Hey folks—– I heard some political “humor” the last night that rubbed me the wrong way. Americans are not the only ones assisting those suffering in Haiti. In the city management profession, it is often said that “there is not a Democratic way nor a Republican way to fill a pothole; there is only the correct way.” For those so inclined to use a disaster to posture forward a political position, please recognize that this is not the time for inane bantering about the subject; that is—- which country is doing the best job assisting Haiti.
There is work to be done; the disaster is too big for one country to complete the job on its own; many are assisting— not just Americans; and politics and should not be entering into the conversation about how best to respond to the citizens in Haiti—– we all need to do it the correct way.
Recent reports on the Internet indicate that besides the enormous amount of aid coming out of the United States, that Cuba has sent 30 doctors to add to the 400 Cuban medical staff and two field hospitals already established in the Haitian capital. Brazil indicates it is sending $10 million dollars in disaster aid and 28 tons of drinking water and food. Peru is sending 50 tons of food, 18 medical staff and two field hospitals reports the country’s health minister.