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PostPosted: Wed Mar 08, 2006 4:45 pm    Post subject: 2005 HIGHS AND LOWS....HOPES FOR 2006 Reply with quote

2005 as every year had its highs and its lows here are just a few that impacted us as well as some thoughts for 2006.


The death total broke the 2,000 mark in Iraq without any move to formulate a withdrawal plan.

Thousands die and are left homeless after a series of earthquakes, hurricanes and other natural disasters.

The victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita had to rely on volunteer support as FEMAís response was slow and poorly planned.

Terrorists struck again killing 52 in the July 7 bombing in London.

Little or no progress was made as to the redevelopment of Ground Zero.

New York lost 125 Million in 9/11 aid because it was not spent quickly enough.

Thousands continued to die in Africa as the world ignores this ongoing crisis.

Nothing is done as millions of dollars in 9/11 loans are granted to unqualified borrowers.

Millions of dollars in questionable 9/11 and Homeland Security expenses at government agencies are not even investigated.

Not one NYC Representative signs on to HR Bill 1861 and at least 10 more children die in preventable accidents.

NYC Fire and Building codes continue to be ignored in any WTC rebuilding plans.

9/11 families have to go to court regarding the remains at Fresh Kills.

There continued to be more concern about government funding of campaign financing then there was for funding of local projects.


125 Million in 9/11 aid is returned to New York (but is came as part of a Hurricane Relief Package)

Millions are raised and thousands of tons of supplies are sent by generous contributors to the victims of the Tsunami, hurricanes Katrina and Rita and the earthquakes in Southeast Asia.

9/11 families continue to stand together to fight for a dignified memorial at Ground Zero.

9/11 Families for a Proper Burial at least get a judge to rule that the city should develop a plan to remove the remains from Fresh Kills.

More than 2,000 sign a petition and write Representatives in support of HR Bill 1861.

Congress makes minor strides in providing better benefits for military injured and killed in active service.

Elections are held in Iraq, hopefully leading to a lessening of US involvement.


We hope

That no more families have to suffer the pain of losing a loved one in a terrorist attack or an act of war.

That there is progress in developing a plan to remove our troops from Iraq.

That Congress actually acts on their promises made after 9/11. (isnít 5 years time enough)

That a there be a full investigation by the Attorney Generalís Offices into all the money spent over the past 4 years for the development of Ground Zero.

That a development plan with timelines and deadlines is put in place at Ground Zero. (Hopefully without some Authorities and Government appointed corporations that have done little over the past four years).

That someone in government stands up for the implementation of NYC Fire and Building codes at Ground Zero.

That Congress realizes that there is much to be learned from the volunteer efforts after disasters and that maybe they should be included in future plans.

That we get the Congressional support we need to pass HR Bill 1861.

That something is done to recoup any unqualified 9/11 loan money and any money misspent by any agency. Criminal action against any bank granting such loans or any agency proven to have misspent funds and that these funds be used to help those who are truly in need.

That a mutual resolution for the removal of remains from Fresh Kills is developed.

That we continue to realize that all opinions are important and that everyone has the right to be heard.

That we all realize that despite these problems we still live in the greatest country in the world.

Dennis McKeon
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