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Old 12-24-12, 09:51 AM   #1
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More Holiday Tragedies

This is happening on a peaceful little isthmus that I ride across twice every Sunday very early in the morning. I'll never ride this strip in peace again! I may not even ride through there again.

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No comments please....Just a prayer or some kind thoughts for all those who will suffer as a result of this insanity.
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Old 12-24-12, 10:07 AM   #2
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Thoughts go out to the victims.
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Unfortunately this kind of event is not new in our nation or the world. Nevertheless, everytime these happen I pray that that time will be the last; that the people saddened will be healed and that sanity will rise and prevail.
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Prayers for the families of the firefighters and for their families. No comments out of respect for your request.

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And, having served many families displaced by fire while volunteering for the local Red Cross chapter, my heart also goes out to those 6 family's who lost their homes because the firemen could no longer fight they fires. It is a hard thing this time of year -- and it is especially hard on kids and on the parents who have to explain why Santa isn't bringing any presents this Christmas.
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I had real trouble going near Port Arthur in Tasmania, Australia, after the massacre there in 1996. I was living in Perth, on the other side of the country at the time of the tragedy, but I knew the area well having spent a lot of time over more than a decade with my ex-wife at her family's beachside holiday house. I went back to live in Tasmania, and took a few years to visit the area.

I then lived through the 2009 bushfires, and it was tough going back to the ruins of the house where I lived, cleaning up the mess at work, and working in the worst-hit community in the recovery process.

So I can understand any reluctance to go ride through this area. Unfortunately, the effect on the local community will be deep and long-lasting. Nevertheless, they will need support, and riding there again actually will be a good thing, even though it might not seem that way for a while.

Just do it normally. The communities don't need rubbernecking tragedy tourists.
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