Homeland Security Focused on What?

RECEIVED Wed., Oct. 15, 2003

Saturday night, when I parked my car at the Capitol's entrance on 11th and Congress, I wasn't expecting valet parking from the state police. But neither was I expecting to have my car broken into and my car stereo stolen within view and earshot of the state trooper's post. To add insult to injury, not only were the state troopers ineffective at stopping the crime, they were unresponsive after the fact.
   So much for our Homeland Security. That a woman at 5 foot 2 inches could be intimidating to a state trooper is beyond me. These days, I guess one just shouldn't be upset to be robbed at the foot of the Capitol.
   The irony of crooks within and outside of the Capitol was not lost on this worried voter. Proponents of the current redistricting plans are no better than the thieves at the curbside. And aren't we just as neglectful as that officer sitting back in his patrol car while our elected officials destroy the very fabric of our democratic process? At this point, we need not fear terrorists. The destruction of our social, economic, and political systems will have been an inside job.
   What will it take to make you raise your voice?
Down, but not out,
Roni Ann Kendall
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