Perhaps it was because Romulan Command didn't give her an explicit directive, but Rosa DeLauro has completely let down the residents of Stratford. These residents have had to contend with the very real threat that the federal Environmental Protection Agency would dig up toxic waste from multiple sites contaminated by the former Raymark Industries, and burying and capping it in a single location in Stratford.
DeLauro, who I am told only sent a young and uninformed girl from her staff to the meetings that have been taking place in Stratford to basically take notes, issued excuse after excuse concerning the EPA. It took urging from State Representative John Harkins (R-Stratford) and State Senator Dan Debicella (R-Shelton) to get the EPA to indicate they may budge on the plan.
Harkins and Debicella issued a stinging letter this week to the EPA, asking for alternatives to be considered. Wednesday night nearly 500 residents showed up at a meeting to protest the dump. The EPA wants to create a toxic dump in Stratford that contains lead, asbestos and PCBs. And DeLauro has been AWOL during the whole process.
Finally, at last night's meeting, the EPA indicated they might budge on the issue. No thanks to DeLauro. Her office did issue a statement though. In part, it said: ""It is my sincerest hope that whatever remedy is selected, it will address the health and safety concerns of residents, as well as provide relief to the greatest number of impacted property owners." She doesn't appear to care enough to offer anymore than platitudes.
DeLauro is more wrapped up in the politics of Washington D.C. and it appears that her priorities reflect that. A review of her Congressional website reveals that her latest release this week was an effort to pile onto Attorney General Gonzalez following his resignation. She has plenty of time to break political balls, but none for the people of her district facing real problems.
That's what you get when you elect a Romulan. Maybe next time the 3rd District can elect a Klingon or Ferengie.