I have heard several radio shows and tv shows asking people to open up their homes to the displaced victims of Katrina. I thought at first, this would be a nice idea, making a difference in someone's life. But then I thought about the fact that I don't know the people that would come into my home. Personally, I would rather donate food and water or sponsor a family by putting them in a hotel than inviting total strangers into my home. Why? Two words: Amy Smart. Her mother thought she was being the good samaritan by inviting a strange, homeless man to do chores around the house, and such for extra money. He ended up kidnapping and molesting and raping her daughter. Amy was lucky to be found alive. I have a 2yo son. I wouldn't know if the people that I would be taking in, were legit and straight, or drug dealers and criminals, or even child molestors. Those people were victims of the storm too, not just good, decent people. How do I know that the people I am taking in, aren't going to rob me of everything I have worked hard for? How do I know they won't hurt my son in any way? How do I know THEY weren't the ones shooting rescue workers, looting stores for stuff they did not need? There is no guarantee of this. If these people were willing to steal tv's and stereos (no electricity, so why?), who says they won't steal the dvd collection or my 2 computers and sell them? As kind hearted as I am, I refuse to subject my family and finances to that kind of risk. I just don't trust unknown people. If judges and lawyers would have done the right thing, these types of criminals would not have been on the street to begin with, thus I would not worry as much, although there are many criminals out there that have not been caught yet. Those people were also victims of the storm. I don't trust people anymore because liberals have instilled a sense of selfishness in society, blaming others for problems they themselves have created, to where fewer and fewer people have respect for others, private property, but expect to be respected automatically, not earn it.