Drop in the Bucket

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Cody Morton
10 October 2011
Drop in the Bucket
Imagine a family that is struggling to get by and are suddenly stripped from their suburban home because of a natural disaster, such as a flood, that tore through the house like it was butter, and flooded their basement to halfway up their stair case to the second level. Everything they had worked for, all the memories made and all of their most prized possessions were lost. But the insurance denied the claim and did not give you any money to rebuild or buy a new house. The one car that survived is the new home of a family with three kids, another on the way and their dog living with the clothes on their backs, nowhere to go, and no money for a new hotel, let alone a new house. This is similar to what happened to thousands of families in New Orleans when hurricane Katrina obliterated many neighborhoods, leaving families stranded on roofs and in the streets with no help from the government and their insurance companies.

The article “Drop in the Bucket” was written by Karrie Jacobs for the public of America to become aware of the actions of the government and their way of taking care of its peoples, especially in New Orleans. The article insists that the government is not helping the American people at all, and that we the people of America should be treated better and more like humans than animals. The government is giving the population of New Orleans, well I should say a very small piece of New Orleans’ population hurt by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 that were not covered by their insurance for their flooded houses.

To begin, the audience of this article is directed to the people who want to help the Katrina survivors with building new homes and giving them a better life with their family. The article is directed towards someone that feels pity for those who lost everything in the hurricane and wants to give something to those less fortunate. The purpose of this piece is to induce a reaction from the American...
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