Blogs by Andrea Savitch
9/9/2005 5:33:02 AM
Blame or change?
Mother Nature hands out devastation without much thought to human civilization and we must accept this. So we cannot blame her as she is beyond our scope to do so.
Instead we choose to blame other people for not responding with the speed or strength needed to save lives.
Should we hold those who ignored the advice of the Army corps of Engineers and other experts accountable? Yes.
Should we question the choices our leadership has made in caring for its own people? Yes.
But should we now put millions of dollars and years of time into categorizing fault and laying blame on those whose ears are obviously closed to reason? No.
There is an old saying; an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure. It remains wise and valid.
Let us encourage our elected officials to avoid the slinging of words.
Instead let us accept that Mother Nature will do her bidding but that with planning and care she cannot devastate us. Let us learn from our brethren in London and the Netherlands, who have the technology that could have saved New Orleans from destruction.
We can choose to work towards saving ourselves from the next storm or sit idly by and let the winds, quakes and rains wash away what we have all worked so hard to build.
Tell your Senators and Congressmen to walk the harder path, care for us the people instead of their careers.
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