New York residents blame the Long Island Power Authority for failing to restore power two weeks after Superstorm Sandy. About 60,000 LIPA customers are still without electricity. Anderson Cooper is Keeping Them Honest.
Anderson, I hope that you read this or that someone who knows you can get this directly to you: Where is the Red Cross? I just saw this morning that the Red Cross has raised 145 million dollars for Sandy relief efforts. We hear nothing about what they are doing with all the money that concerned donators have given to this organization. Please do a "keeping them honest" audit their activities.
The Red Cross raised vast amounts of money for the efforts to help Sri Lanka and other areas after the devastating tsunami. Has anyone ever asked them to account for their activities there and the use of the funds raised for the express purpose of helping the people and regions affected?
Out of pure humanitarian concern, my heart goes out to all of the people affected by Sandy. I've remained quiet so my voice will not add to the frustration and desperation of all the survivors of Sandy. However, after watching the many reports about people without power, I couldn't help myself. Anderson you were right there with my extended family and friends before, during and after Katrina. There was countless homes, businesses and areas without power for weeks. I don't think it's fair to those residents for the media to give them and the public a false sense of neglect. Being an outside victim of Hurricane Katrina, gave me a real understanding of what goes on during natural disasters. The repairs and restoring of life's basic necessities are extremely difficult and does not occur in a short period of time. I was fortunate to be able to enter the City of New Orleans 3 weeks after Katrina because I was part of an intricate unit to assist in restoring the city. That city was pitch black when week got 3 weeks after the hurricane and several weeks after that. The only difference is there was extreme damage and residents were not allowed to return home in that 1st month. Although, Sandy didn't cause as much damage as Katrina, there's not much difference when it comes to the loss of utilities. I don't understand why the media does not do a better job of informing people of what's really going on after natural disasters. Everyone always look for someone to blame. There's no one to blame for down lines, hot wires, down trees, debris, littered covered streets, complete houses and buildings either moved or totally gone from their foundations a lot of which take power lines and other utility hardware with them in the wind and water. There's a lot of things compromised during enormous storms. It seems simple to just restore power, but it's not. It's not the flick of a switch. There's a huge safety risk involved in restoring electrical power and gas after a storm of that magnitude. Why don't someone sit down and tell the truth to these people? Tell them it will be weeks before their services will be back to normal and offer them a real alternative? Anderson, I respect you tremendously for always trying to report true facts. Find someone to explain the truth to those poor people and to help them with a real solution for their immediate needs. Spare them that much of their dignity. Thank you for your time and consideration.
All I hear being reported is how long before my power is on, I want it now.
What about the Lineman and Line Crews that left their families from all over the county, working 16 to 24 hour shifts with 8 hour break, over and over. They are doing all they can to get the power back on. It's a lot more then flipping a switch.
I understand the frustration, but the people need to understand that a Lineman can be put into a pine box in less than
heartbeat. There are spouses and kids all over this proud of their Lineman to step up to help, they also want them to walk through the front door.
How about a reporting on them
Two very simple things from a former New Yorker.... First, as much as you are upset with LIPA how bad would it have been with LILCO (for those who remember Gloria ETC)???
Second, it is time to vote in House Congressman that will agree with federal funding for infrastructure RE-building; of which, I hope that all electric lines will be buried, away from catastrophies such as "Sandy", similar to most of the rest of the world!! Remember, you can help finance other elections (see Citizens United) in other states.... THEY AFFECT YOU.... While locally you are safe, nationally you are not!!!!
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