Wait, what? Is it just me?

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Sep 4 02:05:52 UTC 2012

On Mon, Sep 3, 2012 at 8:37 PM, Baker, John <JBAKER at stradley.com> wrote:
> Although that's an odd use of "but" in The Atlantic,  the sentence from Time seems to me completely unremarkable.  I have no trouble seeing the contrast between New Orleans, where most levees held (implying relatively little damage), and the more problematic situation in Haiti, where the hurricane cause multiple deaths and presumably other harm as well.

I see.

By contrast, the failure of the levees in Haiti resulted in the deaths
of 24 people.

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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