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As a long time member of the UDC faculty I do forget that reminders are necessary as to our role, mission, etc. UDC was born from the riots of the time of the 60s (sorry, dont remember exact date) in DC because it was recognized that though DC has a larger population than five states its citizens had no access to public higher education. Our students and their proud achievements bear witness to UDCs success. Most of our graduates go on to higher degrees, medical school, law school, etc. UDC has the same function as the University of Maryland, Ohio State University, etc. exactly. Visit our campus. Speak to our students, many of whom fit classes in between jobs and children, and who can AFFORD and appreciate their chance to move up. Our students have won the East Coast Honda competition over all other predominantly black institutions (academic excellence). Then say that UDC should be a two-year institution? Is just for poor folk? I dont think so.
Dan and Don for Board of Ed
Im pushing Dan Harrison (at-large) and Don Reeves (Ward 3) for the Board of Education. Dan was an early member of the Ad Hoc Parents Coalition several of us founded four years ago, and we have worked closely on public school issues since that time. Hes a manager at the Park Service; travels widely in his job; knows there are solutions Out There. Example: looking up at the decrepit gutters at Murch Elementary School during the fall fair Saturday, Dan advised seeking a historical designation for the additional support that might provide, including private sector has experience trying to get private partners for DCPS, including offers that were spurned by the current leadership. Hes solid father of two, one at Duke Ellington and the other at the Capitol Hill cluster schools; lives in Anacostia. He has paid dues in the form of citywide leadership spots; served on Kellys Inter-Agency Council on Education which was a rare intergovernmental effort that had Council and executive plus parents and others working constructively (though not conclusively what with a change in mayors). He wants the current DCPS leadership gone, on accountability grounds. He is a grown-up who will stay on the case of administrators in order to deliver for kids.
Ive known Don Reeves for a shorter time and am impressed at the homework he has done in preparation for his campaign. He can hit the ground running in January as an assertive board member who, like Dan, will hold people accountable. In comparative terms, its a stronger field in Ward 3 than elsewhere. Don, too, wants the current leadership gone, and I think will stay in close touch with constituents on local issues.
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I second Jeffs emotions about the school bored. At last weeks Kathy Patterson Ward 3 confab, at least three candidatesthere could have been more, but they did not make themselves obvious to this cum-political-prisoner-temporarily-turned-voter. None of the trio approached me to explain what its all about, Alfie. If someone had taken a collective electro-cardiogram, this trios line on the chart would have made Kansas look like the Front Range.
The slogans all seem to be variations on a theme: The Kids Come First, made famous last time around by Jay Silberman, an acquaintance of mine, former Janney School parent and the object of Ward 3s affections and the focus of our great expectations.
But the Jay-Bird has been as bad as the rest of his sorry colleagues. The kids havent come first. Theyve been last and least. I dont see anything/anyone whos going the Tigers into the Yankees. Put me in the "Abstain" column.
The Posts endorsements for D.C. council
While I cannot speak specifically to the Posts endorsements for D.C. council, I do have strong feelings about the atmosphere in D.C. that leads to this kind of contradictory behavior.
Although I have now lived in D.C. for 6 years, I still feel like an outsider when I see how those with interests in D.C. respond to our problems. There is an incredible acceptance of the status quo. Outrageous situations persists with barely a peep from the citizenry or our leadership.
For example, our school system does not know how many employees it has. What is more shocking, however, is that in a Post story of October 10, only one of three ward 3 school board candidates thought this important enough to address. After all, this is D.C., and such problems are the status quo.
I really believe that our declining population reflects the fact that there is no new blood entering the city, and those resident with a little spunk and common sense are leaving. There are no fresh candidates for the council because anyone with a little sense is gone. It is quite depressing.
To assure that Carol gets elected just vote for one At Large candidate. This used to be called Bullet voting. Now, I guess, we should call it Wizard voting. I still think they should have called the D.C. NBA team the Potomacs. That represents all the major communities in the area.
For a person wishing to leave the polling place with some sense of self-respect this is clearly the worst election since 1968. The Greens, to be sure, offer an answer and one of no small moral appeal. Notwithstanding the quirky and sometimes annoying approach of their candidate, the Nader effort at the very least flies a brave flag of virtue over the barrens of American politics. But there are those of us who marched under a flag of virtue in 1968 casting a third party ballot or none at all. That year we actually may have made a difference, for Nixon won by less than one percent of the popular vote. We did not know then, however, that after our moral action more than half of the American deaths in Vietnam would occur. Learning such things makes you a little more cautious and a little less morally certain.
There further the argument that one is not just voting for Clinton; one is voting for allowing the children of illegal immigrants to stay in school, for a few dollars more for this program and a few less cuts in that, for keeping the Environmental Protection Agency and protecting endangered species and not making life worse for blacks, latinos, and gays. In the end there is the argument that a Clinton administration will kill and maim fewer people, that the choice lies in the body count between mere surgical strikes on human decency and massive carpet bombing.
Progressive commentator Saul Landau suggests that one should "enter the polling booth in November, say Heres to you Robert Reich, pull the Democrat lever, shed a few tears and throw up in the street."
Doug Henwood of the Left Business Observer thinks not: "Every four years, leftish apologists for the Democrats twist themselves into ever more complex knots to explain why a vote for whatever horror is running under the partys flag is essential." He points out that the Clinton-signed welfare bill will throw 2.5 million people into poverty and cut the average food stamp allotment to 66 cents a meal. He quotes David Brower as saying, "President Clinton has done more harm to the environment and to weaken government regulations in three years than Presidents Bush and Reagan did in 12 years." And finally he notes that "Clintons record on civil liberties and privacy issues is at least as bad as Reaganbushs and probably worse." Henwood concludes that had a Republican president tried what Clinton got away with, "Opposition would have been loud and forceful. With a Dem at the helm, advocates for the poor, the environment and civil liberties have been partly or wholly silenced. And in the likely event of Clintons reelection, we can probably look forward to the privatization of Social Security. Could Dole get way with that?"
For me, the elections no big deal. Living in DC with its 80% Democratic registration, I get a free and safe protest vote whenever I want. Ill vote for Nader because its easy. I dont know what I would do if I lived elsewhere. Those in other places where one more vote for Clinton would be merely gilding the kudzu, may wish to follow suit. As for the rest of you residing where your choice might actually make a difference just do the best you can, remembering that the system is so rigged there just might not be a right answer anyway.
Re Tom Berrys question about President Clintons formal residence:
Its not well-known, but at least as of a couple of years ago, the Clintons owned a condo in Little Rock. Hillarys folks lived there for a while, although with the passing of her father, Im not sure thats still the case.
Anyway, you have to remember how easy it is to have an "official" residence. Lots of members of Congress have rented apartments in a congressional district for a few months to "establish residency," and George Bushs official residence, while he was president, was a hotel room in Houston.
Votes for Sale
[This email message crossed my desk. Im afraid its not a hoax. Jeff]
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Starbucks Discount Coffee House?
Gaelyn Davison writes:
"All of these chains gobble up choice real estate and put local, non-chains out of business by appearing on every corner and initially undercutting prices."
People buy coffee at Starbucks because of the discount prices? This is the funniest thing Ive heard in days.
Do any outbound evening commuters out there know why Rock Creek Park traffic around 5-6 p.m. seems worse than ever, e.g., a backup from P Street to the Beach Drive cutoff many nights? Its hard to believe its simply more traffic, given the reported moves of many employers to the suburbs. Some nights it seems to be exacerbated by Park Police motorist stops, but that cant be the only answer. In any case, does anyone know the status of the National Park Services study of further curtailing traffic? Im sympathetic to bikers/joggers/ walkers, but reducing rush-hour availability even morethus clogging other major arteriesseems no solution.
[Ill take Traffic for $50, Alex. Or at least Ill take a wag. Theres lots of construction going on in the west end of the city, bottlenecking the Mass. Ave. exit off Rock Creek Park, macArthur Boulevard, and a few other places I cant remember. Folks from the Potomac quarter probably adjusted their rides to head down the Wisconsin and Connecticut corridors, free now that the Taft Bridge reconstruction is finished. This is just a hypothesis. Any takers? Jeff]
Add my vote to the grousers. I am 57" and I left _Vertigo_ with a backache. And its not just the seats at the back that dont recline; the seats in the middle dont either. And I felt very crowded by the medium-sized guy on my right.
Lynn Mersfelder asked for recommendations on veggie/organic restaurants in the area. She might try Thyme Square in Bethesda. It is fairly new it opened over the summer and it is very good. They serve food with organic & healthy ingredients (not exclusively though) & they serve free-range chicken. Their dishes are very creative and it is fairly gourmet (not like Food for Thought), but it is moderately priced (less than Nora, I believe). They even have organic wines on their wine list. Check it out sometime.
District Cable Curiosity
Found an interesting flyer from District Cablevision in my mailbox last night. Seems I can get a discount on installation if I subscribe to a bunch of channels. Hmmmm. Sounds interesting. But hey, whats this fine print at the bottom? "Install required prior to October 31, 1996." As I write this, Halloween is tomorrow. I suspect itd be quite a trick to get this little treat installed with less than a days notice.
Local political activist seeks radio producer for partnership in developing, marketing and producing radio call-in program entitled "The Voice of the Christian Left" .EOE.
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Beautiful 1 ½ bedroom condominium in Foggy Bottom/West End.
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