The Perfect Storm

Monday, November 05, 2012

Over and over again, people we thought we knew. People we thought we could trust to be honorable, truthful and fair have failed. All it takes is the 'perfect storm' and they will let their true nature all hang out. 

Mr. Roy, more and more you've come to impress me as just one of those people. Someone who will sell his soul to the devil if need be to get what you want. To exploit the Hurricane Sandy and other tragedies just for a vote just shows how some are willing to cheapen their values and character.  

Mr. Roy, all you had to do was fact check or visit Snopes and other sites that check the facts before running with a story, the story non-union workers were turned away in the aftermath of the Hurricane Sandy crisis. According to people who live in some of those hit areas, a non-union electrical company decided to return home of their own free will while awaiting clearance to work in the area. If others were turned away, it had nothing to with their being non-union as there are many many non-union workers working day and night in the area. According to one resident of the area, it was likely a state liability issue, where the company didn't have current  licenses and insurance.

As for as your exploiting the water shortage issue, you are correct. FEMA did run low or out of water, but look at the magnitude of the disaster. FEMA has reached out to other sources to help with the shortage of water supply. The National Guard is already in the area. I know, because my daughter-in-law, Iraqi War veteran, once full time active duty military, now serving in the National Guard, was activated from her unit in Virginia to areas known to likely be most hard hit before the storm even fully arrived. 

If anything is bringing down, dividing and polarizing this nation it is all the lies, misinformation being spewed from those individuals we long thought we could trust to be honest and truthful. Especially in times of a major crisis such as this. For the most part, watching the victims of the Hurricane Sandy tragedy pull together in spirit, unity and support of one another as they have reminds us there are still good, decent people around with those values, integrity and character that at times appear to be slipping away at an alarming rate in this country.

Brenda Washington

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