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Have We Been Slighted?

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This may seem like a petty beef, but I’ve noticed that the only news coverage the spring storm has gotten has been in the local media.  No play on the national scene whatsoever. I’m not the only one feeling this way.

The manager at the Get N’ Go where I regularly trade, brought this to my attention.

Whenever the east coast gets hit, it’s on all of the major networks and even the Weather Channel.  All of them are so eager to rush to have their reporters in place to bring us the latest breaking news of the storm.

The storm and its aftermath we are suffering through has been epic.  Sioux Falls and southeastern South Dakota has never seen a storm quite like this one.  Thousands still without power.  Tree and property damage that could run into the millions.  Not to mention the livestock lost to the farming community.

Not even a blip on the national radar.

Could Jason Aldean have gotten it right in his song Flyover States?  The song sets two guys on a flight from New York to Los Angeles.  Flirting with the flight attendants, making small talk and not really giving any thought to what goes on here.

They’ve never drove through Indiana,
Met the man who plowed that earth,
Planted that seed, busted his ass for you and me,
Or caught a harvest moon in Kansas,
They’d understand why god made those fly over states.

I bet that mile long Santa Fe freight train engineer’s seen it all
Just like that flatbed cowboy stacking US steel on a 3-day haul
Road and rails under their feet
Yeah that sounds like a first class seat.

Despite the fact, that we’ve had no mentions on the national stage, you can bet we’ll still roll up our sleeves, go to work together and get through this.  We’re not looking for recognition.  We don’t roll that way.  When it’s all over, we’ll go back to our daily lives that much the better for living in a place where people still care for and help each other, knowing we’ve all had a part in making our home that much better.

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