There was a shooting at Delaware State University early this morning. There really are no facts yet, except that a man and woman were shot on campus at about 1 a.m. It does not appear to be a Virginia Tech-type deal. Those are the facts, but not the interesting stuff.
The Bloomberg article
had a very interesting statement about the shooting victims. It said that "the victims were taken to hospitals within the state." How small is your state when that is sufficiently descriptive? You don't hear that a victim
was taken to a hospital within Illinois. It is a little too inexact. In Delaware it is apparently plenty descriptive.
This brings up the entire issue of all of the ridiculously small states on the eastern seaboard. Do we really need New Hampshire and
Rhode Island? Does Delaware serve any purpose at all? In fact, let's look at Delaware's problems, since the others should just be the State of New England, maybe with Maine tacked on and we could be done with it. Delaware is a problem on every front.
First, Delaware has fewer than a million people. Detroit is bigger by population. Post-population crash Detroit. The North Side of Chicago has more people than Delaware. That's ridiculous. Then there are the boundaries
. The northern boundary
is an arc extending 12 miles from the top of the statehouse cupola. Really. Wikipedia says
so. The arc also creates the Delaware Wedge
, which is a small piece of land until recently (1921) claimed by Maryland and Delaware. A fuller history is available here
. The arc also creates an anomaly
in that Delaware apparently owns both sides of the Delaware River border with New Jersey. This is highly unusual. It has also led to several Supreme Court decisions and a current dispute about whether New Jersey has the power to allow BP
to build a facility on the riverfront.
So, you can see that tiny Delaware is a problem. It has border issues with its neighbors, and is apparently small enough for everyone to know all the hospitals. Time to go Delaware. Let Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Maryland just divide it up and be done with it. Interestingly, Delaware only has THREE counties, so that may be an easy basis for the division.