March 18th, 2009
07:06 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 3/17/09

Editor's Note: Many of you were really pleased with our program last night, which took place in Chalmette, Louisiana, just outside the city of New Orleans. Many thanked Anderson for offering encouragement during their hard times. A lot of you wanted more coverage of the FEMA trailer story. And a lot of you were angry about the AIG bonus story and wanted the names of the executives to be released to the public.

Thank you for having uplifting encouragement in these hard times. Also having good news on how our fellow human beings are treating each other is wonderful to hear. I do have a few questions: Why did AIG want to send banks overseas millions of dollars? (I believe at least 3 banks)

The St. Bernard project has proven to be the ideal organization who should receive funds from FEMA. What we need right now is honest and dedicated people such as those involved in the St. Bernard project to be given the funds so they can continue giving homes to families who have been displaced for far too long. The government and agencies have been given the opportunity to fix the housing situation in New Orleans and have failed.

Being from New Orleans we understand the difficulty of recovering from a major crisis. We also understand those that came back from the storm strongest did not wait for government to fix our problems. Expecting government to fix an entire city has proven to be a serious challenge and a painfully slow process. Expecting government to fix an entire nation's fiscal crisis that leaks into the global arena is simply feeding an endless black hole. Keep printing money at this pace makes me wonder if what money we have left in our savings will be worth anything…

Release the names of AIG Exec. Let the public make it impossible for these people spend that bonus money by revoking credit cards, and refusing to do business with them.

This evening, I could hardly believe I was watching, and listening to a news program with a host, and juvenile gathering behind him. The New Orleans youngsters, behind AC, were so mature in their behavior, i.e. not ogling, waving, and "making faces" to the camera. They should be praised for their control and presence.

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Isabel

    The controversy surrounding the AIG doesn’t stop. What we actually are discovering is that the financial market was completely crazy. A large casino, without rules and with little supervision.

    The chairman of AIG, Edward Liddy, was required to pay bonuses to executives because everything was right in the contract. But with public money?

    But the impression that gives is that the government Obama is walking in circles. The package of assistance to the financial system has not left the paper.

    March 18, 2009 at 3:27 pm |
  2. concerned citizen

    Next time you are in New Orleans make sure you go to the Fair Grounds (race track & casino) and see how many people are there that are begging for help from Fema. Ninety percent are on food stamps, disability and a lot of Federal programs that most of the U.S. are not aware of. They smoke and drink like money grows on trees and do not worry where their next dollar will come from because they know that the Federal goverment will take care of them. People like you make a good living on them by telling their lies. They will tell you they lived in the project all their lives and never worked a day in their lives and feel it is owed to them because they were slaves. If they were still in Africa they would be starving to death and have no possibility of getting an education. They are well fed and have a roof over their heads for free, free education, don't work and still complain. When will you tell that story?

    March 18, 2009 at 11:56 am |
  3. C Ryan

    Why doesn't anyone address the real problem? Our elected officials don't read. This is their excuse for all of the horrible bills they have passed. It seems to be accepted. This is not AIG's problem; they are supposed to look out for themselves. It is our elected officials that have not done their jobs looking out for the people who gave them their jobs. Lord, even the Academy Awards won't let you vote if you have not seen the movie. It seems so simple; if you have not read the bill you can't vote on it!

    March 18, 2009 at 11:43 am |
  4. janice gardner

    people think it is really big news to tell people how to save money . have they ever thought of using common sense . if they have any great ideas please tell me ,everything they are saying i knew probably before most of them were born and i almost forgot , i didn't go to college and i still make more sense than most of them . thank you

    March 18, 2009 at 11:36 am |
  5. charles lebouef

    watching the goverment hearing on AIG this morning and i am somewhat confused by the statement of one of the witnesses that stated he only recieves $1.00 a year in annual salary. How can he expect the american public to be so gullible to believe he lives on $1.00 a year. He surely has other income or has gotten previous bonuses that allows him to work for $1.00 a year. I know i could not live on his salary. To me this smacks of an arrogance that i cant even put into words. These people think americans are a herd of sheep and we should have pity or understanding about his salary. I am not that stupid and i truly believe that the taxpaying public has more intelligence than the people that run these companies

    March 18, 2009 at 11:26 am |
  6. meenas17

    Public behaviour should be decent. A take from the youngsters of new Orleans is admirable.
    Crimanals get punished.
    Thiefs are penalised.
    The executives escape unscathed.
    A question which boggles every mind .

    March 18, 2009 at 11:23 am |