Before the long and expensive process of rebuilding from Hurricane Sandy begins, I’d like take just a moment to salute the thousands of Huck’s Heroes who put their lives on the line to protect others. Of course, there are the countless firefighters, police and EMTs. The crews who are working to get downed power lines up again. The staff at New York University’s Tisch Hospital, who had to move more than 200 patients at the height of the flooding when both the electricity and the backup generator failed. The local officials who worked around the clock to respond quickly to every disaster, like New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker, who personally helped transport homeless people to shelters while tweeting out storm updates. And a salute, too, to President Obama and the team at FEMA for quickly releasing money and resources to governors and mayors, as needed.

In fact, the only organization that earned a big Bronx cheer during this disaster was the New York Times. The paper tried to turn a natural disaster into a political opportunity by saying it shows the need for big government and by slamming Mitt Romney for wanting to put more disaster response control into the hands of local officials. I would point out to them that the reason the response to Sandy went so well was because governors and mayors who knew where the resources needed to go WERE in charge, and Washington just supported them. That is exactly what Romney suggested. It’s what I knew from first hand experience as a Governor really does work, and it’s what they pencil-necked nerds at the NY Times will never know because they obviously can’t leave their high priced perches in the Big Apple long enough to see the Big Picture that Big Government is a Big Problem and not a Big Solution.

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  • mermeid6

    05/24/2013 01:26 PM

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  • Louis R. Urciuolo

    11/04/2012 06:25 PM

    As a retired civil servant I am tired of hearing every problem being blamed on Big Government. Of course government needs to be big and powerful. This is a big and powerful country. But government doesn't do good or evil. From top to bottom government is made up of people who are responsible for directing the actions of the "machine". The problem is not government but people who put their own considerations above their duty to the common good. Because government is big, when it goes wrong, no one person is to blame. It takes the failure of many. This democracy was set up with checks and balances to ensure the common good prevailed. That the rights of minority views were not trampled under the majority. We have 435 representatives in the House which holds the purse strings to the nation. 100 Senators who have filabuster power to stop any legislation in its tracks. A president with veto power. A Vice President with the tie breaking vote in the Senate. A Supreme Court that can nullify any law created by Congress. All this to ensure the concerns of all parties are accomodated to build something acceptable to all. There are many things wrong with the current state of the government, but they all point back to problems with people. Diversity of opinions and belief exist and must be dealt with. That requires comprimise. In a two party system when one party refuses to work out its differences with the other party, the system is set up to bring everything to a standstill. We have groups who hold their beliefs to be so inviolate that they refuse to work an accomodation even at the risk of destroying the nation. We have corporations who are given all the rights of personhood and beyond. We have Super PACs and other special interest groups who are unaccountable to anyone. Unlike indivuals, they can spend unlimited amounts of money to gain influence when logic says they should be limited by a proporation based on how many members they represent. There is a glaring disproportionate distibution of wealth where a very small few hold the majority leaving everyone else to fight amoungst themselves over the scraps. From my experience, the people at the bottom, the first responders, the common civil servant, the people who devote their lives to serving their fellow man with no agenda, can always be counted on to be there in times of need as well as every day. The Big Problem is the people at the top. That includes all of them because those who allow our nations problems to continue and go unaddressed as just as responsible as those who created the problems.

  • Paul edds

    11/03/2012 11:04 PM

    Amen, Mike!

  • SSC

    11/03/2012 01:16 PM

    As I travel around I usually buy a local newspaper to learn more about the community. It is very worrisome that most of the small newspapers print national and international stories that are written by the New York Times and/or Associated Press. Why? these news sources provide a slanted, bias reporting and I can prove it! Sad that this is what a good majority of citizens read and believe is factual news across this nation.

  • Dennis Walkup

    11/03/2012 12:32 PM

    Sometimes we need to understand where the money goes when we donate to Red Cross
    Marsha J. Evans, President and CEO of the American Red Cross... salary for year ending 06/30/03 was $651,957 plus expenses. Brian Gallagher, President of ...
    Thanks to Mr. Google

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