Friday, December 15, 2006
Hot Links: Weather hinders search for missing hikers
Posted By CNN: 10:56 AM ET
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Mother Nature has a way of creating real havoc. I hope the storm lets up soon so the hikers can be rescued and reunited with their families who have been an example of strength and courage for all of us following their plight.
Posted By Anonymous Lorie Ann, Buellton, Calif. : 11:45 AM ET
Hmm, a comment on what is a christian, A christian is someone who believes That Jesus died on the cross for our sins, all we have to do is a- admit your a sinner B- believe in the lord jesus christ C- commit, its easy as that. As a Christian, we are not super humans we do have faults. Even spiritual leaders are not perfect. But people put them on a pedistool. Also if you think about it this land this country was founded on Christianity, Just think about the people who came over on the MAYFLOWER, GODSPEED ships. they came here on faith that God would take care of them. Now we are looking at a 400th year celebrating OUR heritage!
Posted By Anonymous Paula, Richmond Virginia : 12:04 PM ET
I feel sorry for these climber's families. The reality of the fact is they chose to climb the mountain. It was in their blood to climb. They understood the risks. Climbing was their bliss.

It's in my husband's blood to climb mountains too. As a wife and mother, I really wish that he wouldn't; however, it is my understanding and love for him that let's him follow his passion. Can you really be a full person if you don't live passionately? When he climbs mountains this is his happiness just like a person drag racing, running a marathon or writing a book. It has extreme risks which he is willing to take. When I kiss and hug him and he leaves for a trip, I understand that it may be the last time I see him. It is an understanding we both have about the situation.

What really bugged me the other night was the dad and son that Anderson interviewed. They were complaining about paying a $15,000 bill for their safe mountain rescue. When you or your family climb mountains, you have to understand you are up there at your own risk and the risk of the brave souls that are trying to rescue you.

I have to ask, "What wife and mother wouldn't pay a small fee of $15,000 to bring them home?" I am all about the art of the deal and negotiation. I do that each and every day with clients, businesses, my spouse and my children. However, I would never negotiate sums of money on a pure act of compassion and kindness for a safe rescue of my husband and son.

I bet he paid more than $15,000 for his car parked in his driveway. Okay, maybe he did negotiate a deal on his new car. Well, unless it was a Saturn.
Posted By Anonymous Renee Bradenton, FL : 2:28 PM ET
I don't read this blog for links or videos, as sometimes nice as they can be, I read this blog for insight from those that work behind the scenes covering these stories. What happened to all of the perspective? The personal stories from journalists? Please bring those back.
Posted By Anonymous Marcie, San Diego : 3:15 PM ET
Hickers should be careful & know their safety & should be responsible for their acts & should not be burdensome to the common taxpayers.
Posted By Anonymous Gary, NYC, NY. : 5:36 PM ET
re your poll - I would have selected the war in Iraq spiralling out of our control for the story of the year, but it wasn't available to select.
Posted By Anonymous Arachnae, Sterling VA : 7:44 PM ET
Having climbed Mt Hood twice. I know you do not climb it in the late fall and winter. These three were foolish to attempt such a climb at this time.
Now don't you think that if they were still alive that with the weather clearing and all the air and ground search going on today and tomorrow that they would "hear" this activity and stick their heads out and climb out in order to be "seen" by the dedicated search teams. Why were they not visible today? Surely they are not still hold up in their shelters with all this activity going on around them?
No one has mentioned this behavior in any of the news reporting.
Posted By Anonymous Rick Noyes, Salem, Oregon : 11:01 PM ET
HI ANDERSON,I'M A HAITIAN WOMAN WHO'S BEEN LIVING IN AMERICA FOR A WHILE NOW,BUT I STILL KEEP IN CONTACT WITH MY FAMILY IN HAITI,THERE'S ALOT GOING ON OVER THERE RIGHT NOW, I DON'T KNOW EXACTLY WHAT I WANT YOU TO DO FOR THE HAITIAN COMMUNITY RIGHT NOW,BUT HELP US PUT OUR STORY OUT TO THE REST OF THE WORLD PLEASE.
Posted By Anonymous CLAUDINE,WEST PALM BEACH FLORIDA : 6:49 PM ET
So much comitmant to the skiers how about our service men lets afford these resources to our men in danger not too people that are putting themselves in danger for sport or whatever bring our guys home. focus on them please I have sons serving and am a vet my self thanks for any help
Tom in EP not quite Texas sorry for the bad typing
Posted By Anonymous el Paso Texas : 10:31 PM ET
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