Friday, January 06, 2006

we're always getting shortchanged

BUT not to worry - we're a STRONG and hardy bunch o' folk AND the birthplace of bushwhacked (we're sorry!!!)!


Connecticut Shortchanged on Terrorism Funds

Connecticut Post (Bridgeport, CT)

How likely is a terrorist attack to take place in Baton Rouge, La.?
According to the federal Department of Homeland Security, the likelihood of a terrorist attack in Baton Rouge is greater than in the cities of Bridgeport, New Haven or New London.
Go figure.But that's a conclusion that can be reached after the news this week that more than two dozen metropolitan areas, including Baton Rouge, will be eligible for $765 million in federal grants this year to help counter terrorism. Not a single city or region in Connecticut is on the list.
On Tuesday, Homeland Security Director Michael Chertoff announced the cities eligible for Urban Area Security Initiative grants in 2006. New Haven had been on the list in 2004, but failed to make the cut in either 2005 or 2006.
There are a host of reasons why Chertoff's decision to shortchange the citizens of Connecticut is a disastrous mistake.
First and most obvious is Connecticut's proximity to New York City, the site of two of the four terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001.
Baton Rouge, while certainly a major American city, is 1,374 miles away from Manhattan. Bridgeport is 60 miles away.
That's 22 times closer than Baton Rouge -- and puts Bridgeport within the range of possible fallout from a biological or nuclear attack on the city of New York............

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