Political concerns shouldn't be blown off after disaster

Posted: Wednesday, September 07, 2005

For those who accuse people like me of "playing politics" in the aftermath of our country's greatest tragedy, consider who played politics with the safety of New Orleans before the disaster. Bush, his administration, and his colleagues in Congress have played fast and loose with our tax dollars. They shut down the levee improvement program two years ago. Yet they passed an outrageous pork-laden transportation bill this year. The bill included a $223 million bridge to an uninhabited island in Alaska. Why? Because Senator Stevens and Representative Young of Alaska play Bush's brand of politics. When Americans die as a result of Bush playing politics, we need to hold him accountable.

Diana Agorio, Tigard, Ore.

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