Families of Aurora shooting victims feel neglected by relief charity

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  • ulvegaard Medical Lake, Washington
    Sept. 2, 2012 3:00 p.m.

    In many of these situations, the intentions are honorable, but the execution is often pathetic. The world has become criminally expensive and finding at the primary source for high costs is a complicated mess. Funeral, medical, and counseling expenses are staggering and so I do not begrudge the families of these victims for needing some assistance. Apparently that is what the initial purpose of the fund was. My guess is the lion's share of the donations will go towards management and 'over-head'.

    At the same time, I have noted that as a society we are becoming too dependent on others. If a tragedy strikes, get out your tin cup and wait on the roof for help to arrive. My father was a psychologist and so I can appreciate those services to those struggling to cope, but at the same time, we are too dependent upon shoulders to cry on. Sometimes we need to just grab a box of tissues and press on. We mourn for loved ones, but we also have life to live help won't always come. We have to stand on our feet and move.

  • New to Utah PAYSON, UT
    Sept. 2, 2012 6:33 a.m.

    This is very unacceptable. These victims deserve to receive the money they need to pay medical
    bills. They should be able to directly communicate with the fund managers and be fully engaged
    in how the fund is run. It shows a complete lack of leadership and concern by Governor Hickenlooper. He had better get his act together and fast because the victims and their families have suffered enough.They do not need bureacratic stumbling blocks, they need timely help.

  • rnoble Pendleton, OR
    Sept. 1, 2012 12:50 p.m.

    They think they can get money because somebody donated $5 million to them. I don't recall any of the families asking for these donations but I do understand their desire that once donated they should get the money. I often wonder about the mind set of people who donate to these things.

    Having said all that I agree it is somewhat crass that the victims families are in this situation in the first place. Is this a case of the "appointed managers" having an agenda to pay for expenses but not provide a monetary windfall? Are they planning to return excess donations? Does money assuage grief?

  • snowman Provo, UT
    Sept. 1, 2012 8:25 a.m.

    This was a horrible incident but beyond having their medical bills paid for however long they need it, why do they think they can get money.

  • uwishtoo MESA, AZ
    Sept. 1, 2012 8:24 a.m.

    I agree with the second comment - survival benefits? Sorry this seems a bit greedy and out of line to me. Seems as though everyone these days is just worried about money rather than mourning what happened. What has this country and the people's standards and morality come to? Disgusting

  • My2Cents Taylorsville, UT
    Sept. 1, 2012 4:52 a.m.

    I don't believe it. Survival entitlements funding now? Its bad enough that some one scammed the dead victims and running off with a million dollar fund, now to expect survival funds?

    Where does this come from? I know we have beggars, looters, and scavengers from mexico that have this code of law inbred in their lifestyle, but its not the american way. We don't live in Mexico and there way is not our way, we learn and live from losses of others without government approval or disapproval or charity funding.

    As Americans we should be thankful to be alive and to live another day and not have to worry about terrorist groups bombs and WMD's. American's have their own way of dealing with crime, we have a right to fight it. Americans kneel down, kiss the ground, and thank god you are alive.

    I think the article and fund raising groups are using this as leverage to propel the event into 2nd amendment issue. These victim should remember that some day, maybe they can use their rights of survival and personal beliefs to save anothers life in time of need with out asking for payment.

  • kosimov Riverdale, UT
    Sept. 1, 2012 2:49 a.m.

    This is worrisome; I don't see any reason why the money should be held up the way it is. At the same time, I wonder if some people will see the victim's complaints in a bad light? I had a bit of that feeling when I began reading this, but it quickly went away as I wondered what reason could there be for not distributing the money, and how is it that people sent money to some sort of management group rather than to the victims and their families? I know there must be some order in distributing five million dollars or more, however, this seems like it could be a ripe target for someone or some group to go after the money, eating it up rapidly in management fees which may or may not be valid. How much expertise is required to give away money? This is a situation which the media ought to carefully watch and report on often, to ensure that there is enough scrutiny to discourage and prevent dishonesty and scamming. If the managers communicate in a timely manner, and the rules are clearly explained, all should be well.