As we fast approach the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11th, 2001, I can’t help but feel a certain amount of frustration with the people of New York. I know this sounds cruel to say, especially around such a solemn time as this, but I have a very good reason for this. The problem you see, is their mayor.
Michael Bloomberg has been the mayor of NYC since 2002. He is also among the 20 most wealthy individuals in the nation. He ran for re-election and won in 2009. Evidently, the people of New York love the guy. But I digress, back to the issue at-hand…
In the hours and days immediately following the fall of the Twin Towers, a great number of first responders and clergy were among the humanitarian effort being mounted in lower Manhattan. They searched the rubble, they comforted the families. They dragged the broken bodies of our fellow men and women from the hell at the WTC, and they held the victims, and the survivors up in prayer.
Now ten years later, Michael Bloomberg has made the decision to exclude two groups from commemoration ceremonies at Ground Zero: First Responders, and the Clergy. I find this unconscionable and indefensible. Above even that, it pains me to think that the people of New York have, in the span of a mere ten years, forgotten the many sacrifices and contributions made by these two important groups. Is there just so much apathy flowing through that city, that the voters can’t stand up united and tell their mayor to make the accomodations? I’m sure that if enough people got off their asses (yes there, I said it. Asses. I’m that incensed!) in at least three of the five boroughs, that Bloomberg would have no choice but to listen.
There’s still time. There are exactly eleven days until this happens, and I for one think the people of NY need to start speaking up. Let the First Responders and Clergy be included. The people of New York, and for that matter the nation at-large owe these groups a ginormous debt of gratitude that we can never hope to repay.