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March 11th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Sound Off: Your comments 3/10/10

Editor's Note: Many of you offered suggestions on what to do for shelter in Haiti to protect people from the rain. Some mentioned “various prototypes and companies already producing emergency shelter options around the world,” and using some of the “6 million surplus shipping containers every year from China.” Some of you asked where the Haitian President has been staying since the earthquake, and how is all of the donated money being used to help the victims of the quake.
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I know that you strive for keeping them honest! As I listen to you right now talking to Sean Penn, please find out why the tents and AC units ready to go for weeks have not been shipped. Contact Big Top, a major US Defense Department contractor in Florida to see why contracts have not been signed.

Shelter for the Haiti people before the rains. Millions of excess containers are available in the USA. They could quickly be converted in rain proof shelters.

The big white elephant in the room that you are avoiding and protecting is the Haitian government. Why aren't you exposing them? I want to see photos of the Haitian president and all the important Haitian leaders. I want to know where they've been since the earthquake. What were they doing? I want to know where they live and where they work, and what are they doing now. I want you to interview them on the air. I'm tired of seeing the Haitian people suffer because they're too ignorant to even know they have the right to storm the presidential palace and demand action. I think CNN's focus should turn on their government and spotlight if they are stealing donated money and donated goods coming into the country. You should be asking them what their plans are in helping the people.

As someone interested in issues relating to shelter and especially relating to emergency shelter I was interested to see this evening's piece on the Haiti shelter crisis. What I haven't seen much coverage of as yet (unless I missed it somehow) is coverage of the various prototypes and companies already producing emergency shelter options around the world. I think it would be enlightening if AC360 looked into this and did a piece on the various companies and nonprofits working in this area. Thanks for considering this idea.

Anderson – I have been to Haiti and I thank you for your service there. Tent cities are not the answer- our trade deficit with China is! We have 6 million surplus shipping containers every year from China. These are insulated, well constructed rectangular housing units with wood floors that could be stacked and quickly made into apartment complexes in Haiti! Tents, really?? Los Angeles was looking at using these containers as low income housing. You can cut doors and windows into them as well as stack them 5-10 high! That is the answer for quick rebuilding of Haiti, please pass it on!!! Your voice goes further than mine!


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  1. Denise Barlow

    I've asked this question before. Where is the Haitian government in all this? Why are they letting the people live in such terrible conditions? I'll bet any amount of money the Haitian president and his family aren't living in shelters build from rubble.

    March 11, 2010 at 12:12 pm |
  2. Curt Mick

    Four things every American should demand from Congress:
    1) Campaign finance reform (real, not watered down)!
    2) Tougher regulations for Wall Street,!
    3) No more corporate influence peddling in D.C.!
    4) No more pork!
    It's no wonder we face economic hardships, we've given over control of our Government to Corporations. I for one am tired of being enslaved by them. It's time the American people wake up and take back ownership of their own government! Call, email, or write your representatives and demand these measures be made into law,
    How disgusting is D.C. corruption, and how much more must we stomach?

    March 11, 2010 at 11:59 am |
  3. Claudia, Long Island NY

    I have been thinking with all the money raised for Haiti, why cant we use SOME of the money and get all the cruise lines together and offer them incentives to use their fleet of ships to house some of the people in haiti. These Ships can hold around 5000 people. these people would get the shelter and food they needed. This would also allow the Organizations a place to get their aid out most efficiently.
    because cruise ships have to plan logistics all the time, that they can help coordinate all the different aid that is coming in , while moving hte people out of the most devistated area's allowing for clean up and removal of debris so the gov't can use the remaining $$ for rebuilding.

    March 11, 2010 at 11:24 am |