Issue One: Hurricane Sandy
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No more FEMA?
During the Republican primaries, Gov. Mitt Romney indicated that we should do away with the Federal Emergency Management Agency. His opinion was that each individual state could handle disaster relief. I wonder how New Jersey, New York, New Hampshire and parts of Pennsylvania feel about that now. How about it, Gov. Corbett?
Stoic in the storm
Well, where are all the deficit hawks and Tea Party panderers who are constantly talking about deficit-neutral spending? They are all lining up for federal handouts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. When will these 53 percent of the American population begin to take responsibility for their own lives?
They should be thankful that they had a leader who has knowledgable people in the right places instead of horse-show judges (remember "Brownie, you're doing a heckuva job" and the embarrassing chaos after Katrina). Mitt Romney would eliminate or downsize FEMA and let states fend for themselves. What a mess that would be.
Thank you, President Obama, for your steady hand of leadership in a time of crisis.
Kudos to county
We may have dodged the bullet with "Sandy," but county residents' nervous anticipation was at high levels. On Monday, while in line at Target, a lady in front of me purchased five flashlights, jumbo packs of batteries, countless candles and enough Fruit Roll-Ups to feed a small town. She looked at me and said, "Son, you better be prepared or 'Frankenstorm' will get you."
Many cities will be dealing with the aftermath of the storm for weeks, but Allegheny County was more than just lucky; it was prepared. Pittsburghers know that when rough weather hits our city, anything can happen. We recently lost lives when ill-prepared for a winter storm and during flash flooding.
But Mother Nature has met her match. County Executive Rich Fitzgerald was ready for Sandy. He declared in advance a disaster emergency and provided "how-to" advice on being prepared. Late into the night, I was still concerned with family members' safety (especially my mother's). The county executive tweeted updates minutes apart until nearly 2 a.m., which put me more at ease while others on Twitter were panicking.
I commend Mr. Fitzgerald and our county government.
First Published November 4, 2012 12:00 am