Tuesday, August 13, 2002


So I'm watching TV last night and a special news ticker starts scrolling across the bottom of the screen. It says that an Amber Alert has been issued for Los Angeles. Now I have no idea what an Amber Alert is. But it sounds like part of that rediculous "Homeland Security Advisory System", where the government issues a color code to tell you how frightened you should be. (By the way, we are currently "Yellow") As far as I know, the nation has been at Yellow alert since the system was put in place. So when I see that Los Angeles is now "Amber", I start to worry.

As it turns out, Amber is not a color. It's the name of a little girl who was kidnapped and killed in 1996. Named after her, "Amber Alerts" are issued by California as a quick way to get information out to the public about a missing child. Sadly, a 4-year-old girl was reported missing.

I'm all for turning to the media to solve crimes like this. But issuing alerts that people have never heard of can really wake you up.

Let's hope Jessica Cortez is found quickly, alive and well.

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