AFN CLARKE

Any politician who campaigns in these next few days should be ashamed of themselves, as Hurricane Sandy continues to roll across 17 states. Now is the time for focusing on the people affected by the Storm, those who have died, those who have been injured, those who have lost their homes and everything they worked for all their lives.

Watching last night’s special news coverage of the devastation of the East Coast, and the lives that have been torn apart by Mother Nature was a humbling experience.

Here in California we have earthquakes, most notably the Northridge quake of 1994 when 59 people were killed and 8,700 injured. My house in Hollywood nearly came off its foundations. The damage cost more than $20 billion and at the time was the costliest natural disaster in US history. The quake lasted 10-20 seconds with numerous after shocks for days.

But Hurricane Sandy…

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