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Personal logo combatpainter Supporting Member of TMP Fezian02 Nov 2012 2:03 p.m. PST
Shagnasty Supporting Member of TMP02 Nov 2012 2:09 p.m. PST

About time.

Ron W DuBray Inactive Member02 Nov 2012 3:26 p.m. PST

Yea 1000s of people standing in lines for food and water,others living in school gyms, 1000s more without power. makes running a foot race/event using man power needed other places just does not seem like a good idea.

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP02 Nov 2012 4:49 p.m. PST

Only a pinhead would wait that long.

Personal logo Editor in Chief Bill The Editor of TMP Fezian02 Nov 2012 5:18 p.m. PST

…using man power needed other places…

They had five generators set aside for the Marathon, enough to provide electricity to scores of homes.

Terrement Supporting Member of TMP02 Nov 2012 7:01 p.m. PST

Proves the wisdom of the government making decisions for us. They had to be embarassed into doing this.

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Toshach Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member02 Nov 2012 7:37 p.m. PST

I understand what Bloomberg was trying to do, but it was too soon. It's good that he reconsidered. On the other hand the Giants intend to go ahead with their game in the storm-battered Meadowlands. I guess it proves the wisdom of big business making decisions for us. Just sayin.

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Who asked this joker03 Nov 2012 11:32 a.m. PST

They may have delayed but in the end, they made the right decision.

Cerdic Supporting Member of TMP03 Nov 2012 1:33 p.m. PST

Interesting difference in viewpoints. If it was London we would have probably still held the race. It is considered a virtue over here to 'carry on as normal' no matter what!

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GarrisonMiniatures Supporting Member of TMP Inactive Member03 Nov 2012 2:40 p.m. PST

Well, London held the Olympics in 1948. Food rationing in the UK didn't end until 1954. Generally speaking, I would agree that London would probably have wanted the race to continue, and that that decision would have been supported by most of the people there.

Cincinnatus Inactive Member03 Nov 2012 3:13 p.m. PST

Not that way in the US. We are afraid someone somewhere will feel hurt and offended that we "carried on as normal". So as to not upset anyone, we bow down to pressure. It doesn't take much, a couple of people on a Twitter account, a blog or two, and the media picks up on it like the whole nation is up in arms.

Now, if the resources were better used to provide a more safe environment or get people back on their feet, then so much the better and it was the right choice. But if they were not used at all (generators left in a warehouse, cops don't work overtime) then it was cancelled just for appearances. I don't know the whole story but it wouldn't surprise me either way.

Toshach Sponsoring Member of TMP Inactive Member03 Nov 2012 7:21 p.m. PST

I'm still curious as to why the NFL isn't being called out for not postponing the Giant-Steeler game, and why that hasn't become the issue that the marathon was. Don't get me wrong, I love football, I'm a rabid Giant fan, and if the game is televised in AZ I'll be watching it. So I'm not without sin in this discussion. I just find the double standard curious.

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