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Fri, August 9, 2013

Ray Waiter

     As a reporter you are trained to leave your emotions at home when you set-out
to cover a story.  It makes professional sense.   I did that Wednesday morning as I
left to cover havoc wreaked by a powerful storm.  Later we learned the storm packed
winds of 90 to 100 miles an hour and spawned several lower-grade tornadoes.
     One of the stories kept on coming back to me.   It was about a mother of two
young children whose second-floor apartment in Kaukauna lost a roof, leaving
them exposed to the elements of torrential rain and high winds.
     She recalled laying on top of her daughters, protecting them, as debris was
swirling around before she fled to a lower level, seeking safety from the storm.   At
one point in the interview, the mother told me she lost everything.  In her words,
"I didn't have much, but I lost everything."
     My emotions were in check, but a sense of compassion came over me as I
drove away to another location and another story.


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