Thursday, January 11, 2007
Marchers refuse to let Nagin speak
We came to New Orleans today planning to do a progress report on rebuilding. We arrived, however, just as a demonstration against crime was getting underway.

For those of you who haven't been following the latest news out of New Orleans, crime here has once again reared its ugly head. There have been at least eight murders so far this year. It could be nine, but there seems to be some quibbling about whether or not that murder occurred before or after the stroke of midnight on New Year's Eve.

New Orleans has long been a divided city -- divided by race and class, money and power. Today, for a few hours, those chasms were crossed, as people from all over town marched on City Hall. They were brought together by anger and frustration, fear and heartbreak. They clutched pictures of loved ones lost, babies murdered, friends gunned down.

One woman held up a poster with an infant's smiling face staring out. It was her eleven month old son, shot to death by a carjacker in front of her. "I've come not just for me, and my son," she told me, "But for everyone."

Mayor Ray Nagin tried to address the crowd and likely would have used the phrase he's used for the last six months, "Enough is enough." That's what he said in June when he asked for the National Guard to help patrol the streets, and that's what he said on Tuesday when he promised new anti-crime initiatives.

Today, however, the crowd didn't want to hear those words. They've heard them too many times already. March organizers refused to let the mayor speak. It was a very public slap in the face, a sign of just how deep the anger here has become. It was an extraordinary day in this bruised and battered city. I hope you'll tune in tonight.
Posted By Anderson Cooper: 8:41 PM ET
  104 Comments
Anderson, kudos to you for going back to NO to shed light on what is going on there. This will force those in charge of running the city to actually do their job, instead of continually running their mouths. I think that your gut reaction to the actions of politicians when Katrina first occurred made them perk up and hopefully tonight's edition will do the same.
Posted By Anonymous Anita Agyeman, Queens, NY : 8:49 PM ET
Easy access to guns and a culture that glorifies violence on screen and in music. Not just in New Orleans, but throughout the country. Add in a political system that talks the talk, but doesn't walk the walk and we've got a recipe for more and more killings. Nagin should resign. He was ineffective before Katrina, during Katrina and now after Katrina.
Posted By Anonymous Kevin Kotowski, California : 8:51 PM ET
Thank you, Anderson, for still believing in New Orleans. The march today sent a clear message to city officials that the citizens of this beautiful city have had enough. We will fight to save New Orleans, and we ask for all Americans to support us. What our city has endured these last 15 months is unfathomable--Katrina, the levee failure, the lack of federal, state and local leadership, and now the violence. We must rebuild. We must believe. The violence must end. Too much is at stake.
Posted By Anonymous Laura Claverie, New Orleans : 8:54 PM ET
Nagin is worthless and needs to go. His leadership during the crisis was barely noticable and it is no better now.
Posted By Anonymous Alix Gibson, Lincoln, NE : 8:56 PM ET
What i don't understand is why he was Re-elected in the first place. He left the citizens behind. Did they really think he could handle the reconstruction of the city? Seriously? May God bless the people of New Orleans. I pray that one of the local elected officials pays attention to the needs of all the citizens of that great city, not just those that stand behind them when things are going well..
Posted By Anonymous D, New York, NY : 9:00 PM ET
New Orleans and parish based Louisiana has an history of corruption going back for scores of years; Katrina may have overturned the garbage can but it certainly did not wash away all of the garbage.
Posted By Anonymous Carl Aspin Prescott Arizona : 9:00 PM ET
After Hurricane Katrina I would think that it would bind the city of New Orleans together. However, murders in New Orleans will add even more devastating mourning on top of recovering from Katrina. This is overwhelming I had no idea about the latest news from New Orleans. I'll keep those in New Orleans in my prayers...
God Bless Anderson, AC360, and those in New Orleans
Posted By Anonymous Joanna Parker, Millsboro: DE : 9:01 PM ET
i was at the march -- amongst the more than 5000 people. and at the meeting when the march was organized. it was never intended for the mayor, the chief or the da or anybody BUT THE CITIZENS to speak. for our public officials to HEAR US. and they did.

please don't twist our words, our intentions. we've had enough of that. please continue to help us, not hurt us by misrepresenting our actions. thank you.
Posted By Anonymous mary, new orleans, louisiana : 9:02 PM ET
It's so sad, when is this all going to get fixed? No one is there to rebuild, there is no insurance money coming in, and everyone who IS there is in a terrible state. I hope New Orleans can find some halfway decent leadership and get back in the swing of things.

Thanks for keeping us updated Anderson :)
Posted By Anonymous Laura C., Cambridge, MA : 9:06 PM ET
Wow, I really never knew it was that bad. 8 murders and its only the 11th day of the year!
Why isn't President Bush getting more involved? Why is it just left to the mayor and other officials in Louisiana?
Obviously, no one in New Orleans respects the authority there and I don't blame them. There really doesn't seem to be much improvement in the rebuilding efforts.
Posted By Anonymous Manisha, Los Angeles, CA : 9:08 PM ET
Ray Nagin, the Governor and the head of Home Land Security need to be put up in a town hall where the locals, can express there fustration with the situation, and find out where the Government is going with the money, to make things right in New Orleans. The finger pointing or passing the buck is not going to fly. Anderson its time to take the cane and get to the root of this problem!
Posted By Anonymous Claude Calgary AB Canada : 9:09 PM ET
How can the President concentrate on someone else's backyard (Iraq, Korea, Iran, etc) when he hasn't even taken care of his own backtard first!
Posted By Anonymous A. Kershaw, Mt. Vernon NY : 9:11 PM ET
Obviously, the city governemnt, police force and community must find a way to work together to improve the city. Not to bring New Orleans back to what it once was, but something better, safer. Just as mayor Guliani did for New York City.
Posted By Anonymous Lynne, Arlington, Texas : 9:11 PM ET
It's good to see Anderson back in NOLA and covering what's happening there, but it's sad to see that not much has changed and apparently has gotten worse. Hopefully the march will incite the Mayor and other officials to take action and find a way to stop the escalating crime rate since the citizens of NOLA have suffered enough, but I don't have very high hopes for that happening.
Posted By Anonymous Fay, Vacaville, CA : 9:12 PM ET
Anderson~
It is so difficult to believe all the heartache still surrounding New Orleans. I am trying to get a mental picture of the type of person who would shoot an eleven month old baby! It sounds like frustration, tension, and emotions are overflowing into chaos, total chaos. It will be interesting to see if Mayor Ray Nagin will give you and interview. Thanks so much Anderson, Good Luck!
Posted By Anonymous Betty Ann, Nacogdoches TX : 9:14 PM ET
I have moved to New Orleans about two and a half years ago, and I appreciate your continued commitment to cover what has been going on, while a lot of other people in the country seem to have forgotten us. I certainly agree that crime is a serious problem here: the numbers pretty much speak for themselves. I'm not sure what would be the best resolution, but I don't think a curfew would be appropriate, in that it would drive away tourism (which is just starting to make a real comeback), and it would cause many people here to lose their jobs, since many bars and clubs are already struggling, and the late night crowd bring in a lot of money. I think that more National Guard troops and state troopers posted on street corners and police checkpoints all over the city would be an effective way to cut down on crime, without the city of New Orleans having to pony up as much of the bill. Also, where are the BATFE agents? We recently had over 120 firearms stolen from one store, and I never see any ATF guys out here. Why aren't they undercover trying to buy back some of these stolen guns? Or keeping the gun stores accountable for safely storing firearms?
Anyway, thanks once again for not forgetting us, and making sure the rest of the country won't, as well.
Posted By Anonymous Will Fowler Jr., New Orleans, LA : 9:15 PM ET
Boy...after hearing Bush's plan last night and now New Orleans has issues, it's exhausting. It seems like everyone is angry right now! Are there any happy stories in New Orleans or is it all just about the gloom and doom?
Posted By Anonymous Jolene, St. Joseph, MI : 9:16 PM ET
Our local CBS station has "Viewer Feedback", where people write/call and comment on stories reported in the news. A lady called in a few days ago concerning the blizzard that slammed Kansas. She made a very powerful statement: "I was disgusted by the sight of government helicopters dropping hay and straw to cattle stuck in snow the day after the storm, yet they could not drop food and water to people in New Orleans a week after Katrina".

We've spent nearly $400 billion in Iraq. We can send people to the moon and are planning trips to Mars, and we manage to hand out aid to foreign countries left and right, yet we cannot rebuild a medium-sized city here in the United States. New Orleans is an embarassment. I don't blame Katrina for the disaster, I blame Blanco, Nagan, and Bush for this enormous failure. I feel for the people in New Orleans, for they have NO leadership in rebuilding.
Posted By Anonymous Brandon, Hurt, VA : 9:17 PM ET
You know, initially I defended Nagin. I had read articles about him and his efforts to clean up New Orleans early on in his mayoral career. He seemed rather impressive to me. Now, my opinion of him has changed drastically. He is little more than an egotistical opportunist. I listened to his radio interview the days following Katrina when he cried so hard he couldn't talk. And he was quick to pass blame on everyone but himself. Now, all he does is talk. His debt to New Orleans is infinite. I'm still in awe that he was actually re-elected. Mr. Nagin:next time there's a Category 3 hurricane churning in the Gulf toward your city and Amtrak offers help-you damn well better accept it. Now, do your job and protect your citizens. His freaking "anti-crime" initiatives are a joke and he should have acted on this MONTHS ago when the crime rate was beginning to rise. I was reading about the violence in New Orleans just a few months after Katrina. Where were you then, Mr. Nagin? Oh, now I remember: making stupid comments about 9/11 to the press or igniting already bad racial tension with your mindless jabber. Just get to work. And what is Governor Blanco doing to help???
Posted By Anonymous Debbie Darby, Denham Springs, LA : 9:19 PM ET
I worked on the phone lines in New Orleans from Dec. 2005 thru April 2006. I saw the worst of people and the best. I saw a city that had much culture and much divide. I hope and pray that they can pull it together and get the trash out and bring the beauty in because there is many beautiful things about New Orleans, good luck
Posted By Anonymous Harrisburg Pa. : 9:19 PM ET
Well, maybe finally the people of New Orleans realize Mr. Nagin isnt there for anything except to collect a paycheck. He is not a leader and if the residents would open their eyes they would see that having democrat leaders over the past years in that city have not gotten them anywhere.
Posted By Anonymous j. kinkead, Charlotte nc : 9:19 PM ET
I want to thank Anderson Cooper for the National press coverage on what has been a major problem crime problem
in the City of New Orleans for many years. No question in my mind, that it
will take continous National Press coverage to lead New Orleans and it's
leader's into a roll "LEADERSHIP".

"The City of New Orleans Has failed to
maintain Public Safety."
Dale Burke
Posted By Anonymous Dale Burke, New Orleans, LA : 9:20 PM ET
It definitely sounds like the good people of New Orleans are as frustrated with Ray Nagin as the American people are with George Bush unfortunately they voted him back into office. According to what I have read Nagin’s 100 days in office have not produced much results, none that are visible anyway. Here in MI several Mayor’s lost their jobs because of mismanagement and the position was taken over by another city official or appointee. I wonder if this could be done in New Orleans – some one with experience in these types of situations come in and get a plan down on paper for the city to follow or does Nagin think he knows it all just like Dubya and won’t listen to anyone. The people of New Orleans are the friendliest and kindest folks I have ever met and they surely deserve better than what they have received since 8/29/05.
Posted By Anonymous Marcia, Warren Mi : 9:20 PM ET
Corruption in those cities from Baton Rouge to New Orleans has been a generation to generation entitlement. I remember my Dad speaking about Huey
Long, and his "reign" as King. We have seen corruption rear it's face again with that stalemate glare in the devastation of New Orleans. The people have the strength..together not divided by crime and hate. We
need that city to make a come back.
Posted By Anonymous Christina Williams, Hemet, Ca : 9:22 PM ET
Thanks for keeping us informed about the situation in New Orleans while the other networks are busy with other less important things. Unfortunately the people of New Orleans re-elected Nagin - I hate to say they got what they wanted.
Posted By Anonymous Benjamin Charleston, SC : 9:23 PM ET
I have such hope for New Orleans and look forward to the day your show is 2 hours of reports about how well things are going.

I'll be honest, hearing about all of this violence is making it hard for me to keep New Orleans in my travel plans for this year. I hope on tonight's show you can convince me it is safe to visit.
Posted By Anonymous Mel, Tupelo, MS : 9:25 PM ET
I don't know if it is still true, but isn't the New Orleans police department the lowest paid in the country? Does this have anything to do with the cycle of misery there?

What is the relative number of murders for a much larger city? I live in Baltimore for example, is on a murder roll as well. But Baltimore is a much larger city. Lets just say being a black male teen in Baltimore is about as safe as being a World War I fighter pilot. It would be nice if W would send some support to our own besieged cities...

It is bad everywhere.
Posted By Anonymous Jay, Baltimore Maryland : 9:25 PM ET
Hey Anderson - glad to see you back in New Orleans and keeping em honest and keeping us informed. I can't imagine how the people down there endure all that they've had to put up with since Katrina. I hope you can tell us what happened to all the money that was supposedly collected to rebuild. I thought President Clinton and Bush Sr as well as Former FEMA director James Lee Witt were all involved. Has anything been accomplished or has all the money been wasted or lost.

I'm looking forward to AC360 tonight and your continuing coverage of Katrina's aftermath; or maybe I shouldn't even call it Katrina's aftermath. You can only blame so much on a hurricane, man, government and bureaucracy are probably more to blame at this point.

Great programming, keep up the good work! Safe trip home.
Posted By Anonymous Christina, Windber, PA : 9:28 PM ET
Its heartbreaking to see just how much has gone wrong in New Orleans. Its scary really, you wonder what would happen if a similar disaster hit your city... would you be in the same situation? By the looks of this you would. The citizens of New Orleans have proven to be the real heros of this story. Its amazing just how much politicans talk of bringing people together and bridging gaps and fail so horribly at doing so. The people brought themselves together in spite of the polticans, not because of them. The government is paid to protect us and fight for us, but it seems like we spend most of our time fighting them.
Posted By Anonymous Claire, Marquette, MI : 9:28 PM ET
I live in north Louisiana. I've hired several people who were displaced by Katrina. They are all either chronic welfare recipients not interested in taking responsibility for where they are in ife or just simple criminals. Look at Houston, their crime rate skyrocketed from displaced New Orleans citizens. Look at who they are still voting for, criminals like Jefferson and failures like Nagin. They made their bed. Let them lie in it. You can't help people who will not stand up and do the right thing and the majority of them will not.
Posted By Anonymous Denny Wallace, Ruston, LA : 9:28 PM ET
Anderson
Thanks for going back to New Orleans and keeping this story alive. The people there need you to tell their stories. It is so sad how crime is so bad there. It is good that the people there are taking some action. I look foward to your broadcast tonite.
Posted By Anonymous Terrie Ford Prince George, VA : 9:31 PM ET
RESPONSE TO: Kershaw Mt. Vernon, NY

Did you intend to write back yard instead of "backtard?"

Secondly, the duty of the President of the United States of America is to protect and defend our nation against our enemies. President Bush IS doing this.

Do you know anything about Louisiana and the mass corruption that has existed over 100 years? Read about H.P. Long.

Are you aware that the federal governemnt previously provided the state of Louisiana with funds to restore the levees BEFORE huricane Katrina?

Based upon your logic, we shouldn't have saved England and all of Europe during WWII, nor should we be assisting anyone who lives on the African continent.

Perhaps President Clinton listened to your advice when he ignored the genocide in Rwanda.
Posted By Anonymous Lynne, Arlington, Texas : 9:42 PM ET
Hi Anderson,
TOWN HALL MEETING..Please have one. If all the networks just nixed the air time given to fluff, there would be hours a day to tell the Gulfs story. Please give some links again on the blog where we can donate. Or better yet some email addresses of where we can overwhelm the inboxes of the "Do-Nothing Culprits." Thanks for being there..Take Care
Posted By Anonymous Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif. : 9:48 PM ET
AC, thanks for letting the country know about what is going on in NO. People are so consumed with Iraq right now they aren't even paying attention to the fact the New Orleans is just as dangerous a place. This is our own country. If I was a National Guardsman in New Orleans, I think I would rather be in Iraq. Check this out...
http://www.nola.com/search/index.ssf?/base/news-7/1167806030232110.xml?NP1&coll=1
Posted By Anonymous Brian Bostic, Charlotte,NC by way of Louisiana. : 9:49 PM ET
The citizens of New Orleans can march, pray, and talk all they want. To the rest of the country it's obvious. When the people re-elected their mayor and all the rest of their corrupt politicians, they got just what they should've expected. The same corrupt, finger-pointing, leaderless losers who've exploited their city for years and abondoned their people during Katrina. Remember folks, God helps those who help themselves. They should accept the situation, cut their losses and move on to somewhere with promise.
Posted By Anonymous Jeremy, Jersey City, NJ : 9:53 PM ET
Mr. Cooper,

Check out the new health clinic in the Lower Ninth Ward. It was built by volunteers last summer working with the Common Ground Collective. The clinic is in a home donated by a nurse. CG volunteers gutted the house and volunteers came from around the country to work on it. Contact Michelle Chin of CG for details.

Jim Ehrmin
Posted By Anonymous Jim Ehrmin, Lynnwood, WA : 9:54 PM ET
It's great that they timed the march for the beginning of the Martin Luther King holiday. Had Mr. King been alive, I'm sure he would have been there leading the charge! Thanks for keeping these crooks honest!!
Posted By Anonymous Holly, Pleasanton, CA : 9:54 PM ET
Anderson,

Thank you for coming back to New Orleans. I am very glad that you are back to show the country what is going in NOLA. Which is, basically, the same stuff that has occurred for many, many years.

New Orleans is one of America's great treasures and there are still many wonderful things about NOLA. But, politics have given Louisiana a black eye for decades. Why do we keep voting these guys in office? I wish I had that answer.

Also, please don't forget about our friends in other South Louisiana parishes, such as Cameron, Vermilion, which were devastated by Hurricane Rita. Those people still need a lot of help.
Posted By Anonymous KJ Blanc, Lafayette, LA : 9:57 PM ET
The spirit of the people of New Orleans is unstoppable, unbeatable. As the Queen of Creole cooking in our city, Leah Chase, says, "You do what you have to do." If the leadership - local, state and national - continues to duck its head, the citizens will force change, one way or the other. This is the city that integrated more peacefully than any other major southern city, in the 60's. We know how to get things done.
Posted By Anonymous Carol Allen, New Orleans, LA : 10:08 PM ET
I just want to thank so many of you for your warm comments. The people (as a whole) of this country have been so supportive to us since Katrina. We appreciate it so much and are really doing our best to help ourselves as well. We appreciate Anderson's help getting our story out and for everyone's good thoughts and prayers. Like any city, we have criminals and some people with bad attitudes, but please know that many of us are here to make New Orleans a much stronger and productive city and really make us a stronger asset to this country. I understand people's frustration with our politicians getting re-elected, and TRUST ME, it's much more frustrating to those of us who live here and didn't vote for them. Unfortunately we had some of the lowest voter turnouts ever. I don't know why people didn't make it to the polls but I can tell you I wish they had. In the mean time, I will not give up on this city that I love and there are thousands more just like me. For those of you who want to write off New Orleans, you are entitled to your feelings, but your postings are so much more hurting than helpful. I hope you are never on the receiving end of such comments. To the rest of you... it still brings tears to my eyes the way people in our country can care about each other so much. THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU!!! We can't wait until we've rebuilt and cleaned up this city. We look forward to your visit to show you some of the hospitality you've shown us!
Posted By Anonymous Karen, New Orleans, LA : 10:16 PM ET
What a powerful and moving sight, to see the citizens of New Orleans refuse to listen to any more lies, platitudes and excuses from their elected leader, and to force the mayor to sit and listen. Any way that strong, beautiful woman could do the same to the President?
Posted By Anonymous Toni, Austin TX : 10:26 PM ET
President Bush got it wrong. We should be sending 21,000 troops to New Orleans to restore order.
Posted By Anonymous Janet Stutzman, Oakhurst, CA : 10:32 PM ET
First let me say thanks to you, Anderson. For continuing to believe in New Orleans, and struggling to show America the reality of so many. It angers and saddens me, that the local , and federal goverment are not assisting these people. To still see so must devasatation in the city, and now the crime situation, it's shameful! Something must be done to restore this city, and these residents lives! At one point, during all the coverage, I believed in Mayour Nagin, and what he said he was going to do to restore the city. He has been just as bad as the federal government! Someone needs to step up!
Second, in response to Denny Wallace, a resident of Ruston La. Your comment shows the level of ignorance in America today! There are just as many White New Orlean residents, displaced and struggling as low income Black residents. Being in the same state as the devastation, you have seen first hand what people are going through. This is not about race or class. This is about people's lives! Your words were extremely racist, uncaring and ignorant. You forget you could have been in the same situation.
Posted By Anonymous LorRae Dayton, OH : 10:33 PM ET
Mayor Nagin has proven to be indecisive in nature and only employs words fueled with rhetoric and fluff. What New Orleans needs is a political base made up of those who believe they can make it work based on their own strength and not federal misgivings. This rebuilding cannot be about race or creed, it must be about a condition of life that is satisfactory for all. Create your own wind and blow those pieces of trash out of the way so you can feel the power of your own strength!!
Posted By Anonymous Chris, Savannah Georgia : 10:35 PM ET
I'm highly amused that some have turned this into a political issue.

It isn't.

It's an issue of one person in office who does not have a way to address the problems faced by his city.

Murder isn't unique to New Orleans. Is a murdered person elsewhere somehow less significant than one murdered in New Orleans? No. Nor are they more significant.

Blame will be laid at the feat of irrationality in an attempt to appease the gods of society. Very little will change, if anything, and people will feel content that some form of action was taken however ineffectual.

Until the people once again perceive that they are not safe.

May the gods bless New Orleans and lend strength and determination to those that would work to make the city better.
Posted By Anonymous Kevin, San Diego, Ca : 10:35 PM ET
Thanks Anderson, for keeping this important issue in the media forefront. As a former New Orleanian, I offer these comments... Most of New Orleans' most pressing problems existed prior to the infamous storm, and those issues included not only an abhorrent crime rate, lack of decent public education, and a divided class structure unlike any city in the US; but more importantly the lack of interest by its citizens and leaders to think regionally and take action. The greater metropolitan New Orleans area encompassed Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard and parts of Plaquemines and St. Tammany Parish, yet the resources of all those parishes over the last 50 years never came together to form a united front in any of the "regions" issues (prior to the storm). The result was quite simple - other areas of the South and especially the Mississippi gulf coast surpassed New Orleans in many regards. Now, with a smaller population, and all of the previous issues, plus a cadre of new ones - I believe the answer lies in restructuring the available assets of the Greater New Orleans region. Multiple police forces, Parish governments, and all the other levels of local governments and its citizens must unite in the 21st century "Battle for the New Orleans Region", not just the City itself. "The City that Care Forgot" has forgotten that united we stand and divided we fall.
Posted By Anonymous John Agan, Signal Mountain, TN : 10:38 PM ET
I am tired of hearing people looking for total handouts from their government and elected officials. How many more months, for example, will evacuees be provided with government subsidized housing 'to get their lives in order'? It has been almost 18 months. While Katrina was a national tragedy, and the government may have been somewhat ineffective, The Lord helps those who help themselves. Nothing the government can do will work if the people don't get organized themselves, and for these people, the handouts will never be enough. Stop perpetuating the violence and government dependency, and start building a new life. Watching the decent of this city into chaos should be motivation to get educated, get a job, and is a reminder that YOU are primarily responsible for your own welfare and future. The government is secondary.
Posted By Anonymous Mollie, Houston TX : 10:39 PM ET
Please, please, please let the nation know, that when you hear of the National Guard in New Orleans it is not as it seems! Yes, we have their presence here, but they are in mostly uninhabited places so that the police force doesn't have to be depleted guarding those areas. They are not on the streets where the masses are.
Yes, our mayor is disfunctional, along with our police department, along with our judicial system. But so is the community. People are too busy watching CSI and Law and Order, thinking that crime is solved in an hour. It's not! We have to learn to communicate with each other. Call the cops when you know something! Stop turning a blind eye to the drug dealers and robbers.
Posted By Anonymous Rebecca Hinojosa New Orleans, LA : 10:39 PM ET
I can appreciate the attention to the current happenings in New Orleans. I wonder would you have written that article if Katrina never hit? It's January 11th and as of last nights news Baltimore already had 10 murders and 1 was a cop. I guarantee there will be another tonight. I'm not down playing the attention to New Orleans but its high time we proactively pay attention to all of our cities. Watch The Wire if you need a crash course in perpetual violence and crime, it's not that far from the truth. I admire your work Mr. Cooper and I am not taking a shot at you. I am however writing with the belief that you do operate with virtue and integrity and may actually give this comment some thought.
Posted By Anonymous Mike Gallagher, Baltimore, Maryland : 10:40 PM ET
DeWayne Wickham wrote about Black on Black crime in his Op-ed last week. This killing that is going on isn't just in New Orleans, it's happening all across the country. In Baltimore there's at least 9 murders as well since the beginning of the year. In Newark, NJ there has to be the same as well.

The problem is that this is being swept under the rug by the media, as long as Blacks are killing each other ... the media has not bothered to make it a national issue which it is. If these where white kids killing each other there would be Town Hall meeting all across the country and some type of intervention. We must recognized as a Black community that we don't have any effective leadership. They're all chasing the almighty dollar and your concerns and misery are not theirs.

Many urban cities have had record murders last year, yet it's never mentioned by the national media or the MIA Missing In Action Black Leadership. Where is the Black Ministers of these Mega Churches and their prosperity preaching? Where is Jesse? Where is AL? Where is wannabe leader Tavis with his waste of time Book's talking about a Black Covenant and his yearly State Of The Black Union...You only hear from him when he want's to sell you a book and have you watch few kneegro's pontificate about their P.h.d.'s and other degree's, yet they have no working solution for any of our problems?

These problems can't be solved by a couple of feel good marches then we go home and forget about the problem the next day. We as a people have to solve our own problems, and stop looking at ineffective and cowardly leadership. The prison's are filled with our young black men and women, this is the new slavery of this millennium. I suggest that we solve our own problems without the media and have Town Hall meeting discussing these issues openly and stop acting as if we don't have a problem in our communities. If the media wish to cover this, I hope that they act more responsibly and be an impartial press instead of a corporate owned blind press. What ever happened to investigative reporting?

So Anderson I challenge you to cover these Town Hall meetings in our communities to find out what's actually going on and how the people of our communities feel about the crime in our communities, the drugs, the invisible leadership, no opportunity, the bad schools, and please don't invite any of the current people running around calling themselves a black leader for they're not...Halloween is over and we have no time for perpetrators nor masqueraders.
Posted By Anonymous Originalman Plainfield, NJ : 10:42 PM ET
It is sad to me that this barely makes the front page when it's such a serious issue for us here in New Orleans. While we've always had to be careful, this place is now a warzone and people are afraid in their own homes, a place we should feel the most safe. It seems that the country no longer cares exactly how bad things are here and that they have washed their hands of New Orleans and we are still in need, people are dying down here.

Every morning I get into my car and I worry that something is going to happen to me or someone I love. We came back to this city to help rebuild the city we love. We may have to leave for peace of mind.
Posted By Anonymous Erin Pirrung, New Orleans, LA : 10:42 PM ET
I live in New Orleans and I was at the march today. I saw Anderson, and my friend cried when she saw him. The sight of him always makes us think of those days when we were evacuated and watching CNN for hours in complete shock. I can tell these comments are moderated, because I usually read about what an idiot I am to live here when I read blog comments.

Thank you to the commenters who understand that this is our home and we are not leaving it, it was NOT destroyed, we are American citizens, almost half of us DID NOT vote to re-elect Ray Nagin, and we have been treated like trash.

Don't get the idea that New Orleans is gone or going. It is very much still its beautiful self, slowly recovering and in need of TLC. The recovery, as I am thankful to see that your commenters realize, is ENTIRELY due to the people who live here, black, white or sky-blue pink. We have overcome this disaster in spite of our "leaders," and with no help from the United States, which is beginning to seem like a different country to us. A job-creation program in IRAQ? We have some houses that need repairing right here.

We are well aware that we have a corrupt government, but I want your readers to remember that what happened here was a massive failure of the federally-built levees. The hurricane MISSED us and went to Mississippi. If you don't believe me, take a look at our beautiful 300-year-old buildings that are standing untouched. Maybe one day the big one will hit, but right now we still live here.
Posted By Anonymous K Marshall, New Orleans, LA : 11:24 PM ET
What has become of my beloved Cresent City? It breaks my heart that NOLA is continuing to struggle with such horrific problem such as MURDER! I'm sure the perps are not reading this blog or even watching the news, but to them I say, GET OUT!! NOLA and it's people have been through enough with our own government abandoning them, now insurance companies screwing them leaving them to struggle in magical and powerful city that is in ruins (still). It breaks my heart (literally) to hear these horrific stories of murder in Tremme, I used to live in Tremme. NOLA is my heart and soul, it is my blood and spirit, so to you useless individuals who feel it is your right to anothers life GET OUT! Nagin needs to step up, the corruption of the city needs to be thrown out with the murderers. Anderson, thank you for all of your press and coverage post Katrina, but this problem of useless murders is a long standing problem. Is anyone familar with the LPK Murders of 1996? Brutal horrific useless murders, sadly one of them was a friend shot execution style in the walk in cooler of the restaurant she managed on a sunday morning in the French Market. My friend was a mother of 2 small children, the murderers, the dishwasher and his buddies. Enough is enough Nagin. To the beautiful people of NOLA, take it back, tack back the incredible, magical city that you are. Then I will come home.
Posted By Anonymous Miss Molly, Murphysboro, IL : 11:41 PM ET
Thank you so much for coming here today. I was ecstatic to see you (albeit briefly) in the crowd--your words are always concise and poignant, and I felt that with you there asking questions, etc., the city had a voice, one that would be taken seriously and not patronized with embarrassingly trite rhetoric.

Thank you also for your consistent interest in New Orleans. You have displayed an unwavering concern for this city where others have visited, had a photo opportunity, and fled. I'm not a native--I'm from Chicago; I moved here to the Marigny neighborhood this summer to help with the relief effort. Seeing what people have endured/are enduring in New Orleans makes me angry enough to fight, and it's exasperating when people use these people's suffering for political or PR gain. You, however, clearly do not, and I have so much respect and gratitude for that, and for all you do. It was one thing for us to take off of work and hit the streets today. It was another for you to, with no obligation, get on an airplane and head back to help us fight.

Thank you.
Posted By Anonymous Shannon Beck, New Orleans, LA : 11:50 PM ET
As a firefighter I spent 7 months emediatly following Katrina in New Orleans asssisting as we could and the only things we where able to complete we completed outside the governments rules including the restoration of the o'parry walker school in algiers .Nothing has changed since we where there.My best wishes to all residents of that area. An hope to my firefighter brothers in the area
Posted By Anonymous Terry Boise Idaho : 11:53 PM ET
New Orleans is a great city, Mayor Nagin is a great mayor. I want people to stop commenting on what they don't totally understand. Those who truly understand are those who are here. We are a strong people. We will rebuild. The crime is an issue just as it is in many cities. There will be challenges, we will make it through it but it will take the citizens to step up which we are starting to do now. We will have a better New Orleans, believe it or not.
Posted By Anonymous Romell Smith, New Orleans, LA : 11:57 PM ET
I am a native New Orleanian whose family has lived here 17 generations, and the situation has kept me in a constant state of anger and depression. It seems that we rarely hear of anyone talking about New Orleans in any manner other than a derogtory one. I just wanted to thank you for actually sharing the situation with the rest of the country. The vast majority of people here, like any city, are good people.

While out of hand due to the egregious lack of leadership or effective government, the criminal element is a small percentage of the population. You have no idea what it means to us to finally see someone portray our problems in an accurate fashion.

I will continue to blog about the situation at http://humidcity.com , as I have since Katrina, but if things do not get better we will have to leave. This is no way for Americans to live.
Posted By Anonymous George Williams New Orleans, La : 11:58 PM ET
If I had not been looking at the TV screen and heard the name "New Orleans", I would have thought that Anderson was in a neighborhood in Iraq. If our political system is unable to quickly, efficiently and humanely "restore order" in a region within the USA, how do claim to export these competencies to another country?
Posted By Anonymous C. Batan, Stamford CT : 11:58 PM ET
Anderson,
I'm a 20 year veteran and a New Orleans native. I've never wanted to be back home more so than since the Katrina catastophe. Thank you for "keeping them honest" and New Orleans in the spotlight. However, why do you only focus on the 9th ward? What about Lakeview? St Bernard Parish was 100% flooded......every home and every business. I have never seen you do a stand up anywhere but in the 9th ward. Please don't focus only on what is perceived by the rest of the country to be the poor blacks in the 9th ward.
Posted By Anonymous Nora Filos, Chesapeake, VA : 11:59 PM ET
Anderson, It is very refreshing that someone is addressing New Orleans and the problems that a great American city is facing. I was very dismayed after visiting nearly a year after Katrina to still see how much work still needed to be done. I think all Americans would be ashamed if they had to spend a day walking the city that is full of our collective history. The image of "SAINTS" football and tailgating at the Superdome was a mask for the real scars that abound on the city. New Orleans is not picture perfect and too many Americans do not realize what has not or is not being done for these great citizens. Hopefully more attention to the reality of the situation can get real help back to the residents of that great city.
Posted By Anonymous Jeff Johnson, Champaign, IL : 12:15 AM ET
Out of Iraq and into New Orleans. Send us 25,000 troops President Bush and help us get our city back from the poor leadership that we have always endured!!
Posted By Anonymous Jerry, New Orleans LA : 12:32 AM ET
Hey Anderson,

I live near New Orleans, LA and I just have this to say..Just wait until these crazed people get drunk come Mardi Gras!!
Posted By Anonymous Richard, Covington, LA : 12:40 AM ET
A fair warning to leaders of other cities. Old methods of governance are not worthy of the people in our new age; the baby boomer generation, especially those that lead our country, need to reevaluate their own practices. People have a far greater feeling of community and connection to the country thanks to rapid advancements in communication. Simply writing off political atrocities, such as in the aftermath of Katrina, with delayed promises of recovery, is a disregard for political sanctity. Such actions diminish trust in leadership, which only leads to more rebellion and therefore, crime.
Posted By Anonymous Carl, San Diego, CA : 1:14 AM ET
Eight murders in eleven days....hmm, sounds like the evacuees are moving back in.
Posted By Anonymous Todd B. Houston, TX : 1:24 AM ET
Many people want to return to New Orleans.It's suppose to be a NEW ORLEANS.God allowed some things to occur.We need to put our trust in God and not in man,because man will let you down and turn there backs on you,but God won't. When Katrina hit and everyone was scattered it was really depressing.We are still blessed because we are still here. Now we all have to make the best out of our situation. Getting out of NEW ORLEANS was really challenging but God gave me strength to look ahead ,go back to school and make something of myself.I do desire a better life for my kids and I plan on making the best out of my situation.I do want my children to enjoy life. The schools here in Texas offers trades while in high school.If Louisiana had more things to offer our children maybe they would have a chance at life. The crime will stop when prayers start to go up to God and less Sin. New Orleans became SODOM and GOMORRAH.If the Sin doesn't stop,the wrath of God will come again.There need to be unity and love toward others.Money and riches may rule now, but one thing for sure it won't get you in heaven.
Posted By Anonymous Sheba Mesquite,Texas : 1:35 AM ET
The amount of money that poured into New Orleans and out of donors pockets after Katrinan is staggering, especially when compared to the amount raised for the victims of the tsunami in Indonesia not long before. Why is it that the countries in that region of the world enjoyed less publicity (in America) and recieved less money, but lost SO many more lives and SO many more livelihoods...yet they can rebuild and return to normalcy (relatively speaking) in only a few years...but here in our homegrown cities we can't even control the citizens that should be rebuilding, like those across the world did. It is a perfect example of modern day America. Regardless of class, people in America are babied far too much and expect things to be done for them. Shame on New Orleans. Shame on America. My message to the residents of New Orleans, displaced or not..Be American and do something for yourself. Those in Indonesia dream about the opportunity that you have...even if you are in ruin.
Posted By Anonymous John, Hermosa Beach, California : 1:39 AM ET
I applaud the efforts of CNN and Anderson Cooper for caring enough to help shed light on the unsurmountable obstacles we face as citizens post Katrina. Crime is first, but it isn't just murders, it is our houses being vandilized after we try to reconstruct them, our insurance companies holding our payments, still, and the absolute denial by our leaders that things are not moving in the right direction. We need basic services, like water and gas, safety and education before we can summon anyone to come visit us. All of our efforts need to be toward the basics that every citizen in this country enjoys every day. And all of the money received needs to be applied to this first. The federal government should take over in order to get anything done here. We have a history of waiting for our leadership to lead and right now, we don't have any more time to wait for them to learn how to do this.
Posted By Anonymous Beth James, New Orleans, LA : 1:59 AM ET
I just got back from visiting new orleans for a week and can tell you the city is alive and well. So it has problems. What city doesn't? New Orleans will be stronger and better than before.
Posted By Anonymous Patricia White, Arizona : 2:07 AM ET
From reading through the various postings it seems like most folks feel that the crime surge in New Orleans can some how be resolved through more effective political leadership, which may be able to effect the situation, but only to a very small degree.
The root of the crime wave is the same as it is in all major american cities,racism, poverty, large minority populations, poor school systems, and a lack of opportunity.
All of these factors have been in play for years,and in the wake of Katrina the United States government, and by extension, it's people, showed how it realy felt about citizens of color.
Young black males before the storm were left out of the system and have to get what they can off the streets,now with fewer cops, little community activity, and little hope for the future, life means little to many, which is sadly ironic because lifes' moments of beauty don't get any deeper than those that happen in the hoods of New Orleans.
Posted By Anonymous atowne los angeles ca : 2:38 AM ET
Anderson, Thank you for keeping the story about pensions for jailed politicians alive. Let's hope you'll get to the bottom of this and the flow of our money to these criminals stops.
Posted By Anonymous J. Roman Phoenix, AZ : 2:56 AM ET
Having been born and reared in this great city of New Orleans, I am greatly concerned with the continued violence that our city continues to face. Anderson, first and foremost, thank you for keeping this story in the spotlight. I think that it is sometimes very easy to focus on negative news coming out of a city. New Orleans, though, is a wonderful city filled with endless culture and historical sites, monuments, parks, and museums which are open and ready for business. It is a vibrant colorful city filled with endless sounds of music and the fresh smell of local eateries around every corner. Please emphasize that while New Orleans may have demons which are still on the radar, there is also an endless supply of entertainment, food, fun, music, and culture just waiting on a nation as diverse as our city to come explore. Mardi Gras is just around the corner as the "official" start of the carnival season began on January 6th - King's Day. King Cake fills the shelves of our bakeries and Carnival Krewes are busy preparing for the pageantry of the balls and the parades on the streets of our city. The party is just begining and our city is ready to embrace those who wish to sample the greatest free show on Earth. So, while crime is an issue that our leaders continue to struggle with, please remember the other 250,000 + residents who love this wonderful place we call home, and, that we are ready to welcome all to our yearly showcase to the world!
Posted By Anonymous Elliot LeNormand, Metairie, LA : 3:15 AM ET
Funny, aren't these the same people that reelected him?
Posted By Anonymous Casey N. Tampa, Fl : 5:03 AM ET
It is sad. Sad, sad, sad, that in United States we should have problems like these. We have the means and the ability to solve these problems, but it boils down to the fact that most people do not care. If they did (care) they would get involved and be a part of the solution. But it is necessary for EVERYONE to do a little, together, we then can accomplish a lot. The heroics of a few is not enough.
Posted By Anonymous Steve Harris, Charlottesville Virginia : 5:11 AM ET
I really love the fact that you're sticking with New Orleans. These people really got the short end of the stick. The rebuilding needs to go faster and less people should be dying. I would say nobody should be, but that would only occur in a perfect world.
Posted By Anonymous Patti, Glen, New Hampshire : 5:43 AM ET
New Orleans will be fixed once the "regular" folks leave. The corporations can then buy the property for pennies to the dollar and turn the water front city into another city for the rich. This is America and in America only the rich deserve to have water views.
Posted By Anonymous Linda Martinez, Liberty, NY : 5:52 AM ET
Thank you so very much for the news coverage of NO. Please be apart of the rebuilding of NO, by keeping the nation informed. Again, thank you. We hurt with New Orleans.
Posted By Anonymous Jackie Pikeville NC : 6:07 AM ET
No area ever got more help and pity. Of course all that goes wrong is the total fault of Bush. Yeah, right!
Posted By Anonymous J. Frye, Louisville, KY : 6:08 AM ET
Blaming Bush is ridiculous. Bush is not the King of America, going into every locality to take over every situation as soon as the local officials there lose control. Louisiana has been a swamp of poor economic development, corruption, povery, and crime before any of us were born. The people of NOLA voted Nagin in, and then many of them blame BUSH because of Nagin's poor leadership! It's ridiculous.
Posted By Anonymous Rob, Staten Island, NY : 6:10 AM ET
Mayor Nagin has got to go. Get this guy out of office. He's not helping New Orleans, he's hurting New Orleans. Get somebody in office that is going to help the people of that great city, haven't they been through enough since Katrina.
Posted By Anonymous William Haase, Elkton, MD : 6:47 AM ET
Anderson, you have repeatedly given the true picture of what is happening in New Orleans and along the Gulf Coast. Don't stop! The only thing I've disagreed with was your comment about New Orleans historically being a divided city, by race and class. Economically divided, yes. But historically Black and White New Orleanians have worked, played and lived next to each other. It's what gave us the rich heritage and the pride in ourselves. Crime, yes we've always had it, what port city (drug access) doesn't have a crime problem? Finally, this beautiful city is dying, not from Katrina, but from the lack of leadership necessary to rebuild a city after the largest natural diaster in US history. The current rental prices in New Orleans are "New York" high. What message is this sending our citizens who are middle class or poor? Where can they return to? Certainly not over inflated rentals. Please continue to cover and uncover what is happening to our city. Don't forget the Gulf Coast, insurance company denials are a crime!
Posted By Anonymous Tahmi Keir, New Orleans, LA : 7:14 AM ET
It is so sad to see this town and region are having such a hard time getting back on track. After an ordeal that no one can comprehend, it is unbelievable that a nation so powerful cannot settle urgent issues among their own citizens swiftly and correctly. The focus is yet again drawn to Iraq. While nationally this wound doesn't seem to heal. I truly hope that coastal towns and regions elsewhere won't suffer the same disaster in the near future because you know what to expect...sheer havoc and a level of assistance that is poorly. Good luck to all victims!
Posted By Anonymous Robert, Amsterdam, Netherlands : 7:19 AM ET
It is interesting. It took a prominent white family being gunned down in their home to set things in motion. People were bussed in to vote Nagin back into office, and the citizens who live in the city are left with the fallout from that election. My friend Andrew was killed in a hotel room in that city 20 years ago when he went up for a job interview. Same old same old years later. The whole structure of city government and thinking of the people who accept corruption must change. My empathy to all who have lost to murder. It's a loss never fully recovered. Good job on the show. I am suprised C. Ray even spoke to you.
Posted By Anonymous TA Cheramie, Berwick, LA : 7:37 AM ET
According to the City of New Orleans website, N.O. has averaged 274 murders / year between 2002 and 2004. Statistics for 2005 and 2006 appear to be statistically corrupted due to Katrina, but I am no expert on this. Looking at the 02-04 average, this equates to a murder ever 1.4 days. Assuming the same population size (which is not the case), one would expect 7-8 murders to have occured by now. So if the population was the same, 9 murders, as disturbing as it may seem, would not be a statistical outlier. However, we clearly have 3 variables that have changed. The population is smaller, the demographic composition of the city has changed (more immigrants) and the economic performance of the city is different. Before I lambast anyone in the city, state, or federal government, I would like to understand how these variables are impacting the murder rate and if some connections are established, is anyone looking at how to adjust the policing and crime management process in N.O. to address. And if no one is, why not? Although Anderson's blog is interesting, it does little to shed light on this.
Posted By Anonymous Carl, Miami, Florida : 8:08 AM ET
You voted for him now get rid of him and stop blaming the President for everything or wanting to fix YOUR problems. Katrina was very unfortunate and lots of mistakes made....fix them and please don't build next to the levy again...never understood that.
Posted By Anonymous Harriet, Boca Raton, FL : 8:20 AM ET
I am New Orleanian, now living in Texas-an RN, my husband is an RN, my sister who is also here is an RN. We left because of the unsafe working, and living conditions--the mayor STILL doesn't get it. And now the govenor is worried about adding additional police for Mardi Gras??? What a JOKE!!!!!
Posted By Anonymous Andrea, Humble, Tx : 8:34 AM ET
It is clear that the Mayor did not do anything to help the poor people before Katrina.
Who elected him again???? Is there anything else to say??????
Posted By Anonymous Russell, Plainivew, NY : 9:32 AM ET
If you like to stop the violence in N.O. the tourist must stop going there until they get the crime under control.Tourist don't show-up..bet they get the crime down. We actually have several cities in the U.S. that are under sieged like Bahgdad.
Posted By Anonymous K.B. Hackensack NJ : 10:22 AM ET
I cannot believe there are so many people that believe the federal government can just step in to any situation it pleases. Too many of you folks need to go back to school and get some learnin'. The federal government is severely handcuffed when it comes to state/local government rights. Do some reading, folks.
Posted By Anonymous BC, Decatur, IL : 10:28 AM ET
I'm not sure if you will get this, but I just wanted to thank you for keeping the plight of New Orleans alive. Thanks for your many visits here and your caring. I have lived here all my life and its such a struggle sometimes just to go about every day life, I am still running into people that I haven't seen since before Katrina, and you ask how they are doing and they start to say ok but then they tell the truth things are not ok. Thank you for your continued interest in our City.
Posted By Anonymous Mona Ruiz - New Orleans, Louisiana : 10:47 AM ET
Shame on you for succumbing to fear mongering. The crime rates of New Orleans are a product of corrupt police force, D.A.'s that push for maximum penalties for misdemeanors, a prison system that is so defunct that it has multiple murderers sharing cells with first time drug offenders, and a public defenders office that is funded by traffic violations and fines of indigent defendants (which is almost too ludacrous for words).

Your top story should not be that crime is surging in an area that is devasted and in shambles. It should be that whole communities have been supplanted and unable to return home still. It should be that defendants have been imprisoned for minor offenses for over 2 years without being charged with a crime (which is more than slightly unconstitutional). It should be that the New Orleans Criminal Justice system is inept and so indifferent that it refuses to afford poor minorities with adequate defense. New Orleans post-Katrina shows just how the rule of law will break down if the most basic, fundamental democratic values of habeas corpus and representation are not adhered to.
Posted By Anonymous Chris, Brooklyn, NY : 11:03 AM ET
Anderson:
Thank you for the information-packed yet still heart-breaking program last night on AC360.

I guess my biggest concern is Mayor Nagin's comment about government funds being lost in "cyberspace" and Governor Kathleen Babineaux's comment about funds locked in bureaucracy. In addition, as I understand it, 1 percent of the Louisiana's "The Road Home" funding has been received out of 100,000? Unbelievable.

As I have visited the residents of the Gulf coast and New Orleans these past two months, the word "burn out" comes to mind. I fully understand why the citizens of New Orleans did not want to hear from Nagin. It has been 500 days since Hurricane Katrina and the New Orleans flooding.

The I-90 on the Gulf coast is landscaped with slabs and homes missing a first floor, absent businesses and crumbled churches. In comparison, New Orleans looks like a ghost town. Empty homes are marked with frightening X's depicting what happen August 2005, FEMA trailers are anchored with satellite dishes, and children are absent from city parks and or even their own neighborhoods. A new hamburger joint has opened up in the St Bernard region and is packed with construction workers.

Coming south into New Orleans on I-510, one side of the scenery is a make-shift city dump full of flood-destroyed housing parts including mountains of concrete and tons of wood. It has a security post with a 24 hour watch.

On the other side of interstate are the spare parts for FEMA trailers. The wooden decks are stacked awkwardly and could easily fall like a house of cards. Lying next to the decks are miles of white plumbing PVC. Ya know, the white piping running at the bottom of the FEMA trailers for sewage removal.

But in the middle of all the Katrina reminders float fishing boats with hefty nets and scarred buoys slowly moving toward the coast for the catch of the day. Life does go on even with the destruction of Katrina still so clear to the senses.

Thank you for your continued coverage of the crisis in New Orleans and the Gulf coast.

I know this may sound like a cliche but sometimes something has to die to be reborn. I pray that New Orleans finds rebirth.
Posted By Anonymous Sharon D., Indianapolis, IN : 11:27 AM ET
First of all people let's be reasonable, you can't blame the crime in the city on one man. Nagin, is the quarterback therefore, it is easy to point the finger at him for everything that is wrong in the city of New Orleans. The city has had a FAILING CRIMINAL JUSTICE system long before Nagin came along. New Orleans has been fighting rising murder rates for the last 10 to 15 years. It takes more than one man to resolve a city problem. And last I checked Nagin, was not our only city official. Please use your own thought process, everything that is being reported is not all true.
Posted By Anonymous Sabeni Gooden New Orleans, La : 12:10 PM ET
Dear Anderson,

I noticed that Mayor Nagin never took responsibility for any of the problems in New Orleans due to crime or Katrina. He always seems to place the blame on everyone else. Even George W. Bush said, " The responsibility rests with me."

I was shocked to see that Herbert Gettridge is still trying to rebuild his home so that he can bring his wife back. I have seen him interviewed by a number of celebrities; I wish someone would help him finish his rebuilding. I know he is a proud man, but he is too old to do this alone.

Thanks for another excellent program from New Orleans.

Jo Ann
Posted By Anonymous Jo Ann Matese, North Royalton, Ohio : 12:28 PM ET
Wake up people - you all got Nagin re-elected! It was time for a new person with fresh ideas and goals to step in and do the job not Nagin.
Posted By Anonymous Patrica, Washington D.C. : 1:22 PM ET
the element that existed years ago on the outer edges of the city/society have taken over as those who care about the city have left. There were always neighborhoods - areas of the city - that you simply did not enter. It would seem that rather than the cream rising to the occasion, the dregs have taken over.
Posted By Anonymous Sherry - Dallas, TX : 1:52 PM ET
When you see pictures of New Orleans and the lower nineth ward you think you are in some devestated country that is being plagued by war and poverty. President Bush and the government shouldn't be concentrating just on 'the war' in Iraq (the war we are losing), they should be concentrating on rebuilding New Orleans. This is America isn't it? I don't think Bush and his gang of misfits have a conscious or a heart at all when it comes to New Orleans. 500 days afer Katrina and they haven't even talked about it.
Posted By Anonymous Melissa Brandt, La Crosse, Wisconsin : 2:21 PM ET
Anderson--

As I write, I am watching tonight's broadcast from New Orleans. Thank you so much for not letting the escalation in violence be overlooked. Your interview with Bart Everson and Julia Reed was particularly affecting. And, kudos to you for finally getting to talk to Ray Nagin. And not letting it become about HIS agenda, but asking what his plans are...to rectify the situation.
My heart goes out to the people of New Orleans. This is America, and there should not be a place in this country where our fellow citizens have to live in fear for their lives. Of course, that shouldn't be happening anywhere, but I think in the United States, it's all too common for people to become complacent, too comfortable. And, it is time for us ALL to sit up and take notice, to stand up, to stand together to make a difference. Thank you for continually inspiring me to do so.
Posted By Anonymous Mandy, Boston, MA : 2:32 PM ET
The citizens are pointing fingers at the mayor, police and the DA but they should remember four fingers are pointing at each of them. Many of the killers in the city are products of our failed School system. We have not held our school system accountable for anything. They are currently paying a consulting firm millions for a defunct system. We have career politicans that have held every poltical postion avail to them. We have not held them responsible for anything. They voted a 26-year congressional representative back in office that is currently under investigation for receiving kickbacks and bribes. When checking his record our community has declined and decayed under his leadership. PS If the parents are held accountable for their minor children actions society in general would change.
Posted By Anonymous M New Orleans, Louisiana : 2:52 PM ET
I rarely watch CNN, but happened to be flipping the channels, caught Larry King's show with Steve Irwins wife and daughter, and then saw that this show was to come on right afterwards from New Orleans. I am from Madisonville, La., just north of New Orleans. We were impacted by the hurricane here, but not nearly to the extent that many in New Orleans were with the flooding. I decided to tune in to this show last night because I was glad to see someone down here giving the nation an update of how things are post-katrina. As I watched, I felt so sad, and felt that an opportunity to shed light on many things that are going well for the southern part of La. were over-looked, especially with the fact that our NEW ORLEANS SAINT'S football team, after having NO place to call home last season, and ended their season with a dreadful 3-13 record, are now HOSTING a second round playoff game in the dome tomorrow against the Eagles. The excitement that this has brought to this city was overlooked (I apologize if this was mentioned and i just missed it.) I understand that it is important to point out areas that definitely still needs to be on the forefront of our hearts, minds, and agendas, to overlook what is going on THIS weekend in the superdome broke my heart, and dampened the excitement I had been feeling leading up to this game this weekend. Let's try to highlight some of the good around here as well.
Posted By Anonymous tammy williams Madisonville, La. : 4:08 PM ET
The only way to break the cycle of endless poverty and crime is to solve the problem at its root: stop letting these people have children/offspring. Simple--end of problem. Opportunity?!? Education?!? Baloney--the culture of crime and poverty just keep repeating themselves generation after generation. Save a child and "cleanse the ghetto"--no more ghetto babies, please!! Birth control--hellooooo?!?
Posted By Anonymous Stan, Cedar Rapids, Iowa : 4:20 PM ET
Shame on Mayor Ray Nagin "Yes," but shame on all those who re-elected Mayor Ray Nagin back into office even more ... What were you thinking?
Posted By Anonymous Mr. Gene Stocks, Honolulu, Hawaii : 4:27 PM ET
Hi AC-leave it to 360 to stop by for an update and end up in a demonstration! Hopefully more will happen if they remain united. New Orleans has always had a problem with crime. You'd think by now that they would patrol problem areas more often. Isn't that what the Natl. Guard is there for. It looked to me like you made Mayor Nagin a little nervous. Keep up the great work! Thanks for going back for the update. have a great week-end!
Posted By Anonymous Kathy Chicago,Il : 5:49 PM ET
Anderson,
Your visit there was very noble. However, in some areas were not dealing with rational humans. Were dealing with people waiting for others to do everything for them. Some/most of these people are the very people waiting by the mail box at the first of the month. They must stop blaming others and do something for their selves. Can't blame this one on President Bush, they should be beating on the Mayors Mansion doors.
Posted By Anonymous David, Whittier, Ca. : 1:12 AM ET
We can send 21,500 *more* troops to Baghdad, but can't get the lights on and the streets safe in New Orleans?

As a native New Orleanian, born and raised, but living outside the city since 2002, I say New Orleanians should stop paying their federal income tax. No leadership at 1200 Perdido and no leadership at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue means anarchy in America's streets. I am not optimistic at all about the future of either my hometown or my home country.
Posted By Anonymous R.K., Atlanta, GA : 8:58 AM ET
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