Guest Blogger: Tyler Jones
Tyler Jones is a senior at the University of Central Missouri that is studying Digital Media Production and Sports Broadcasting. He works for a class practicum called Sports Page where they broadcast a live 30 minute show every two weeks about the latest happenings with sports around campus as well as Warrensburg High School Football games. He is a former football player for the Mules and loves to edit and create video’s to promote some sort of client sports related.
After Hurricane Maria destroyed the bridge that connects it to everything and ripped the roof and walls off his house here in the central mountains of Puerto Rico, Ramón Sostre raised a weathered American flag above the wreckage.
His message to the world: “I’m alive, and I’m American.
It worked, if temporarily. Helicopters came. So did a tarp, food and bottled water.
Yet little else has changed. His roof is still missing, as are some walls. He and his cat, Tipo, sleep in the kitchen. When the wind blows at night, rain soaks them. The power is out, as it is for roughly 3 million Puerto Ricans, or more than 80% of the island’s residents. More than a third of households in the US territory, including much of Sostre’s community, are without reliable drinking water at home. That’s roughly 1 million American citizens.
One month after Hurricane Maria, these realities are starting to feel less like an emergency and more like the new way of life — a nightmarish loop that resets each day the sun rises.”
The US government says it is committed to helping Puerto Rico but is confronted with challenging circumstances, including some roads that are narrow, muddied and impassable for large aid-delivery vehicles. There also are pre-existing problems with power and water systems. Puerto Rico is “an island sitting in the middle of an ocean … a very big ocean,” as President Donald Trump said on September 26, making Hurricane Maria more distant than two other recent storms that hit the US mainland, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.
Trump is basically stating that since Puerto Rico is surrounded by an ocean that they should have expected to be hit by a hurricane at some point in time, which true they should be prepared for the worst since there is a ton of water around them, but at the same time I believe there is always something that can be done to help Puerto Rico. Roads being blocked off or narrow shouldn’t mean we cant get help to them over there. Get planes or any other flying vehicles that can get there from the U.S. and make it happen. I feel like the president should be able to get done anything he wishes especially something to this nature. Thoughts?