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Publishing Pearlington

Dear Editor: What a source of encouragement your continual coverage of Pearlington, Miss., in her post-Katrina recovery has been, not only to P-towners who no longer live there, but also to P-towners who are still struggling to piece life back together – and wondering if they even matter to their country.As Mardi Gras brought attention back to New Orleans, “the city that care forgot,” I realized once again that Pearlington has become “the city that America forgot.” I have searched through the publications meant to memorialize the disaster, sure that I would find many pictures and stories of my hometown – the town which literally looked this monster storm directly in the eye as she made her third and final landfall. Yet I find little to none.To mainstream media, Pearlington does not exist, and neither do the struggles of her residents. Only in your newspaper have I found consistent, compassionate reporting on a town which, if not for your community, could very well have simply ceased existing.Might I suggest the publication of a small book documenting your coverage of Pearlington since Katrina? There is no other publication dedicated to her residents, to my knowledge. Even the Gulf Coast newspaper, to which Pearlington residents have long subscribed, released a book documenting Katrina and barely mentioned the small town. As a memorial to Pearlington’s struggle and in tribute to your sacrificial community who have given so much of themselves for a community that once was a stranger to them, perhaps a simple collection of articles and pictures would be fitting. It would be yet another contribution to Pearlington – a tangible reminder that although America never gave Pearlington a second glance, your community poured out its resources and its prayers in her behalf, giving her hope for a future and reassurance that she mattered in the present. Esther SaylesEnterprise, Kan.


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