On March 10, I attended the public outreach session regarding the proposed FL54 elevated expressway hosted by Commissioner Kathryn Starkey. I left after 45 minutes because I couldn’t understand a word that was said.
The only thing I learned there was that if you have a hearing disability there’s no reason to attend.
Many people who live in the vicinity of FL54 are deeply troubled by this project and wonder if their representatives might be deaf, too.
President Barack Obama is the most unjustly criticized president of my 87 years. Much of this comes from the Christian right. Yet it seems to me that most of his domestic program are in tune with Christ’s second commandment: ”Thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself,” Matthew 22.
The president’s attempts to get universal medical care, make education available to all, food stamps for the hungry, a decent minimum wage and unemployment insurance are all love thy neighbor actions that are not adequately addressed by charities, which do the best they can. Although he does not wear his religion on his sleeve, he appears centered on the Second Commandment and the Sermon on the Mount, while many of his opponents are centered on the Second Amendment.
I believe immigration reform should be a priority for our elected officials.
I am a first-generation American born in the Bronx, N.Y. Like me, most of the people in this country are here because their parents or grandparents were immigrants who came for a better life. The generations before us believed the great words inscribed upon the Statue of Liberty, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, the wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door.”
Where would this country be today if our ancestors were unable to come here?