Comments on: Response to Sandy holds election’s key http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/11/02/response-to-sandy-holds-elections-key/ Fri, 31 Jul 2015 03:37:49 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: Just_Do_It http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/11/02/response-to-sandy-holds-elections-key/#comment-2250 Mon, 05 Nov 2012 02:18:16 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=1297#comment-2250 I pray that the there is not looting and lawlessness, that people affected by this storm do everything they can to work together, help a neighbor, give a smile and a helping hand. This is an opportunity for those affected, and those in surrounding areas, to show a true spirit of community. With everyone’s help, we can pull through this storm. There is hope. I believe in the true spirit of patriotism that can permeate each person when we realize that we have brothers and sister and friends and neighbors in need.

–Eric

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By: sylvan http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/11/02/response-to-sandy-holds-elections-key/#comment-2243 Sun, 04 Nov 2012 12:00:52 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=1297#comment-2243 So people who buy apartments on the 28th floor of a building never consider what happens in a power outage? I am a big believer in adequately funding government, but a natural disaster of this magnitude cannot be solved immediately, especially with the smallest governments at national, state, and local levels at very low levels compared to modern age equivalents. But even with adequately staffed governments, adults really should be able to plan ahead and survive for at least a week, if they are inside a physical structure. And there are food and water supplies available in stores, so we are talking about denying ourselves modern conveniences, not human necessities. People in the Southeast, who live near the oceans and bays, are prepared for a week without power, worse case. So as so many rightwingers complaining about people choosing to live in New Orleans, I guess we can same now goes for New Yorkers and the entire Northeast coast. And you don’t hear the constant whining and threats from the locals when it happens in the Southeast, as they realize this is life.

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By: ocepheus http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/11/02/response-to-sandy-holds-elections-key/#comment-2242 Sun, 04 Nov 2012 05:10:05 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=1297#comment-2242 For one thing, this article is not up to date. The marathon has been cancelled. (http://www.businessinsider.com/marathon -cancellation-media-2012-11).

For another, I rather feel sorry for New Yorkers. They don’t have to deal with this sort of thing regularly. Those of us from Florida expect power outages lasting weeks after a major hurricane, and most of our infrastructure is prepared to handle a major storm because we get them so often. New York’s is not. The expectation that they should have power restored after a major storm event like this within three days is very unrealistic. Lines have to be fixed, transformers repaired and replaced. These things take time, and hundreds of thousands of wonderful power company volunteers coming from all over the country to help repairs (after 2004 in Florida when we had FOUR hurricanes and a tropical storm including TWO category 4 hit all within approx. two months, and the massive effort by power companies to repair our lines no one will ever say ANYTHING bad about power companies in my presence again).

And yes, as some in the article have pointed out, a lot of times businesses and people are the center focus of relief efforts. That is normal. Government’s role should be logistics (moving outside resources in via National Guard, and serving as a central distribution node for all incoming resources. They should NOT be be expected to be the only resource for relief and the expectation is once again unrealistic.

I get that this is a disaster. I genuinely feel for all the poor victims of Sandy. As a Floridian I know what they are going through (maybe minus the cold front bit). But this is not the time to complain about government, and sit and rely on them to come save the day. Help your neighbor, come together as a community, if you have resources volunteer them and your time to make your governments role easier. Government only works, after all, if we as people make it work.

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By: Crash866 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/2012/11/02/response-to-sandy-holds-elections-key/#comment-2241 Fri, 02 Nov 2012 16:08:29 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/david-rohde/?p=1297#comment-2241 The are holding a marathon while others suffer??? If it gets ugly this weekend and it will get ugly it does not bode well for the guy who was visiting and now left to campaign to save his job. Sound familiar…Benghazi anyone…

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