I did it. I read the report. And, now I feel sick. I smell my own sweat in my stress reaction. I will share some of what I read. And, some of what I heard at the Town Hall meeting last night.
But first, I must say that there are those who are already saying we mountain residents should buck up. We chose to live in a fire zone so what are we whining about. I have actually seen comments such as these. To that I say, when it’s an act of God, a fire is still devastating – and yes, we live here knowing this is a possibility. We, like many of our neighbors had a “defensible space” around our home. And, ironically, we received a grant from the Forest Service to preform this work. They approved the thinning and marked trees that needed to go. We also had a metal roof, fire resistant decking and metal siding on 1/3 of our house. This fire was not an act of God. It was an act of human error - and bureaucracy at it’s finest. So yes, we are a little mad.
I must remember, it’s always the ignorant that spout off at the mouth and are critical of a victim’s response. We are all familiar with the “blame the rape victim” reaction. “Well, she shouldn’t have been wearing such a short skirt and walking the streets by herself…” These morons are to be expected. When they turn up in our government, it is a little more disturbing.
19 April, 2012 / 8 Comments