Tuesday, October 3, 2017

From Here Where

We have a lot of turmoil in our country and around the world. We have individuals around the world killing others for their own reasons, the latest being in Las Vegas. Nature also got into the act with hurricanes, earthquakes and monsoon rains.

Hurricane Maria was a class 5 storm that caused damage in the Dominican Republic and Puerto Rico. It will be a year or more before they get their medical facilities and electricity grid restored and even longer trying to clean up residual trash and rebuild homes and businesses on the island. Many have evacuated to Florida and probably will not return. Delivering materials to their ports was the easy part, but distribution of life saving materials inland has been poor. Governor Ricardo Rosello is working with FEMA to coordinate supply distribution with slow success.

Hurricane Irma went through the Bahamas, Turks Caicos, the Greater Antilles, the Virgin Islands, the Leeward Islands, Cape Verde, the Florida Keys and on into the Florida mainland leaving floods and wind damage behind. Friends and neighbors pitched in to help each other, as Governor Rick Scott took responsibility for the Florida recovery and worked with FEMA and city mayors to implement his plan.

Hurricane Harvey, which caused problems for Belize, Nicaragua, Honduras, the Yucatan Peninsula and the Windward Islands on the way to flooding portions of Texas from the coast into Houston, then moving east through Port Arthur Beaumont and into Louisiana. Governors Greg Abbot of Texas and John Bel Edwards of Louisiana worked with FEMA and coordinated rescue and recovery efforts for their respective states.

Saving flood victims

Mexico had a severe 7.1 earthquake that wreaked havoc in central Mexico and into Mexico City.  People, working with their bare hands, pitched in immediately and began searching for buried individuals in the debris. They did not wait for instructions and did not wait for coordination. They went to work.

Monsoon rains have caused flooding in Nepal, Bangladesh and India, killing over 1,200 people. Over 18,000 schools are shut down and they do not know when classes will resume. 

Flooding in India

News people in this country cover major events, then revert to the story of the day. Attacks on the Trump administration about slow recovery in Puerto Rico is a big story pushed by the media. Gun control and the National Rifle Association get a lot of news time following any mass shooting in the country. Players kneeling during our national anthem before games in the National Football League have taken a lot of air time. News people drive the political agenda. They look for any opportunity to place the blame and skew the truth to fit their liberal narrative. It is labeled fake news for obvious reasons.

There have always been problems in the world, but I do not recall a time when placing the blame on anyone solved any problems. Natural disasters are out of our control, but our response to them are our responsibility, Black people have stated grievances about their treatment by police, government and white people, all the while acknowledging they would rather be here than anywhere else.

Solutions to many of the world’s problems are easier found in communities where individuals accept responsibility for their actions. Families usually share values and help each other. Waiting for someone else to solve your problem does not seem to work in our world. 

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