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Regarding David A. Orders letter, “Time to move beyond tragedy”: Get over it? Move on? Tired of hearing about Oso? By his cold-hearted comments, it would seem he has never had to deal with a real tragedy in hi life. No, these innocent victims of Mother Nature were not forced to live where they did. They chose to live in one of the most beautiful areas in Washington, just like he chose to live where he does. Some of these victims were not residents of the neighborhood, but working their occupations or driving the highway.
The residents of Darrington have lost the main route in and out of their community. But they carry on and drive over two hours one way to get to their occupations without complaints. Who were the first people to respond and start recovery efforts? The loggers of Darrington (my family members) with their chainsaws, excavators and other logging equipment and their donated time — never asking who was going to pay for the gasoline to operate this equipment or pay for their time out of work. This is what a small community does, they help each other and strangers without being asked.
I feel sorry for the writer because it would seem that he has never experienced life in a small town and what it’s like to help your fellow man without being asked. I grew up in Darrington in a logging family and I’m proud of it. My mother and family members and close friends still live there. I’d like to ask Orders what he would say to the families of the two victims still missing; get over it and move on? If he is tired of the coverage that the Oso tragedy is receiving, then turn off the news and don’t read the paper — it’s that easy. But as far as I’m concerned this coverage can continue until the last victim is found and Highway 530 reopened.
Jodie Galbraith Dry
Marysville

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