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January 14th, 2010
08:34 AM ET

Haiti Earthquake

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Filed under: Heidi Collins
soundoff (245 Responses)
  1. Myron

    We should send some National Guard units to aid in the Haiti crisis.

    January 14, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  2. Johann Grobler

    I am overwhelmed by what is happening in Haiti. Thank you to all individuals, organisations, and governments that are assisting these poor people. Compassion and goodwill is alive and well. God bless all of you.

    January 14, 2010 at 8:43 am |
  3. michael armstrong sr.

    Air drop some stuff.

    January 14, 2010 at 9:16 am |
  4. Catherine Beebe

    Dear CNN, 1/14/10

    As hard a time as the people are having right now in Haiti. The earth quake is a blessing. How? Now the people of Haiti have a chance to make their home a place the worlds people would want to visit. It's harder to tear down. Then remove.The possiblities for this country are wide open.

    Sincerely,
    Feebe

    January 14, 2010 at 9:42 am |
  5. ken

    China has already arrived in haiti with doctors and emergency supplies. Why can china which is thousands of miles away arrive ahead of the u.s. which is only a couple of hundred air miles away.
    The u.s. spends more than all countries combined on the military but china still beat us. China already owns our debt maybe it is time to outsource defense and security to china.

    January 14, 2010 at 9:42 am |
  6. P Stevens

    Just heard that paratroopers were on their way to Haiti. So why doesn't the military do air drops of food and water directly to the areas where it's needed and let the paratroopers oversee distribution?

    January 14, 2010 at 9:43 am |
  7. Steve

    It is unconscionable that the Haitian government, devastated though it is, is doing virtually nothing to organize relief for their own citizens. When the Haitian president was filmed at the Port au Prince airport, I got a sense that he was really there to try to fly out of Haiti. I hope I'm wrong.

    January 14, 2010 at 9:45 am |
  8. rich sottilaro

    When are we going to get more outrageous remarks from religious right wing fringe?? This a huge disaster and all these people can do is try to give us the EXACT reason as to why a NATURAL disaster would occur!!
    Outrageous beyond belief but not to be unexpected from the fringe!!
    My heart goes out to all Haitians

    rich

    January 14, 2010 at 9:46 am |
  9. John Tyler

    I visited Haiti 40 years ago while in the US Navy. My ship was there for 3 days but I only went to Port Au Prince once and stayed on the ship the remaining 2 days. The poverty was unbelievable so I couldn't go back because it was something I had never experienced first hand and I was overwhelmed. After watching the video coming out of there after this earthquake the life style of the people hasn't improved since I was there 40 years ago. I don't understand how we as a nation with all that we have can let them continue to live like they do. Shame on the US for allowing the continued exploitation of these people. We help people elsewhere in the world to improve their way of life and let our neighbors continue to suffer. It's time for the American people to step up and help. A lot of us think we have it bad but after watching the news reports people here don't realize how blessed we are.

    January 14, 2010 at 9:47 am |
  10. P Stevens

    Just heard that the military does plan airdrops and establishment of distribution of food and water. That's great! What I didn't hear was, how soon? The situation is one of desperation for the people. Getting food and water to them is a must...needs to happen now.

    January 14, 2010 at 9:54 am |
  11. jean Gassaway

    Why haven't we sent Cruise ships down to Haiti. Seems like a good place to start. Food and shelter all in one.
    Jeannie

    January 14, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  12. ZCooper

    Heidi,

    Just watching the Urban Search & Rescue Task Force. Their German Shepherd, was searching without anything to protect his paws... this to me seems that it would be totally unacceptable. If the Shepherd is injured, he will be pulled from the search... with so many places yet to be explored – not having his paws protected is unacceptable.

    Z

    January 14, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  13. Nate

    Let's see if Lloyd Blankfein CEO of Goldman Sachs can find his soul and write a check to the most needy, the people of Haiti. Lets see is he was born with a soul?

    January 14, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  14. Robert from Stillwater, MN

    Conspicuously absent from the list of corporate donors ... those banks we bailed out. The same banks poised to pay out massive bonuses. They need a thundering round of applause from all of us for their leadership in this crisis.

    January 14, 2010 at 10:31 am |
  15. linda van etten

    just saw on cnn ...that.... walmart....world's largest....retailer is giving
    a....... mere.........600,000....dollars........what's up with that..........
    they could definately ....give..... alot.....more........so could the other...corporations ...listed....and what ...about...bill gates....oprah...and all the other.......wealthy....people.....i don't have 5.00....to give....sure wish i did...it is up ...to the.....corporations – banks-and all the wealthy ....to help

    January 14, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  16. Dennis Herwig

    Heidi,
    Dr. Gupta says he is a doctor first and a reporter second.
    My question is, is he helping to treat the survivors?

    January 14, 2010 at 10:49 am |
  17. Deborah

    I've seen reports on facebook that Preval actually left Haiti and is in the Dominican Republic. That was not my impression from seeing him interviewed at the Port-au-Prince airport. Said he was looking for a place to work. He said he was leaving the airport because he couldn't work there either. But he was interviewed later in the day by the Miami Herald in Port-au-Prince.
    A Haitian in the U.S. said yesterday that a school collapsed last year and the country has still not been able to rebuild/recover from that. "Now that a whole city has collapsed, what can you expect?"

    January 14, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  18. Ike

    For all you people saying China beat us to Haiti... the first Chinese landed at an airstrip controlled by US forces. Media with an agenda? No way!

    January 14, 2010 at 10:56 am |
  19. Patti Gettis

    I think that it would be perfect if the recipients of the bonuses at those big banks that have not a clue as to what life is all about.

    I think they should go to Haiti and personally hand over their bonuses and donate their precious time and fly back to the states in the belly of a cargo plane.

    thanks
    patti gettis

    January 14, 2010 at 11:01 am |
  20. Jeff

    Heidi

    I see there are many ways to pledge money to help Haiti, but is there any way to pledge my time and my body....ie my back, my arms , my hands, my legs, eyes etc, etc? I have no money to offer, but I do have time and an able body that I would pledge if I only knew how. None of the links on CNN provides to these relief organizations provide opportunities for individuals to pledge time, but rather several ways to donate money. Can you help me?

    January 14, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  21. Fritz Ortho

    How come the rescue of the girl in Haiti that just ran with Anderson Cooper showed the girl was not even dirty after being trapped under the rubble?

    January 14, 2010 at 11:11 am |
  22. Dez

    Many have asked why? what is the reason for so much pain and suffering in the country of Haiti, disaster after disaster! ....maybe its because The powers that be wanted the world to stop and take a look at this poor country where the nations people had been suffering long before the hurricanes and now tragic earthquake. These people have always needed our help... and now that the spotlight is on them hopefully they will get the help that they so desperately need. Still praying for friends unaccounted for

    January 14, 2010 at 11:22 am |
  23. Kris M.

    I am horrified to see the CNN poll, as to what sort of ways people are giving donations to help Haiti. 57% are not donating at all! And CNN keeps repeating that 95% of Haiti is Black on the ticker. So what?! Get that off the ticker CNN! It is not necessary at all. Why not say it is 15% white?!

    This is a horrible situation in Haiti, or for ANY Country, and I am a just one American who HAS donated what amounts to a typical American's daily total of a Starbucks Coffee and a Big Mac for the day, to help. I may not have much, but they have nothing in Haiti. What if this happened in America? There is no reason for NOT donating what you can to help those much more in need than YOU!

    For those not donating, I say shame on you. Sleep safe in your bed, eat your microwave dinner while watching the news, and keep thinking that nothing bad will ever happen to you, and that you will never need help.

    Better yet, go sleep on the sidewalk, have nothing to eat or drink, fill your lungs with dust, crush your own legs, scream for help that does not come... and then think again how lucky you are...Can you live with yourself now? DONATE!!!

    January 14, 2010 at 11:29 am |
  24. dan igou

    Good Morning, my name is Dan, I am here to express my suggestion in this horrible diaster in haiti. Having Dr. Sanjay is a great Dr. to be the leader and corridinator for this diaster. He is very knowledgable and would be the perfect person to organize the medical drs. currently there and those they are sending over. I really believe he could be this person to orchestrate this incredible siyuation over in the islands. I hope for the wellness on these people he is allowed to take charge in using his knowledge to get this severe tragisty stabilized. I have listened to sanjay and have watched his work.he would be this person to take the lead over there. Hope he gets this message i highly believe in his complete humaninity for human life. thank you for listening and passing this on to the appriate people. Dan Igou

    January 14, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  25. Rick Bendera

    Tell your man Josh Levy to stop patting Americans on the back for being there first. It gets sicking to hear the drum beat as to how great you are with respect to this tragedy. There are other nations there as well helping out.

    For once, let someone other than yourself, say that the US contribution is appreciated. It is unfortunate that the USA has to be its only cheerleader.

    January 14, 2010 at 11:37 am |
  26. Roger Lavender

    This Haitain Earthquake is/should a wake-up call to those living in the western and central US. The San Andres and New Iberia areas of this country are just as exposed as Haiti. What about the super-volcano at Yosemite National Park. I could not imagine the devestation and loss if a 7.0 earthquake occurred in either of those areas. Can either withstand waiting 24-72 hours for help to arrive? Do the people in those areas understand fully the impact on them if such an event occurred?

    Thanks,

    January 14, 2010 at 11:48 am |
  27. Otis

    Tony: Would you ask your experts... Does the Richter Scale measure an earthquake at the point of the event or at the surface? Seems to me that an earthquake only 6-miles deep has a far greater potential for destruction than a 7.0 earthquake 60-miles deep. Does the Richter Scale take the depth of the event into account or do we need another measuremnet tool?

    January 14, 2010 at 12:08 pm |
  28. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    If Yellowstone goes then the whole world is worm food [ Roger ] theres just some things that men cant do nothing about im more worried about the San Madrid fault line its due to go crazy .

    January 14, 2010 at 12:14 pm |
  29. Sam

    I just saw Elizabeth Cohen's second or third spot on her frustration about her and the Miami doctors not getting to take off for Haiti. I understand everyone wants to help but please CNN. There is limited runway capacity and there are numerous C-17s carrying tons of supplies, equipment (including helicopters) and military personnel with water perification and mobile hospital capabilities from all over the world circling the airport waiting to land – we need to make tough choices about priorities that will benefit the maximum number of Haitians.

    January 14, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  30. Roger Lavender

    My bad [Michael] – I meant "New Madrid Fault" and your point is well taken concerning the Yellowstone condition.

    January 14, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
  31. Dan

    Do you remember Noah's ark? Jonah and Ninevah? Sodom and Gomorrah? And now Voodooism. Maybe the almighty is angered by our wickedness on this earth.
    Trust in JC.

    January 14, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
  32. Jose R

    Tony, I am so sorry about this earthquake in Haiti,so I think this is a great opportunity for the G-20 to get together and show the world,what we can do all together to imprube the uve the life of millions of the poorest country on this side of the world. I personally sugest to send a group of 15000 children,women and old people,to 200 especial camps where this g-20 group can provide this people with assistance and education to this people until Haiti had been restaured,these camps could be use late for other tragedies,Haiti can be re order divided in seccions where each of this countries would participate in part of the costruction of the new Haiti,the young people from 13 to 21 years old can be train at each camp,until the costruccion of the seccion where ever they going to work and live is finish and ready to run; I am sure there must be a lot of more qualify people to get this idea,together,I am just tire to see on every event like it,people watch that on Tv for 1 week,and nothing really get fix. Like Katrina and other tragedies It is the time to have some camps set up ready to receive people in those conditions,and mean camps in all this countries that claim to be friendly and willing make of this world a better place to live.

    January 14, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  33. ken

    Why is the u.s. controlling anything in haiti. Who put the u.s. military in charge of haiti. We need to coordinate with other countries and stop being control freaks.

    January 14, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  34. chaney

    All that who's first business is not neccessary...Real good stuff CNN.The FAA will have to filter these airplanes in as they can...it will all get done. It takes time and that is what some dont have enough of. When this is over could everyone take a hard look at getting this country up and productive......

    January 14, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  35. Sheila, Arizona

    Why didn't Dom Repubic suffer from earthquake? Same small island. Please explain the geology that concerns this.

    January 14, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
  36. Dori

    I think that the way CNN is presenting the Haiti tragedy in certain instances could be toned down...for instance touting, or bragging, the fact that we are some of the first to arrive is in bad taste...and also showing Sanjay Gupta administering to a 15 day old baby is sensationalism at it's worst. Very bad taste.....

    January 14, 2010 at 12:37 pm |
  37. Horace

    All I hear is the inability of planes to land. I have been watching the reports all morning and have only seen 3 boats. Seems like someone could have forseen the airport runway issues. And WHY are they not landing in MIA and boating tne people and supplies from there???

    January 14, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
  38. Harold Kurzman

    Can ships operating out of Key West or Santo Domingo carry more doctors and disaster aid, especially Navy and Coast Guard of D.R. and USA?

    January 14, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
  39. Chris G

    Chaos and confusion should be expected in this scenario. I know time is critical with the aid and help arriving, but with the congestion at the airport a new plan needs to be put in place as soon as possible. The US navy has an aircraft carrier close to the scene, when it arrives it SHOULD be used as a staging point. fly people, supplies, and equipment to the Carl Vinson and then ferry all of that to the shore via helicopter. Of course this cannot work for all the heavy equipment but it CAN work for doctors, rescue personnel and supplies. This should be used as the main staging area for most of the time critical aid, We could always send another carrier if available to assist. As far as the heavy equipment we have amphibious assault ships that can transport that gear from ship to shore.

    Chris from Two Harbors, MN

    January 14, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  40. solange Martin-Caro

    There are other airports in the Dominican R , the one in Barahora, military airports in Haiti and DR, not only the one in santo domingo, also, by sea, remember it is one island.

    January 14, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  41. jeff

    Why not use Gitmo, Cuba or Kingston, Jamaica as staging areas for planes coming into Haiti? Both have plenty of runway space and are on ports that can ferry barges or ships to ports in Haiti?

    January 14, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  42. Jitka M. Sullivan

    Heidi,

    My comments:

    (1) Why send reporters to Haiti who don't speak French?
    (2) Need tech. savvy anchors on the international desk?
    (3) Urge someone to establish HQ for relief effort?
    (4) Send General Honore down there to coordinate and organize?
    (5) Have a light background to news stream at bottom of screen as it's hard to read?

    Enjoy your newscast with my breakfast!

    January 14, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  43. David

    Did the USGS Earthquake Hazards Program alert Haiti about the seizmitic active before the Earthquake?

    January 14, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  44. Sharon C

    OK is it time for the big cruise ships to go into the harbor, lift the living and injured out by helicopter to the ships and then work out on the ocean? – medical help, food, water, shelter, etc?

    Then the rescue teams can fight through the rubble to get to others who might still be alive....

    Just saying...let's think creatively here.

    Sharon

    January 14, 2010 at 1:03 pm |
  45. Dan

    Sharon C,
    Why do you think the Navy is sending the CARL VINSON?
    A great helicopter landing zone (could probably carry 100 helicopters), a floating hospital, can produce hundreds of thousands of gallons of fresh food daily, you could use the hanger bay as shelter, can produce 20,000 meals a day.
    GO NAVY!!

    January 14, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  46. Severn Day

    Where are the U.S. Seabees and Corps of Engineers – they can unblock Haiti's port and roads in record time. Can you get out some info on this?

    January 14, 2010 at 1:20 pm |
  47. mgusim

    If this has not been said yet. WE need to take pictures of the dead so families member will have closure in case massive graves are use.

    January 14, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
  48. grace figueroa

    One simple question: why doesn't Dr. Gupta help out utilizing the skills for which he's trained? There are many correspondents, and it seems to me the need for medical staff is greater. Let's put Doc Gupta to work where he can help the most. Please explain.

    Thanks for all the good work CNN does.
    Grace

    January 14, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  49. Diane from TO

    Many Canadians are faithful viewers of CNN. Sadly, we very seldom hear anything about Canadian involvement – – now in Haiti – – but also in Afghanistan. Today on CNN we noted that 19 countries are helping out in Haiti and a few were actually named. Is there anyone at CNN who would care to know of the many initiatives now underway in Canada to help in Haiti? It sure would be a treat to see something about our efforts once in a while. Usually, when our good neighbors are involved in assisting somewhere in the world (with the exception of Iraq) we, with a much smaller population, are involved up to the neck too. Once in a while, we'd love to be included in your newscasts.

    January 14, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  50. khalil sayyad

    On Dr. Sanjay Gupta's "intervention"..
    Im a humaniarian relief worker for many years currently employed with a medical organisation. I just saw dr. Gupta taking care of a baby girl and I wonder; within all that chaos and huge coordination efforts still to be done between the different agencies deployed and about to deploy, why the existing organisations whom are acting from the very first minutes like Medecins sans Frontieres are not more supported and mediatic covered?

    i wonder if dr. Gupta could double his impact on the medical relief efforts by joining MSF expatriate medical teams and work together... despite being severely damaged, MSF structures are surely trying to assure minimal hygienic conditions to treat the massive income of patients and have good emergency response supplies..
    Thank you

    January 14, 2010 at 1:33 pm |
  51. Cheryl Y.

    it is only my opinion but it seems that the good doctors talents could be put to better and more useful things than being a reporter.since the need seems to be for medical personnel.Just my opinion.

    January 14, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
  52. Gretchen

    I just saw on the news all the airplanes circling around Haiti. If there are small prop planes that need to land there are several small airstrips around Haiti. I know of one in Hinge (in the central Plateau) I have landed on it in a 4 seater plane. It would be a several hour drive to PAP but it could be an option to get on the ground nonetheless.

    January 14, 2010 at 1:48 pm |
  53. Mark

    Given that bodies are being dumped wholesale, can someone check to see if cameras are available. If so, i am suggesting that photos of the deceased faces be taken, then collaged..and later used in the aiding identity. That way families will be sure and can put closure.

    January 14, 2010 at 2:08 pm |
  54. Robert

    Well first of all I want to say what a terrible, terrible thing to happen to any human being. Secondly as a still for now tax payer I`m helping the people of Haiti in which I `m glad to do, problem I have is Katrina was a bad disaster too and it took our own government 3 days to get real help in for our own citizens. Why did it take only a matter of hours to start helping an isolated island country? By the way it looks Haiti will be well on the road to recovery before the Gulf coast will, is that fair?

    January 14, 2010 at 2:13 pm |
  55. AJ from Mass.

    Hi Don As firefighter from Mass. is alot of suffering and day to day thing ,but this takes your breathe away watching the coverage make you wonder whats nexts.I see the USA and alots of countries giving either with manpower or money but this is a 80% catholic country where is the catholic church why hasn't your Holyness the POPE given at least some PRIEST to administer the sacriment to the dead or the ones who are close to death..Now we wonder why the numbers in the catholic church are going down..this is the time come out and be a leader..like the USA..

    January 14, 2010 at 2:16 pm |
  56. Angie

    Try to remember this is a joint international effort. The Chinese had send what they will send in smaller number. The US is sending more in larger numbers plus all the major equipment to get things rolling.

    Besides the American Coast Guard Cutter got there Wednesday to assest the main port at Por-au-Prince.

    We already got late Wednesday or early wee hours of morning a temporary Air Controller Center System Set up so the Chinese and others can Land. Israeli is expected there this morning as well.

    Not to mention that our own Va State Rescue team got there Late last night or wee hours of the morning setting up to dig up there at the UN and manage to rescue a UN security guard so far.

    We now have two naval ships at the Port with heavy machinery for clearing roads and helping with rescue but the shore is difficult to unload due to quake damage.

    UN, American Naval, and other countries are discussing how to unload. There is also supplies for the Haitian people from some of the American Charities which will need to unload as well.

    The Light of Hope is beginning to pour in thanks to the Joint effort of international relief with USA gathering all the countries to participate in this joint effort.

    January 14, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
  57. Millie

    1. A minister that states that the Haitians deserved it should be ostrazied.
    2. We are not there and should not be critical of what the haitian goverment is doing or not doing. We don't know what they are doing. I for one would be in total shock.
    3. Donations should come from the heart. Five dollars equals to .16 cents per day for 30 days.

    January 14, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
  58. Heather

    Incase this hasn't been news today...you can give 5 dollars to the wycleff HAITI fund by txting YELE to 501501, or you can donate 10 dollars to the American Red Crossby texting HAITI to 90999. Both charges will be on your cell phone bill...Please give if you can if not at least say a prayer!!!

    January 14, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  59. carolynclark

    I'm looking for a link to donate $ to Haiti

    January 14, 2010 at 2:51 pm |
  60. Missy House in Atl

    To all who read this - Be as generous as possible and be ever so thankful that you are not in the same position as the Haitian victims during this tragedy, and keep all those suffering in your prayers. Give to what ever organization you know is reputable and know that even $1 can help, no amount is too small. God bless the American public and all those around the world willing to donate whatever they have – time, talent or treasure. Thank you.

    January 14, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  61. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    I am curious, there are many mostly Christian nations helping in the rescue effort in Haiti but have there been any help from Muslim states?

    January 14, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  62. Neila Alexandre

    I was on facebook with my daughter's friend and he informed us that Lhopital de la communaute Haitienne at Delmas 75 needs supplies for the many victims there.
    Please pass on the information to the Red Cross for supplies. Some doctors and their family members are still trying their best..

    January 14, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
  63. Sandra

    Haitian Diaspora should try to Text (SMS) their loved ones in Haiti on their Mobile Phone to try to reach them. I have had a few friends confirm this worked for them.

    January 14, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  64. Roger

    Quit having a guest come on, asking them questions, and them cutting them off in mid sentence! Its happening over and over again – and you're just reshowing stuff you've alerady covered. If you are going to take the time to bring them on to answer questions, at least give them the time to finish their response. Not doing so is just plain rude!

    January 14, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
  65. Janice

    Please tell Dr Gupta about the little girl who is trapped where the people are considering amputating her leg, so he can go there and make the decision! He will know what is best. He can handle this situation.

    January 14, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
  66. Veronica

    Thank you all SO much for covering this disaster. I turned to FOX several times Tuesday night and you wouldn't even know this disaster occured from their LACK of coverage. Thank you all so much for putting you resources both human and capital towards covering this story. Thank you!! Thank you to Sanjay Gupta for helping while you cover the story. Thank you!! You're an amazing man. Thank you CNN for sticking with not just the story but the people. The People there and here are depending on your coverage and we do appreciate it. Thank you.

    January 14, 2010 at 3:06 pm |
  67. Katrina

    Don Lemon, newscaster currently on CNN hosting the news: does anyone know his email? He talks about receiving emails during live coverage but I can't find out how to send comments to his show now.
    Ivan Watston, reporter in Haiti, is by far the most effective. He is the only reporter that speaks French. He was also trying to tell CNN that there were 12 rescue workers trying to find one white woman in a hotel, while an 11-year-old Haitian girl was trapped with no professional helpers: they may have to remove her leg to get her out but there is inadequate blood supply.
    Good reporting, good observation, typical CNN paranoia cutting him off when the comments were getting interesting. I want them to ask Watson to expand on his comments re: rescue workers. Watson is able to interpret what Haitians are saying.

    CNN: it makes Americans look stupid, like nothing has changed since foreign policy of 1950s, when you send reporters who cannot even speak a foreign language!!! Where are your French speakers????

    What a disappointment that CNN sends out its Big Star Reporters instead of reporters who SPEAK FRENCH. Big celebrity Sanjay Gupta gets to bandage a baby's head but where are the French-speaking foreigners who have been living and working there? Where are their stories?

    January 14, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  68. chief david e brown

    They said there are 4 ships with supplies that can not unload because of the port is in bad shape. Why not have helicopters drop 45 foot shipyard containers on the ships let the crews load them have the helicopters pick them up and drop them where they are needed this would solve the problem with trucks not be able to get into areas because of the road conditions

    January 14, 2010 at 3:10 pm |
  69. donald grau

    Dear Sirs,

    Thank you for your coverage of the tragedy in Haiti. Can you please do something about the faith of the Haiti people. I appreciated the words of franklin graham. Also, your reporter on the air used the words "God Forsaken" (I believe those were his words). God does not Forsake, He loves each and every one of us. As a jewish-christian living in the U. S. , my heart cries out for the people of Haiti. Please have a segement on the faith of the people and their relationships with God.

    Praying continually,
    Don Grau

    January 14, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  70. LM

    I work in eiementary school, would like to get the kids (k-5) involved in a food drive. I,m sorry to say that this is a great way to start learning to care. It's great to complain, but folks let's start helping. Haiti's people need is now.

    January 14, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  71. TracyinRI

    Great coverage as always. The stories are just so touching and informative and puts us right there on the spot with the victims. Just another reason why I watch CNN.

    The network is doing a great job with assistance and how we can help in Haiti but it would be great to know what has been done to help so far as money that has been raised so far, I have heard that some of the A-list stars have contributed and would be great to hear what has been done already and what funds have been raised to assist in this tragedy. It would be great to hear how everyone comes to together in need.

    Thanks

    Keep up the great work

    January 14, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  72. Trish Cullen-Watt

    Nou leve-w nan priye nou.
    "We include you in our prayers."

    January 14, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  73. Veronica

    Thank you CNN!!! I turned to FOX on Tuesday night and you wouldn't have even know this horrible disaster was occuring.You were there from the very start. Thank you all so much for staying with this story and the people. The people there and here are counting on this coverage. Thank you to Sanjay Gupta! For not just standing by and reporting but also using you talents as a doctor to help. Thank you! Thank you again CNN for dedicating your resources, both human and capital to this human disaster.

    January 14, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
  74. Jan Personette

    With the difficulties getting into the main destruction, perhaps using donkeys and/or motorcycles or scooters to get around? They might be easier to maneuver.

    January 14, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  75. Ricardo C

    I must say that I am watching CNN and I think it's great to see how so many countries are getting together to help Haiti. I pray for strength and peace for the people of and in Haiti.

    January 14, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  76. lyle c richardson

    why havent the paratrooper specialists been sent in due to the haitis airport being in disaray. cargo , medicine, tents, portable bathrooms , etc, can and should have done been put into hati by our paratroopers, and other countries-- the paratrooper specialsits can help , comeon president obama ,, people are dying.. this would help , these are people in need-- BILL THE BANKS AND THEIR BIG BONUSES, ETC-- you could have makeshift hospitals, due to the airport not being able to handle all the incoming air traffic.. lives can be saved, why not - our paratrooper specialists????

    January 14, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  77. Nehemie

    i would like to thank everyone for their help and support. it it heartbreaking not knowing what is happening with your love ones.i know god will carry me through this one. thanks.may God bless.

    January 14, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  78. Roy Casto

    I have been watching coverage of this Haiti earthquak for 2 days now.
    I would like to know how the hell every news broadcast company can get reporters in there hours even days before relief help?
    I just dont understand, Heres an idea, When I served with the U.S. Marines, we carried a small pack on our belts. In the packet was a sulphur compound of sort and bandage for the help with bleeding.

    Why cant reporters at least carry a smal first aid kit?? You have Doctor Gopta sp ? there and he doesnt even have a small tube of antiobiotic ointment? I am not impressed with his presence there! Come on, please. Empty some of that TV make up out of your suitcases and put some bottled water, bandages and antibiotic ointment in there! Just do it!!!

    January 14, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  79. brigitte

    i agree with ricardo. so many countries are helping but where is the vatican ?????? 80%of the haitis are roman catholics.the vatican has billions of dollars just from praying the can rescue people or give them the treatments the need or????????

    January 14, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  80. Tawni Elko, Nevada

    I have been watching the comments of some that state they are out of work or can't afford to send anything. If you are not working, then you need to go out to Haiti and help. If you are sitting at home doing nothing, these poor people and their country need us to help. This would be a good time for you to go out there if you are not working to find a way to get there and help. I am sure that bus companies or other transport companies would be willing to do their part and give you a ride to do something to help these poor people. If it was us, I know that their country would come to us and help. I work, but I did send a care package and money to help those in Haiti. We need to do our part. I am as we speak checking on bus companies and other types of transportation to but together a transport program to get more people out to Haiti so we can help them. Also those who are first responders or on the fire dept of your towns througout our country, put together a team and help. I am trying to take time off work to go out there myself and do my part. "Everyone FIND A WAY TO HELP. "

    January 14, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  81. Michael Fraley

    During the holidays, all journalistic stations are capable of interviewing briefly military personnel and broadcasting them around the globe; so that family members back home or away have a chance to see that they are okay!!! With all of the journalists and from around the world there in Haiti; why can't some of you start a line of people that are capable of communicating, so they can be seen and heard to get a message out to loved ones, family, and friends that they are alive. We have seen the pictures of carnage! Families want to see if they have living relatives and friends. This would untie the telephone lines a little and give piece to people who are not there or unable to get there. Also why aren't they utilizing all of the dock workers and other people that can handle movement of materials, so planes can get unloaded and distributed?
    Respectfully.
    Michael Fraley

    January 14, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  82. lyle c richardson

    mr. blitzer - your job is very important, as cnn is doing a great job.., but its not enough- once again why havent our paratrooper specialists been sent in??? my god– do you not see and feel what you are reporting, please give us an update of the 11 year old girl still trapped... PRESIDENT OBAMA-- time is waisting, send these specialists in... PLEASE, THESE SPECIALISTS CAN HAVE DOCTORS, NURSES, ETC, TENTS, SUPPLIES- WHATS GOING ON.???

    January 14, 2010 at 4:12 pm |
  83. Mary O'Garvey

    I agree..send in General Honore. Declare martial law right this minute. Send goods by boat.It's an island near Florida and Cuba for heaven's sake..we can't solve every problem by helicopter and air. Send the Swiftboaters or let them in..the ones said to have been rebuffed in Katrina.

    At some point in some disaster we are going to have to send actual stuff. Money is great..I know why they want it..but we certainly could supply the whole country with clothing, bedding and household goods several times over. And it does not have to be brought to the epicenter, but perhaps 10 to 20 miles away. And if people can be given water they can walk a ways to shelter and food and leave only the able-bodied willing to volunteer in the really bad parts.

    Have every able bodied person start dragging the dead to pickup points. Quickly before they decompose more. Why are they allowed to be brought to hospitals?

    Some structure and rehabilitation will come out of this and benefit the survivors, I hope. mg

    January 14, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  84. Lisa Gamboa

    I think the individual that commented about the fact that they will not help the Haiti victims is completely missing the boat. The earthquake in Haiti was a catastrophic tragedy. And though I agree, help is needed in the US, this is a completely different situation. Being homeless and on welfare is not a catastrophic tragedy that happens in a few seconds. Sounds like a disgruntled welfare recipient to me. Haiti needs our help..

    January 14, 2010 at 4:38 pm |
  85. CessileClam

    New Orleans and Missisippi are STILL in shambles after Katrina....why hasn't obama done anything for them, our OWN people? And in the midst of our own country in crisis with people homeless, jobless and suffering, WHY pledge unlimited financial support to Haiti, which hasn't even crossed his lips in 2 years?? America should participate in an EQUAL way with OTHER COUNTRIES in helping these devastated folks, but all I see on TV are scores of haitians laying around instead of trying to help their own people. America is ONE HOUR from Haiti so why is there not at least air drops of water and basic food? As for most Americans who are struggling to feed their own kids and keep a roof over their heads, if they cannot "donate" to iffy organizations who never guarantee where the money REALLY goes, I can't blame them.

    January 14, 2010 at 5:26 pm |
  86. david orme

    why are they not using heavy lift helicopters from usa direct to worst effected eathquake areas to supply equipment and help due to damage to roads time is of the esense people are dying with delays.Is is not time we reacted quicker to these disasters i.e heavy lifting equipment ,medical,air drops immediatly of food water tents ect my heart gos out to these people. david orme ex pat bulgaria.

    January 14, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  87. Hali Rederer

    AIR DROP WATER AND FOOD NOW (we should have been doing this on mass from Tuesday forward). Where is the leadership (taking the slow boat to Haiti???).

    January 14, 2010 at 7:13 pm |
  88. Jan Personette

    How about going back to some very basics. Use pack animals if needed to at least get some water and food to these people. Bring supplies in and make helicopter drops and then the animals or scooters/motorcycles to move things in the neediest or central places. The answers need to start at a small pace and then amp up.

    January 14, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  89. Moe

    I think theres is job oppertunities for alot of construction workers here in the united states. I think all temp agencies should find some kind of way to send workers out there to haiti, becuase it's going to get bad for now, but will get better later on down the line. An emergency construction team needs to be put together and have a plane drop them off. special I.D's to identify who they are. To many issues going on right now. Our people needs HELP!
    Intern nursing student who wants to travel, should go too. if they feel they can handle God's test...................

    January 14, 2010 at 8:14 pm |
  90. L cooper

    Tony, why can't the U.S. do a fly over droping k rations and bottled water in large open fields or even in the cities. I know we have the capability but can not understand why not droping food and water by parachute would do any harm especially since the air fields are limited and their neighbor country will not allow the U.S. in there. What do you know?

    January 14, 2010 at 8:19 pm |
  91. J Padilla

    I am reading all the ideas and sugestions being sent in to CNN.
    I am convinced that our country is doing a great job in their effort to help the people in Haiti, I don not understand why there so much negativism in some of the writers comments. I will send my contribution , pray , and hope what needs to be done happens.

    January 14, 2010 at 8:21 pm |
  92. Lida Hambarchian

    Thank you CNN. Everyone have to halp the people in Haiti.

    January 14, 2010 at 8:39 pm |
  93. G. Miller

    This earthquake is a tragedy, unexpected, overwhelming...Haitians need the world's help now. Because most of us are uneducated, we deal with tragedies how we think is best, which is usually brings more pain.

    We have to be thankful for all the help that we are getting. However, as Wyclef said 2 days ago: "It is time for the diaspora and the peoplle who are financially able in Haiti to step up and do something.

    Please, don't give the money to the haitian governement or to haitians who work in internationational organizations or non-profits in Haiti. They will use it to help themselves, rebuild or renovate their houses and send their kids on vacation to the Us or Europe. Not all haitians are that heartless. But, please review credentials before you give the money to any of them.
    My people are suffering and I pray and hope that the help will go to them to ease their pain and sufferings not to those who have been living in great condition to the detriments of those poor haitians.

    January 14, 2010 at 9:47 pm |
  94. hp678

    Has anyone thought of air dropping tools so the people themselves will better be able to rescue those trapped? Appreciate the fact that professional rescue teams are better for this but it seems there aren't enough of them and there isn't time

    January 14, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  95. jeanneKnoblauch

    I cannot believe that people are so poor in Haiti and have to live the way they do,many people vacation near there, I would think some of that money would help the people there.
    I could not vacation any where, if I knew people were so poor and my
    money was not helping the poor. Where is the caring for others . My
    heart goes out for all . I pray help is there and not to late for so many.
    May God be at your side, and give you the strength to hold on. I will pray
    for each and everyone. the

    January 14, 2010 at 11:06 pm |
  96. Jorge

    I've been following the sad news from Haiti's aftermath on CNN for the past 48 Hrs. It calls my attention that there is no display of local authorities giving any type of statements about the crisis. Why is this not being followed by CNN?

    January 14, 2010 at 11:56 pm |
  97. james

    We've been hearing all the news about Haiti, but if Haiti occupies half of an island, what about the other half? Was there no damage in the Dominican Republic?

    January 15, 2010 at 12:10 am |
  98. tom missbach

    where are all of the people? iam watching all of the google map shots and i am expecting to see a road clogged by thousands of people. i am looking to see a times square new years eve scene somewhere. the airport should have out of control mobs trying to get to the incoming supplies. in a city of 2-3 million homeless people, where are they?

    January 15, 2010 at 8:42 am |
  99. Fred - Illinois

    Good Morning, Heidi! Quake officials are having a difficult time getting food, water, and an abundance of other desperately needed supplies to the Haitian people, HELICOPERS! HELICOPERS! HELICOPERS! If this is currently the quickest route to solving this problem, they should be used ASAP! These people who have been fortunate enough to survive and remain alive urgently need these supplies. They are working against TIME.

    January 15, 2010 at 9:09 am |
  100. SuzanneW

    We have so many unemployed in the construction industry (and others). Thought should be given to the monumental effort that will be necessary to rebuild Haiti. If we were to try and leverage our unemployed it could be invaluable.

    January 15, 2010 at 9:20 am |
  101. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    This sad and seemingly hopeless event it will only start to get better now that the Navy can start to use the helos to place bulldozers and other equipment around the Island to dig people out and make new roads .

    January 15, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  102. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    What this is your last day Heidi whats going on ?

    January 15, 2010 at 9:50 am |
  103. CB

    Did I hear Sanja correctly??? This is your last day????

    CNN Newsroom will never survive without ya, girl! You have been the anchor of anchors in the network.

    You will be sincerely missed. All the best and God's richest Blessing in your new adventures.

    Rev. CBLaKing,
    faithful viewer.

    January 15, 2010 at 9:51 am |
  104. michael armstrong sr. TX.

    Were all going to miss you also Heidi good luck.

    January 15, 2010 at 9:58 am |
  105. Robin

    Hi Heidi,
    I am so disappointed that you are leaving CNN...You are a great anchor and you will be really missed.

    Good Luck to you...will you be on another network??

    Thank you Heidil.

    Robin

    January 15, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  106. Lois - Bryan OH

    Heidi
    Want to wish you much luck in whatever you do. We will miss you VERY MUCH.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:00 am |
  107. Dr. Kathryn McNally

    I just heard that you are leaving CNN. CNN has just lost a viewer. Your calm, balanced, and compassionate reporting has brought me great comfort – I will be watching you wherever you land next.

    Bon Voyage

    January 15, 2010 at 10:01 am |
  108. Terry Cooper

    Heidi,
    Where are you going?
    I'll miss you!

    January 15, 2010 at 10:03 am |
  109. Jack W

    Heidi, I see they've changed your picture to show Ali V. My how you've changed.
    It's too bad you're leaving as you were one of the best on CNN. Best of luck in the future and will look for you to show up on a real news network who appreciates the fine work you do.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  110. Diane

    Heidi – I will miss waking up to you – I'm a faithful viewer and enjoy your reporting. For me, YOU are CNN!!!

    January 15, 2010 at 10:05 am |
  111. Judy T

    Where is she going?

    January 15, 2010 at 10:08 am |
  112. Sophia Ffrench

    Hey Heidi, I am watching CNN this morning, and noticing that today is your last day. I am gonna miss seeing ur cheerful face, and I wish you all the best in whatever you do. May the Good Lord continue to Bless you!
    Once again I am gonna miss you... and Good Luck!

    January 15, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  113. Sandra

    Heidi - say it isn't so! Cannot believe you are leaving CNN. Watching
    in the morning simply will not be the same. It has been a pleasure
    having you "in my home" for the past several years and I will miss you. All the very best for the future.

    Sandra K

    January 15, 2010 at 10:09 am |
  114. JM

    Heidi, I was surprised to learn that this is your last day. I will really miss watching you in the mornings! Mornings won't feel the same without you. Good luck in whatever you do next.

    JM

    January 15, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  115. Virgil Duncan

    Heidi, I have really enjoyed and appreciated your no non-sense style. I will miss you and I pray that God will lead and direct you to greener pastures. Thanks for a job well done!

    January 15, 2010 at 10:10 am |
  116. Minou, New York City

    Heidi, I am so sad that you are leaving!!!!
    You were always my favorite Newsroom anchor, and I want to thank you for having done such an amazing job. I once briefly met you in New York which was great. I don't know what is up for you next, but whatever it is, I hope you will love it.
    You will be missed!!!!

    January 15, 2010 at 10:11 am |
  117. CC

    not sure where you're going Heidi – but having only watched and listened to you for a bit – can say you're a fantastic anchor with the perfect mix of intelligence, humanity/personality/expression, and in control. There are not many people I want to listen to for an extended period of time! I hope you're continuing a news career and let us know where you're going!

    January 15, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  118. Steve Burdick

    Heidi,
    I will miss your professional presentation of daily news at CNN. Dumb move on their part. I wish you the best and I know you will be "on air" somewhere soon....I just hope I wil lbe able find you.
    All the best.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  119. sherry

    Heidi, I can't believe you're leaving CNN! :o(

    Thank you so much for your years of excellent coverage not only on stories like this devastating earthquake, but on EVERYTHING you have covered over the years.

    I sure wish you weren't leaving!!!

    January 15, 2010 at 10:12 am |
  120. sharen ladd in omaha

    will miss you! You are my favorite anchor!! Sorry to hear you are leaving.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  121. Randy D

    I will really miss seeing Heidi in the mornings!

    January 15, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  122. Loren

    Understand today was the last day for Haitie, We would like to wiah Haitie the best in what/were to may be going. She did a very good job on that time slot, pluse she was a good sight to the eys.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  123. wilbert

    I will surely miss Heidi. The first thing I do in the morning is turn on the tv and tune in to CNN and there is Heidi and I just heard that today is her last day...I am sad to hear it.

    Heidi I wish you all the best in your future endeavors and I hope to see you again on tv.

    Good luck and I am pretty sure a lot of CNN viewers will surely miss you.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:14 am |
  124. Sandy Bonet

    Heidi.....
    Where are you going? I will miss you on CNN, but hope your career is taking a great direction.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:17 am |
  125. Larry

    Heidi you are such a sweet and caring person, and I'm going to really miss you. I pray that God will continue to bless you and your family. You have really touched my heart in many ways! I wished your leaving wasn't true, but please do what's best for you and your family! To the people in Haiti they have my prayers, and hopefully in some form of monetary as well. Don't forget about us!!!!

    January 15, 2010 at 10:18 am |
  126. Andrea

    Since this is the post recent post on Heidi's blog, I'm putting this here even though it's not on-topic. Heidi, I read about your departure on MediaBistro. It's unfortunate that you'll no longer be with CNN. That will be their loss, and I hope that you find great success in your next endeavor. Good luck!

    January 15, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  127. janice wood

    I will miss Heidi's freshness in the mornings. AGAIN, why and where will I be able to stay tuned into her.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:19 am |
  128. Betty

    I am very sad to hear that you are leaving CNN. I have so enjoyed your broadcasting time and usually wait til 10:00 just so that I can hear and watch your news time. You always have a bright and refreshing segment and make the horrible news of our world today more pleasurable to listen to. Thank you for your wonderful years at CNN. You will be missed and I pray blessings on whatever is ahead for you.

    Another faithful viewer...

    January 15, 2010 at 10:23 am |
  129. gordon nicholson

    where in the hell are you going?

    January 15, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  130. Bill

    I am crushed this morning hearing that Heidi Collins is leaving CNN,,,,I have watched or listened to her for years now....My morning's will no more be the same,,,,,A SAD viewer.....Good Luck Heidi to what ever you do in the future......

    January 15, 2010 at 10:26 am |
  131. Cornelius Moore

    Heidi,
    I wish you well. I shall miss your top flight reporting and unparalleled beauty. Please don't go to "FIX" better known as FOX. They make the news instead of reporting it.

    Good Luck & Best Wishes

    January 15, 2010 at 10:27 am |
  132. Andrea Simon

    I am an avid watcher of CNN. Unlike many of the other anchors who constantly pad or repeat the news, who hype a non-news story over and over, Heidi Collins is a no-nonsense, calm, and sympathic voice. It is a grave mistake to let her go. Ali Velshi has his place in the world of finance but Heidi is a far better presence for overall news. She is one of the few newscasters who don't allow her "personality" to overwhelm her presentation. Her show is comprehensive, reassuring, and direct. I see you advertise Joy Behar's show on your site and her upcoming interview with Joan Rivers and her fashion views. This is a total shame given the nature of the catastrophe in Haiti. Even though it is Heidi's last day and Sanjay wished her well, she turned the attention back to where it should be: the victims in this tragedy. CNN is making a huge mistake.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:29 am |
  133. Paul

    I will miss you with my morning coffee and news. You have brightened up my day for years now...I dont understand CNN. Thanks for your years of freshness, Heidi....

    January 15, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  134. Michael Griffith

    Just heard the sad news that you are leaving. I just wish you the best in whatever you do in the future and want to also say that it has been a pleasure having you as a CNN reporter for some time. Will there be an opportunity to see you in whatever you are doing next?

    January 15, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  135. Jorge Rios

    Good luck Heidi. You are a true professional. We will all miss you!! Thanks for everithing!!

    January 15, 2010 at 10:30 am |
  136. Tom Burns

    Heidi,
    This is the last time I will be able to comment to you on what a wonderful job you do. I watch every morning and enjoy your segment, especially when breaking news comes on. You continue to handle in a very professional and compassionate manner each and every story. I just wanted to let you know you will be missed and I wish you all the best in the future. One last comment . I always enjoyed the lively banter between you and Rob Marciano. Congratulations and best wishes in the years ahead.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:32 am |
  137. Brian from Canada

    Heidi, just watching your last reporting hour on CNN, too bad your last day had to about all the destruction in Haiti, our prayers are withh all the people affected including the rescuers and those reporting on this horrible quake. ALL THE BEST TO YOU HEIDI, YOU WILL BE MISSED!

    January 15, 2010 at 10:33 am |
  138. C.Walter

    Farewell beautiful Heidi Collins. Enjoy your lovely family and your life.
    You are an amazing newswoman and we will all miss you terribly.
    Our thoughts and prayers today are with the fine people of Haiti and the brave men and women involved in the rescue effort . Thank you CNN for the coverage of our world.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:34 am |
  139. Reed B Hart

    Big mistake guys. Letting Heidi Collins go for more "pizazz" and loud commentary is ultimately going to cost you

    January 15, 2010 at 10:36 am |
  140. Angie

    The main port was damaged. The US Coast Guard Cutter knew it when they arrived on Wednesday. The road is splitt with one side of the road having been pushed up to 5 or 6 feet by the quake. The US coast Guard Cutter should have known it on Wednesday because it was the only road the trucks could use for loaded humanitarian aid. What would have been a solution since wednesday? Since Wednesday Coast Guards should have gotten off the ship, start looking for rocks, dirt, any and every kind of debre and start building up the road at an angle to meet with the section that was pushed up by the quake. They would have finished that job by sometime mid to late thursday if they had done it. Others seeing what they were trying to do would have helped. The supplies situation would have been handled. What happened to Good Old American Common Sense? My generation would have thought of it. I thought of it when they aired the damage road. And I am just a mom, housewife, and grandma. If I can come up with that idea, What is stopping the younger people who get to have these jobs that are Not available to me, and Why are they allowed to wait and expect someone else to do it? Look I put new tile around my fireplace. I built and gave my fireplace a mantle where there was none. I did it because it needed to be done. Talking about my Generation, the Generation that always came up with our own solutions.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:38 am |
  141. Aloysius

    Rush Limbaugh's comments about the presidents actions on the Haiti human disaster, reveals to the entire world "what kind of man he really is" a man without a soul. No body in a normal mind can be so insensitive about human life in the way Rush has portrayed. He ought to be denounced by the whole human race.

    ALOYSIUS, NY

    January 15, 2010 at 10:40 am |
  142. David

    Why not send excess "Beanie Babies" to Haiti?

    January 15, 2010 at 10:40 am |
  143. sandra reid

    So sorry to see you leave ...will miss my morning coffee with you ...all the best from NOVA SCOTIA.CANADA

    January 15, 2010 at 10:40 am |
  144. teresa anderson

    we will miss you sooooooooooooooo much Heidi. Hope to be able to follow you in the next chapter of your life. I like you so much more than Ali or that one that is one in the early morning. you are the greatest! best wishes to you. you and Erica should start your own thing!!!

    January 15, 2010 at 10:41 am |
  145. Sherry in Alaska

    Heidi, we wake up to you every morning here in Anchorage.

    We will all miss you so much! 😦

    January 15, 2010 at 10:43 am |
  146. muriel Farrell

    we will miss you Heidi. Good luck in all endeavors!!

    January 15, 2010 at 10:44 am |
  147. Linda Wright

    I appreciate all the hard work in bring news from Haiti ! I will miss Heidi as a CNN anchor in the morning. She is straight-forward and obviously cares about people!

    January 15, 2010 at 10:44 am |
  148. Reed B Hart

    Heidi !, Please consider PBS

    January 15, 2010 at 10:45 am |
  149. John Cooper

    Heidi, Heidi, Heidi...say it ain't so. You are more than just a pretty face at CNN. you are part of the backbone. We will miss you!

    January 15, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  150. Carol

    I just have to say that I don't like the loss of Heidi Collins. She is a bright spot in the array of anchors. She has a smile that brightens the news. Her name alone is cheerful. Don't make me have to find a new news channel. 🙂 I watch CNN almost constantly.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:51 am |
  151. hugo

    Air drop clean water. Fill 1 liter plastic cooldrink bottles with clean water and drop over the sea or land. About 5% will break over land but the rest wil be ok.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:52 am |
  152. David

    You are the best anchor in the US, your colleagues love you. What are you doing? And I like you too.

    January 15, 2010 at 10:59 am |
  153. Joseph Alwyn Valu

    It seems to me, a proud admirer of Dr. Sanjay Gupta, that his task of reporting to world audiences on the total chaos and inadequacies in the emergency care of Haitians severely damaged in the earthquake is out of place.
    Given his considerable skills it would be a boon to the Haitians if CNN allowed him to apply his expertise in his line of work even if it amounted at this stage to applying bandages and splints or injecting trauma patients with broad spectrum antibiotics or pain killers.

    Having said that may I also say that we shall miss the considerable love and compassion you bring to your profession
    All the best in your future endeavors,
    Joseph Valu

    January 15, 2010 at 11:14 am |
  154. Brian

    Heidi Collins just reported on an 11-year old girl in Haiti whose leg is trapped under a metal pipe. In order to prevent amputation, a buzz saw or similar tool is need, but isn't on hand. She's trapped on the main square in Port-au-Prince. Perhaps someone from the USS Carl Vinson or the Canadian Forces could be flown out with such a saw in order to make amputation unnecessary?

    January 15, 2010 at 11:36 am |
  155. lyle c richardson

    Well another day has passed in haiti, with a clogged airport and a damaged port... im afraid now -people- america and the world has took to long for the haitians. i have asked for 2 days why not send our paratroop forces in.... they could have had tent cities set up, portable potties, medicines, water, HELP- TO GIVE HAITIANS HOPE WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT, generators, - they have many specialists that could have been dropped in, with small vehicles, etc.. this i thought would help the people of haiti– give them hope - a huge tent city or multible tent cities to help the haitians,, lighting even in tent cities, would give the people hope- instead of being scaterred in open fields. unfortuantely, there is no telling the amount of dead that have been buried, tombs,etc,, with no ways to keep records.. now if rains hit haiti,, my god, look at the disease and more added death that will come... im sorry, but i blame america and the world now, they have had time to do the above..... the eventuall death toll could possibly hit 200,000 thousand, that could have been prevented by the paratroop forces and airdrops, secutity, etc....

    January 15, 2010 at 12:04 pm |
  156. Dyce Hans

    iReport — I have many family members in Haiti who I haven't heard from. It's been very hard to be here in the states and not being able to do anything. All this aid that's going into Haiti including heavy equipment, this is the 3rd day since this happened, why hasn't anything been done.
    The roads are bad true, but heavy equipment can be air lifted to sites in need. Food, water and medical personel and supplies can be air lift to locations most in need. Where are the helicopters? They can coordinate this by a central command helicopter that flies over and direct other on where to airlift to. This is the crucial moment the 3rd day!
    How many more days should go by and people to die to get the ball rolling? This is UNACCEPTABLE!

    IT DOES NOT TAKE ROCKET SCIENCE TO SEE THIS IS WHAT HAS TO BED DONE TO HELP THESE PEOPLE SOONER THAN LATER!!!

    CNN IF YOU CANTACT THE AID AUTORITIES IN HAITI AND TELL THEM SO THIS RESCUE CAN TRUELY BEGIN AND NOT JUST CONTINUE TO TALK ABOUT IT!!!
    THESES PEOPLE ARE DYING!

    PLEASE HELP!

    Dyce

    January 15, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  157. adachani Srinivasan

    Hi Don
    It looks that you guys are politicizing the un imaginable disaster in Haiti
    by projecting the view that USA is not doing any thing about it. The whole world is watching you for latest feeds on this and your broadcast gives sick feeling that nobody is doing any thing about it. Of course this is very wrong. This had happened in alien country where you do not have anybody to direct all the aids. The only way to effect a positive response is to occupy the country and do something about it. Of course this is not possible.May be, you Network guys who are already in Haiti can get off of your microphones and render some physical help.

    January 15, 2010 at 12:38 pm |
  158. Marty

    The one group that is dearly needed (with local resources – GITMO) is the US Marines who are normally in the area on Navy ships. Heard they were coming on Tuesday. They can land on the beaches and start clearing the street debris immediately. Segments can be delivered all over Port a Prince via helicopters and start offering assistance and calming the people before it gets out of hand in a few days. We all know how people react in trauma with no resources.
    Even Cuba, where GITMO is located, are offering assistance to flight crews. The Marines have heavy equipment that could help expand the airport for parking the additional planes.

    January 15, 2010 at 12:44 pm |
  159. Ed Cruz Sr.

    Why are not the four international airports in the Dominican Republic being utilized to unload emergency relief supplies to Haiti? The relief supplies can then be either trucked or helicoptered to Haiti.

    Also, they have deep-port capabilities to unload essential relief supplies from ships.

    January 15, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
  160. Sallie

    I don't understand how news crews can get into Haiti before the first responders? How and why is that possible?

    January 15, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  161. Dan Nelson Lafayette,IN

    Why can't a contingent of marines take food, water and supplies into the city where there is the most need?

    January 15, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  162. Marty

    Just curious about one of the posts about the doctor who is just reporting about what he sees. I said that he should be doing something also but te fact is that there is nothing for him to give. He is giving solace to the people waiting and laying around for help because they know full well that this is going out to the world via the camera that is focused on them and their peril. Sanjay can't do a thing but show viewers what is going on at the moment. Also, if you listened , there is nothing in the way of supplies that are available for these people.
    This is a chane for the world to react to what has been going on in Haiti for years and not walk away this time and leave some of those in charge that let this situation to continue.

    January 15, 2010 at 12:58 pm |
  163. Haitian-American women

    Lots of report on facebook of people trapped under rubbles at the Unibank / Moulin D'Haiti facility at Bourdon. Several people are receiving text from these people stating they are alive and well. They are sending cries for help.

    Is anything being planned for relief in other parts of the country. Focus seems to be on Downtown Port – Au- Prince. We are told cities of Carrefour, Jacmel and people on the hills of Laboule, Thomassin.

    January 15, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  164. Frank Medeiros

    How come there are no pictures of anyone getting food or water? For 2 days all I seee are the same .pictures and stories. I have seen rescue workers eating and drinking water during on scene reports??? The stories are becoming stale in nature and not LIVE! The box on the screen says Developing Store, but old news.
    These people need food, water and medical help, not selling commercial time.

    January 15, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
  165. Margo Fisher

    I just saw a CNN report where the mayor of Port Au Prince has just set up an emergency medical area– it's basically a lean-to and totally unsanitary. Also, to add further insult, the nurses are unable to stich up open wounds because they have no needles. Are you kidding me?? Authorities say no one can get supplies into the city yet. Well how about loading up Anderson Cooper,Brian Williams, Elizabeth Cohen, etc. with packs of needles in backpacks! Too much redtape while people are dying! I will not donate until I see the billions of dollars in aid put into real time help for the common and suffering people of Haiti who have been waiting now for almost 72 hours for the most basic emergency assistance. This is starting to look like Katrina.

    January 15, 2010 at 1:08 pm |
  166. Dodie

    It is nice to see both former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush have accepted President Obama's request to head private fundraising to bring further aid to the Haitian people.

    January 15, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  167. Randy N

    Will the money make it too the people or just to the rich? Like in this country.

    January 15, 2010 at 1:18 pm |
  168. rafael olivo

    i cant believe all the problems i see on cnn as far as AID getting into haiti its simple the first plane that landed should of had bulldozers, trucks, and helicopters, the second plane should of had medicene and water and aid workers get them rolling the helicopters making drops of people and supplies even to small open areas and get ground forces moving inward with aid hello people so simple?[......]

    January 15, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
  169. Jill

    We are heart broken to see the horrible devastation and death in Haiti, and that these poor people are still suffering from the lack of necessary and life saving items..I do not understand, where are the helicopters?? Can't they fly over and drop the necessary supplies...it seems that would be a easy and quick solution to the enormous lack of supplies needed...? Our thoughts and prayers are with all of the people who have loss loved ones and for all those injured and the relief workers...it is really sad..

    January 15, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  170. roni

    i understand they are looking for family but if they want help from machines in ther they need to start clearing a path for rescue to get there, someone needs to take charge .

    January 15, 2010 at 1:34 pm |
  171. Patti Patane

    Help me to understand something. Just saw report that Haiti people are washing themselves in dirty water...why do they not walk to the beach? Clean ocean water! The salt is good for healing minor wounds.
    What am I missing here?
    Thank you. Patti

    January 15, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
  172. Marty

    The closest military facility is on Cuba, GITMO. They have an airfield and ocean vehicles could be used to ferry people from Haiti to Cuba. Even Cuba would not refuse them in this situation. The other closest facility in near PR in Vieques and Roosevelt Roads which are east of Haiti but close by in mileage. All of them could be used for staging and care before considering long term options.

    January 15, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
  173. roni

    why don't they use some of those forklifts frome the airport go out and start clearing the roads . they con't need all those at the airport , use half for the air port and half for recovery .

    January 15, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
  174. roni

    drp some miitary men in the middle and start getting some the people from haiti to help with getting groups together and working together to get this stuff started.

    January 15, 2010 at 1:41 pm |
  175. roni

    who cares what country was there first and what ones are helping and not helping , this ain't about us or that . is about people dying and desiese setting in . just help , don't argue . just get in ther and start dropping military men in the middle of theree with the supplies and taking control and get food and water to these PEOPLE.......... THESE ARE PEOPLE , THAT IS WHAT IS IS ABOUT , THEY NEED HELP NOW .

    January 15, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
  176. Susan Robinson

    Kyra Phillips: It is spirituality and religion that has kept these people in poverty and ignorance.

    Instead of singing and praying they should be meeting to discuss disease control, birth control, and building codes.

    All that energy and money wasted on religion should be rechanneled into dealing with real life in the real world.

    Nothing fails like prayer.

    January 15, 2010 at 1:45 pm |
  177. roni

    Watch your Thoughts; they become Words. Watch your Words; they become Actions. Watch your Actions; they become Habits. Watch your Habits; they become Character. Watch your Character; it becomes your Destiny.
    this came from a man that just returned from iraq, read it learn it live it ! to all you ney sayers and those of you who want to argue about who was there first .

    January 15, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
  178. Calvin Hunter

    If the dead in Haiti are dying without dignity it is only because they are being filmed without permission and images broadcast around the globe. We know suffering and pain. We live it on a daily basis. Do these people a favor and let them know how much help has arrived and on the way. Calvin Hunter Grants Pass Oregon

    January 15, 2010 at 2:06 pm |
  179. Dolores Jensen

    They showed a man being arrested for stealing food from the callapsed Food Market. This man was starving and the food is only going to rot in the store so why don't they just let people take this food ? Haven't they suffered enough?????

    January 15, 2010 at 2:07 pm |
  180. cheryl

    they say they need doctors~ son jay is a doctor. perhaps he should take off his mike and get in the operating room. Where are the doctors? whey the hold up of water to the people.. why is it sitting there in trucks as people lay dying.. get to the people – quit reporting and get and help these people.

    if i could go i would .

    January 15, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
  181. robert carlton

    how dare you'all try to tie illegal immigration with the earthquake in haiti!! how many more americans have to be unemployed so foreigners can take our jobs! i am unemployed thanks to the 70 million illegal aleins already here. maybe you should lose your job to an illegal alein-they would be alot cheaper than whatever overpriced salary you make!

    January 15, 2010 at 2:31 pm |
  182. cheryl

    i read the posts from the folks above.. and talk about red tape. and yes, get the news folks to get the needles, the meds etc with their helicopters to the locations that need it.

    CNN is you are reporting the same story over and over again...
    the doctor reporter, why is he not operating..

    and yes, the deaths are sacred... why film this, why why why

    what is going on with the organization down there. everyone keeps report can't can't can't

    WHERE ARE THE DOCTORS.. Stop reporting and help these people, millions upon millions have been sent..

    Get it DONE we have sent money this is unbelievable...

    January 15, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  183. CHer

    1. CNN is reporting the same news called "sensationalism"
    2. The CNN doctor- why pray tell when they need doctors is he still reporting and not being a doctor
    3. why is the water there and it is not getting to the people
    4 As the commenter above stated" whey don't all the news crew go to the ships and get meds needed to help these folks? Whey is it still on the carriers?
    5. the dead are sacred.. Do we need to see the carnage over and over again.....
    6. Let the doctors in to do their job....
    Time it critical and all we get is more gore stories..

    Come on CNN be a leader in News... turn off your mics and help a child!

    January 15, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  184. Ross

    I still can't believe that they didn't just airdrop supplies and have people trained parachute in. Even if they do airdrops now, it's probably too late for most people trapped under the rubble.

    January 15, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  185. Scott

    I hope everyone who is reponding to this comment has sent some money to help out?

    January 15, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  186. pat mcelroy

    why aren't newspeople taking pictures of thr dead to help with ids before mass burial?

    January 15, 2010 at 3:15 pm |
  187. Steve Zickefoose

    Why can't pictures of these people who are being buried in mass graves be taken. Each one should have a couple of pics taken of them before they are dumped into these graves. These pic could give some closure to people who have lost love one,etc. After the crises they could be posted so people know what happened to their relatives, friends,neighbors,etc. As I said this would help in reaching closure and with todays technology each one could be photographed. God bless these people. Steve

    January 15, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  188. Aurelio

    I wonder how long it will take for the attention seeking civil rights leaders like Jesse Jackson to come out and once again take attention from what really matters for political gain by addressing and "teaching" us irrelevant matters as he did after Katrina by indicating and arguing which was the proper term to call the people affected by this disaster– refugees, evacuees, displaced? I hope we all remain focused on what is really important.

    January 15, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  189. Jean Vital

    Hey CNN. We have a group in Ma. called mattapan food and fitness vigorous youth. we are planing on making a fundraser/drive and we are not sure who to ship the goods to. We really want to get this up and running ASAP. Can you please give us some Info.

    January 15, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
  190. cheryl

    You bet sent money to several organizations as I am sure the folks above has as well...

    the question is with all this aid.... why is it so slow in getting to the people.?

    We are 70 hours post earthquake....

    yes, time to give more... I only wish I was a doctor.. I would go

    Blessings

    January 15, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  191. carlos

    If the Airport in port-au-prince is so crowded why are we not using the airports in the Dominican Republic? There are two airports: Barahona, Maria montez international and perdernales regional airport. They are 5 minutes fly from the haitian capital and they could be use as parkingspace for the unloaded airplanes. can you guys at cnn floow up on that.

    January 15, 2010 at 3:38 pm |
  192. wolfgangpitbullingtonIII!

    CNN has turned this tragedy into a teachable moment for for the betterment of humanity. It's news coverage has unified countries in a way no one else could have. It has illustrated the quiet desperation of the Haitian people, and in doing so has placed mankind's focus on the poor, on peace, on volunteerism, self-sacrifice, and has demonstrated the importance of the press in society. It's reporting has flawlessly risen to the pinnacle of professional journalism. Because it has seized this moment to mobilize resources, and bring the world together to assist the Haitian people in their suffering, it is my intent to recommend that CNN be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. The American people are proud of CNN. There is no one more deserving. Join me. wolfgangpitbullingtonIII!

    January 15, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  193. Chad Nannemann

    I am very displeased with President Obama's decision to pledge $100 million dollars to Haiti! We can't even take care of our own country, let alone the rest of the world......don't take me wrong, but if that type of devastating thing happened in the U.S., do you think anyone would help us? We need to start putting our own country first and take care of our problems! I'm sorry Pres. Obama, but get your priorities right!

    January 15, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  194. Rozz

    Rick...I apologize for lashing out like I did a moment ago. This stuff is just overwhelming. I'm sure your heart is full just as the rest of us...Some just express differently, and you are to express as you feel. God Bless.

    January 15, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  195. Karina

    What about the towns outside of Port Au Prince?

    Are these people going to get a chance to live?

    At least while your flying around waiting to land throw some water or crackers or something out for the people...makes me mad.

    January 15, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  196. Pat

    Does anyone remember the quake in our own country last week??? I have ben trhu many terrible hurricanes here in florida and know the aid we americans received which is NOTHING compared to what these haitians are receiving.

    California is almost broke and we are sending all this help to Haiti? the california quake received not even a quarter amount of coverage as this quake did. i am tired of our government getting so involved in so many other countries rather than working on our own.

    January 15, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  197. lyle c richardson

    now help is arriving in haiti, somewhat, but im afraid its too late.. i just wonder who fumbled the ball- i thought katrinia was bad,, but haiti is a diaster... can you imagine being in the dark of night, no supplies, police pressence, very little medical help.. over 48 or 52 hours ago , why coudnt our airborn paratroop forces been activated immediately, well over 2 days ago???? tent cities or multible tent cities with supplies, medicines,food, water, portable potties, with some doctors, nurses, paramedics,etc- in these tent cities.. generators , etc, could have been dropped to haiti ( tent cities would provide hope, lighting, and so much more needs.. there will be disease and will be very widespread due to burial of unknown grave sites that could spread more contamination and disease, especially if rain moves in on haiti.. somebody fumled at the goal line, now the haitians will face more tragedy- where the death toll could climb above 200,000, i think in part due to the fumble– my opinion.

    January 15, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  198. Johann Grobler

    Two Search and Rescue Teams from South Africa arrived in Haiti 4 hours ago. George Kilian and Mark Louw, we wish your teams the best in assisting the suffering.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:01 pm |
  199. willard polk

    One of the essentials to disaster relief is the abilitity to restore road access and other critical infrastructure assets. Key to this is deployment of sufficient military engineer assets to the affected area and most of these assets are found with the reserve components. I have heard nothing mentioned by our leadership about mobilization and deployment of these assets as well as reserve component logistical and medical assets which appear to be desparately needed in Haiti.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  200. roberta dinwiddie

    Why can't the helicopters lower doctors in each effected area and also lower medicines. Helicopters are about the only thing that can get over the crowds when planes or trucks can't get through. There should be plenty of copters available to do this. some can lower water and foods and personnel to distribute. also, there needs to be communcation to the crowds that the food products are not expired in that the dates on the packages reflect the dates of packaging and dates of expiration. The ignorants in the crowds are telling the others not to eat it; no good. This needs to be dispelled asap and tell the people not to listen to the rebel rousers. Billions of dollars would not be spent on bad food.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
  201. tom

    Take care of America first let some other country do the job the world hate us...tom USMC

    January 15, 2010 at 4:42 pm |
  202. George Silcock

    Some of you will never GET IT until you actually go to Haiti and see first hand.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  203. Charmaine Williams Nanaimo, B.C. Canada

    We in British Columbia have been closely watching your broadcasting on Haiti. The last showed the Haitian Ambassador to the U.S., I cannot believe the words that came out of his mouth about the Haitian Government being worried about the US taking over and running this relief situation. For God's sake who does he think is supplying needed supplies to them??? Canada, Russia, France etc, etc, etc,. To say that they are worried about the US taking over what is wrong with their brains? Would they rather that everyone pulled their services out and left their Government to "run" this situation? HE and the Haitian Government should be "Thanking God" for the countries that are helping-we have not seen any government officials on any of your programs. Please keep up the good work & our prayers go out to the poor suffering people.

    January 15, 2010 at 4:59 pm |
  204. Anthony J. DePellegrini

    Is the United States the only country that is helping Haiti through this disaster...? How awful... And what of it's neighbor, the Dominican Republic...? Were they completely untouched or do we just not care? A 7.0 earthquake is huge, and for a neighboring country (on an island no less) not to be hit in any way or form is absolutely absurd. I do not watch news all the time, but all I hear is "Haiti". I'm very sure there are other things going on, even if Haiti is major, give them some breathing time. Let us know how other countries are doing...

    January 15, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  205. Harvey Caplan,M.D.

    Heidi, Say it ain't so. What will I do every morning without you? You are head and shoulders the best anchor in the business. I can't believe that I am shedding. tears after hearing you sign off. Carry on, terrific woman. I wish you the very best. Thank you for all the pleasant memoriea

    January 15, 2010 at 5:59 pm |
  206. Emma

    Why is it all the reporters can get in but nobody can get food and medical supplies in? Are the reporters bringing in any supplies or help?

    January 15, 2010 at 8:43 pm |
  207. Allan

    Have you noticed that not one single Muslim Nation has offered any help to Haiti? Are they too busy creating their own victims to worry about anyone else's victims? Or does it just mean fewer "infidels" for them to wipe out later on?

    January 15, 2010 at 11:22 pm |
  208. Marty

    Most people forget that the US Marines were always on Navy ships in the Caribbean for years 24/7. That practice was stopped some time ago because the ships are being loaded in Moorehead City, NC today which leads me to believe that the Carib cruises are no longer active. If they were active, the Marines would have been on Haiti a day after the earthquake supplying supplies and giving all the help that could have been offered.
    Someone at CNN should ask the question when were these cruises stopped and why. Back in 1964, our ship was in the bay of Haiti supplying air support (helicopters) and heavy equipment to help with burying the dead of which there were thousands back in those days after a hurricane ripped through the island..

    January 15, 2010 at 11:58 pm |
  209. Rebecca

    Creating Order in Haiti
    * It is also very important to evacuate the Capital, this will facilitate the relief workers with more space to work and help the wounded, to dispose of the dead body and continue the search for live ones. This will also prevent the people alive from getting infectious diseases from the environmental situations.

    *There are areas further North and South to the Epicenter of the Earthquake that were not affected by the Earthquake that the people could temporarily go and dwell.
    They could divide the teams into three segments:
    1) Search and Rescue
    2) Medical Relief
    3) Food and Water Distribution
    This would help provide relief faster, in order and while keeping the Peace.

    So please if you could mention these very important suggestions to the awesome relief teams out there it could help them in their decision making.

    January 16, 2010 at 1:16 am |
  210. Edward M. Gatuku

    Mobilization of donations to reach the needy requires urgent and proper coodination in order to serve the inteaded purpose.

    Too many hands and minds on the ground will act to delay and complicate the core operation.
    E. M. Gatuku. Nairobi, Kenya.

    January 16, 2010 at 4:39 am |
  211. Theresa

    Air Drops, air drops, air drops until we can clear some roads. In the rebuilding phase I don't want any blank checks to this government. They did a terrible job of rebuilding after devastating hurricanes about 3 years ago. Our country should go in and build anything they need and build according to the strictest standards for that part of the world. Let our auditors supervise the expenses. No more blank checks!!!!!!!

    January 16, 2010 at 6:58 am |
  212. Heather Tinder

    I am an ER nurse and am so frustrated that I can't find a way to volunteer to get down to Haiti to help. Could you please post or broadcast a way that those of us that want to can volunteer our services down there. This situation is just heartbreaking and it's so much worse that all I can do is give money.

    January 16, 2010 at 7:19 am |
  213. Joseph O. Prewitt Diaz

    The emotional outburst and the helplessness that the CNN news clips are showing since this morning (Saturday 16th) are normal reactions to abnormal situations. CNN should frame these responses within the psychological and survival needs of the people give a wrong impression of the Haitian people that have survived a catastrophic event. Maybe mental health and psychosocial support teams should also be put on the ground.

    January 16, 2010 at 8:51 am |
  214. christa

    I was sitting here in my warm house and thinking what went on in Haiti. Then I thought how blessed we were, that this earthquake was not in California, but looking back the last few years, there are more natural disasters all over the world in these last years, so we better prepare ourselves for a looming disaster here in the USA. Nature is always stronger then men. So we better prepare our Nation, especially the people in high risk areas, like California for earthquakes and the southeastern states against Hurricanes. But first and foremost we were blessed and thats one of the reasons we should help. Everyone complaining about this, should thank god, that it did not happend here in our country.

    January 16, 2010 at 9:03 am |
  215. linda lockett

    I just tuned in(CNN 9:00 AM EST) to hear Sybillie Lois and siblings talk about wanting their mother's remains back in the UNited States from Haiti for Burial, They wanted her on the plane of evacuees to the U. S. I wonder if they would want to displace a living person hurt or not to be able to so this. I think their priorities are misplaced and they are being selfish under the circumstance. The news anchor is giving this too much air time and sympathy as well.

    January 16, 2010 at 9:07 am |
  216. Heather, Ontario Canada

    re CNN Saturday Morning coverage about Haiti ... the 4 (adult) children (interviewed by TJ Holmes at 9:00 a.m.) who want their mother's remains returned from Haiti for burial ... they should have a relative there in Haiti immediately arrange for cremation of the mother before any further decomposition makes it impossible (some kind of cremation, even if they have to do it themselves – I know that sounds gruesome, but this may be their only choice. Then return the cremains to America for burial - just ship it back to America (don't identify it as cremains though or customs will likely refuse it!).

    I fear that's the only option they have, with so little time and resources on their side. Perhaps cremation is not what their mother would have wanted, but it seems a better alternative than having her body buried in Haiti, or worse, disposed of in a mass grave like we're seeing on the news coverage daily now.

    My heart goes out to all people suffering this kind of anguish, and I wish this family the best of luck in finding a solution to getting their mother's remains returned to them, somehow.

    Heather
    Keswick, Ontario
    Canada

    January 16, 2010 at 9:21 am |
  217. Joseph O. Prewitt Diaz

    There is quite a bit of excitement and altruistic expressions of professionals that want to go to Haiti and provide assistance. For mental health professionals there are international guidance (IASC Mental Health Psychosocial Support Guidelines) should be followed. There are three points to emphasize based on these guidelines:

    One focus on building on local capacity and traditions and systems of coping and support, but also layered systems of care i.e. most people will need access to basic needs and emotional care, but some severe reactions and people with preexisting disorders will need care. The latter group will need special attention since the Psychiatric facilitates have been destroyed.

    Secondly, programs should focus on the long term psychosocial support need to build systems such as community based mental health systems, not only short term interventions.

    Thirdly, given the propensity to try to take kids out of Haiti interventions should emphasize the importance of family unity and keeping children with their caregivers.

    January 16, 2010 at 9:43 am |
  218. Junior

    What just happened to Haiti which is my country is wake up call for all nations especially the haitian people. I am haitian and I am aware that many people in my country practice voodoo many of them do not believe in God who is the only one who is not going to betray them many of them worship the devil more than God God has warned many years ago but they did not want to listen now it is time to stop worshiping the devil because the devil is always going to hurt you all the things that have happned in Haiti happened for a reason God is the only one who knows the reasons I wish I could tell my nation what I am writing now if you believe in God you will not believe in vein because God is faithful no one has his fidelity it is never too late to believe or re-believe in him. Cnn I would appreciate it if my message is spread to my people, thanks God bless!

    January 16, 2010 at 9:48 am |
  219. Roger

    This disaster could have been an opportunity to work together with the Cubans just a few miles far away from Haiti .
    Cuba has thousand of well qualified Physicians working for 300 dollars per month.
    If they were serious about humanity, the US should have contacted to the Cuban government and send 20 C130 to mobilize them to Haiti.
    USA provide the logistics and the Cuban provide the Physicians.
    Simple isn't it
    Is not that way when you have a bunch of idiots running these countries

    January 16, 2010 at 10:04 am |
  220. Becky Smith

    I just watched a bit of news on CNN and the anchor in Haiti allowed 2 men speak on camera to tell their families that they were okay. The anchor back in the US talked about how important it was for their families to hear this news and what a relief it would be to know they were alive. I was wondering if CNN could dedicate 1 hour sometime during each day of reporting and let other people in Haiti to do the same thing. You could let everyone know what time this would be aired and everyone in the US and elsewhere could be watching to catch the news from a family member . Just a suggestion.

    January 16, 2010 at 10:24 am |
  221. Monique Harris

    I am so disgusted with the UN. CNN reported this morning that UN requested that the hospitals on the UN compound move away from there to another location. Disgusting, thought they were there for humanitarian help. What is the UN for anyway? Are they just looking after their egos or helping? Never thought I would hear something so stupid or self centered. It is about humanity right now. So mad I do not dare express all my feelings because because just the heat of my feelings would burn everyones television.

    Monique Harris Canada.

    January 16, 2010 at 10:47 am |
  222. Johann Grobler

    19H11 Central AfricanTime
    The South African search and rescue teams are held up in the Dominican Rep. Clearance to land at PAP received 20 hours ago but unable to get in. 41 Aircraft waiting to land. Along with the South African teams, are teams from Russia, Spain and Poland waiting to get access to PAP. What's happening people?

    January 16, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  223. Jean Nemeth

    Please quit reporting piles of bodies, and repeating the same stories over and over. Why don't you use the air time to be used as a more useful tool, like showing survivors who need to get their word to loved ones elsewhere that they have survived. Or at least put a "Survivor Ticker" across stating their names. Reports are crawling everywhere to get their stories.... I don't see any reports that "reporters" are at least carrying some sort of minimal simple medical supplies, such as gauze, band aids, topical antibiotics that are needed by so many small injuries. Don't you think that any small contribution would be successful.

    January 16, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  224. Wayne B

    Regarding the hospital ship Comfort... While the ship is on its way to Haiti, can't those in dire need be helicoptered to the ship prior to it being physically there?

    January 16, 2010 at 2:49 pm |
  225. WILLIAM O`BRYAN

    I wonder why our government cancelled a flight of 2 aircraft out of Wright-Patterson AFB Ohio when they were already loaded up Ohio Task Force Members waiting to go. It seems that they could of been used in some way, as they were already geared up and ready to go. Whats up with that? Maybe something for CNN to check into.

    January 16, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  226. niki

    why can't or rather why couldn't we have choppered in BASIC SUPPLIES RIGHT AWAY??? LIKE WATER AND FOOD? when they knew the roads could not be used??? seems to me water and emergency food would have helped. there had to be areas where these things could have been dropped. I have seen them–many pictures are taken from the air why couldn't at least water been choppered in.

    January 16, 2010 at 6:50 pm |
  227. Margaret Skarsten

    Thank you CNN for your ongoing indepth coverage of the Haiti earthquake and its victims. However I want to make mention regarding one of your correspondents. That being "Ivan Watson". In watching all of his coverages I found him to be outstanding. He reports with clarity, compassion, credibility and profound reality. I found him to stand out with these attributes. He is is "awesome", very awesome!!! I would certainly appreciate that you forward this message to Ivan, He merits my sincere compliment.
    Thank you
    Just a CNN viewer
    Margaret Skarsten

    January 16, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  228. niki

    why can't or rather why couldn't we have choppered in BASIC SUPPLIES RIGHT AWAY??? LIKE WATER AND FOOD? when they knew the roads could not be used??? seems to me water and emergency food would have helped. there had to be areas where these things could have been dropped. I have seen them–many pictures are taken from the air why couldn't at least water been choppered in. why.why.why. don't tell me we have gotten so bad we need to have meetings and committes to chopper in basic needs. seems to me that huge 'park area' where people were gathering would have been a could place to do a drop of basic needs–water.

    January 16, 2010 at 7:00 pm |
  229. Margaret Skarsten

    January 16th, 2010 6:59 pm ET
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    Thank you CNN for your ongoing indepth coverage of the Haiti earthquake and its victims. However I want to make mention regarding one of your correspondents. That being "Ivan Watson". In watching all of his coverages I found him to be outstanding. He reports with clarity, compassion, credibility and profound reality. I found him to stand out with these attributes. He is is "awesome", very awesome!!! I would certainly appreciate that you forward this message to Ivan, He merits my sincere compliment.
    Thank you
    Just a CNN viewer
    Margaret Skarsten

    January 16, 2010 at 7:03 pm |
  230. Wiley

    PLEASE... past on to the Haitian people that lining up like kindergarteners' will help with the food and water distribution process. Also remember, women, children, the injured and men should be served in this exact order, in an effort to receive aid. The men of Haiti should protect and organize, not racing with a one-legged man to eat. In stead of giving a "shout out" to family "I'm alive," form a human chain and help with the organization of all the countries coming to provide aid. "God is an orderly God."

    January 16, 2010 at 7:45 pm |
  231. jim mc eneaney

    why are we not seeing americans who have been sent to haiti,such as,military keeping the peace, medical personnel caring for the people, people distributing water and food in an orderly manner,personnel extricating people from tight spaces and heavy equipment operators clearing the roads. what about the united nations preventing medical personnel from treating these people. is this another new orleans in the making? this is so very frustrating to me. please get on top of this.

    jim mc eneaney
    cranston,r.i.

    January 16, 2010 at 8:44 pm |
  232. Sabine Rene

    To whom it may concern,

    This week has been very difficult for all those of us devasted by this earthquake in Haiti. And while we appreciate the coverage by your news organization, it has been very overwhelming seeing the graphic footage.

    While we attempt to recover what's left of normalcy and comfort those who have lost loved ones, I truly believe that the constant broadcasted images of corpes and their burials is much. You must understand the psychological effects that these images bear in the mind and the heart of those affected. In light of the feelings of helplessness and distress of those abroad, it's extremely traumatic!!!!

    Many are still awaiting word from relatives and friends and as such, I'm pleading that CNN minimize these graphic depictions. It's just too hard to look at!!!!!

    Sincerely,

    A concerned member of the Haitian community

    January 16, 2010 at 9:03 pm |
  233. David

    Is there an estimate of people trapped? how many needing shelter?

    January 17, 2010 at 2:40 am |
  234. paul taylor

    why is it that people organizing the supplies to port au rpince cant think outside the box and look to history for solutions. The Berlin Airlift was done with smaller aircraft and included the shipment of Coal into a city under seige. THe British had 6 large flying boat aircraft take off and land on a lake to deliver Salt to the population of this European city.
    We have a bottleneck for the last 4 days at the airport. Port au Prince has a harbor that cannot off load ships because of the damage. Doctors and Rescue teams are stranded in Santo domingo San Juan and other neighboring airports . A few governments have Flying Boat Aircraft that are sitting in Hangers in Canada , North Carolina, Spain , France and Greece among others. Each plane could do 5 round trips from Santo Domingo to Port au Prince Harbor taking 8 doctors each time and taking off from either a runway or water. The trips one way would be little over one hour instead of 10 hours or so by road between the two capitals. The Harbor is much larger then all of the land area of the city of Port Au Prince . Can anyone figure this out
    Bombardier CL 415 water bombers could be doing this shuttle service without an airport and efficiently. The Haitians Don't need tons of Coal everyday. They need Doctors, Rescue teams and some people from the outside world who can think laterally

    January 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
  235. Charlie Pitkin

    Has anyone stopped to think that these poor people also need outhouses, where are the children going to the bathroom at? right out in the public, you need to send thousands of portable outhouses for these make shifts tent cities, also send tents that the people can use, these things will be needed for a long time. Please they are already suffering from injuries, lose and humilations, let them go to the bathroom in private. I am on social securtiy and my wife and I are barely making it or we would send money. Please we beg of you send toilets and toilet paper.

    Thank You
    Charlie Pitkin

    January 17, 2010 at 2:31 pm |
  236. bruce burrow

    While we have had our problems in the relationship with Cuba I am impressed that they were one fo the first responders to Haiti's needs. I understand they have sent doctors, medical personal and supplies. In addition to assist the US in it's releif efforts, I understand they have provided clearance for it's airspace.

    Col.Larry Wilkerson has suggested that Guantanamo be opened to Cuban doctors to help the effort even more

    Perhaps this gives both countries to build on for the future. Let's hope so.

    January 17, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  237. David

    Can aid be delivered by waterway? Some supply ships have their own cranes, many or most, that can be used to offload supplies. Is their dock space for ships like this?

    January 19, 2010 at 2:08 pm |
  238. Naomi Legagneur

    My sister AN AMERICAN CITIZEN was stuck in the Moulin D'Haiti UNIBank Building alive.. sending text message for a few days until we received the news that there were no MORE SIGNs OF LIFE in the rubbles.. Actually Anderson actually did a report on the site and "the lady sending text messages" Now all we are trying to ...do is recorver her body... We live in Miami and have been trying different avenues to recuperate her body, but our family in Haiti has limited equipment and manpower... SUGGESTIONS???

    January 20, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  239. Myriam Fontaine

    Can we also get covered of how the earthquake has affected the middle class in Haiti. How is the middle class coping? Where are they getting food and water?

    January 20, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  240. David

    How are communications being handled between rescue organizations, btwn those organizations and the public, and the government? btwn the govt and citizens?

    January 20, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  241. David

    How do those evacuating the earthquake zone get to points of shelter?

    January 21, 2010 at 1:19 am |
  242. Alisa Watson

    Thank God that we as an international community can come together as one to help the poverty written country. But the help is not approaching the country soon enough, as I see in the news that there are still over half of the people there that aren't getting the assistance in time. Please is there any way that the government can move faster to assist the people there. We as the international community are very concerned that all that we are doing here in America and I'm sure other countries are asking "Why is there no relief for the people there. Can't we send some Army Corps of Engineers there to assist with the removal of debris and air drop some medical supplies to the farther areas that ground traffic cannot get through." And why aren't the children a priority in receiving aid." These and many other questions arise as I speak to some American's about these issues. And if CNN can help answer some of these questions and concerns that we have.

    January 22, 2010 at 11:01 am |
  243. Norma

    CNN just recently did a story about a nursing home. This has made me really think about these people. What about these elderly people? They deserve just as much recognition as the children. What can we do to get more help to nursing home patients ???

    January 22, 2010 at 12:06 pm |
  244. David

    Are the UN family linking centers working? What are the plans for shelter for the year? Solar power supplement for energy? In the long term, reforestation? Will jobs having to do with recovery and rebuilding go to Haitians?

    January 24, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  245. Andrew Valdez

    I SAW A HEALTH RISK: Recently on your video footage Friday or Saturday, it showed water being distributed from a truck having a "non-potable water" label on it. Is there any chance of illness outbreaks from this. Looks like an important issue at hand??? Please look into this. Thank you.

    January 25, 2010 at 3:45 am |