a time, there is little continuity in setting up procedures, so I'm trying to work a little longer and pass on what I've done to a new person who can dedicate 6 - 8 hours and then in turn pass on what he or she has done, etc. So, I guess I'm asking that if you can afford it, volunteer as many hours as possible.
Speaking of which, do you know anyone that is going out of their way to help out? Post it in the comments link below, even if it's you! You deserve credit just as much as anyone.