When the pressure is on, you might want someone who understands hydraulics, unlike ‘Joe’ the ‘Plumber’, who never bothered to get licensed. In a disaster, a man of ostentatious faith like Gov. Jindal is less useful than people who humbly do their job. Let’s hear it for the nerds who spend years doing volcano monitoring. Mt. Redoubt, in Alaska, just woke up...
The eruption was accurately predicted when the number of earthquakes on the mountain suddenly jumped to 40 to 50 per hour Sunday morning. So everybody had time to get ready.
Your tax dollars put to work by dedicated scientists at the U.S. Geological Survey who keep doing their jobs even when politicians decide to demean their work for a cheap sound bite.
In times of uncertainty, it’s important to remember that the hero who emerges in the disaster gets way more glory than the people who prevent disasters. Here’s to all the unsung workers from coast to coast, who keep the buses, trains, planes, food, water and roads safe for the rest of us. They also serve.