For the December issue of the CN the Editor usually would ask that I write a “lighter” column in keeping with the spirit of the season. I almost always happily oblige. But I don’t have that pressure this month because there is a lot to talk about.
First, my prayers go out to those thousands of persons and households affected by the floods in October. I think it is the only manifestation of widespread damage and devastation from a so-called natural disaster that the country may have witnessed, certainly in my lifetime.
I say “so-called natural disaster” since research tells us that there is “… nothing natural about a disaster…”. Disasters occur when a natural hazard, in this case the heavy and incessant rainfall that was witnessed over a few days, combines with a pre-existing vulnerability.