Kentucky Newspaper Says R.I.P, Galveston

A Kentucky newspaper has pronounced Galveston to be DOA, and BOIs aren't happy about it.

A melancholy feature in the Lexington News is headlined "The City That Isn't Coming Back."

The article is written by Amy Wilson, born in La Marque and the daughter of a UTMB professor. She came back to the city with her mother recently, and doesn't see much hope:

I could tell you about the billions in damage. I could tell you that the historic "Wall Street of the South" downtown took on 11 feet of water. That the University of Texas Medical Branch hospital will most likely go from a 600-bed facility to a 200-bed facility when it opens again. That the entire children's section of the massive public library is gone. That the shorebirds and the sea gulls have not returned and it's not clear when they will. That the wind insurance people say the surge is a water insurance problem and the flood insurance people say the surge is a wind insurance problem and that everybody with either or both is getting screwed.

It's a sympathetic article, designed to make the point that Ike has been forgotten in the economic crisis and election news. “An American town, not as glamorous as New Orleans, but as interesting in many ways, is going under,” she writes.

But Galvestonians aren't exactly seeing the sympathy.

Galveston County Daily News reporter Laura Elder notes in her blog that she's getting complaints and that she doesn't necessarily agree with Wilson.

Perhaps the writer was here just days after the storm, when life did indeed seem bleak. And maybe it will take years to recover. I can’t say. Galveston got hit hard

But going under?

I don’t see what she sees.

The comments on the Lexington paper's site say much the same: "The headline to this story is not only wrong, it is offensive," says one reader. "Her gloom and doom attitude toward Galveston is better left to herself since she does not know the whole story."

Another, probably not the best ambassador for the island, informs Wilson that smell she noticed was not mold: "Its not a moldy smell as much as a muggy hot smell," the reader explains.

So come on down!!!

-- Richard Connelly

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