safety and immigration

Brent Finnegan -- December 7th, 2006

Today the DNR may have answered a question posed by their own editorial staff.

Last week, the editorial entitled Feeling Safer? asked the readers, “does everyone feel safer now that Democrats will be running the Congress come January?” The writer(s) cited the incoming House Homeland Security Chairman, Bennie Thompson’s “weak” stance on illegal immigration as reason to fear for our safety.

Today, Heather Bowser filed this story, stating that “Harrisonburg is the ninth “most secure” out of 138 U.S. cities with fewer than 150,000 people,” and “91 percent of the other metro areas had more violent crime than Harrisonburg.” Considering that Harrisonburg also has a relatively high number of undocumented immigrants living here, and the crime rates are low; to answer the editorial question: Yes, I do feel safer.

Side note: while we’re on the subject of newspapers, Chris Graham posted an interesting piece on his Augusta Free Press blog today, pondering the question, Will newspapers survive the Internet age? As a writer who has written for printed newspapers, and now makes a living off of what he writes online, he has an interesting perspective on the subject.

-finnegan

3 Responses to “safety and immigration”

  1. finnegan says:

    I know polls are lame, but I’m curious to know what/how readers of hburgnews are reading. You don’t have to be a registered user, and you can select more than one answer.

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