The column outlines a two-hour wait for the Hartford Police while a burglarized neighbor placed numerous calls and watched countless police cruisers pass to and fro, and details some rather frustrating exchanges with the thin blue line.
The central point of the column appears to be that finally, at this juncture, Colin McEnroe appears to have had enough of what Hartford has become. I congratulate him on finally coming to terms with the fact that Hartford is a dangerous place at night, and its public safety efforts, despite being augmented by state police during the warm months, is unable to cope with the nightly violence, crime and depravity that are the rule of the streets there.
There are two failings by McEnroe here, who is usually a thoughtful and articulate progressive fellow. The first is that McEnroe acts almost astonished as though the current state of Hartford has only just now become intolerable. The second is he fails to bring the blame home to where it lives... Hartford politics.
This goes far beyond partisan politics. In fact, the only partisanship in Hartford is which group of self-interested Democrats can manipulate the system better to their advantage. The people Hartford elect to their local and state offices reflect poorly on the city. Incompetence, disinterest, blatant stupidity, and corruption are the traits that their politicians apparently aspire to. They waste time debating the Iraq war while thier own streets are a war zone. They get a free bisque-colored bathroom while their city burns...
If you want to clean up Hartford, you can start by blowing all the fetid political garbage out the door. Good luck with that. And if this makes me one of Colin McEnroe's "malevolent commenters online" so be it. But a filty city can be cleaned up. See New York City following Giuliani for proof.