Looking at the streets, roads, and homes in parts of the Northeast one would have to say that "Sandy" was well named! After viewing the destruction caused by this storm but more importantly seeing the total inability of people and governments, federal, state, and local. to deal with the aftermath raises the question: Is this a wake up call? Obama blew $800 billion dollars, appropriated by a subservient Congress, supposedly for "shovel ready jobs" that he would admit three years later were not "shovel ready". That money could have been used to improve the electrical grid which would have alleviated some of the distress. Seems to me that a bigger question is: Can large metropolitan areas, particularly in a colder climate cope with large disasters, natural or man made? Business/industry tend to congregate. In an age where communication/transport was limited that made sense but is it any linger necessary. I believe it was poncho who mentioned that many small towns are "drying up" because of this tendency of people to congregate. This is evident to some extent in SC but is worse in some western states. Given the problems we see in the northeast is it time to consider alternatives other than large metropolitan areas with their towers of babel? Is it time for small town America to experience a renaissance?