By Brian Howey
The Hendricks County Flyer
Tue Apr 23, 2013, 02:56 PM EDT
"Brian, we're going to get hit again. It's going to happen. I just hope when it happens, I'm not in Washington."
This came from a high-ranking, former congressional staffer several years after the Sept. 11 attacks. And the worries of this staffer - someone I highly respect - went well beyond an improvised explosive device packed with ball bearings that we twice witnessed on Monday, Patriot's Day, at the Boston Marathon along with the ricin letters sent to President Obama and a U.S. Senator (Note to idiots: All Congressional and White House mail goes through biological screening). The warning was more along the lines of a rogue nuke or a biological attack in the U.S. capital or a major population center.
It's been a little less than 12 years now since we've taken a terror hit on the U.S. homeland. I like to remind the folks who viscerally castigate the federal government that since Sept. 11 this entity has kept America safer than what our expectations might have been on that day, when Hoosiers watched the carnage in New York and Washington and feared a similar fate for the Sears Tower in Chicago. Presidents Bush and Obama and Vice Presidents Cheney and Biden have shepherded a leadership culture that has kept airliners aloft and, until Monday, IEDs off shore.
Indeed, every time I walk into a Colts or Pacers or White Sox game, or the Indianapolis Motor Speedway - the most populated annual sporting event on the planet - there is that thought, though not a fear, that if terrorists really wanted to strike fear in the hearts of America, the hit would come in the heartland.
Former Sen. Dick Lugar had conjured images of the "destruction of an American city in our lifetime" in the wake of the domestic terror at Oklahoma City, and even Indianapolis as a potential target. A radial area with Lucas Oil Stadium at the center would include, within a mile or two, the three stadiums, key fiber optics lines, two major east/west and north/south interstate highways, a university and medical research labs, at least one bunkered internet hub (with 10-foot thick walls, I'm told) and one of the major insulin manufacturing sites in the world.
March 3, 2014
February 27, 2014
February 26, 2014
There was a wide array of reactions to Seattle DB Richard Sherman’s post-game “interview” with Erin Andrews following the Seahawks’ NFC title win over San Francisco.
Mine? Laughter, as the shout-down was the most entertaining thing I saw all day.
January 28, 2014
Butler is still a long way from saving its 2013-14 men’s basketball season, but if the Bulldogs turn it around fully and reach the NCAA Tournament, it will have started this past Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
January 21, 2014
A fine season for the Indianapolis Colts ended with a whimper Saturday at New England, but in recent team history, it was far from the most disappointing postseason defeat.
January 14, 2014
The Indianapolis Colts’ miraculous 45-44 wild card victory over Kansas City on Saturday ended just after 8 p.m. After leaving Lucas Oil Stadium, it took until around midnight for the pounding in my head to subside.
January 7, 2014
December 31, 2013
An NPR broadcast examines the question of how communities can better prepare for tornadoes like the one that struck Moore, Okla. on Monday. The broadcast features commentary from Michael Fitzgerald, who reported a five-part disaster series for the CNHI News Service.
May 22, 2013
Part I: Are We Prepared? | Part II: Disaster Dollars Part III: Lessons Learned | Part IV: Warning Signs Part V: The Big One
In a few short months, I'll pass the milestone that every little girl dreams of: the day she swears - before family and God, in sickness and in health, all in the name of love - that she's willing to pay a much higher tax rate.
April 15, 2014
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