Sep 1 2006

Letters to the Editor

Ageism and Katrina Neil deMause’s piece is excellent (“Katrina’s Vanishing Victims,” 7-8/06), especially in showing that the media’s memory for race and class lasted just about a month. But what of age? That is still the most underreported story of all. The “vast majority” of the people who died in New Orleans were old, Martin Smith reported on Frontline’s special on “The Storm” (11/22/06). Katrina was “one of the worst medical catastrophes for the aged in recent U.S. history,” reporter Roma Khanna concluded in the Houston Chronicle (1/28/05). As early as late November, the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals […]