Thursday, December 16, 2010
I was at a local bank yesterday and saw a forecast where it said we should expect 1 to 3 inches of snow today. I must now believe our local politicians are either deaf or blind. Either way, one must assume, they are stupid.
Transcript via Mediaite:
It could well be, ladies and gentlemen, that we’re fighting the wrong enemy in the Middle East. Maybe the real terrorists that we face are on Capitol Hill. I mean, really, who’s doing as good a job to undermine what this country stands for as the terrorists? ‘Dingy’ Harry, Nancy Pelosi. I mean, look, if they call us ‘hostage takers’ and ‘gangsters,’ then why can’t we call them what they are? They are terrorists. They certainly seem suicidal. Look at what they’re doing. Look at what they did. They knew they were going to get shellacked in this election and they did it! They knew they were gonna lose. And they want to take us with them.
Could Harry Reid possibly be any more of a jerk? Well ... I'm sure he could find a way, given enough time.
Back in the 1940s and '50s, many children of these middle-class families were my friends and classmates. These homes had been built by their parents.
Over the years, this once-lovely neighborhood has experienced extremely negative changes; it is now riddled with criminal activities. Displays of graffiti, prostitution, gang activities, an adult bookstore opening its doors, thefts and other offenses have punctuated the neighborhood.
I have worked to improve communication, as well as collaborative problem-solving, through neighborhood walks and clean-up efforts and for two and a half years, championing establishment of a community center. My focus has been on positive actions. A Dec. 7 neighborhood walk with our new police chief was scheduled.
This was to have been an opportunity for residents to voice their concerns and to meet the new chief. Contacts were made in advance to residents, churches and the Christian Shelter. Everyone was excited about meeting and welcoming Duncan.
At 3 p.m. -- the time for the walk to begin -- John Pick arrived with Duncan, delivering Mayor Jim Ireton's directive that Duncan would not be walking with me in the neighborhood. This news was devastating.
However, it was more disconcerting to the waiting families to whom I delivered this directive. Returning home, I was shocked to read the mayor's mischaracterization of this joint effort.
His e-mail stating this effort was for utilizing staff to deliver personal Christmas presents grossly misrepresents the intended purpose.
The day before this walk, I purchased items for a Salvation Army stocking; while there, I thought to buy five packages of pencils and 10 packages of Christmas ornaments. Since our walk was during the holiday season, I would give pencils to the children and ornaments to families. The spreading of Christmas cheer with these small items was coming solely from me.
The real purpose of this effort was to introduce Salisbury's new police chief, and to improve collaboration and communication.
This directive is perplexing, since another City Council member has taken Duncan around in other neighborhoods; two colleagues had several staff members in attendance for forums; another council member held a social to welcome a new director -- and these are only a few examples.
Ireton's cease-and-desist order made for a sad day in the improvement of community relations with a neighborhood that so desperately needs us. It also capitalizes on the division and discord that has strangled city politics.