Tuesday, October 23, 2007
My wife is from southern California, and has family and friends near the fires. On her last trip, she had driven by the Presbyterian church in Malibu that had burned. The problem is caused by the lack of rain for a long period, aggravated by the high winds. That is a recipe for disaster, which is what is happening. California has attracted more people than the land and resources can support, so that is behind much of what happens there. I can imagine that the odd politics isn't a help. Why aren't there resources being rushed in from surrounding states? Perhaps they are and we are just not hearing about it, but it may also be the case that California has not made friends, with what they have been doing. Still, there must be aid on the way, don't you think? A nasty feature of life is that problems are usually "self-correcting". The correction can be very unpleasant.