Where the System Broke Down

Sept. 19, 2005

Our stories on the confusion that marked the response of Federal, state and local governments to Hurricane Katrina drew mail from readers who found fault at all levels. Some who wrote, however, argued against finger pointing, while others hoped the disaster would teach citizens a lesson in civics

Thank you for "4 Places Where The System Broke Down" [Sept. 19]. You provided balanced reporting on how officials responded to Hurricane Katrina. The recovery efforts by the Federal Government were disorganized and sluggish. The disaster has revealed the inefficiency of bureaucracy in times of crisis. fema [the Federal Emergency...

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