Events of 2001 taught us lessons – and one of them is about government

Commentary | December 19, 2001 | By John Burbank | Tacoma News Tribune

Remember Feb. 28 and the Puget Sound earthquake? It seems years ago that the 6.8-magnitude tremor cracked the Capitol dome. Earthquakes show us our smallness in the big picture of life. And earthquakes don't distinguish between rich and poor. It is nature's way of telling us that we are all in this together. Similarly, our preparation for and response to natural disasters are not possible with a winner-take-all mentality. People lived through the Puget Sound earthquake because we as a society, through our governments, made sure that our buildings and roads were secure.

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