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Winner and loser of the week in Florida politics

Irma shows the good and bad<br>
Firefighters check on Kelly McClenthen, who returned to check on the damage to her flooded home, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Bonita Springs, Fla., Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (The Associated Press)
Firefighters check on Kelly McClenthen, who returned to check on the damage to her flooded home, in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma in Bonita Springs, Fla., Monday, Sept. 11, 2017. (The Associated Press)
Published Sep. 17, 2017
Updated Sep. 17, 2017

Winner of the week - First responders.

Politicians were eager to show they were responding to Hurricane Irma and pressed for a quick response. But the real heroes are the first responders who carried people from harm, provided food and water and generally made everyone feel a little better about a terrible situation. As first lady Melania Trump said after traveling the state Thursday, “We saw that so many displayed the American character today in Florida.”

Loser of the week - Florida utilities.

Nobody expects zero power outages after a monster like Irma hits, but surely many, many Floridians would have been spared days of no power had the utilities invested more in burying lines underground and tree-trimming. Utilities may have to step up already generous campaign donations to solicitous state politicians if they want to avoid being forced to pay more for hardening their systems.