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Focus on healing, not blaming

Professor Martin Espada, University of Massachusetts, said it well when he told the New York Times: "We tend to think of natural disasters as somehow evenhanded, as somehow random. Yet it has always been thus: Poor people are in danger. It's dangerous to be poor. It's dangerous to be black. It's dangerous to be Latino."

I might add, it's also dangerous to be a baby, to have diabetes, to have a bad heart, and it's dangerous to be old.

Instead of blame — like kids on the school ground — let us focus our energies and abilities on repair, planning and prevention and the creed that "each individual must take at least some responsibility for himself."

Carolyn B. Nelson

Salt Lake City