As you are doubtless aware, Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast yesterday. I, and most people I know, are fine. Most of us came through without significant property damage, and many of us never lost power, or lost power only briefly.
But nearly everyone included in those statements were also out of the path of the worst of the storm. It is humbling to realize that there are parts of the country not far away from me where people have had to abandon their homes to protect their lives. In Ocean City, a mere three hours drive away from me, Hurricane Sandy demolished beach-front property and flooded hundreds more homes. Further north, in New York, dozens of people have lost their lives in the storm, and estimates put the property damage at twenty billion dollars.
One bright spot in all of this is the response of the presidential candidates to the disaster. President Obama immediately put his campaign on hold to ensure that emergency crews had the resources they needed and that citizens in the path of the hurricane were kept as safe as possible. Romney used his visibility at prearranged rallies to encourage people to contribute to or volunteer with relief organizations that would be helping mitigate the effects of the storm. It is good to see that even so close to election day, the candidates can put aside their political differences to work for the safety of those affected by this natural disaster.