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Flights Of Critically Injured Haitians To U.S. Stopped In Money Dispute

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A dispute over who will pay the bill has stopped the airlift of critically injured Haitian earthquake victims to Florida.

These folks cannot the help they need in Haiti.

Florida Governor Charlie Crist has written a letter asking the federal government to pay some of the costs of treating these patients in Florida.

Other states have also received a smaller number of these patients and those flights have stopped for the moment as well.

This dispute could not have been resolved while the flights continued?

Some say it is the military that is halting the flights. The military says some hospitals are denying the patients.

Governor Crist is running in a Republican primary for the U.S. Senate against a tea party-type. This primary is closer than had been expected.

Is Governor Crist raising this point to protect himself from a charge that he is allowing Florida to spend money on dark-skinned foreigners?

Could nobody in the federal government contact the White House so the President could order flights to continue? I’m sure that in the end something will be worked out to pay for these treatments.

Meanwhile, it is possible that somebody has died already because they could not get airlifted out of Haiti and receive better treatment.

Can’t people get their acts together when lives are on the line?

It really is sickening. It’s all about money.

The relief effort in Haiti is ongoing. Doctors Without Borders is one of a number of groups that is offering needed help.

January 30, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Haiti Earthquake Links

The earthquake in Haiti is a terrible disaster.

This event is being covered from many perspectives.

Here is a comprehensive report from the BBC.

Here is comment on the quake by the U.S. Geological Survey.

The excellent Global Voices has stories and links related to the quake.

The Miami Herald is providing extensive coverage of events in Haiti.

CNN is devoting many resources to this story.

A blog in Haiti writing about the quake is the Livesay (Haiti) Blog.

A blog focused on the Caribbean and writing about the quake is Repeating Islands.

The Reuters news agency has a live blog from Haiti.

Here are basic facts about Haiti from the BBC.

Here is an extensive history of Haiti.

Here is an account from the BBC of what causes earthquakes.

Help is needed for the survivors in Haiti

Many groups are taking donations.

The New York Times has a list of groups taking donations.

In addition to the organizations on the New York Times list, there is the United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund.

Most people in our country have at least some amount of money they can donate for earthquake relief.

January 14, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | Leave a comment

Earthquake In Haiti—We As Individuals Have The Resources To Help

Haiti Twitter earthquake picture

(Update–1/14/10–-I’ve compiled a post of links to individuals and news agencies covering the  situation in Haiti.)

A terrible earthquake and strong aftershocks have hit our hemispheric neighbors in Haiti.

Above is a picture from the disaster.

UNICEF has made an emergency appeal for help for Haiti.

A hospital has collapsed and poorly constructed buildings and homes have been destroyed.

The resources do not exist in Haiti to build things up to earthquake-proof standards.

Haiti was already the poorest nation in our hemisphere.

Here is information about earthquakes. We hear about earthquakes, but do we know what they are?

Haiti has often been struck by natural disasters.

Hurricane Ike, which did so much damage in the United States in 2008, was one of four hurricanes to hit Haiti in that year.

A big cloud of dust has been reported over the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince. since the earthquake.  This cloud is thought to have been kicked up by structures knocked down by the earthquake.

Here is a link to an extensive history of Haiti.

Haiti was founded in 1804 by black people–former slaves— who won independence from France.

Here is a profile of Haiti from the BBC.

Most of us are able to write a least a small check for earthquake  relief in Haiti. Think of all the things we waste our money on in day-to-day life.

Here is a link to a list of groups taking money for earthquake relief in Haiti.

January 13, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , | 8 Comments

Houston Mayor Annise Parker Must Have A Broad And Hopeful View Of Who Our Neighbors Are—The Earthquake In Haiti

“The weekend freeze has ended on a good note and city departments reported no major problems. Our city faired well, but it reminds us to check on our neighbors during these times. It makes our city stronger and better prepares us when other weather-related situations occur. – Annise”

What you see above is a Facebook post made yesterday by new Houston Mayor Annise Parker. She was writing about the recent unusually cold weather we have had in Houston.

Mayor Parker addressed the cold weather in Houston as one of the first acts in her term as Mayor. Mayor Parker’s response to the cold was swift and caring.

With the earthquake in Haiti, I wrote what you see below on Mayor Parker’s Facebook page in response to her comments on the cold weather and her view that those put at risk by the cold are our neighbors.

Mayor Parker–Thank you for your attention to the needs of our people during the cold weather. I think the efforts of our city made a difference in saving lives. You addressed this issue right from the start.

With the earthquake in Haiti today, I wonder if Haiti has a consulate in Houston. Is there a formal way we can express our concern as citizens of Houston? These folks in Haiti are our neighbors just as much as our own people that might be out in the cold.

Our strength in Houston comes from welcoming a diverse population. I’m sure there are many people from Haiti in our city.

We can’t accept the benefits of diversity without taking on the obligations. Can just one crew of city workers go to Haiti to provide help? What about an appeal to Haitians in our city and all people in our city to write a check for disaster relief?

This is an international city and all people are our neighbors. Your official duties are here at home. But given what we gain from elsewhere in the world, your obligations and our obligations are extensive. Thank you.

Here is a story reporting that Los Angeles County has sent a fire rescue team to help people in Haiti.

If the good people of Los Angeles county can offer help, so can the City of Houston.

We can all at least make a small effort to help our neighbors in need.

Here is a link discussing groups taking donations for earthquake relief in Haiti.

January 13, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment