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Do You Think the NYC Marathon Should Go on in the Wake of Superstorm Sandy?

ABC News U.S. 2012/11/01 19:30:06
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The decision to stage the annual New York City Marathon in the Hurricane Sandy-ravaged city has drawn objections from critics who say the city is ill-prepared for an event that could hamper recovery efforts.

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  • Mr. Wonderful 2012/11/02 03:52:35 (edited)
    No
    Mr. Wonderful
    +8
    This moronic decision ranks up there with knucklehead Bloomberg deciding how large a soft drink you can get in a fast food joint.

    It is stupid for multiple reasons. First it sends the wrong message. Some parts of New York and near by New Jersey are still without electrical power, gas in in short supply, many areas still flooded. Because of all that having a marathon is boned-headed. No matter how much the city denies it, it will take away police and other resources that could be better used to serve those still suffering from the after effects of the storm.

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  • SIMPATTYCO 2012/11/03 13:35:59
    Yes
    SIMPATTYCO
    Better to bring in the Marathoners to run up and down hi rise stairs bringing aid to stranded people ...they get prizes for the number of stair treads they ...their reward feeling accomplished that they did some good
  • NYCbrit 2012/11/03 06:55:48
    No
    NYCbrit
    Esp. diverting resources...

    http://www.nypost.com/p/news/...
  • Cat 2012/11/03 01:40:36
    No
    Cat
    No, not while tunnels are closed and people are homeless. The police have more important things to do than policing a marathon crowd.
  • Mr. Won... Cat 2012/11/03 02:09:04
    Mr. Wonderful
    +1
    BREAKING NEWS....

    Knucklehead bows to pressure, marathon canceled.
  • Cat Mr. Won... 2012/11/03 02:18:44
    Cat
    +1
    Did you hear whether the city ir the NY Nat'l Guard has comandeered the tents and generators that the marathon people has set up in central park for use by storm victims?
  • Mr. Won... Cat 2012/11/03 03:34:58
    Mr. Wonderful
    +1
    No. Some networks are saying that the porta-potties intended for the marathon will be brought to the stricken areas since those people have no means to even go to the barthroom.
  • Cat Mr. Won... 2012/11/03 03:47:58
    Cat
    Thank God for small miracles anyway. I think the Guard should put that other equipment to good use, since the marathon people won't be needing it for awhile.
  • kitkat42 2012/11/03 00:00:00
    No
    kitkat42
    No, postpone, or cancel it altogether.
  • LunarRain 2012/11/02 23:35:20
    No
    LunarRain
    People starving a homeless? So what lets just o run and provide heated tents and food for all the runners. Who cares and the reckage just run around the trees and peices of homes.
  • seadog6608PWCM 2012/11/02 23:19:33
  • WankerBait 2012/11/02 22:58:49
    No
    WankerBait
    And it's been canceled!!!

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com...
  • judge 2012/11/02 22:32:08 (edited)
    Yes
    judge
    Do you think the unions will let non-union runners into the state?
    It would be great if they could re-direct their energy, line up shoulder to shoulder and police the 1000 mile shoreline or something more constructive on that order. Sandy ravaged shoreline
  • Diddley Squat 2012/11/02 22:14:15
    Yes
    Diddley Squat
    +1
    It's part of getting back to normal. People still feel the same way about the city and its people (though not its ridiculous smoke and soda rules).

    normal people feel city people ridiculous smoke soda rules
  • Gloria 2012/11/02 22:05:51
    No
    Gloria
    +1
    It's cancelled. Who wants to fly or drive to NY then find a room then maybe the electric fails. Even if the course of the race is swept what is the quality of the air & what kind of dried up caca would they run on? Who is going to be on the sidelines? Those who also can't find rooms or haven't had a hot bath in days.
  • harasnicole 2012/11/02 21:52:58
    No
    harasnicole
    I meant to click yes, but it doesn't matter anymore. The marathon's been canceled.
  • Flyingbug 2012/11/02 21:31:17
    No
    Flyingbug
    Unfortunately, it's too late--many have been kicked out of the hotel rooms because of the marathon. Now there are people out with nowhere to go because of a marathon that should be postponed or cancelled.
  • fuzzy K... Flyingbug 2012/11/02 21:41:01
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    They might have to go to a hotel in Queens or Brooklyn. The horror!
  • fortycal_sig 2012/11/02 21:13:38
    No
    fortycal_sig
    Total inversion of priorities here.
  • lcky9 2012/11/02 20:34:10
    Yes
    lcky9
    +1
    just making MORE people vote REPUBLICAN.. CAUSE they NOW see GOVERNMENT doesn't help..
  • scbluesman13 2012/11/02 20:17:50
    No
    scbluesman13
    +1
    This marathon event should be postponed until NYC and surrounding areas get back on their feet. It's disgusting to hold an event like this which will require resources, labor, and time spent that SHOULD be allocated to helping disaster victims. Shame on you bloomberg, shame on you.
  • fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust" 2012/11/02 19:38:48
    Yes
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    +1
    First off; to you Out of Towners, WE ARE NOT NEW ORLEANS.
    Most of the city is back to normal or close to it.
    Having the marathon will not hinder restoring the areas that have been hard hit.

    On the other hand the marathon brings in hundreds of millions of well needed dollars. Right now we need that money to pay for the clean up.
  • stevegt... fuzzy K... 2012/11/02 20:04:12
  • fuzzy K... stevegt... 2012/11/02 20:07:35
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    +1
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  • stevegt... fuzzy K... 2012/11/04 21:24:08
  • Flyingbug fuzzy K... 2012/11/02 21:33:11
    Flyingbug
    That's NOT the news I'm hearing. People are freezing, buildings are unihabitable. Many have no power and need the generators that have been 'redistributed' to the marathon.
  • fuzzy K... Flyingbug 2012/11/02 21:38:55
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    The area between 30th Street and the Battery is without power and yes, some people are cold. The nights here have been in the mid 40's. A few hundred generators would only be enough to power a block or two.
    Con Ed is working as fast as possible to get the power back on.
    Meanwhile some very expensive real estate is in the dark. Most of these people are not without means.
  • BigKwell 2012/11/02 19:32:37
    Yes
    BigKwell
    +3
    Sandy be damned! Let the world know New York will NOT be stopped!
  • jc 2012/11/02 19:32:32
    Yes
    jc
    +2
    I don't think New Yorkers would have it any other way!
  • Lakota Deviant 2012/11/02 19:23:18
    Yes
    Lakota Deviant
    +2
    Spit in the face of disaster, look at the big picture. The marrathon brings in money, its not as if electricity will be gotten faster without the marathon. canceling it would be just another blow to the city.
  • Margaret 2012/11/02 19:09:03
    Yes
    Margaret
    +1
    I voted Yes Only if it does not hamper recovery. Although some think these people might think those participants could better use their time to help collect items of help. People need to be hopeful that things will return to normal and this may help some. The most important thing to remember is who need what the most and are they receiving it.
  • kitty12 2012/11/02 18:53:15
    No
    kitty12
    The law enforcement required to see that it goes off well is needed in other places and this just makes it more difficult. Also, it adds to the congestion that is already overflowing. Why can't it be put off to a later date?
  • Bronar 2012/11/02 18:44:57
    Yes
    Bronar
    +1
    It will bring money and attention to a city that needs both right now.
  • twhiting9275 2012/11/02 18:25:55
    Yes
    twhiting9275
    +1
    Is it safe? If so, yes
    Otherwise, absolutely, without a doubt, no way
  • fuzzy K... twhitin... 2012/11/02 21:44:22
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    Yes, it's safe

    marathon man yes it s safe
  • twhitin... fuzzy K... 2012/11/05 20:49:43
    twhiting9275
    Apparently, it wasn't, because they cancelled it.
  • fuzzy K... twhitin... 2012/11/05 21:00:28
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    They cancelled it due to pressure from the press, not due to safety concerns.
  • twhitin... fuzzy K... 2012/11/07 16:18:04
    twhiting9275
    riiight, you go on telling yourself that
  • fuzzy K... twhitin... 2012/11/07 18:02:45
    fuzzy Ken "In G*d We Trust"
    Unless you can state what safety concerns there were I suggest you back off this argument.
  • JeffDeWitt 2012/11/02 18:17:27
    No
    JeffDeWitt
    +1
    They should have at least delayed the thing... as big a mess as NY is in right now this is the last thing they need to be putting resources into.
  • Darr247 2012/11/02 18:17:26
    Yes
    Darr247
    +2
    There are tens of thousands of world class athletes from all over the world that have been planning for this event, made/paid for hotel reservations/rooms, made/paid for airline reservations/tickets, many of whom are already IN new york and who scheduled their workout regimes for months to peak on this weekend. The entire Israeli olympic team was slaughtered in Munich in 1972 and the games went on with a delay of a couple hours. The people whining about their power being out should have evacuated as they were told to do.

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