It doesn’t take but a few minutes watching social media or news coverage to see the best of humanity emerge amid the worst of disasters.
Even as the toll in death and damage climbs, coverage from Houston is full of tales of people taking risks to help others, some of whom also are pleading for help via social media. In just one example, former Boise TV reporter Brandi Smith, now working at a station in Houston, helped flag down rescuers to help a man trapped in floodwaters. Volunteers from across the country, including Idaho, are headed to Texas, as are donations from generous citizens.
It’s cliché to say that when times are hard, Americans are at their best. But there is a truth in the truism. And the stories of boat owners, high-water vehicle owners and other average people putting themselves in harm’s way to help struggling strangers are a significant comfort in the face of news that is so bad and so sad.
It’s rewarding to see Americans putting politics and partisanship aside to offer help and moral support for their fellow Americans, and to praise the good work of the government and the good intentions of the president. Early indications are that the robust response of emergency officials is evidence that we’ve learned much from the hard lessons of the past dozen years.
Our hearts and hopes are with the people of Houston, Texas and the entire Gulf as they labor heroically to weather this storm.
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