Saturday, January 21, 2006

Economic Development & Immigration

Disappointed in Council President Ludeman's decision to recommend McCloskey for the ED chairmanship I've held the past few months. Bad choice. I was looking forward to using to the post to more positively engage the new Administration on our community's top priority. Council must vote on McCloskey as ED Chair on 1/31.

Sobczak, a Teamsters official, would replace Grachek and control the committee (Environment & Public Service) that includes refuse collection city employees who are represented by the Teamsters. No wonder Teamsters boss Lichtenwald works so hard on Democrats and Republicans - he's just looking out for his members. Ludeman's political paybacks and McCloskey's legal trouble unfortunately continue to weaken City Council.

Major Hackett & immigration. He should support a sensible amnesty program for immigrants already here, and who are working and don't have criminal records. Of course, homeland security requires vigilance at our borders, though our present border policy is immoral, resulting in many, many deaths and illict human trafficking. Its not so simple (nor American) to say "Deport them all."

"We are a nation of immigrants" - sounds simple too. But its a complicated question involving everything from international trade and national defense to individual relationships between a man and woman, parents and children.

Monday, January 09, 2006

Happy New Year - Council Pres. Thread

There is so much to catch up on...where to begin?