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Debbie Elliott reads from our listeners' letters.


And now your letters. Several listeners commented on our coverage of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. C. Kala Simmons(ph) denounced what she called, quote, "The disgraceful treatment of African-Americans in the media. We are livid," Ms. Simmons writes, "over the terms used: refugees, looting and the keeping of law and order."

Listener Michael Reckia(ph), of Kalamazoo, Michigan, also said he was disgusted with our coverage. He asks: `Why must you politicize even the plight of these poor victims. If I didn't know any better, I would think that George Bush and the federal government had actually started the hurricane and orchestrated its effects.'

If you'd like to weigh in on our coverage, please go to our Web site, npr.org. Click on the link `contact us,' select WEEKEND ALL THINGS CONSIDERED and send us your thoughts. And while you're at our Web site, why don't you click on the NPR podcast link. You'll be able to download NPR's most popular stories to your computer or MP3 audio player.

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