posted on Jul, 17 2010 @ 11:49 AM
I don't want to get maudlin here, but there is something I want to say.
I live in the southeast, in one of the coastal states. I have traveled the U.S. widely, and have always gotten the impression that nobody really gave
a rat's derriere about the southeast. It's sometimes misunderstood, and often criticized.
Due to our history, I guess we are an easy target for that.
People admire New Orleans because of the food and music, mardi gras. It's unique culture. And they like Miami, well because Miami is Miami. And
Atlanta is on the upswing. But for the rest......I thought everyone thought the rest was completely expendable, and without any merit whatsoever.
During this oil crisis, (and yes I know it's not yet over, but I've got my fingers crossed) you guys have been wonderful. There have been displays
of concern that have brought tears to my eyes, literally.
At one point we advanced to the recognition that it could become a global issue.
But your concern showed way before that.
People from Canada, Australia, Norway, Finland and all over. People from the interior states, who would never get a whiff of oil. All of you,
Showing concern for the eleven who died; for the marine life and ecosystem, for the coastal people's economy being destroyed, and their way of life
seriously compromised. You showed concern for all of it. You made it a political issue, an earth issue, an economic issue, as well as a human
You made it a huge ATS issue. I didn't feel isolated in the least, or alone in my worries and distress. It helped me, to see you care.
And I was touched by it. I will always be touched by it.
Thank you guys, for being the people you are. For being you.