S.W. Va. not likely to get much in security fundsIf we take time out to recall that the Homeland Security bureaucracy was created after 9/11 to combat terrorism, wise non-political types might have expected anti-terrorism funds to be invested in areas likely to experience terror threats. With the exception of the Roanoke airport, there aren't too many terror targets to protect in Southwest Virginia - unless your imagination takes you to the annual flea market in Hillsville where ...
There's no word yet how the Homeland Security grants will be divided among Virginia localities.
By Lindsey Nair, The Roanoke Times
Virginia will receive almost $17 million in grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security for fiscal year 2006, compared with more than $23 million last year.
A nationwide reduction in Homeland Security grant awards of nearly 30 percent means Southwest Virginia will likely receive less money for projects this year. (link)
Truth be known, much of the "anti-terror" money spent in the area went to such burning needs as a new fire truck here in Bland County (for which our indomitable and ever-vigilant-to-the-threat-of-terrorism Congressman Boucher took credit).
Besides, everyone around here is heavily armed. Better armed in most cases than the 101st Airborne Division. Even our young'uns are trained and equipped to drop an Islamist badass should the occurrence - for which most are hankering - arise.
So. No worries. Y'all concentrate on Lady Liberty. We'll be protecting ourselves, thank you.