I get the argument. Some are saying the New York marathon should continue because it’s a display of the city’s indomitable spirit, “nothing can bring us down, yadda, yadda” — and I’m not saying that message is a bad one, per se.
But we have children being buried, and lots of people in need of everything — clothing, shelter, food, fuel, consolation. In this case, I think one needs to weigh the need for food, generators and first responder resources and ask whether any of them should justly be re-directed away from people in crisis, for the sake of a footrace.
Power to the one-percent!
“As hundreds of thousands of Big Apple residents suffer in homes left without power by Hurricane Sandy, two massive generators are being run 24/7 in Central Park — to juice a media tent for Sunday’s New York City Marathon. And a third ‘backup’ unit sits idle, in case one of the generators fails. The three diesel-powered generators crank out 800 kilowatts — enough to power 400 homes in ravaged areas like Staten Island, the Rockaways and downtown Manhattan.”
Nobody loves New York or believes in its spirit, than Rudy Giuliani, and I can’t help thinking that if he were in charge right now, nothing would be preferred to getting the city and its people what is needed. If I were Mayor Bloomberg, I’d say postpone the race. And others are saying he should see to the needs of his citizens first, yes, even the lower-income folks in Coney Island whose small businesses are being looted, and even the conservative-leaning ones in Staten Island who are seemingly being ignored as they call for help.
Speaking of help for Sandy victims in New York and New Jersey, I donated last night to Catholic Charities, who do a great job of bringing help to people in crisis. If you can spare a few dollars, they’re my recommended go-to. If you don’t like giving through a religious agency, give to Team Rubicon — a gang of doctors, vets and first responders who formed after the Haiti earthquake and do astounding work.
Read a recent story about Team Rubicon, here
Interesting question for next Tuesday: How exactly are the folks in Staten Island going to be able to vote? Will military trucks be used as polling places, as they’re saying in New Jersey? And how do you like that story about non-union crews being turned away from helping in New Jersey? We need new leadership everywhere, and then we need to reassess the value of unions.
UPDATE: “Marathon Mike”, the New York Times and Toilets. Perfect together.
UPDATE II: A few people have sent this to me saying it left them weeping. yes it’s powerful.