Disasters yield tragic tales, but also stories of heroism
Reading newspapers and watching television newscasts this month have been depressing activities. The storms that wrecked the Gulf Coast have prompted hundreds of stories of tragedy, despair and human suffering.
From the would-be Rita evacuees stranded along the highways from a shortage of gasoline, or those who tragically died in a ball of flame during an evacuation of nursing home patients, to the looting and pillaging of New Orleans in the aftermath of Katrina, the news has at times seemed surreal. Surely these things could not happen here.
And yet they did. Katrina and Rita affected millions, and each of them has a story.
Fortunately, not all of the stories are tragic. Some are tales of hope, heroism and human kindness. Americans have responded generously to the plight of Gulf Coast residents.
Nature's awesome power reminded us how little we can do against its full wrath. But it has also reminded us how resilient and kind people can be to one another.