It’s Time to Think About Our Priorities

Update: This photo was taken on April 1, 1946, when a tsunami generated from an earthquake in the Aleutians struck the town of Hilo on the Island of Hawaii and killed 159 people.
Apropos of today’s events, and coming from the perspective of someone who has gone through a number of tsunami events over the past 50 years, I trust you will understand if I reproduce, without further comment, the following news item:

WASHINGTON » A spending plan approved by the House would slash funding for a tsunami warning center that issued an alarm after the devastating earthquake in Japan.

The plan approved by the GOP-controlled House last month would trigger deep cuts for the National Weather Service, including the Pacific Tsunami Warning Center in Hawaii.

A union representing workers at the tsunami center said the proposed cuts could result in furloughs and rolling closures of National Weather Service offices.

Barry Hirshorn, Pacific region chairman of the National Weather Service Employees Organization, said the GOP bill would affect the center’s ability to issue warnings similar to those issued after Thursday’s earthquake in Japan.

Democratic Rep. Colleen Hanabusa of Hawaii called the GOP cuts reckless and even dangerous.