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March 27, 2014 at 4:14 PM

Oso mudslide: Who’s in charge?

The Snohomish County mudslide is a tragedy. Unfortunately, one has to wonder where was the leadership to respond to it? [“Precious time wasted in critical first hours after slide, some say,” Local News, March 26].

It took too long for the National Guard and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to be called in. With reports of people hollering for help right after the slide, why was a concentrated rescue effort not immediately forthcoming? When do you take a risk to help people?

The governor has demonstrated little leadership during this disaster. Instead, he acts like he’s running for re-election. At a news conference, the head of Snohomish County’s Department of Emergency Management says he wants to “chat” about events. Chats are for tea parties.

Every time you see the news, there is a different face giving out information, but I have yet to see a person in definite charge. A valuable lesson for Washingtonians for any future disasters.

John Christensen, Edmonds

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