Like many other Americans I have been watching the television coverage of Hurricane Ike (with an occasional break, like to see the Ohio State Buckeyes get TROUNCED by the USC Trojans last night, how pathetic) and getting more and more frustrated with each passing hour.
Before I get started, let me first say that I live in OHIO, nowhere near any of the places that are in the paths of hurricanes, so therefore, I know nothing about what it's like to be forced to leave my home for my and my family's safety. Perhaps if I did know what that was like, my thoughts would be different.
Residents of many coastal communities in Texas were ordered to evacuate late last week. From what I understand, about half of them did. Then when the approaching hurricane got really close, about half of the remaining residents fled.
For those that stayed behind....I don't understand why you are begging to be rescued now that Ike has gone through? You were ordered to evacuate. You chose to defy those orders. Now you want help because you ignored common sense?
Maybe there's something I don't get about it.
If you're told to leave by the authorities....then LEAVE. Don't stay around and then ask to be rescued after the fact. Now the police and fire departments, along with other groups, are putting their lives on the line to save those who didn't follow the orders.
Don't get me wrong, my heart goes out to those who have lost their homes, their vehicles, and everything else they own. I can't imagine what they are going through, or dealing with, or what they will be returning to.
From what I've seen on the news reports, there was nothing that the people who remained in their homes were able to do to lessen any of the damages....so why did they stay?
I guess I just don't get it.