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January 14th, 2010
03:00 PM ET

We Listen – Your Comments 1/14/10

Editor's Note: Thursday’s American Morning viewers offered various suggestions for relief efforts in the aftermath of Haiti’s earthquake on Tuesday evening. All eagerly awaited reports of active participation by the international community to provide supplies and medical attention, and some expressed frustration as the delay. Others reflected on the destruction in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina and wondered about the needs of that community still in dire straits, so many years later.

  • Janice: If possible, couldn't planes be used to inform the people in Haiti of contact areas for medical help – food, etc. The type of banners used at the beach for advertising? This would be a way everyone could see it.
  • Paul: please suggest to the us gov. to start air drops of small food/water, may be little parachute on the boxes or bags, this will help not to have run over each other or riot on the trucks when they try too deliver it !!!!! it going too get real bad send in troops if we have any?
  • Carrie: Why doesn't the US load up all the FEMA trailers they're trying to sell on a huge freighter and send them all to Haiti? I know there have been complaints about the trailers, but they are at least shelter and better than a lot of those people's homes were before the quake.
  • Susan: Haiti Suggestions: 1. Supply planes should be flying in day or night, one right after the other. Light the runway with tires. It works in other places. 2. TENTS!! Thousands of tents need to set up immediately for all those people on the streets. Tents, with food, clothes and medical supplies. Thank you for all you do!
  • Alberto: With the Province of Guantanamo less than 150 miles away from the disaster zone in Haiti, with tens of empty school buildings capable of housing 500-600 person each, thousands of highly trained healthcare and other professionals, hundreds of thousands of hurricane victims lay exposed to a crude environment, threat of epidemics, only because of a lack of political will of international institutions and powerful governments unwilling to work out an agreement that could enable tens of thousands of victims to find temporary safe haven in Cuba. What will we do in the next 48 hour when massive transmissible diseases spreads like wildfire through Port au Prince.
  • Ronald: tell me whether Cuba has sent its massive amount of doctors and medicine is arriving to Haiti. I recall, Cuba offering to send a massive amount of doctors to USA with tons of medicine but the State Dept denied entry to them for the victims of Katrina. Now, will Cuba get there.
  • Sandy: it's wonderful to see the world come together to help Haiti, my first thought was where was all these people when Katrina hit us. It's been almost five years and our own country isn't put back together. New Orleans still doesn't have a hospital. People are still homeless. The schools haven't been rebuilt. The people affected by Katrina were put through hell, floating dead in the same water other people had to walk through to try to get to some kind of safety. No they weren't buried under rubble, they were dying in sewage water, heat stroke, and thirst for Gods sake! Where was our own government, watching it on T.V And the rest of the world where were they .Helping people in need is a wonderful thing. Taking care of our own should come first. If we have all these resources why isn't the effects of Katrina fixed?

What do you think of the relief efforts in Haiti? How do you think this compares to the mobilization of efforts for Hurricane Katrina? What ideas do you suggest for relief in the devastated nation?


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soundoff (22 Responses)
  1. Clark Justima Jocelyne

    If it is possible
    there is a lot of babies with-out families , no one to care for them .My sister and I are willing to welcome at least 1or 2 of those poor babies .

    January 18, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  2. patricia

    There are people who still have not yet received any assistance. They are located in Carrefour mahottier 75. A lot of victims have died there. Please try to send out this message. They have no food or water. They have no way to get near to the palace. I was contacted today and they need help. Thank you and God bless

    January 18, 2010 at 12:04 am |
  3. nilda

    the united states should send shiping container to haiti to be used as shelter or homes, we have millions of them.just load on a barge time is sliping away dont wait for more lives to be lost becouse of political crap.

    January 17, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  4. Theresa

    why haven't we started dropping supplies from these planes into areas we can not reach. Maybe a riot but at this point , what choice is there. There are communities we haven't that I am sure no one else has. Drop it from the sky in secure containers. Another thought as they have successfully been able to build an oasis on lava for years in Hawaii using a very smart chemist which I know personally , who used the elements in the lava it self and it grows palm trees and gardens of all types. This money going in may not need to be all used for medical here soon, Gods will be done not ours, so thinking how to build this area needs to start , I think at that level.

    January 16, 2010 at 3:31 pm |
  5. Bob Himell

    Haiti is just another example of how unorganized we are for major catastrophes. As with 911 we don't seem to communicate that well and why we haven't dropped food, medicine and security by helicopter is beyond me. We always seem to be a day late and a trillion dollars short. For a country with leadership and "the best military" we let politics slow down the humanitarian side of fair play to all people on this earth.

    Someone please tell me why Heidi Collins left CNN.

    January 16, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  6. eliz wolfgang

    As I said before, the people (civilian) who are in charge do not have the foggiest idea on how to assist in a disaster, i.e. to get the job done. The military should be in charge of every phase in this operation. (Ask Gen Honore') I am speaking about "logistics"......

    January 16, 2010 at 7:11 am |
  7. Deb Smith

    I am saddened by what I see in Haiti. This is a Country that has been robbed by its own Government for years. What a disgrace. It seems as though the US is always the first to provide aid whenever there is a major world disaster however when disaster happens in the US, not even our own Govt is there to help. We have homeless people, an unemployement rate that is the highest it has been in years, a national deficiet in the Billions of dollars. The people in New Orleans still have no homes. I am all for helping others but, we need to help our own as well. Where is our relief Mr Obama? Mr Clinton when are you going to rebuild New Orleans? Mr Buffett how about some help from you?

    January 15, 2010 at 9:35 pm |
  8. Bob Himell

    Why does anyone believe they are intelligent enough to interpret G-ds plan for people or the world. Enter Pat Robertson, a very sad individual !

    Russ Limbaugh is so full of hatred he needs to get re-medicated. To speak out against president Obama who has his hands full from every direction with many parts inherited by our former president is unamerican. Even though I was against most things president Bush and Vice president Chaney did or stood for, they were our leader and as Americans, we need to stand united.

    January 15, 2010 at 7:51 pm |
  9. Melissa S Francois

    URGENT: CNN and ALL OTHER MEDIA and RESCUE TEAMS. DO NOT leave the site of Caribbean Market. We are receiving text messages from people trapped under there. PLEASE help them! It's been days!

    January 15, 2010 at 1:10 pm |
  10. Melissa S Francois

    All i want to say is Thank You to the world for helping my country . We are a strong nation we will make it through this disaster.

    January 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm |
  11. Lee Smith

    Please let us know what corp. America is doing to help in Haiti. Our corps must step up to the plate. Thank You.
    Lee Smith

    January 15, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  12. Gary Stubelick

    I THINK THE AMERICAN PEOPLE SHOULD DEMAND THAT EVERY "FAT CAT" ON WALL STREET SHOULD GIVE UP HALF IF NOT ALL OF THEIR BONUS TO HELP THE HORRIFIC SITUATION IN HAITI...

    I ALSO THINK PRESIDENT OBAMA SHOULD REACH OUT TO THEM TO FORGO THEIR GREED FOR SOME COMPASSION AT THIS DESPERATE TIME...G

    January 15, 2010 at 8:29 am |
  13. Dan Alden

    While I appreciate Dr. Gupta's efforts to convey the story, knowing that he is a doctor and apparently a very capable one, it would be nice to know that since he is on the ground that he his lending his medical expertise – can't some other journalist handle the story telling? Maybe he could save more lives!

    January 15, 2010 at 8:18 am |
  14. Gord

    Can some please explain to me why urgently needed supplies are not being dropped in by helicopter to the unreachable areas? There is constant reporting how aid can not get in as the roads are impassable. So eliminate the roads and deliver by air. Security forces can be delivered by helicopter as well, to help against rioting. Doesn't make sense.

    January 15, 2010 at 7:02 am |
  15. Sandra

    First of all, let me say that my heart & prayers goes out to those poor folks in Haiti but it angers me to no end to see these celebrity grabbing, limelight hungry news figures from every major news outlet sorry but because of Geraldo I have to include Fox in this and the weather channel for clogging up the already limited resources and avenues that rescue and aid workers need to get into Haiti to help these poor people. I even predicted which catastrophe-addicted news people I thought would get there first like Couric, Cooper, Geraldo, and a couple from TWC that I no longer have any respect for. Every since Katrina the same ones seem to have to get their centerstage-catastrophy jumping fix. To add insult to injury they justify being there and shoving their cameras up and personal in those poor grieving people’s faces and death and gore on the pretense to make the world aware of how bad it is so people will be more apt to give, donate and send aid. ‘YOU LIE’!! You are there only to boost your own spotlight-hungry egos and ratings! Get out and let those who are desperately trying to get in and whom have no desire for the fame or glory do their jobs! SHAME ON YOU!!

    January 15, 2010 at 12:44 am |
  16. Angela Savage austin

    I Thank God that his children of this earth has come together to help their fellow brothers and sisters. I pray for all, around the world, I pray for mercy, comfort, healing, love and rebirth for all. I pray for self-rigtheous people who praise God in one breathe and condemn others in their next breathe. This is not of God's Will......the support we give to each other at this time to those who are suffering....is the Will Of God. Thank each and everyone of you. God Bless each and every one of you.

    January 14, 2010 at 9:50 pm |
  17. Harry

    I have heard several of CNN's newscasters saying there is no overall control or organization in the Haiti situation–What do they expect? The country was destroyed, the government destroyed, the infrastructure destroyed, no electricity, no communications. Is some super-governmental organization supposed to arise from the dust?

    January 14, 2010 at 8:47 pm |
  18. Mario V

    It's unfortunate that it takes such a major catastrophe (Haiti) to focus news on something other than the Healthcare debate and all those shenanigans and stories of Iraq, Afghanistan or the middle east. Only the US drowns news of the middle east to which I'm simply tired of hearing. Obviously the problems in Congress or the Middle East have not disappeared due to the Haiti situation, yet the news can focus on that exclusively with little or no attention to the usual problems. In Europe and most Latin American countries, only a very small fraction of news time and news shows are devoted to the middle east. I pray for Haiti and hope other (good) news around the world continues to divert attention away from the tiring and redundent stories of congress inability to function and the middle east.

    January 14, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  19. Brenda

    How about these "finance people" (ie. Goldman Sachs) pay for the rebuilding of Haiti? They seem not to be in touch with the rest of the world: The world that saved them.

    January 14, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  20. Brian

    Can the US government transfer some of the seriously injuried people to their hospitals in Florida so that the medical people on the ground can take care of those who are not seriously injuried. Given the tight medical supply in Haiti at the moment, it's more effective to transfer at least some of the seriously injuried people to a place where they can be better taken care of.

    January 14, 2010 at 4:34 pm |
  21. gary h

    i'v been watching the story on haiti.and this realy gets under my skin.the reason why is at no point and time before the damages that happened ,did anyone care about the poeple of haiti.now it takes a big disaster to happen for the u.s. to step up and help.now on the other hand what will it take for the u.s. to step up and help the american people that are starving ,living out of cardboard boxes,the one's that can't find job's ,and can't get unemployment nor cash assitance.seems to me the united states is willing to help other countries,and not the tax paying and law biteing citizens of the united states.again what is it going to take.thanks for listening.

    January 14, 2010 at 4:07 pm |
  22. Jerry Rome Bass

    Air Bags Move Heavy Obstacles Safely.

    January 14, 2010 at 3:18 pm |