Burnard: Danger lurksWritten by Don Burnard | | email@example.com
The general apathy expressed by many voters in the 2010 elections seems to have largely come to an end in 2011. Hopefully, this will reinforce the importance of people voting whether they feel like it or not.
While Issue 2 was soundly defeated, many other just-as-dangerous bills are pending. Attacks on our right to vote and the outrageous gerrymandering that split Lucas County into three congressional districts and left Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur with a narrow, 100-mile-long 9th Congressional District, which requires a boat to access in some places, still remain to be dealt with. It appears that we may be in for government by referendum if these clowns don’t wake up.
Much to my delight, Ohioans seemed to wake up finally and see what was being perpetrated in this blatant power grab. Let’s hope we don’t allow ourselves to retreat into lethargy again. Let’s hold the politicians’ feet to the fire and demand the jobs agenda they ran on be addressed. This whole overreach is not endemic to just Ohio. It is part of a national movement by the GOP to basically carry out its plan for a permanent majority by marginalizing anyone who doesn’t agree with it and its corporate masters’ interests.
A number of races across the country make me think that maybe the grand plan has run its course. The number of voters in Ohio who voted “no” on Issue 2 shows that this trend transcends union/nonunion lines. It seems to me that the real American values have risen to the top again. Ohioans by and large didn’t buy into the scam that public employees like teachers, police, firefighters, social workers, etc., were responsible for the economic collapse in Ohio.
Now all we need to do is hold accountable the people on Wall Street who really caused the worldwide economic malaise through their avarice. The banksters are still the only ones who have not only not been adversely affected, but have actually made outrageous money off of our pain and suffering. Seems to me some of these high rollers should be doing some serious time for their crimes. Instead, they continue along with business as usual, hatching new schemes to bilk the public and pay for their obscene salaries and bonuses. The gap between us and them is now a yawning chasm and this bothers them not in the least.
The problem is not in the made-up figures of the “outrageous” wages and benefits that public (and private) employees make. When the top 10 percent get 80 percent of the economic pie, and the top 1 percent gets 40 percent of the pie, things are seriously out of whack.
There is only so much pie, and screaming “Socialism!” when the working stiffs try to scrape up the crumbs is not what this country was founded on. Liberty and justice for all, remember?
The Occupy Wall Street movement has grown exponentially in a very short time, which gives me hope that we can right the ship of state before we find ourselves where we were before the Great Depression. It’s obvious the greedmongers have shown no interest in helping the little people, so the little people will have to do it themselves. The deck is stacked against us, but we still have the ability to take back our country.
Shop with a cop
Three years ago, the Toledo Police Honor Guard started a program called The 12 Kids of Christmas. They got the names of 12 kids from Children Services who were unlikely to have any kind of Christmas. These officers took the 12 kids on a shopping spree for Christmas, supplying each of them with a $100 gift card to Meijer. In the second year, they were able to raise enough funds to take 20 kids shopping. This year they are taking 30 kids.
The kids get a breakfast at the Toledo Police Patrolman’s Association Union Hall hall and then get a police escort to the Meijer store on Alexis Road, where they and their officers spend their $100 gift certificates (informally, the department calls this “Shop With A Cop”). After their shopping spree, the cops and kids return to the hall for a luncheon. This worthwhile activity provides a Christmas for kids who would have no Christmas were it not for these officers. These are some of the men and women who were being maligned by the Columbus political backers of Issue 2. These are some of the men and women who show true American values.
If anyone would like to donate to this worthy project, send donations to the Toledo Police Department, Attn. Honor Guard. Maybe next year, they can take even more kids.