Bringing home heroes after a storm

Last year after Matthew, I found a young man named Robert sawing a tree that was blocking a main road. I said, “Come home with me, please.” And he did! I named him my “Hurricane Hero.” He’s never too far away if I need him.

This year, after Hurricane Irma, I have another “Hurricane Hero.” His name is Dorian. After enduring almost 30 hours of opporessive heat and discomfort without electric power, and numerous phone calls to a machine, I went to a restaurant on International Speedway Boulevard to finally get hot food. In the parking lot, I saw an FPL truck with one one man jumping out, and I again said, “Come home with me, please.” He replied, “Where do you live?” Keep in mind, I am 73 years old, and he wouldn’t even allow me to buy his breakfast.

I told my neighbors of the encounter and we waited — we were the only block in our neighborhood without power. And the FPL truck showed up in my neighborhood in less than one hour, amid many cheers and thanks! Now I have another “Hurricane Hero” and a grateful heart. I don’t even mind an increase in my FPL bill as long as I know it supports guys like Dorian!

And just for the record, tell Pat Rice and all my News-Journal friends that their fantastic ongoing coverage is much appreciated.

Carol Podschelne

Holly Hill

 

 

NSB has the power

I want to commend the city of New Smyrna Beach and the Utilities Commission of New Smyrna Beach for up-to-date information provided before, and especially after, Irma passed through. Regular emails and Facebook posts from the city police department, fire department and city manager’s office have kept us up-to-date with emergencies, road/bridge closings, curfews, etc.

The Utilities Commission of New Smyrna Beach regularly emails and posts not only progress, but also anticipated time for complete restoration of service. The latest post (No. 13) just before noon on indicates 90 percent of the 26,000 customers who lost power have service with anticipated 100 percent restoration by the end of the day. Thanks also to the crews from Massachusetts, Oklahoma and Texas who worked beside our local linemen. Keep those Facebook pages and emails as a regular service in the future.

Gerald Kruhm

New Smyrna Beach

 

Cartoon was tasteless

I generally think y’all do a great job.

On this one item, you did not. Saturday’s cartoon by Nate Beeler of the Columbus Dispatch was tasteless, and completely unfairly critical in this situation. The state and federal response has been organized and on point.

This type of over the top thing is why so many Americans believe such a large part of our news is fake.

I’m really embarrassed for whoever made the decision to print it. So many wonderful stories of people stepping up, including Trump, but you chose to go the divisive politicized route. Shame.

Jeannette Graham

New Smyrna Beach