, Port Arthur, Texas


May 21, 2013

Editorial: Still at the mercy of nature

PORT ARTHUR — Southeast Texans joined others across the nation Monday watching in horror as rescue workers attempted to locate children in an elementary school that was in a community demolished by a monster tornado near Oklahoma City.

The death toll has fluctuated from the storm damage, initially being at 51, it was revised downward to 24 on Tuesday, but officials expected the number to increase. At least nine of the dead are children. Those numbers are a sobering reminder of the power of nature and how, despite the advanced radar and warning systems, we still are at the mercy of forces much greater than our own.

We commend Texas Gov. Rick Perry for announcing within hours of the storm that Texas stands ready to assist its neighbor.  We know other Texans will be ready to help in whatever ways we can, whether in the form of volunteers to help clean up, donations of cash and essential supplies or with our thoughts and prayers.


Text Only
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow
Sports Tweets