People really do help out -- certainly in a small community environment, which the West Village is within the larger city. Or maybe emergencies bring out the best in people. Or maybe New Yorkers have hearts of gold.
Sandy has, in fact, brought together a trifecta of progressive policy vindications: the dangers of climate silence, the importance of a strong and responsive federal government, and the necessity of collective bargaining rights for workers.
Sometimes no matter how much you plan, the unexpected may thwart your wedding plans. Take for example the historically massive and destructive hurricane Sandy, which hit the East Coast from Virginia to Connecticut on Monday and Tuesday.
If most of us take for granted that we should be there for our fellow citizens during natural disasters, using the tool of government, why is it so controversial that we should also lend a helping hand during man-made economic disasters?
Governor Christie had it right when after viewing the devastation in New Jersey he said, "I don't give a damn about Election Day. It doesn't matter a lick to me at the moment. I've got bigger fish to fry."
Sandy truly lived up to its hype as a superstorm. Wind, water, flooding, even snow, has left one of our most densely populated areas paralyzed for days. A record storm by any measure, Hurricane Sandy has left its mark.
Rainbows are an ancient sign of auspiciousness in Tibet. They represent the impermanence and immateriality of life. Rainbows could be seen from many vantage points following Sandy in the NYC area. A new vision arises from the old.
A tiny percentage of the people unable to board the 19271 flights canceled or rescheduled in the wake of Hurricane Sandy likely read the contract that is now determining what sort of help their airline is obliged to give them.