April 18, 2014

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Conditions at Parkersburg, Mid Ohio Valley Regional Airport, WV
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Not Dancing, But Definitely Sitting In The Dark

I lived through the June 29th storm the same way a lot of people did-in the dark.

In my 55-plus years, I don't remember being without power for as long as I did after the late June storms of 2012.

Mine was off almost exactly 36 hours, or parts of four days. I haven't been without power, in my recollection, for more than a few hours.  And I lived through events such as the Northeast Power Blackout of 1965.

I have an idea of what some people, who are still without electricity, are going through as of this writing.  It's certainly no fun when it's cold in the winter, but it can be downright miserable, as well as dangerous, when it's as hot as it's been in the past week.

And with all due respect to the internet, I-phones, battery-powered laptops and the like, having a battery-powered radio was a lifeline to the world at a time when nothing else would work.

I hope I don't have to go through this again, but I realize I'm one of the lucky ones, again considering people have been without power nearly a week.

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Turning to politics:

West Virginia was one of the hardest-hit states from the recent storms, but Ohio is on the list as well.

Ohio, as you probably have heard, is a "battleground" state in this year's presidential election.

President Obama, late in the week, went on a bus tour of Northern Ohio.  But the route he didn't take in the Buckeye State may be more interesting.

You may recall President Bush took a critical beating with his reaction (or some would say non-reaction) to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005.

O.K., as bad as this storm was, it was no Katrina.

But I wonder why the president's advisors didn't suggest a side trip to the areas hit by the June 29th storms-such as Columbus, which is liable to be "ground zero" in the "battleground" state.

Agree with it or not, Mitt Romney's supporters took political advantage of the storm by passing out water in several locations in Southeast Ohio.  Most news organizations, including WTAP, correctly declined to cover it.

Presidents and Vice-Presidents routinely make visits to storm-damaged areas, even in non-election years. I'm just wondering why it wasn't on the Obama agenda.

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