Originally Published: March 27, 2014 8:51 p.m.
Each area of the country has its crosses to bear.
In the Midwest, it's tornadoes. The East has ice storms, and the Southeast and Gulf have hurricanes. The West Coast has earthquakes, in the Northwest it is earthquakes and a volcano. For the Southwest, we face wildfires.
Yes, we all have other unmentioned challenges but you get the point.
Side note - many people I know live here because, they say, we do not have many of those other acts of nature. For clarification, we do have earthquakes (faults near Chino Valley), tornadoes (Flagstaff), and storms (remember the deadly flooding years ago in Prescott and Paulden, though not this year).
The point is, as I look back on the Yarnell Hill fire, I am proud of how our community donated goods, services and money to help the families and victims/widows.
Recently in the news we have read about the deadly mudslides in Washington state, where authorities on Wednesday reduced to 90 the number of people missing but increased the death toll to 24 (16 dead and eight bodies located but not yet recovered).
Communities have been literally wiped out by mudslides, with families and friends of those still unaccounted for beginning to confront the reality that some may never be found. They have yet to think about rebuilding.
How will their neighbors respond? Can the generosity of the Prescott area, Yavapai County and Arizona be duplicated?
These are simple questions.
Yet, I have wondered sometimes since June 30, 2013, what price do we put on humanity?
Think about it, and chime in.