Friday, November 2, 2012
Hurricane Sandy is gone, but the memory lingers on...
There are still people without power, those with ruined homes and businesses, and those without food or shelter, and those who are having to contend with backed up sewage and the gas shortage. It's also bringing out the best and worst in people.
One of the big arguments right now is over the NYC marathon coming up. From what I can see on Facebook, most regular NYC folk are in favor of cancelling it. They would rather see people getting emergency care than having to devote a lot of services to a big running party. Yeah, it shows New York is moving on and there are going to be some increased donations over it. But it's hard to cheer for the marathon when so much of NYC is still in a bad situation.
The east coast farmers who were devestated by Irene last year understand how it is. They're still dealing with the mess Irene left behind in contaminated fields and repairs, made worse by this summer's drought and rising feed prices.
I think anyone who doesn't believe in climate change just isn't paying attention. Killer storms like this are becoming a fact of life. And it's something we're going to have to start planning more for. We can't afford to lose thriving urban centers and farmland.
Update! ... It's just been reported that the NYC Marathon has been cancelled. I'm glad to see the more sensible heads pervailed on this.