SF CHRONICLE / Debra Saunder / RESCUERS STOOD BY WHILE MAN DROWNED IN ALAMEDA
“How does America go from 911 to Crown Beach?” Saunder asks. She nails the story. And “in the end, they [the firefighters] didn’t care enough to do the right thing. Surely they became firefighters because they wanted to be heroes. But somehow, in some sad way, they turned into bureaucrats.” I would add, heartless bureaucrats.
OC REGISTER/ Steven Greenhut / BUREAUCRATS DON’T COME TO THE RESCUE
Greenhut nails the story too:
“And so normal people stand around wondering how we can end up with such a bad outcome–a preventable death—whil the bureaucracies, struck as they are on procedure, tell us they acted appropriately.
It’s about time the public starts rethinking our public safety policy and starts wondering whether the creation of big costly bureaucracies, encumbered by ridiculous rules and designed mainly around the convenience and safety of those working in the agencies, is the best way to protect the public’s safety.”
DISSIDENT VOICE / Kathleen Wallace Peine / COLD WATER ON ALL OUR THROATS
Peine’s long consideration of the contributing causes for humanity to behave so craven, and do we accept this?
“One poor man died in neck deep water with a whole host of observers. I think it is a fundamental core question to ask: Do we accept this kind of thing, that of not helping our weakest members? It’s the same type of groupthink that can produce overt [harmful] acts against others, so it is of profound importance to answer this.”