Thursday, November 20, 2008

I Don't Know What To Think

This isn't at all ridiculous.

Put your weight against the door
Kick drum on the basement floor


R.W.McGee said...

I know what I think; Good job, sheriff.

Matthew B. Novak said...

That isn't even close to what I would think. You're saying good job because he ordered someone's house destroyed? Someone who was essentially the victim of bad circumstances? Yeah, kick 'em when they're down. That's the right attitude.

Quinn said...

Out of curiosity, what should the Sheriff have done? Seems to me he was stuck in a no-win situation and the highway had to be cleared, being federal property and all.

The lady did put herself in a poor situation by hiring an unlicensed transporter. Did she deserve the bad turn of events? Shouldn't she have at least been given opportunity to clear out valuables and such? No, and yes, but I still don't know what could have been done, short of keeping that highway traffic diverted for another 9 hours or longer. With only two cops (that's what it sounded like, right?), it's a tough call.

Anyway, I am sympathetic to the woman and her family, but I also know why the sheriff's peeved.

Matthew B. Novak said...

The sheriff should have at very least explored some other options. The road had already been shut down for 9 hours, what's a few more? For that matter, what does the fact that the highway is federal property have to do with it being cleared? What's wrong with redirecting traffic while it all gets sorted out? We're not just talking about destruction of property here, we're talking about the loss of housing for what, a dozen people? Let's see, reroute traffic or have people be homeless... not a hard choice for me.

R.W.McGee said...

They are the victim of bad circumstances which they created by hiring an unlicensed transporter.

The sheriff has a responsibility to a larger community, and you can bet that he would be taking a huge beating if this had caused some gigantic accident on the highway, and people had died instead of property being damaged.

Am I sympathetic to the people who lost their home and property? Of course, and they probably should have gotten a bit of time to remove some of their valuables...but in the end, the sheriff was clearly understaffed and under pressure and I think he made the right call.

Quinn said...

I have to chuckle, because in all honesty, I have no idea why the fact that the highway is federal property just seemed like the sheriff had made a point of mentioning that, as though it held some weight. I don't know.

The fact that the sheriff's office is very much understaffed and the fact that they were doing this for nine hours in a downpour makes me sympathetic to them, too. Two people's lives made uncomfortable versus twelve people's lives? I see your point.

I wonder what those who were traveling along the highway and had their transit backed up think about this. Were they off-put by the back-up? Should we care?

Thinking Fool said...

Wow. Remind me never to move within 100 miles of anyone quoted in this story.

R.W.McGee said...

well put, Thinking Fool.

Jeff said...

What I think: the fact that a sheriff can be re-elected with the slogan "More 'Dick' In 2006" is completely awesome.

As for the house thing... both sides have a point. I think traffic could have been rerouted, though - a quick Google Maps search reveals that there are plenty of detour possibilities on that stretch of the highway.

(More awesome: when you put in "nicholas county ky" into Google Maps, you get an advertisement for K-Y next to your map.)