My Take: America’s attention deficit after Hurricane Isaac
Flooding after Hurricane Isaac in Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana.
September 14th, 2012
12:30 PM ET

My Take: America’s attention deficit after Hurricane Isaac

Editor's note: Bill Horan is president of Operation Blessing International.

By Bill Horan, Special to CNN

While Americans and the media convened, debated and celebrated in Tampa and Charlotte in recent weeks, thousands of Americans in southeastern Louisiana became homeless, finding themselves living without electricity, clean water or other basic necessities after Hurricane Isaac hit.

Mitt Romney and President Obama, along with the national media, have come and gone from the region. What’s left behind is total devastation and a long road of rebuilding – again.

Yet this could be the end of the road for many families living there.


- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Louisiana • Opinion

August 30th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

My take: Losing my faith after Hurricane Katrina

Editor's Note: Kathleen Koch is a Washington-based freelance journalist, author and speaker. Her new book, “Rising from Katrina,” traces her Mississippi hometown’s recovery from Hurricane Katrina and her experiences covering it. For 18 years, she was a CNN correspondent.

By Kathleen Koch, Special to CNN

Five years ago, when Hurricane Katrina was bearing down on New Orleans, I prayed. I prayed that the monster storm would veer east and spare the 1.3 million residents of the city and its surrounding parishes. I knew I was praying the hurricane right into my hometown, Bay St. Louis, Mississippi.

Katrina’s eye roared onshore at the state line and then churned east over Mississippi. The sustained 125-mph winds and 30-plus-foot storm surge shredded the house where I’d grown up, my neighborhood, the town and most of the eighty-mile-long Mississippi Gulf Coast.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Faith • Louisiana • Opinion • United States

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