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11/15/2012 9:58:00 PM
Letter: Focus on heroes of Superstorm Sandy


The editorial on Nov. 2 following the horrific storm on the East Coast was snide and sanctimonious. You extolled the virtues of quad-cities residents by criticizing the behavior of victims of the worst natural disaster in memory. How unkind and self-righteous! Thousands of heroic East Coast police, fire and emergency volunteers pitched in to save lives and help alleviate suffering, just as all of us in this area pulled together to help victims of the Storm King and the Whiskey Row fires last year. It should certainly have taught us that kindness and caring in times of emergency are universal human values.

Sandra Weiss


Reader Comments

Posted: Monday, November 19, 2012
Article comment by: B W

just for the record, barack obama is NOT one of the heros involved with hurricane sandy , like the main stream media portrays him to be

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012
Article comment by: It's Their JOB

Firemen and policemen are trained to do "their job". No one should be labeled a "hero" for getting paid for what they do for a living. Doctors and nurses can also be labeled this. We misuse this word. Even the airline pilots are labeled "heroes" when landing a plane. DAH then go on "talk shows", write a book and make millions, giving up the job they were trained to do. I think the real heroes are the residents who lived through this disaster.

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012
Article comment by: shano o

Yes, the police, fire and emergency volunteers pitched in. But the real heros of this storm were in the Occupy Sandy coalition, who were on the ground as soon as the storm passed with food, blankets, bottled water, etc. Instead of top down FEMA or the Red Cross, the grassroots movement was there asking victims of the storm what they needed most. Heck, Occupy Sandy was even feeding the FEMA & Red Cross workers. If you still want to help with storm relief, Occupy Sandy is the best choice.
Congratulations to Occupy! Well done.

Posted: Friday, November 16, 2012
Article comment by: Tom Steele

The term "hero" is often abused. A well paid public safety employee is also well trained to carefully proceed conducting their craft. Hero's are those who are mainly neighbor helping neighbor or the civilian who just happens by and saves lives and property without benefit of training or compensation.

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