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American Opinion: On the slow clean up in the country of Haiti:

From The Associated Press

An excerpt from recent editorials in newspapers in the United States:

From The Associated Press

On the slow clean up in the country of Haiti:

When a savage earthquake nearly destroyed the Haitian capital of Port-au-Prince in January, the world responded at once. Food, medicine, makeshift shelter, and brigades of aid workers arrived within days to begin the massive task of rescue and recovery. Fortunately, Haiti has avoided the worst outcomes many feared. Famine, deadly epidemics, widespread disorder and worsening conditions due to perennial tropical storms haven't happened. That's a tribute to the many volunteers, governments and organizations that labored to give the people of Haiti a helping hand, with an assist from Mother Nature.

Yet a visitor to Port-au-Prince and surrounding areas would be surprised -- and dismayed -- to see mountains of rubble everywhere, nine months after the quake. Not until recent days, according to a report in The New York Times, has the government begun the essential task of removing debris.

It's a small start -- a contract worth up to $13.5 million out of a debris removal program expected to cost $1.2 billion -- but hopefully a sign that Haitian authorities and their international backers finally realize the importance of the cleanup job.

Wonderful plans for the future of Haiti can't begin to materialize as long as the capital is mired in rubble.

-- The Miami Herald