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What troubles me is that, as fast as they could, national "news" outlets went from covering the devastation to fear mongering. Is the nuclear plant in your back yard killing your children? Iodine pills are the magical elixir! Will contaminated rice doom our country?

Really?

I also love when the reporters don't get the worst-case-scenario answer they want.

Reporter: When will we have to start donning fallout suits as the radiation floats across the Pacific?

Scientist with degree in this field: We do not have to worry about contamination from this event. There will such a slight elevation in radiation levels that it will not affect us.

Reporter: But what if there is a huge gust of wind? A plane loaded with contaminated victims? Toyotas with radioactive brakes? Locusts!!!

Scientist: There's a one-in-one billion chance of that happening.

Reporter: So you're telling me there's a chance. I read ya.

Tell you what. How about we concentrate on the real story here. Helping the hundreds of thousands of people start to rebuild after a devastating natural event that has done as much if not more damage than the attacks on Hiroshima and Nagasaki with the atomic bomb.

That's about all for now. Back to the couch for some more Jimmer-mania against Florida.

Keith Lobdell is the Editor of the Valley News. He can be reached at keith@denpubs.com

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