Despite what appears to be increasing polarizing politics, Americans are optimistic about the economy and the prospects for their children, writes James Freeman in the WSJ. Things seem to be working.
There is strong support for fundamental constitutional freedoms and an open and welcoming society. On the other hand, “Americans have become much more skeptical of government efforts to limit gun rights and also, believe it or not, much more convinced that immigrants strengthen the country.” That’s the long-term trend.
Shorter term, there is good reason to be encouraged by recent events in Houston, affirming the creativity and generosity of the American people. Traits that have always defined this country, notes Mr. Freeman.
KXAS television station in Fort Worth, Texas reports:
As Florida braces for Hurricane Irma’s potential impact, many there are looking to Houston and lessons learned from Harvey. The founders behind one of Houston’s biggest rescue networks are working to recreate what worked there to fight back against Irma.
In the first days of Hurricane Harvey, everyone was a first responder, and Matthew Marchetti’s first response is to code.
“We need to get this online as quick as possible,” Marchetti said.
Within three hours, he and a partner launched Houston Harvey Rescue, an online database and map of people in need of rescue, and volunteers with boats and determination.
The online database helped coordinate nearly 8,000 rescues. Now it is helping Houston rebuild:
They’re partnering with 15 of the biggest churches in the Houston area to connect truck-loads of donations with the people fighting to recover.
“All across the city, people need information,” said Marchetti.
As Hurricane Irma barrels toward Florida, the partners are branching out. They just launched a new site: Florida Irma Rescue.
Oliver Carter, the site’s co-founder, explains, it’s an “effort for volunteers to mobilize before the government’s able to get there.”
To continue helping with recovery efforts in Houston, click HERE or contact Marchetti at firstname.lastname@example.org.