How Sad — What of West, Texas?

23 Apr

Even in the highly charged aftermath of the Boston bombing, the low level of reporting on the fertilizer plant explosion in West, Texas is shameful.  Ten “First Responders” lost their lives, along with four others.  Two hundred (?) injured.  Now THIS is an American tragedy.

The bombings are hot news, but the explosion in Texas pretty much blew up a town, and not a person in that town will be unaffected in a major way.

And ten brave responders died as heroes, having chosen to face and fight a very dangerous situation.

Where is the appropriate recognition of this horrific event?



7 Responses to “How Sad — What of West, Texas?”

  1. NEO April 23, 2013 at 5:04 pm #

    Indeed, I don’t deny the newsworthiness of Boston but, it didn’t require 24 coverage for a week. An even like west, TX should have had equal coverage, could it be because it wasn’t near enough NY that it didn’t get it, or because it couldn’t be pinned even very implausibly on conservatives? I don’t know but it sucked that those brave men and women got almost no coverage for their sacrifice.

    • Jessica Weldon April 23, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

      We got some coverage, but more than coverage what we need is support–and we’re lucky to have plenty of that! Everyone here is focused on rebuilding, and if you’d like to help check out my most recent post and consider donating to the Waco Relief Fund:

      Thanks for your concern!

      • illero April 23, 2013 at 6:43 pm #

        Thanks so much for your response. I actually meant to mention that the folks in West needed help even more than most in Boston probably did (but I forgot in the heat of the moment) — but what we heard about out here in the hinterlands was about support pouring in for victims of the Boston event. Thank you for mentioning the Waco Relief Fund. I will check out the site, and trust that many others are visiting and donating. I can’t imagine what those folks are going through. May God bless them as they turn their hearts and minds toward recovering from this sudden blow.

    • illero April 23, 2013 at 6:51 pm #

      Thanks, NEO. Or maybe the liberal press just doesn’t like Texas. Seriously, though, you may have seen the response I got from Jessica Weldon. Since you get a lot more visitors to your site than I do, maybe if you convince yourself of the legitimacy of the Waco Relief Fund, you might consider mentioning it on your blog . . . .

  2. Joseph Edward Wages April 24, 2013 at 9:39 am #

    Somehow it is not PC. It’s in a conservative state in the south. It has nothing to do with sports. And, it was not brought on intentionally. Just some folks doing the job they were hired to do.

    • illero May 6, 2013 at 3:29 pm #

      Sad, but true. Thanks, Joe.


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