Excerpts from reader commentary on News staffers' online blog postings last week. Online comments come from registered users, but -- unlike reviewed and verified Everybody's Column letters -- can be posted under pen names.
Inside the News: In a response to a blog on the crash of Flight 3407, "Follow the latest developments on the suburban Buffalo plane crash," GenRach offered this sympathetic response:
May God be with all those lost in this horrible tragedy. A family member lives less than two miles from this crash scene and I am grateful and thankful for the safety of my loved one. I am so saddened for those who lost their loved ones. God bless you and be with all in our community.
Kate Martin added:
I just wanted to add that my heart so goes out to those families who have experienced such great loss. We have all been there, either standing in the airport waiting for someone or knowing that our siblings or parents were there waiting for us, looking forward to our visit.
SUSAN added this:
I grew up in the Buffalo area and my sister lives in Tonawanda. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and their families. I now live in Jerusalem, Israel. I mourn your victims and ours! May the Lord bless you and keep you and make his face to shine upon you!
Inside the News: Another blog on the crash was titled, "Should the FAA change guidelines when it comes to icy flying conditions?" It brought this response from Mark:
We are a long way from the conclusion of this investigation. Once the data has been gathered and in hand, there will be plenty of time for review and recommendations. We need to leave it there until the conclusion.
Inside the News: "Flight 3407 -- the preventable tragedy," brought numerous posts from readers, including this advice from Tom:
. . . We have to study and learn from these happenings for the sake of future travelers. Some overseer must then make a judgment if "profit over safety" was a national policy, much as lack of regulation of banks was a cause of the financial crisis. Politics matters, and in this culture, so does profit. Accidents will always happen and most people understand risks must be taken, but with responsibility to those in charge. "Until death do you part" is not just a marriage vow. It is part of living, and those who transitioned gave their families and communities invaluable parts of their talents and beings.
Now, again, it is up to those in charge: The FAA and NTSB must do the forensics necessary, and President Obama and the Secretary of Transportation must report back to this community its moral requirement about the "profit over safety" charge being made.
Outrages & Insights: James Heaney's blog, "A few angles on Flight 3407," offered varying approaches to this tragedy from other media outlets and social networks, to which Hispanoparlante Polaco commented:
As a native Western New Yorker I have had to endure numerous cheap shots and generally ignorant comments about Buffalo. . . . But there is no need for cheap shots in the wake of this tragedy. We are all Western New Yorkers now!