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March 27, 2014 at 6:14 PM

Oso mudslide: Now is not the time to be pointing fingers

A searcher walks amidst a massive pile of debris at the scene of the slide on Thursday (MARK MULLIGAN / AP).

The people of Oso and the surrounding communities have suffered the most horrendous loss, one that is totally unimaginable to most of us [“Precious time wasted in critical first hours after slide, some say,” Local News, March 26].

So imagine my shock and dismay when reading a state senator and another community official casing blame on how the initial search was handled. Maybe there were mistakes made, we don’t know. But for the families to hear that in light of what they must already be feeling would possibly cause even more heartbreak.

The feeling that perhaps their loved ones could have been saved would cause more pain and grief. In viewing pictures of the devastation, probably nothing would have changed the outcome.

If there are critics out there, and there always are, at least have the decency to wait until the initial shock and pain have worn off and then don’t have your say in the newspaper where you’ll rip off barely healed scabs. This is a discussion for down the road, not right now.

Shame on you for making the people who have lost loved ones think that there might have been hope if something had been done differently when no one knows for sure.

Jill Eshenbaugh, University Place

Comments | More in Snohomish mudslide | Topics: Jill Eshenbaugh, Oso, Snohomish County Department of Emergency Management

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