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Joseph Heller

Editorial: Appreciation for Sandy relief efforts

There were plenty of reasons to complain about Sandy, but plenty of people in Harford County ignored them and have been offering help to people hit harder by the so-called superstorm.

Born as a tropical cyclone, Sandy merged with a north Atlantic storm of similar frightening power, a nor'easter. The story of devastation visited upon New England's commercial fishing communities by a similar convergence of bad weather in 1991 was detailed in Sebastian Junger's book, "The Perfect Storm." So catching was the title that a disastrous series of events has come to be known as a "perfect storm," just as a situation of contradicting rules that defy logic has come to be...