Hear Oklahoma prayers

The residents of Moore, Okla., asked for prayers in the wake of the devastating tornado that cut a mile-wide swath of horror, killed at least 24 people, nine of them children in an elementary school, and wreaked hundreds of millions of dollars worth of destruction.

  We concur with the need for prayer, but we also think that other Americans can be the answer to some of those prayers. We urge western Coloradans to send help, monetary or otherwise, as soon as they can.

  While there is no question of the need for help, there seems to be no shortage of courage and strength in Oklahoma.

  We were touched by the story of a woman who saved her daughter from being sucked into the tornado by grabbing her hair and holding on against the pull of an EF-5, the most powerful type of tornado.

  Another woman was able to phone her daughter from beneath the wreckage of her home, and rescuers told of children being pulled free from beneath cinder blocks “without a scratch on them.”

  We’re heartened by President Barack Obama’s announcement that aid was on its way to Oklahoma. In an era in which the size of government is an issue, we hope it’s beyond debate that the federal government properly has a substantial role in the wake of such disasters.

  Other organizations, such as the Red Cross and Salvation Army, also have significant roles, and we hope that western Colorado residents donate generously to those causes at the time in which money is most needed.

  Sheltered as we are in western Colorado by mountains of the Continental Divide and residing mostly on land well above the Colorado River, Grand Valley residents are well, though not perfectly, protected from tornadoes. Residents some two decades ago watched a tornado dance along the top of the Uncompahgre Plateau, but it never moved toward the populated area below.

  Odd as it might sound to a population that’s subject more than most to the vicissitudes of the national economy, we hope Coloradans share the wealth of their relative safety from one of nature’s most frightening phenomena.


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