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The mayor of New Orleans said that Katrina probably killed thousands  
of people in the city.  Gift from God?  I don't think so.

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Sherry McCowan
Saint Louis, Missouri


On Aug 31, 2005, at 5:20 PM, Leslie Keith Koller wrote:

> The way I see it....the storm is going to bring the birds  
> regardless of what we mere mortals do, there is NO way around it.   
> If it saves me a thousand mile trip or fees for a pelagic trip, and  
> all the gas, motels, etc...that going to the birds normal home,  
> then I am all for it.  I for one am going to consider it a "gift  
> from God", and sleep soundly at night.
>
> But that's just my opinion.....I may be wrong.....
>
> Leslie Koller
> Sikeston, Missouri (where gas got to 3.00 / gallon today, and all  
> the stations are out)
>
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Walter Eberz" <[log in to unmask]>
> To: <[log in to unmask]>
> Sent: Wednesday, August 31, 2005 5:14 PM
> Subject: Re: Chasers are scum
>
>
>
>> I'd like to respond in a slightly more subtle way.
>>
>> I don't think that observing, and even getting excited about, an  
>> unusual influx of species is in any way morbid or pathetic.  It is  
>> not a sign of disrespect to those that were injured, killed or  
>> displaced.  It is not an insult to the thousands of volunteers  
>> working on the rescue/recovery effort.
>>
>> In no way did we (birders) contribute to the catastrophe.   
>> Nonetheless, it happened.  Hundreds of people may be dead.  And  
>> many birds surely died. Should we put blinders on and pretend it  
>> didn't happen?  I don't think that will change anything for the  
>> better.  So let's do what we can do: contribute to the relief  
>> effort (Red Cross, et. al.) if you can afford to, and go on living  
>> our lives.
>>
>> Walter M. Eberz
>> Columbia
>>

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