Thursday, January 05, 2006

Explain the headline

This very positive article about steps being taken to speed New Orleans recovery is headlined "Official: Politics slowing recovery." What gives?

A state official on Wednesday defended the pace of state government's response to the hurricanes, citing especially a new building code and new charter schools in New Orleans.

But Baton Rouge businessman Sean Reilly, a member of the Louisiana Recovery Authority's board of directors, said he regrets that the agency can't do more to reform New Orleans' political practices that he said are retarding recovery there.

Gov. Kathleen Blanco created the authority last fall in the wake of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Blanco staffers run the authority, and a board of people from inside and outside the state oversees its work.

Reilly said the authority is moving quickly and effectively and that criticism of the state's recovery effort is unfair.

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