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Opinion: In Newtown, the disaster after the disaster

Terry Cowgill
Terry Cowgill

Contributing op-ed columnist Terry Cowgill lives in Lakeville, blogs at ctdevilsadvocate.com and is news editor of The Berkshire Record in Great Barrington, Mass. Follow him on Twitter @terrycowgill.

Correction: The date of the Sandy Hook shooting was incorrect in the original post. It was Dec. 14, 2012.

They say the road to hell is paved with good intentions. And the saying — or some variation of it — is often true. Newtown was already in a living hell after the Dec. 14, 2012, massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Unfortunately, well wishers who wanted to help the town heal made its agony even worse.

The words of Newtown First Selectwoman Pat Llodra, who spoke before the Sandy Hook Advisory Commission last week, confirmed the sentiments of so many disaster-relief specialists, fundraising professionals, and family therapists.

For obvious reasons, small towns are ill-equipped to deal with disasters and what follows. Even large cities, such as New York on 9/11, struggle mightily when catastrophe strikes. So Newtown’s ability to cope during the mass shooting and in the immediate aftermath were to be expected.

See the complete story at CT News Junkie.

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2 responses to “Opinion: In Newtown, the disaster after the disaster”

  1. EveT

    The article argues that cash gifts are best, but does not answer the question in most donors’ minds: If I give cash, how do I know it will actually go to help those who need it, and not in the pockets of high-salaried administrators?

  2. Kathleen Montgomery

    Exactly my thought, Eve. How the money is dispersed is not evident and why the remaining donations were not dispersed and to whom? Guess I’ll have to do some searching.

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