Here’s a notable take on how Kansans respond in times of trouble.
There is no readily notable attribution for a piece currently making the rounds through e-mail and chat rooms. Whoever did it, it says a lot about the grit, courage and nobility of homespun Kansas people and how they respond in crises.
“Is it just me or has anyone noticed what has happened in Greensburg, Kansas, the last few days????
“No one with hands out waiting for something, anything.
“No looting (though I will give you that there is not much to loot).
“No complaining about the government’s response (except for the Governor of Kansas). Could she be a liberal?
“No one sitting on their duff waiting for the government to move the mess and build them new homes.
“No waiting in lines for food and checks and griping about the wait.
“No one playing the name game – could that be because Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are not there?”
“Thanking friends and neighbors for their help.
“Thanking the Lord that they are alive.
“Planning the senior high school class graduation in their town. They don’t know where in the town but they are going to have it.
“They are moving ahead.
“They are the stock of what has made this great nation GREAT.
“Do any of you get the difference between this and what happened in New Orleans?”
Although a handful of cigarette and alcohol thefts were reported, most people came to Greensburg only to lend a helping hand. Twenty-five seniors at Greensburg High School did have a graduation ceremony on May 19 with an audience of about 1,500 gathered in two large tents at the Greensburg Golf Course. The ceremony was just one symbol of a town that is on its way back.
Kansas deserves to be famous for a lot more than its Tornado Alley image, and this is one of the reasons. Good people, like Kansans, seem to find ways to beat nature almost every time.