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The Daily Nightly began on May 31, 2005. As Brian wrote in his first post it aims to provide a narrative of the broadcast day and a window into the editorial process at NBC Nightly News. Brian weighs in every weekday and NBC News correspondents and producers post regularly.

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The poison of sea salt

The flooding in Vermilion Parish became something I could touch and feel today. You pick up a leaf, a twig, anything on the ground that was covered by more than 24 feet of water, and white powder flakes off. That powder is sea salt, other minerals, toxic sludge and who knows what else was in the water, and it dried on everything... Grass, rice fields, houses, fence posts, dead animals, everything. It's annoying, it looks like snow on farm fields, and it well and truly kills everything green it touches, perhaps for years. It will take huge amounts of rain to dilute the poison enough to let crops grow or to let cattle graze. With no crops and nothing to feed cattle, you don't make any money, and you go out of business. Unfortunately, usually a family business.

Tonight we head to the sea. The Gulf of Mexico and Louisiana have had a love-hate relationship since statehood. We all love what comes from the sea and what the coast offers. We hate it when the sea turns angry. What most of us don't realize, and you really cannot see, was what a hurricane does to the ocean, just offshore. Tons of silt, debris and other things toxic to sea life are churned up and left on the bottom of the ocean. You can't see any of that. But for the people who make a living from the sea, the scar on the ocean itself can be devastating. Thursday we'll talk with fishermen and oystermen, who can tell us what Katrina and Rita did to them.

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Brain,

I like the idea that I can get your broadcast later in the day. As you know the daily grind dosn't allow me to be at home for the nightly news and now I'll be able to get your broadcast on the internet later in when I get home! Great Idea...

John Altmann
Johnsburg,IL

Dear Brian, thanks for the invite to write. I had a simular invite from CNN about hurricanes and I ask them this: Why can't we fly over the eye of a hurricane while it's in open waters and drop a small bomb into it and litterly destroy it? Without the eye,it is no longer a hurricane and will die in its tracks.I don't think I need to mention the billions saved including people's lives.Would you care to tell me "why not!"
Thanks Brian

Thank you all for covering this catastrophic event in the gulf! This is such important coverage and hope you can continue for weeks,months and years to come. I worked a relief team one week and the devastation around us was something that needs to be forever eteched in our minds that this can happen to us too. Volunteers can make an impact and the people are so thankful for any help given. Plus they are feeling so blessed just to be alive, one lady we helped is still waiting on a FEMA trailer in Biloxi? Wish I knew who to call to help her. Our team of eight from our church helped clean out 4 homes, tore the dry wall down in one, built two ramps for trailers, for a double amputee and another crippled lady. (I won't discuss all we found in the sludge and debris along the way.) The people in the region will forever be in my heart for their strength and courage.

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