Terrorism a bipartisan concern

posted March 27, 2016 12:00 a.m. (CDT)
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by / Liam Marlaire. bio | email
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It’s sad that in today’s political climate it takes a tragedy to rekindle some measure of bipartisanship.

“My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Brussels,” said U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-La Crosse, in response to Tuesday’s terrorist attacks. Bombings at an airport and subway killed 31 people, including two siblings from New York, and injured nearly 300. “Today reminded everyone that the threat from terrorism is global and will require a global response.

”As former chair of the U.S.-EU Caucus, I am calling on the European Union to develop an integrated counterterrorism task force composed of all European nations.”

Kind called for greater communication among EU nations.

“As we continue to operate in a world faced with increasing terrorist threats, we need greater cooperation in sharing counterterrorism intelligence so we can identify and prevent terrorist plots before they are carried out,” he said. “Additionally, we must look at ways to embed U.S. intelligence officials in key areas around the world. The more our intelligence agencies and our allies are on the same page and working together, the safer we will be.”

Mike Conlin, Republican Party of Eau Claire County chairman, agreed in comments made during a local TV interview.

“I think it’s a good idea,” he said. “You might want to get Israel involved and some others. I think the whole civilized world should be involved in combating this type of terrorism.”

Closer to home, Chippewa Valley Technical College is coordinating the program “Emergency Response to Terrorism: Strategic and Tactical Considerations for Supervisors” May 21-22 at the Menomonie Fire Department. The “two-day course is designed for the responder(s) who may be responsible for initial and expanded command of incidents involving terrorism,” according to a program description on CVTC’s website.

Compromise key

If only we could get our political representatives from both sides of the aisle to play nice on other issues as well.

The Lugar Center and Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy recently released their annual rankings of how often each member of Congress works across party lines to get things done. Kind ranked 11th out of 438 members of the House of Representatives.

Though some may argue with Kind’s record on some issues, we see such news as an example of a member of government, well, governing.

We seem to live at a time when we too often keep score by stopping an opponent’s agenda as opposed to passing negotiated legislation that can help society as a whole.

Sometimes we forget that we’re Americans first. In terms of significance, labels such as Democrat or Republican are much further down the list.