FEMA should bend the rules on trailers to help Jersey residents

The Oklahoman Editorial Published: December 17, 2012
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FEMA will let its trailers be placed in distant trailer parks, but not next to damaged homes. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said he wants no part of mobile homes, no matter where they're placed. “We don't need FEMA trailers,” he said. “We are focusing on getting people back in their homes.”

Victims are focused on getting back in their homes as well. It's cold outside. It's the holiday season. Wouldn't a temporary trailer be preferable to living with relatives or at a shelter, even if it means bending the rules? Maybe Bloomberg needs to sweeten his attitude with a soft drink exceeding 16 ounces. Nope. Those aren't welcome in Gotham either.

Perhaps FEMA ice for the sodas would be. At least it wouldn't go to waste the way it did a few years when the agency spent nearly $70 million to buy and store ice and then $3 million to dispose of it. The $73 million ice escapades puts an opaque glaze on the clear picture of relief promised by Obama a few days before the election.

Hours before the storm, the president said, “We're going to cut through red tape. We're not going to get bogged down with a lot of rules.” In a postelection visit to the region, Obama said, “We're going to have to put some of the turf battles aside ...”

How about putting some trailers on the turf, Mr. President, rather than getting bogged down with rules?

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