A Clueless Council
I enjoy reading James Wright's D.C.'s Political Roundup each week in The Informer. In addition to this week's roundup, his article "Council Members Discuss Hot-Button Issues with Residents" was most interesting. What the article shows me is just how clueless our council members are about the needs of the residents who live in Wards 7 and 8, and how to address those needs.
Everyone who walks the streets of the District of Columbia can see the development that is taking place all over the city, including east of the river. However, what's needed east of the river are jobs, and for the life of me, I don't understand why more residents can't get some of the jobs on projects that are currently underway. The District government needs to hold developers accountable for hiring District residents; that's what needs to happen.
Before you know it, projects will be finished, buildings will be occupied and employers will use the excuses that residents aren't qualified to do the work they need. It will be the same old story that is used time after time. If they really cared, they would do something about it.
Finding Viable Solutions during the CBC
The Washington Informer special insert, "The Congressional Black Caucus 42nd Annual Legislative Conference, Inspiring Leaders/Building Generations," had some very good articles. While I was reading them I started thinking, what if there was something like this put out at the end of the conference to let people know what solutions and strategies were decided on to address some of the problems our communities face.
After 42 years of coming together we should be ready to share with the public a plan for action, something we can work on together to accomplish. Yes, we all need to vote, but there has to be something else we can do. If we can come together and celebrate being together, we should at least determine some goals while we are together, and publish them for everybody to see.