Tuesday, August 21, 2007

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With all of the happenings in Alexandria, it should not remain blank long.

Any one interested in forming a citizens group?

20 comments:

Steve said...

Gosh, there are tons of issues that should be addressed. Local AND national issues are reaching critical stages. If we could only put aside partisan politics and act for the good of the COUNTRY.

I would certainly be amenable to a citizens group.

Anonymous said...

Aymond could advise on the formation of acitizen's group. He was once a member of one.

What would this citizen's group do?

Spanky said...

I am thinking that a good citizens group would talk among themselves to give positive suggestions to our city government as to what we actually want to see accomplished.
And also pass along to our city government what we disapprove of.

Of course the issues are myriad, but you must ask yourself who has the ear of the two at-large city councilmen and also the individual district councilmen as well as the administration.
Put yourself in the council and administration shoes. Do they really have the time in any day to give proper hearing to every person?
I am thinking not. Therefore, a or many citizens groups would be helpful as a vehicle to distill and express citizen interest. While the council or administration may not act on every issue, at least a voice is provided.
If one were truthful, speaking out once every four years in the voting booth has not led to a very involved populace.
Citizen involvement is the key to better government - besides, how does anyone know what citizens want unless we hash it out among ourselves and speak with some unity?

Steve said...

I wonder if the media could give some assistance in this area. Perhaps KSYL could have a regular day every week where a councilman/woman would be a guest and people could call in to vocalize their concerns. KALB could do the same thing, say every month or bi-weekly during the time when wheel of fortune usually airs. Other than that, we could have a representative attend the city council meetings to voice our concerns, each meeting.

Spanky said...

I think it is worth a shot.

Mr. Smith goes to Washington St. said...

We could have a bake sale and raise enough money to cure cancer and then we could have a poetry contest about ending world hunger and then we can ask Miss America how to have world peace.

If the council cared what we thought they wouldn't act that way.

Anonymous said...

And is it possible that they would care if they knew a citizens's group was mobilized and funded to remove them from office?
Folks like you will not extend any effort other than to peck a few negative remarks on a blog so I would not really expect you to participate.
So, why don't you just sit on the sidelines and hurl snide remarks and let those who do care actually get something done. We need the aggravation for motivation.

Steve said...

Mr. Smith, it's people like you who are putting a drain on the rest of us who actually care about what's happening in the community. Just sit there on your chair looking for little boys or girls on the internet. Draw your welfare check and we'll support your worthless ass.

mr. smith goes to washington street said...

I was very involved in trying to bring change in the council this last election. I spent money and time trying to make a difference in the occupant of the at-large seat. I sir, am a doer. You are the pecker.

Anonymous said...

Well, doer, the comments you made were not those of one who does.

Anonymous said...

Spanky, the above responses illustrate the problem with attempting to develop a committee.

If someone disagrees with another poster, he calls him/her a internet sex predator and a welfare dependent. This is not exactly a fertile environment for the free exchange of creative ideas.

You might want to consider a pre-admission saliva test.

Anonymous said...

If one has the long view of how their personal actions will affect their grand children, then the ability to work for the common good begins to take shape.

We are evidently in a period of time that we are able and do focus almost entirely on our selves as general rule.

While the prosperity and freedom that we all enjoy makes us more independant as individuals, we lose sight of the fact that we got that way by working together.

Civil rights did not happen through the sole effort of the black man. White people also protested and introduced legislation for change. It would not have been possible otherwise.

Therefore, it should be a lesson for all that people of all ethnic backgrounds have sought justice for others and can work together.

Failure to acheive fair cooperation does nothing but give credence to those that would assert that the black man had no business having citizens rights.

It is past time to do the right thing - regardless of the color of your skin.

Anonymous said...

OK Mr. Smith. I think the above poster gave you your Miss America answer and it was as simplistic and condescending and holier-than-thou as you might have expected. I predict that our black bothers will read that posting and say "aw shit, we needs to do better so we doesn't disappoint dat nice white man."

Anonymous said...

We can always revert to the old days where a rope and a gun took care of business.

Steve said...

I am serious about the group but thought Mr. Smith's comments were totally out of order and I responded in kind. Suggestions that we have a bake sale, poetry contest, etc. were certainly idiotic enough for me to have made similar comments. I remain willing to work for change and the formation of a group or groups to further that objective.

spanky said...

I understand that a citizens group will attend the next council meeting and meet afterward. I know no more than that and don't even know who to look for.

Steve said...

I think that when enough citizens begin showing up at the council meetings and showing the members that they're being watched and will be held accountable they'll start "acting" like the reps that they should be.

Anonymous said...

Those councilmen haven't changed one iota. The only change is that our Mayor is sticking up for us and the law. With the water park study and the Bentley lie and the bogus Stragic Plan deal that cost $385,000 for absolutely nothing of value, and the walking trails, and the donations to the Southern/Grambling game, we still re-elected those morons. Do you really think a bunch of triple-chined well-dressed honkeys sitting in the cheap seats will breathe fear into this council. I agree with Mr. Smith that you sound like a Spanky and Our Gang movie with skits and bake sales. Remember how many folks showed up for the recent tax election?

Anonymous said...

Wow! I see what you mean. The majority of the council was obviously very sensitive to public sentiment and prudent action.

A bake sale could not have been less effective.

Anonymous said...

People keep focusing on turmoil and cronyism in the city government while the real untold story of carnage and mass exodus of good people is quietly going on inside the school system.

The ClownTalk cluelessly brags about "disciplined" leadership but insiders know what discipline really means; and folks, it ain't purty!