Magazine article Newsweek

The Editor's Desk

Magazine article Newsweek

The Editor's Desk

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CORRECTION: In the Sept. 26 "Editor's Desk" we incorrectly stated that Mississippi Congressman Gene Taylor had a house in Biloxi. We also misstated the location of the Bay St. Louis Bridge. The bridge is not in Biloxi, but connects the cities of Bay St. Louis and Pass Christian, Miss. NEWSWEEK regrets the errors.

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Byline: Mark Whitaker

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Gene Taylor is at the center of two storms now: the deadly hurricane that destroyed his home in Biloxi, Miss., and the tempest brewing about how much it's going to cost to rebuild the region he loves. When Howard Fineman checked in with the plain-spoken congressman from Mississippi last week, the conservative Democrat talked about the pain of losing his house to Katrina. "I didn't have the heart to take a picture of what was left," he said. But as a veteran of Washington politics, Taylor had worrisome visions of red tape, waste and pork ahead. "The government's got to totally rebuild the Bay St. Louis Bridge," Taylor said, referring to a Biloxi landmark. "It's a four-lane concrete bridge and it's gone. Now the longstanding policy is that when you replace a bridge like that you are supposed to enlarge it to eight lanes. Are they gonna do that? Four would be good enough for me."

With generators imported from Washington lighting the streets of New Orleans behind him, George W. Bush last week proposed the biggest federal relief program in a generation to relocate the victims of Katrina and rebuild the destroyed areas of Louisiana and Mississippi. …

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