Sitting in heart of Spain´s Basque country in an internet cafe, I checked the Daily Paper and my gut is sick when I read of the fires and Mary Ellen Ryder, a linguistic professor from Boise State University.
If it is the lady who frequented the Moxie Java on Vista, I can say she was a friend and I didn´t even know her name…her passion for the study of linguistics was obvious as she “held court” on the outside patio. Hope it wasn´t her, but I am afraid it was. UPDATE 8/27: (It was her)
The fire, loss of life, and loss of all that is personal in a home are horrible. I notice folks are already trying to “start a fund” to express their grief and support. Tragedy brings out the best in all of us.
Without regard to your faith or lack of it, if you want to see how relief should be handled, take a look at what I am sure the LDS church does in the next 24 hours or so.
During the Teton Dam disaster, I was there for TIME Magazine among others and will always remember the ISP trooper (a Mormon) telling me, “The Church was here immediately helping out–not just Mormons, but Civilians too!”
Nothing cute about this one, but as a rabid GROWTHOPHOBE we knew it was just a matter of time. Homes crowded together, shake roofs, riparian zones full of dry fuel are a recipe for disaster.
After the immediate needs of the community and those who suffered losses are met, it is time to unite on the issues of increased density, urban wilderness interface, building codes, and rampant growth in areas better left to mother nature. These tragedies can be averted and more firefighters and equipment is NOT the answer.
From all we can gather across the sea, the BFD and BPD are once again as always HEROES.
Please try to keep the comments on topic and we will do our best to post them as we skip from town to town in Spain.
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