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Published: Monday, March 31, 2014, 1:00 a.m.
Oso landslide


Quit trying to find blame

Like everyone else in our state and the world, I am heartbroken over what has happened in Oso. This landslide has destroyed so many lives I can hardly bear to listen to the news. Lately the media is going out on a witch hunt, looking for “someone” or “something” to blame for this natural act of nature and it really makes me angry. Sometimes horrible things happen that can’t be stopped. Some things can’t be predicted. There was no way to stop Mother Nature from stretching her muscles and dropping a couple hundred tons of dirt on us. It’s called “life” and it can be very cruel.
I think the media is making this even more painful by inferring it could have been prevented or predicted! The media needs to stop wasting their energy and time looking for someone to blame for this and start trying to do something positive to help those in need. There was no way in hell we could have predicted this horrible event. There is no one to blame for this! Trying to infer and suggest that someone knew this was going to happen and yet chose not to do anything or warn anyone is just ludicrous. What kind of monster would that person or people have to be to allow that information to remain idle?
The people in Oso and Darrington are a very close-knit community. The loss they are all suffering is beyond comprehension and I say stop trying to blame someone and start volunteering to help these poor people. For every minute wasted trying to find someone responsible for this is another minute wasted not helping these people out. Sometimes the media can be a bigger monster than the witch they are trying to hunt. Knock it off!
Now excuse me I have more sandwiches to make to take up to the volunteers. Those people need hope and love, not conspiracy theories!
Susan Martin
Everett
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