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Justin McLeod's Blog

July 20, 2012
(Page 14 of 40)

I am not a big fan of live coverage of hurricanes.  Sure, it makes for great TV but a lot of it is just plain silly.  During Hurricane Irene, did you see the reporter covered in a strange foam on live tv?  It turned out to be raw sewage!!!!!

I think live coverage of hurricanes is also too dangerous.  Reporters stand out there in the elements telling people not to go outside because of the danger.  So I guess that means it's ok for us to be out in it?  A little hypocritical perhaps?  I also don't like how TV news shows people walking around outside during a storm.  They do it for a reason because they know we are going to put them on TV!!!!

During the Hurricane Irene coverage, I shook my head when an anchor told viewers a man died after walking outside his home and a tree limb fell on him.  In the next breath, the anchor says "Do you want to be on TV?  Take pictures or videos of the storm and send it to us.  Wow, I guess the danger isn't real.  He was basically saying some are dying but you will be ok.

What also annoys me about live coverage of hurricanes is you really can't get an idea of what is going on until after the storm.  One reporter standing out in a small section of the coastline doesn't give you the big picture.  Is it really that bad?  You won't know until the storm has passed.  

I also wish we didn't give hurricanes a category.  Some are criticizing the news media and the government for over hyping Hurricane Irene.  Earlier in the week, Irene was a category 3 or 4 hurricane.  By the time the storm hit New York, it was only a category one.  People took that to mean the storm wasn't that bad.  A hurricane is a hurricane.  It is dangerous no matter what the category is.  Let's not forget 41 people have died so far from Hurricane Irene.

I will defend the news media in one regard.  It is our job to warn people.  We have no idea how bad a storm is going to be.  What if we didn't warn people and the storm was really bad?  Think of the outrage.  I think it is one of those things you are damned if you do, damned if you don't.  I'd rather be too cautious and than not cautious at all.

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August 24th

Roanoke's melting pot

It's often said that Roanoke is still very much a segregated city.  I used to think that was true, not anymore.  This past year, I started to run on the Roanoke River Greenway.  I started out slowly, could barely do a mile.  Now I am up to 7.5 miles, yay.  Ok, back to my point.  I am amazed how many people use the greenway, especially the kinds of people.  You see younger and older, black and white, bicyclists, runners, walkers, and skaters.  Over the last few months, I've seen more people of different nationalities.  To me, the Roanoke River Greenway has become Roanoke's melting pot.   It is a great to see and I hope it will help change people's perceptions of Roanoke.  

I only have one regret.  I wish there was a way for Roanoke's melting pot to interact more on the greenway.  I try to wave to everyone (I miss a few)  Most wave back, some don't.  How can we get people to talk to one another on the greenway?  I don't have the answer.  Just wanted to get the conversation going.  Next time you see me running on the greenway, be sure to wave.  I won't be able to stop for long because I have miles to go!

August 12th

Another rant

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