Friday, January 05, 2007

passing it on

This was sent to me by a friend of mine, so I'm simply passing an opinion on for once, instead of voicing my own vehemently. Nonetheless, I appreciated the sentiment enough to share it with all my readers.


Colorado News

This text is from a county emergency manager out in
Colorado after the snowstorm.


Up here we just recovered from a Historic event--- may I even say a "Weather Event" of "Biblical Proportions" --- with a historic blizzard of up to 44" inches of snow and winds to 90 MPH that broke trees in half, knocked down utility poles, stranded hundreds of motorists in lethal snow banks, closed ALL roads, isolated scores of communities and cut power to 10's of thousands.


George Bush did not come.

FEMA did nothing.

No one howled for the government.

No one blamed the government.

No one even uttered an expletive on TV

Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton did not visit.

Our Mayor did not blame Bush or anyone else.

Our Governor did not blame Bush or anyone else, either.

CNN, ABC, CBS, FOX or NBC did not visit - or report - on this category 5 snowstorm.

Nobody demanded $2,000 debit cards.

No one asked for a FEMA Trailer House.

No one looted.

Nobody - I mean Nobody demanded the government 'do something'.

Nobody expected the government to do anything, either.

No Larry King, no Bill O'Rielly, no Oprah, no Chris Mathews and no Geraldo Rivera, no Shaun Penn, no Barbra Striesand, no
Hollywood types to be found.

Nope, we just melted the snow for water.

Sent out caravans of SUVs to pluck people out of snow-engulfed cars.

Truck drivers pulled people out of snow banks and didn't ask for a penny.

Local restaurants made food and the police and fire departments delivered it to the snowbound families.

Families took in the stranded people - total strangers.

We fired up wood stoves, broke out coal oil lanterns or Coleman lanterns.

We put on extra layers of clothes because up here it is "Work or Die".

We did not wait for some affirmative action government to get us out of a mess created by being immobilized by a welfare program that trades votes for 'sittin at home' checks.

Even though a Category "5" blizzard of this scale has never fallen this early, we know it can happen and how to deal with it ourselves.

"In my many travels, I have noticed that once one gets north of about 48 degrees North Latitude, 90% of the world's social problems evaporate."

It does seem that way, at least to me.

I hope this gets passed on.

Maybe SOME people will get the message. The world does NOT owe you a living.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

While this is a great perspective, this was actually a release from North Dakota about two years ago. I'd like to believe that Coloradoans really behave like this, the fact is, most of the greater Denver metro area did whine and complain and blame the government, be it local, to get out there and clear their streets. Once that happened, the cried about having their driveways blocked in because they didn't prepare appropriately. Fortunately, during the two major storms that hit the Denver area, no major power outages were reported. However, we cannot say the same for the rangers in Southwest Colorado, who are still digging out and counting the number of losses in cattle that they have to account for.
For this area, FEMA has taken some action and has declared an emergency, so we can hope that some of these people can salvage their lives.
The irony to this post is that there are those that oppose the actions to help out here. "We shouldn't be trying to help feed starving cattle because we're just going to kill and eat them anyway", is one of the new arguments from animal rights activists (can you say hypocritical???). Another area of irony is that we have had the national guard activated in the southeast to help, but due to cutbacks, they had to stop because of logging too much flight time. This doesn't help the up to 35000 head of cattle that are fighting through 15 foot tall snow drifts trying to find food and water.
This was one of the worst storm seasons that Colorado has had to face, and while many people who have lived here longer than 10 years agree with what you have posted here, that's not many people anymore. We have the complainers, the finger pointers, and the ill-prepared. Frankly, I hope we have a few more of these storms so we can chase out a great number of idiots that don't know how to survive in winter weather, much less drive in it.