TALK BACK: Thoughts and prayers with Japan
THERE has been an outpouring of sympathy and concern from NATION online readers for those in Japan after news broke early last Friday that a massive 8.9 earthquake had rocked that country, leaving a trail of destruction.
It was the most powerful earthquake to hit Japan in at least 100 years, unleashing walls of water, that prompted tsunami alerts across many countries, including Hawaii where residents were told to hunker down and brace themselves for the impact.
Today, residents of Japan are trying to return to some semblance of normalcy, but the shocking reality of the devastation lingers.
Japanese broadcaster NHK said yesterday that the total number of confirmed deaths caused by the disaster was now 1 596. But police have warned that the death toll in Miyagi region alone could top 10 000.
NATION online readers have been following all the news reports.
On our Facebook page, many symphatized with those in Japan. These are just some of the sentiments shared.
Patrick Porter: “People of the Caribbean, be aware of what happened here. It can happen to you. Please think of them in your thoughts and prayers.”
Rocinda Moore: “My sympathy goes out to all those in Japan suffering from this terrible disaster. I don’t even know what to say. I am so speechless.”
Samuel Henry: “My prayers go out to the families that are in need.”
Kyla Lashley: “This is very sad.”
Erin Patrice: “Well when we continue to speed down the road of industrialization, affecting the environment and speeding up its natural processes what do we expect? My prayers are with them, but in this world praying is not enough.
“As Christians know, God assists those who are willing to assist themselves. Get proactive in dealing with environmental issues. Take it more seriously. Climate change is real, not imagined . . . . ”
Many continue to follow the aftermath of this earthquake in Japan.
On the lighter side, with Ash Wednesday observed this last Wednesday, we asked our readers what they were giving up for the Lenten season. In Lent it is traditional to give up something we do a lot of, or something we find pleasure in.
Of the dozens of readers who responded to the question, it was bread, chocolate, pork and alcohol, which they will be easing off during this period.
This past week our readers continued to respond to the Nation Talkback on various issues. Over the last couple days, we asked readers their position on the banning of cellphones, a proposed plan for later this year which Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite spoke on. There was a thumbs up from readers on this measure as they believe it will help to save lives.
The call for retailers to stop selling cigarettes to those under-18 also grabbed readers’ attention and they agreed with this move.
I encourage readers to continue to share their views on some of these contentious, controversial and interesting issues which affect our society.