County needs better evacuation plan
Already on my Facebook page, people are being negative about the fact there was a mandatory evacuation plan.
With the size of Hurricane Irma, how can anyone blame the authorities for doing what they felt was best?
Down the road folks, it comes down to personal responsibility. We all have eyes to read and can watch on TV what is being reported. We have brains that tell us if we would be safe or not in our own home. We know how solid or well-built our home is and we know if it is in a flooding area or not.
There was no joke about a hurricane of this magnitude. There were too many people to take care of on short notice.
So, let’s not blame the authorities for having done what they believed was going to be the safest for residents, as well as clearing the way for them to bring power back and clear roads.
The beauty of a hurricane versus a tornado is that we are given plenty of time to make our decision. If we decide to stay put, we should be confident that we can handle ourselves (it is going to be scary — you’ll need good nerves) and our property and listen to curfews and such.
However, my husband and I live one block from Forsyth Park, on high ground, in a house that was built so solid in 1872 that it rivals any new construction in town. It does not mean hell cannot happen, but it is solid as can be and has withstood many a storm, since it is standing.
Would we have stayed if our home was in a trailer park? No. Would we have stayed knowing our area gets flooded even with a bit of rain? No. What if we lived on Tybee Island? No. You must use common sense in making these decisions.
The Evacuation Map presented to us that showed us Zones A, B and C did not do it for me. I believe they need to work harder on who needs and gets evacuated better. To call a mandatory mass evacuation too early can place people’s lives in jeopardy should the storm move in another direction, as it has done in this case. Timing also has to be right.
Would it not make sense to first evacuate the people who have no way of transportation and who live in areas that flood and live in trailer parks or poorly built houses first — no matter if they live on the east side or west side of Savannah? I was watching a TV report on Saturday and was actually ticked off that these people who actually needed help the most — people without transportation — were left to leave so late in the game.
There is a need to get a better evacuation map done. This is something they can start working on now.
Tuesday morning, we will be out on our street, cleaning debris with our neighbors who have stayed put as we did just about a year ago for Matthew. Many of us who can afford to stay behind can be of great help in helping our city get back on its feet quicker.
Let’s work on a better evacuation map as well as timing … great effort, though.
GOP tax reform: Robin Hood in reverse
Frank Coffey’s letter to the editor on Sept. 10, ”The difference between the IRS and Robin Hood,” failed to point out one major distinction regarding the difference as it relates to tax reform. That is, Robin Hood took from the rich and gave to the poor while the GOP tax reform proposal will take from the poor and give to the rich.
Why voters supported Jolene Bryne
Based on your opinion, why do we even have an elected school board? What responsibilities at all does the Savannah Morning News believe school board members should have? Are they never, ever allowed to disagree with the folks they hire? Are they, unlike regular members of the public, prohibited from publicly disagreeing with the hired hands’ decisions? And whom should the public call with comments, their elected officials, or hired hands who do not report to them?
Jolene Byrne never “micromanaged” Superintendent Ann Levett. Jolene did not give any instructions, nor directions. She simply stated her personal opinion that she was not satisfied with Supt. Levett’s hesitation to decide on a hurricane evacuation and that those folks with special needs should evacuate immediately, even if school was not called off. She put safety ahead of attendance.
Everyone knows the school board is the most racially motivated elected body in our county. Is it any wonder that the three board members who so quickly sided with Dr. Levett are African American?
Former Superintendent Thomas Lockamy favored another person in the 2014 school board race.
His candidate did not win, and contracts that his candidate’s clients would have received were not completed. Lockamy spent the remaining years of his tenure diligently attacking “that woman” Jolene Byrne. Then, after securing his retirement, he filed a complaint. What a wonderful parting gift to the community that paid him so well.
This community voted overwhelmingly for Jolene Byrne. Jolene’s vigorous oversight of non-elected officials is what this community voted for.
Letter-writer’s credentials questioned
A search of the Georgia database for registered engineers did not reveal the name of Robert Granger, who identified himself as an engineer and wrote a letter to the editor stating that the Plant Vogtle nuclear power plants won’t last for 80 years.
I believe it is as improper for someone to call himself an engineer if he is not an engineer as it is improper to call oneself a doctor if that person does not have a Ph.D. or is a licensed M.D. in Georgia.
There are other “facts” stated in the letter that may or may not be true and I am not addressing that issue, nor is the issue of licensing laws being addressed. I believe it is important for you to get it right.
BENNIE G. WILLIAMS P.E.
Editor’s note: Letter-writer Robert Granger wrote that he was a retired engineer, having worked in Michigan and in Jacksonville, Fla.