In response to our coverage of Hurricane Katrina, TIME heard from Gulf Coast residents who lost their homesóbut not their hope. Less optimistic were the readers angered by government failures to prepare:

New Orleans holds a special place in my heart, so I greatly anticipated the issue of TIME that would come out following Hurricane Katrina [Sept. 12]. You did not let me down. From Nancy Gibbs' poetic story to the astounding photographs, TIME once again took me to a distant place and helped me understand the enormity of the storm's destruction.

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