Nothing like disasters to replace governement scandals on the front page

David Snyder

As we have all seen, our current administration has been bombarded by three big scandals.

First the Benghazi scandal, where no one seems to know how executive memos were changed 12 times, before going out to the press. The bigger question of why military folks were told to stand down while an embassy was under attack, is still unanswered.

Next we have the IRS, an organization that has been credited with driving many people crazy over the years, being accused of targeting certain groups for audits.

Last but not least, is the long list of subpoenas, delivered to the Associated Press, to get phone records for over 100 reporters (Im not sure of the number, and it is probably growing).

As much as I am angered by the Benghazi stuff, and IRS, the AP (and FOX also) targeting, is really the most serious. Freedom of the press is a primary element of a free society. As much as I have been shocked by poor reporting, or even made up discoveries, I will defend the right of people, and the press, to say whatever they want, whenever they want to. There is no other way to have freedom than to have an unfettered press, and people who can say anything, short of plotting to do someone else harm. The sources of the reporters should never be revealed. If the Obama administration has secrets, it is their job to keep them as secrets.

Just when these three scandals were getting good press coverage, tornados struck our countrys mid-section. The disastrous results have been devastating. Twenty-some people have died, and countless homes and other buildings have been obliterated. It is so sad to see so many people who have lost everything.

Just yesterday (Sunday), they started reporting on the heavy floods in San Antonio, Texas. More scenes on TV than most of us would care to see. Cars floating down streams, and towns being submersed in water are hard to imagine. Nonetheless, they did come along and takeover the front page of most newspapers.

Natural disasters may help the president hide from his scandals, but they hurt the economy very much. It will take years and billions of dollars to restore these towns. I cannot imagine how hard it will be for most of these people to rebuild their homes and communities.

If you live in Tornado Alley, you must always be ready for such an event to happen. Forecasters are currently predicting a violent hurricane season. New Jersey could be hit with another Sandy-sized storm.

As I drove to work this a.m. (Memorial Day), I heard that upstate New York, received 3 feet of snow. Think about that. We had a total, of less than 6 inches for the whole season, and they get 3 feet, on Memorial Day weekend. I dont know how much damage occurred, but I have no doubt that travel plans for many New Yorkers, and Vermont residents, have been changed or cancelled.

Mother Nature will always throw us a few curve balls. We must be ready for them. We need to build strong homes, strong schools, and be ready to clear the roads whenever these disasters strike.

There is no doubt that our climate is changing. You can argue how much man is responsible for it, but you cannot argue that we keep seeing more tornados and more and more devastating hurricanes. Lets keep our fingers crossed that Chester County remains safe from bad storms, earthquakes, and other natural disasters.

David Paul Snyder

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