Ray Griffin, owner of Cochiara’s Marina, “The National Guard has done a damn good job in rescue and aid, and I want to be sure and thank them first. But I am wondering when our government will become proactive in dealing with these situations instead of waiting until a disaster happens to respond. We know when a hurricane is coming. They should have been here a week ago checking to make sure the pumps worked, yet as this happened, our pumps were out of fuel, and our back ups were not working. But by proactive, I am not just talking about immediate needs or building levees, I mean rebuilding the barrier islands – so that we have some protection. Stop taking money from the feds and BP just to update old decrepit stuff. How about you do something that stops the water in the first place? I cannot fathom why the federal government would rather spend billions of dollars to evacuate people, than to rebuild our coastline and eliminate the problem. It meant a lot to me, that Romney was in front of thousands of people speaking one day, and in 24 hours was here talking to us. Obama is coming down (Monday). But I have an idea: Instead of just talking, if they both really cared, I want to see them on a commercial – together, right next to each other, asking for donations or something. I want to see them put politics aside, in the middle of this election, and do something merely for the good of the people. Then I will know that they care about Lafitte.”
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