In a post entitled Where are Pittsburgh bloggers on the fire in Larimer?, author Sue of Pittsburgh Lesbian Correspondents writes:
Does the intersection of race and poverty have anything to do with this horrific tragedy or can we simply lay it at the feet of two African-American women and call it a day? We have no way to know until more information comes to light. But I'm saying that a 25 year old mother of four and 20-something mother of three need some support to parent well under the best of circumstances. What kind of supports did these women have that they chose to leave their children alone? What kind of supports even exist in Larimer?
House fires are typically a little "Live at 5" for us. Yet in this instance, five very young lives from two separate families were claimed, and it must be a significant trauma to everyone close to them.
Continuing coverage by the Trib's Jill King Greenwood and the Post-Gazette's Haynes, McKinnon, and Silver all reveal that details, as it were, are emerging. Or not emerging.
We at the Comet are in no rush to use the latest macabre headlines to push for sweeping changes, as there is a danger of allowing our preconceived world-view to distort our view of real events, perhaps doing more harm than good in the process.
Maybe the concern we all feel will bubble up in the halls of government. Maybe some individuals will take it upon themselves to pull some data, take one more look at response-times, resource allocation, or whatever. Maybe they'll find something that can be tightened up a bit, or maybe they'll figure out a new way of doing something.
In the meantime, maybe best thing we can do is give these families space to grieve.