EDITORIAL: Don't let disasters go away

We are a society of instant gratification. To that end, we are also a society of instant empathy.

When trouble arrives, we rally. We draw inspiration from one another and unite in common cause. Be it terrorist attacks or natural disasters, the very nature of humanity pours out of us as we attempt to help out those in need.

Then ... many of us often move on.

Though the non-stop coverage on the television has yielded to other items, and many of the celebrities have returned to their homes, it is imperative we remember that, for many people in the Gulf states, returning home is not an option.

They have lost homes. They have lost lives. Many of them have lost hope.

This nation rallied and sympathized for these individuals. We collectively wept as their images flashed across the television, and we dug into our hearts and our pockets to try and ease their pain.

As we typically do, from community to community, when adversity strikes.

However, when the tragedy is not personally staring us in the face on a daily basis, we tend to move on, and to assume that the problem is fixed.

It’s not.

It’s not that we don’t care anymore, it’s that we just don’t see it as often. Out of sight, out of mind — a tradition as old as tragedy itself. Well, let’s see if we can’t keep it in mind for at least another week.

You’ll read in this week’s Point the second part of a story on Jason Bergman, of the Fenwick Island Police Department, and his experiences along the Gulf immediately following Hurricane Katrina. You’ll also read about a great fund-raising event this Sunday at Mickey’s Family Crabhouse, where 100 percent of the proceeds go to the American Red Cross.

People still need our help. Let’s see what we can do.