Tuesday, September 15, 2009

The Joke on Main Street

There must be something in the water. I’m not sure what has stirred the pot of frustration that has people wearing their feelings on their sleeve, but it has been interesting witnessing the unveiling of those monsters within.


I’m not talking about Serena Williams threatening to stuff a tennis ball down the throat of a line judge or Kanye West proving once again that he is the jerk of the century for his antics at the VMA Awards. No, I’m not referring to Michael Jordan’s arrogance exposed during his acceptance speech at the Hall of Fame. There’s enough in Durham to entertain those consumed with insanity.


This year’s election should be entitled the Joke on Main Street. It’s not enough for those craving a seat on the glorious city council to talk about critical issues facing this community. I would love to hear more about each candidate’s economic development theory or their views on Durham improving image. Sadly, the public suffers due to the Mickey Mouse game played by Durham’s endorsement process and the need of a few to find cause to attack incumbents below the belt.


Darius Little began the chase for the big seat with a letter sent to incumbent Howard Clement requesting old dude give up the battle. “I have observed you and you have reached an age where it is rather difficult for you to even stand. Also, you don't drive, so you have to rely on others, in order to get where you're going, each and every day,” Little wrote. “You are a good man - I know it and believe it. By the same token, you deserve to now move to another level of benevolence in our community. The rigors of City Council should no longer be your battle -- after 26 years, it is time that you move to another plateau, to help citizens, not to mention your new wife, who deserves more attention than she can receive while you're still engaged in City Business each day. To an extent, being on the Council restricts the many talents that you have.”


Little’s words reflected the sentiments of some critical of Clements work as a councilman, but is it the responsibility of an opponent to get in the middle of a deeply personal decision? I would rather allow the voters force Clement into retirement, when the time is right, versus having some young sucker throwing low blows at a man who has given great service to the community.


Following that fiasco was email gate. Deborah Giles, a city department director, got her hand caught in the cookie jar for using a work computer to send out an invite to City Councilwoman Cora Cole-McFadden’s re-election campaign kickoff. The email reached Donald Hughes, her challenger, who complained to City Manager Tom Bonfield.


It all felt like children going to daddy to complain. Giles made a major mistake in violating city policy, but going to pops showed a lack discipline around focusing on the issues versus getting stuck on the small stuff.


Next up, the good Reverend, Sylvester Williams, who is also running against Howard Clement, lashed out at the People’s Alliance for failing to endorse him. He chided the PAC for citing his lack of community involvement. “The PA, enhanced the perception that they are out of touch or either ignores the facts. On my website,www.newfacenewdurham.org, it is listed that I am a member of the East End Connector Ad-Hoc Committee and I served on the Youth Services Advisory Board for Durham County. Both positions were appointed by our local officials.” He wrote in his Sept. 13th email.


After stating his credentials as a pastor of a church, Williams shifts the discussion. “Christ Jesus, the Son of the Living God, commands us to love our neighbors and our enemies,” Do you hear a sermon coming? “It is an insult to me as a Pastor to say that I have not reached out to others through civic duties, regardless of race.”


Then comes the good stuff. “Would you consider the PA inclusive? I think elitist would be a better fit.” The preacher attacked them in the name of Jesus. The failure is not just Williams; it belongs to PA for tip toeing around the real issue.


The problem with Williams is his faith. The PA should not endorse a candidate so adamant against the rights of gays and lesbians in our city. His antiquated bent on religion is the last thing Durham’s City Council needs. The PA should tell him he’s too homophobic to represent the citizens of Durham.


I suppose that’s my problem with the lack of honesty around this election. So, let me make it simple. People have problems with Clement because he is getting old. They have problems with Little because he has a few legal issues in his past. Many like Hughes but have problems with his mother-Jackie Wagstaff- and remember his antics before the school board when he was a student at Hillside High School. The issue with Williams is he’s too much a conservative Christian in a city that is too progressive for his old time religion.


Now that we have all of that in the open, maybe we can talk about real issues. Don’t hold your breath. We shouldn’t assume they know the issues.

23 comments:

  1. I have written countless emails to the Herald-Sun's editorial staff. Moreover, I've made 3 phone calls (and around 6 emailes) to Herald-Sun editor Bob Ashley, asking that I be given a forum to address the issues. I am waiting for 3 op-eds to be published, each of whcih address various "issues" facing Durham. Nothing.

    I was told that there weren't a lot of issues to address and that the paper would actually address substantive issues "at a later time." The primary is 3 weeks away, when is the appropriate time going to occur?

    I can't speak for the other candidates, but for you to boldly assert that you would like to discuss the issues is rather difficult to believe, given the fact that you've made no effort whatsoever, to speak to me as a candidate about the issues (but felt free to write a public blog post about how the challengers lacked the desire to discuss the issues). That doesn't seem very fair to me, Reverend.

    I can't speak for the others, but I have been all over the media, asking for them to interview me and discuss specifics. Instead, they've talked about nothing other than campaign signs being up too early (where the law says 45 days prior to an election where your name is on the ballot - well, I am involved in a primary, dated Oct 6 and my name is "on the ballot" so I was in compliance. That wasn't explained to the public.

    The federal dollars which the Council had at its disposal, to give jobs to youth this past summer: the jobs weren't even filled. The council didn't even notify us in the black community, until they were exposed at the Durham Committee meeting. We have tons of money and you mail out 900 or so letters?

    Let's talk issues - for a change.

    I'm awaiting you, sir, to contact me, so we can discuss "the issues." If anyone has shown a lack of concern for talking about the issues it has been the media, who has failed to make "the issues" ... the issue.

    Unlike you, all of my personal contact information is public, so I await your contact. And I express all of this with hope, that we can seriously talk issues. I've been to the forums, haven't seen you there.

    Yours in service,

    Darius Little

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