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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

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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…

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