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I also think of the fanfare that stays flexible by training every week on the front steps around the corner, with my neighbors dancing on the lawn, six feet apart. On a rainy afternoon this winter, I took a walk with my daughter, who was then 4, just as the group was packing. She cried because we missed the music. The trumpeter saw her tears, demanded that all instruments come out of their cases, and the band performed their demand: “What a Wonderful World”.

The truth is, it’s hard to live in Louisiana. The truth is, too, that many places are difficult to live in these days, and Louisiana has the advantage of being relatively easy to love. In fact, it seems everyone loves New Orleans enough to want to come over for a long weekend, as apparently every block now has an Airbnb – or two or three – that drives up housing costs, especially in the raised quarters.

Clearly, fewer people love New Orleans enough to insist, once they get home, that their representatives in Congress vote for climate, infrastructure, or welfare legislation that could give this city a few decades. additional, or increase the number of people who can make a viable living here, or anywhere else in the United States.

Instead, we’re told to be resilient, which usually means we have to try to find individual solutions to our structural problems.

Standing outside the Carrollton water plant last May, Mr. Biden joked to reporters, “I’m collecting money.” If Louisiana’s vulnerability was unique, maybe charity would be enough.

But if you yourself live near a coast, I recommend solidarity today. Or, for that matter, if you drink water from the public network, take drugs produced by federally funded research and development, put your children in a public school or your parents in a retirement home, or just enjoy the occasional convenience of a bridge that doesn’t fall, you might be interested in this infrastructure bill.

At $ 1,000 billion, it offers a modest down payment on our collective needs – strengthening roads and bridges like the ones my family and I will use to return home whenever power returns and schools reopen. Look also at the $ 3.5 trillion budget reconciliation package that Congress is also considering, which comes one step closer to the scale of the problems that lie ahead.


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