Monday, September 15, 2008

Texan Stubbornness

begin:rant

Stubbornness can be good, but is usually bad.

Government authorities issued a mandatory evacuation of Galveston, TX, BEFORE Hurricane Ike. Evidently, THOUSANDS chose to disregard this evacuation, which was supposed to be at their own peril.

Yesterday, they evacuated 2000 people from Galveston Island. Today, they are estimating that they will evacuate 4000 people.

I don't understand this. Why do people think they know best? Why to folks think they can "get by" then call 9-1-1 for help, when help is not available.

As I sat watching this unfold on the news this morning, I was both perplexed and a little agitated with this situation. Mandatory Evacuation means mandatory evacuation, does it not?

I'm sorry that all this heartache and destruction has fallen on the cities of the Texas Coast, but it is really hard to feel sorry for folks who went against orders and decided to stay.

/rant
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