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Texas and Alaska something in common… its people!

January 1, 2016

I have been visiting my family in Texas during the Christmas holidays  for a number of t1years, and have always thought the people down here can be a bit myopic. To me it seemed like there are just too many people for a small area, they drive like they own the road and everyone is in the way. I have always gotten the feeling that they could care less about anyone but themselves but over the last couple days my opinuion has dramaticly changed.  

I have seen an outpouring of compassion, with strangers helping strangers, that rivals what I have personally experanced in Alaska. Like when past snow storms raged or a forrest fire was near my cabin, without asking a neighbor would appear and offer to help. There is no doubt about it Texans are an independent breed as shown by their willingness to do the dirty work themselves and their unwillingness to wait for the government to come in and help those touched by the tornados. 

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People unilaterally have shown up to ‘get their hands dirty’ helping the victims, usually total strangers, of the disaster dig out there belongings from the ruble that once was there homes. They also have, within hours of the storm, started there own local drive to raise money for the salavtion army who was on the job even as the storm was still raging. 

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This independence from the government

and compassion for neighbors

echoes

the essence of

the people of Alaska.

 

 These photos taken from the Dallas Morning News
though of low quality are representative of my thoughts.
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3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 1, 2016 12:14 pm

    It’s great to hear of such cooperation and willingness to help but isn’t it also telling that we write about it in the first place largely because it isn’t ‘typical’..??

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  2. Jon permalink
    January 1, 2016 5:54 pm

    Good thing these folks started things on their own instead of waiting for the heavy hand of government to show up. They’d be having people go through reams of paperwork & bs.
    Meanwhile our illustrious leader is enjoying himself in Hawaii with nary a peep from him about this situation. If it’s me, I’m flying back to get involved like a leader should. But we all have our priorities, don’t we?

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  3. unalaska permalink
    January 3, 2016 1:18 pm

    Glad you spent the holidays with your family, Pete.

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