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Good Lord, they're crying because a run was canceled? Talk about selfish. Just postpone it and make it a Turkey day race.
@FrankL I'm a marathoner who has been following this all day. I do not know of a single runner who is "crying" because a run was cancelled. The disgrace is in that it was not cancelled immediately. The Mayor tells everyone to spend the money to come, where they check into hotels (sometimes displacing people staying there because they lost their homes). Then, less than 40 hours before the race begins, he declares it cancelled - not because of the disaster, but because of the controversy.
Mayor Bloomberg made a disgraceful decision in not cancelling immediately, then compounded it with a mixed message that moved precious resources to marathon prep for two days, even as thousands of runners went forward with their plans.
Does this problem compare with what the NY folks are enduring right now? Of course not. Nobody believes that. But Mayor Bloomberg's ridiculous indecision is why people are upset.
Having a billionaire like Mayor Bloomberg in charge of a city is a history lesson come to life of what it must have been like centuries ago when kings were oblivious to the suffering of their subjects. When you surround yourself with fawning subordinates and security and maintain that the crisis is over once electrical power is restored to downtown Manhattan it's convincing evidence that you're totally insulated from the real world. They're still pulling bodies out of the wreckage and his main concern, at least until late yesterday, was the "image" of his city should an event have to be cancelled. To a certain extent New Yorkers are getting what they deserve by keeping this megalomaniac in office but even they must finally see that his inability to face reality except when it's forced upon him is far more damaging to their city's image than any cancellation of a marathon ever could be.
There wouldn't be gas shortages if the big oil industry had been prepared, with less emphasis on speculating on Wall Street, and more focused on supply and delivery. Gas stations would be able to pump gas if they had Solar arrays on their rooftops, and battery storage systems. That technology is at least 10 years old. The conservative agenda of dirty energy contributed to Sandy, and stymies recovery, at the expense of human survival, and in the face of scientific expertise. What will it do after next week's expected Noreaster storm? After next year's Sandy?
Fabulously wealthy politicians like Bloomberg and Romney are out of touch with the rest of us. These are the sorts of boneheaded decisions that you can expect from people who have no idea what the middle and working classes are facing.
I feel bad for these people, but they had a weeks notice to get ready.
Just a suggestion to the folks that arrived with a marathon as their goal and now have nothing to do for the time they are there. Maybe they could volunteer their time helping in the relief effort.
The coverage of the East Coast disaster on the national networks is telling. Now, I'm a middle-of-the road, vote both ways, type voter. But this is an abomination. I watch CNN, Fox and MSNBC. But why are the so-called "liberal" networks ignoring the suffering of these trapped people, and showing political "back-patting" and Florida election coverage and Obama in Las Vegas, but at the top of the hour update, maybe a sentence or two about the long gas lines.
We are creatures of selfishness who live by a "I deserve this" attitude. Think of how differently people would respond if they didn't think they deserved anything.
Yes, people are upset, but get over it, start cleaning up and move on. It is not going to be fixed overnight, it's a natural disaster. I'm sorry it happened, but that is life. Like someone else said, you had time to prepare. Did people think that 'Mother Nature' would not hit because it is a large metropolitan area? In regards to the marathon--use some common sense!! For the people that already arrived in NY, help with the clean up.
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