HOME LAND SECURITY should be the top priority of government at every level, of institutions, of churches, synagogues, schools, neighborhoods, of households and individuals.
Social security, Medicaid, health care, a timely state budget, a west side stadium in NYC, a convention center in Albany, more money for public schools, rennovation of Albany High and the Arbor Hill School are all important questions.
But, their importance pales in significance to, what should be everyone's priority and focus - home land security.
If our communities, cities, states and nation are laid low by multiple, simultaneous terror attacks, none of the aforementioned questions will matter.
Without further delay, we must insist that (1) our national borders and ports are secure (2) our water supplies are safe, with alternative supplies planned for, (3) nuclear power plants are really secure and fully protected. Shut down those that are not, particularly those near or upwind from large metropolitan areas (4) a coal based backup electrical power system is in place (5) rebuild our local, state and national rail system to carry passengers and freight (6) restore our manufacturing capabilities (7) initiate a six month draft of persons ages 18-25 to be trained to perform a variety of military, police and public service functions (8)take immediate action to disarm criminals and gangs, particularly those in urban areas, because they are the likely allies of foreign terrorists and (9) identify, round up and deport all illegal immigrants and persons who, by their behavior, deeds and words are a threat to our national security.
The war on terror will likely never be fully won, but, unless prompt, decisive actions, like those, outlined above, are taken to protect our home land, we are vulnerable to mass devastation and chaos that is beyond comprehension.
All our current concerns will be forgotten, as we struggle for survival.
Let it not come to that desperate stage. Encourage your government officials, at every level to demonstrate that they all doing all that they can in the area of home land security. At, the same time, do all that you can to make sure a worse case scenario does not occur;and if it does, that you and your lovedones will survive.