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Mayor Fenty pledges to help Haitian quake victims

The D.C. government is poised to send 100 firefighters and a K-9 search unit as well as several tons of supplies to Haiti, Mayor Adrian Fenty announced this morning at a press conference with the Hatian Ambassador.

Fenty said mental health counselors also are standing by to help people local residents who may be having difficulty coping with the images they're seeing on television.

"This is one of the most catostrophic events ever to hit our planet," Fenty said. "As spokesman for Washington D.C. you can not say to Mr. Ambassador and to the men and a women of his country how deeply moved and sorrowful we are.''

Fenty said federal officials have asked the District assets that could be donated to the relief effort. Fenty said the city is also willing to send five trucks and will be setting up collection points in several city buildings so that people can donate items. However, Fenty emphsized that money, rather than goods, may be the best way to help quake victims.

-- Hamil R. Harris

By Christopher Dean Hopkins  |  January 15, 2010; 2:40 PM ET
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When asked early on what the city would do to aid the Hatian people, Fenty said that DC would wait and see what other "Big City" Mayors would do, then he would respond accordingly.

Now THAT'S leadership....NOT!

Posted by: concernedaboutdc | January 16, 2010 1:28 PM | Report abuse

The District of Columbia have $666 million deficit. Also, King Adrian Fenty closed and privatized the D.C. Department of Mental Health and it have been a disaster. Currectly D.C. mental health consumers are not getting appropriate care. Mayor Adrian M. Fenty is full of BS. He's grandstanding as usual in an election year. I will not be voting for him nor D.C. Council Chairman Vincent Gray.

Posted by: Dracula1 | January 16, 2010 6:18 PM | Report abuse

I suppose he'll rely on the advice of Sinclair Skiner as well. After all, if he can get a firetruck and ambulance moving, surely he can get supplies into Haiti. My donation will go to a proven charity, thank you!

Posted by: candycane1 | January 17, 2010 3:49 PM | Report abuse

The problem with the media coverage and attention span stems from too much coverage and too repetitive coverage. You see the same clips and commentary over and over. CNN has been particularly bad about this. I normally have it on in the background all day to keep up with what's happening in the world. I turned it off yesterday, because I'd seen the same clips and commentary over and over for four or five hours. People would pay attention longer if they weren't buried under continuous repetition of the same thing. Something else must have happened in the last few days, you'd never know it from the news coverage.

I care for the victims down there, I really do. But I think it is in our best interest and theirs to spend whatever is necessary to rebuild Haiti or help them assimilate into neighboring islands such as Jamaica or Cuba. Bringing them to the USA is obviously not going to make a lot of us happy, and we all know we would still have to pay as much for them being here as we would if we spent the money rebuilding their nation. Seriously, I think this would be the most reasonable approach to stop the already out of control immigration in the USA. Rebuilding or relocating Haitians to surrounding islands is well worth risking than the alternative of taking them all into Western nations.

Posted by: Ward4DC | January 17, 2010 10:01 PM | Report abuse

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