Growl....stupidity!

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Growl....stupidity!
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Wed, 08-18-2004 - 10:20am
Okay, I have to vent for a moment. I live in central Florida. Hurricane Charley hit almost every county in central Florida. Some counties have been hurt worse than others. People have lost their entire homes to people losing electricity - and I mean for a week -live in 100 degree weather without electricity for a week - yikes! My family was very very vey lucky, but others weren't. I mean if they weren't hurt by the hurricane, several tornados have popped up around the counties causing damage too. Anyway, some idiot - for lack of a better word - broadcast on national tv - radio that he doesn't feel sorry for the people of Florida because they get what they deserve for living in a hurricane - storm prone area. Therefore, FEMA - government and any other aids should not be diverted to FL as a result - got what they deserved mentality. I have to scream - hey do you know disaster can strike anywhere - look at NYC on 9/11. Just because you don't live in a hurricane prone area doesn't mean that mother nature won't be knocking on your door some day or that terrorism won't touch your lives. It's not only a matter of if it happens - the thing is to expect when it does happen. Florida's economy relies heavily on tourism and when you knock that out of the picture - our whole economy will be affected and if you don't think that touches you out there in the rest of the US - you're wrong.

Okay, sorry for venting, but must stomp out stupidty wherever it crops up!

D

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Thu, 08-19-2004 - 11:38am
I see both sides to this one.

Sure, disaster can happen anywhere unexpectedly.

And obviously it is unreasonable to expect that the entire state of Florida relocate.

I think applying his point to the state of Florida was a bit ridiculous.

However, I do see part of the point.

There are people who, for example, build their house right smack in the middle of a flood plain - they enjoy the benefits of being at the water's edge. They know full well it is going to flood every few years. But - oh well, other people's tax money (because they can't continue to get private insurance building in such a dangerous place) will pay for me to fix up each time it happens.

There is a big difference between unexpected disaster, and purposely putting yourself in obvious harms way expecting everyone else to constantly bail you out.

Does that make sense?

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Thu, 08-19-2004 - 2:03pm

I live in tornado alley as they call it. If we might get a tornado does that mean we should all be

Sherry

 

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Sat, 08-21-2004 - 9:03am
I really agree with you both. Just thought it was rather rude of that individual to make such a blanket statement...and yes, I do believe as Americans we should all pull together in any disaster scenario - wherever it takes place.

After seeing some of the footage on the storm damage and hearing about how people didn't even have insurance, I have to shake my head and ask why? But you know I'm not in their shoes. Did they just not have the money and needed to put food on the table versus buying insurance? Who knows? But like you said live on the beach or in a particular flood area it is a risk. I personally would adore living right on the beach, but living in Florida you do take that risk...those are the breaks living in paradise. That's why I live inland - "supposedly" the safe area.

It's just sad all around at the destruction. Those outside of Florida don't really know the extent of the damage because it hasn't even touched the surface on the national news.

Thanks for letting me vent...D

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Sat, 08-21-2004 - 5:17pm

No problem!

Sherry