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PostPosted: Thu Dec 21, 2006 9:49 am    Post subject: ARE WE REALLY ASKING FOR SO MUCH?
From Thu Dec 21, 2006 2:00 am to Sun Dec 24, 2006 1:59 am (included)
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“Every great mistake has a halfway moment, a split second when it can be recalled and perhaps remedied.” (Pearl Buck)

As media attention was drawn to the fact that the flag was improperly displayed at Ground Zero actions have been taken to correct the error.

Fortunately this was a mistake that was easily corrected.

Unfortunately the same cannot be said of other things going on at Ground Zero.

When we accidentally find remains 5 or 10 years from now we will not be able to complete a comprehensive search.

Once the construction begins in earnest we will not be able to force the Port Authority to build by NYC Building and Fire Codes.

Once construction is completed we will not be able to realize a mistake and start over.

That has always been and continues to be the problem at Ground Zero.

At first it was out of necessity as we needed to try to find any survivors.

Next it was economics as we needed to get Lower Manhattan back on its feet.

Now it is being treated as a nuisance that must be eliminated.

The facts are simple.

This has never been handled correctly from day one.

From the planning of the search, to the selection of the memorial to the construction of the buildings everything was decided by a select few with their own agendas.

Closed door meetings, behind the scenes agreements, hidden agendas.

We are currently once again at a crossroad.

We can do things right or we can live with doubt and fear every time we look at Ground Zero.

Is that what we want from this site?

A site where nearly 3,000 of our loved ones were killed.

I do not think so.

Hopefully the new Governor will become more actively involved.

Do something more then just signing your name on a beam and then stating that your were overwhelmed by the experience.

All we ask is that things are done properly and openly.

Give us the current protocols and procedures for the current and original search plans.

Bring in the experts from JPAC to review the plans and determine if the current procedures are sufficient.

If not follow their recommendations and accept their offer to supply additional free resources.

Require the Port Authority to follow NYC Building and Fire codes or at least require them to publicly show how their codes are superior to the NYC codes.

Find a solution for the remains at Fresh Kills.

Let the families have what they want with the listing of the names.

If you are so dead set on Arad’s vision then list them twice.

Once by affiliation, alphabetical with age, floor and rank if required

Incorporate another area where the names are randomly listed to show the callous nature of the attack.

Most importantly keep everyone informed of what is going on.

We want to be part of the solution but are constantly being put in the position of having to react to decisions after they have been made.

We want what is best for the community, the families and NYC.

We are not the enemy.

Safety, Security and Attention to Detail are all we have ever asked for

Are we really asking for too much?

Put It Above Ground
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