Lots of things to occupy a mind on this Sunday morning. Rescuers finally arrived in New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf Coast but the delay in response must be addressed and must not be allowed to happen again.

The images on newscasts disturb even a cynical newspaperman. How could this be allowed to happen in the richest, most powerful, country in the world? Why did the government response agencies tasked with rapid action sit on their hands for nearly a week?

Spent Saturday morning loading food and water on planes at Roanoke Municipal Airport and then the afternoon trying to work kinks out of over-extended muscles. Then reviewed reports of fundraising efforts by our sister web site.

Our work on Katrina relief efforts has delayed launch of the new web site, FloydCounty.Com. The new launch date is September 15. When people lay dying on the streets of a major American city, work on a new web site is hardly a high priority.