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Rocking the Boat

 


The following is from the editorial page of the Nov. 19, 1987 Seward Phoenix LOG.

AT IT AGAIN... The good people in the American Legion, Elks and Lions are at it again, working to make the holiday season enjoyable for the needy in our area. This year their sponsored events include angel trees, auction and a children’s party.

It’s going to be a glorious Christmas because those volunteer service organizations are going to make sure it is. Nobody is going to be left out in the cold. There will be food baskets for our neighbors who have fallen on hard times. And they’ve even arranged for Santa to be here to give gifts to the children.

Christmas is a time for giving and sharing. Most of us are in a position to give and share. But we also remember the times when there wasn’t much we could share and had very little to give. We realize situations can and do change unexpectedly. It could be any one of us next year.

The Legion, Elks and Lions help broaden the spirit of Christmas. Their efforts will not only be appreciated by the children and needy, but by everyone else in the community. They’re opened another avenue to enjoy the season of giving.

We say “thanks.”

BETTER SAFE THAN SORRY... The Monday evening tsunami scare resulted in a quiet and orderly evacuation of Seward’s low lying areas. The “emergency overdrive” couldn’t have been done without the close cooperation between the state troopers, local police, Seward Fire Department, volunteer ambulance corps and citizens.

The 1964 earthquake and tidal waves weren’t so long ago that we’ve forgotten the consequences. The devastation and deaths that followed are locked in the memory of Sewardites. Since that time, a warning system has been perfected which requires an immediate mobilization of the Civil Defense.

We have been fortunate. The citizens responded without hesitation. That’s necessary because the lack of cooperation often results in delays which increases our exposure to risk. In critical times there’s no time to explain or argue. With the threat of a wave coming, the volunteers and police move on to the plan of action efficiently and quickly. It’s the cooperation of the citizens who make it possible.

But we found that not all people in the evacuated areas were aware of the danger. There’s a fine line which those in charge walk when the decided whether or not to sound the alarm. Officials said that if they received a final warning of an impending wave, the alarm would have been sounded with ample time allowed for those in danger to retreat to the safety zone. It sounds good, but waking the town is worthwhile if one life can be saved.

TAKING CHARGE... There’s a new director in town and he’s taking charge and “tightening up the ship” over at Seward Life Action Council. The new director sees the need for a change and is doing something about it. We wish him well.

SLAC is an organization which, in all fairness to it’s clients, deserves professional leadership. There are very few organizations in town which must have a high level of training and expertise to address the social ills brought on by alcohol and substance abuse. The problems can’t be solved overnight. It would be wrong of us to expect it. What is required is patience because the results are seldom seen in the short term.

In the past the public has supported SLAC, but this year there seems to be more public support than ever, Administrative Directory Brenda O’Brien noted. With solid baking by the board, the director has the opportunity to restore public confidence in SLAC as it seeks to accomplish it’s goal of a healthier community.

 

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