Wednesday, April 20, 2011
FROST ILLUSTRATED SURVEY REPLY
click on this photo 2x, for maximum magnification
photo- Chicago- my second hometown.Wells Street Bridge in background. !!!
chicago river/ lower wacker. in front of me- merchandise mart.
i'D LIKE TO THANK ALL MY FRIENDS AT FROST ILLUSTRATED, FOR ALL THE KIND WORDS, AND FAIRNESS, AND DECENCY, AND JOURNALISTIC INTEGRITY THEY HAVE TREATED ME WITH, THROUGHOUT THE YEARS. i AM TRULY GRATEFUL. i MAY BE THE VILLAGE IDIOT SAVANT, AND HAVE PERHAPS DONE SOME NOT-SO-WISE THINGS IN MY LIFE, BUT i HAVE GON E ABOVE AND BEYOND THE CALL TO MAKE THING RIGHT WITH MY FELLOW "BROTHERS, AND SISTERS" IN POVERTY, AND CITIZENSHIP IN OUR HOMETOWN.
I only see the world on 2 colors- green, and gold. we all need money, and have aspirations, and dreams, and hopes and desires, and it takes "green" and "gold" to make it happen. I dont pretend to know of the struggles of my fellow friends at the other side of town, so i just say what do you need done, and try to give the resources necessary- if I was Mayor,or in a position to do so, i would. I hate being poor. TOO!
For far too long, both parties have taken your votes for granted, and then failed to take care of business. I Have some ideas of what works, what doesnt, and for sure what are dubious schemes concocted to line the pockets of special interests, etc.
I've been playing this game MY WAY, for so long, that i kinda dont care, but i truly do, because if I ever get inside the machine, god help the crooked, because they are Toast, I swear. I havent sold my soul to special interests, narrow-minded bigots, and people who profit off business as usual.
Anyway, thank you again, to FROST ILLUSTRATED. THE LONGEST PUBLISHING MEMBER OF THE LOCAL BLACK PRESS. And for all the journalistic fairness, and integrity you folks have practiced, for equality for all. (UNLIKE THE LOCAL DAILY TABLOID MAINSTREAM MEDIA, ON MAIN STREET, AND "THE ARISTOCRATS familY, editors, publishers, and biased tabloid reporters) ( who we know who they are) google "The Aristocrats" ( gilbert gottfried) and you will get some idea of the low esteem i hold the inskeeps in. and the rest of "the usual suspects".. have a laugh at their expense, they deserve it..
PRIMARY ELECTION SURVEY
FORT WAYNE MAYOR
YOUR NAME AS IT APPEARS ON THE BALLOT:
D.C. (MR.ROACHCLIP) ROACH
EDUCATION AND/OR BACKGROUND EXPERIENCE:
DESCRIBE THE PRIMARY DUTIES OF YOUR OFFICE:
CEO Fort Wayne City Civil Government. Advocate for the citizens ideas at all levels of local/state/federal governments. An excellent Soapbox to speak for positive change. To listen to all my fellow family, friends,neighbors, residents, citizens, taxpayers, and to find comon ground through effective market research/internet technology , to implement the collective will of all of us.
WHAT UNIQUELY QUALIFIES YOU TO FOR THIS OFFICE?
see compiliation of recent political activites/background/ education, ideas, etc:
If Charlie Sheen, , Donald Trump, and the usual assortment of actors, clowns, buffoons, tea-party types, etc can be seriously be considered qualified for President/Vice President, etc, then I surely should be able to be Mayor of my beloved dysfunctional Hometown. If Sarah Palin Didnt run Alaska into the ground, as Governor of a state with roughly the population of Allen County, then theres hardly any damage I could do worse than the previous 4 or 5 administrations or so. surely anything different is raising the bar? And dont call me Shirley.
I have never thought inside the box. I am a non-conformist/creative innovator; and entirely non-traditional, pragmatic politician. Whatever works, do it. See what other cities are doing that works- copy them. Fix whats broke. Whatever the citizens are willing to pay for, give them what they want. customer service. I have no Agenda. I'm a merely a mirror. the collective consciousness of all our friends, neighbors, citizens, residents, taxpayers is most assuredly more accurate than the stubborn dogma of one man in one high office. Democracy works...for all of us.
WHAT IS YOUR MAIN PRIORITY FOR THIS OFFICE:
To Advocate for the Legalization of recreational Marijuana, like in California; and to use the assuredly tabloid media/ late night tv entertainment "Machine" to put fort Wayne "on the map", as a cool place to come party, live, AND raise a family. First- do no harm. Dont waste my/our tax money on stupid things. To prove that social liberalism is good for business. To not screw up things worse than they already are. This should bring good well-paying creative class jobs to the city, and slow the brain drain exodus of our 18-34 young people who we need to keep all OUR HOMETOWN growing.
WHAT WOULD YOU DO TO IMPROVE THE FUNCTION OF THIS OFFICE?
where to start?.I cant do worse... Total on-line transparency of all public records to the greatest extent possible, especially our Police Department. They work for us, and the city govt works for us. theres no reason why simple requests should need to be FOIA/ Indiana open records requests. a simple short paragraph of what you want , and to sign for it, to show compliance. that would go a long way towards empowering citizens.
I would Fire the Police chief, and retire as much of the Command Staff as possible, and make sure they meet minimum health fitness requirements. I am personally aware of many abuses of police power/corruption/ harassment, and they all need to go. I would replace them with as many high ranking, retired/ reserve/guard military veterans as possible, so as to put their valuable skills, and military experiences to use.
Ditto for the Fire Chief, and all other "cabinet level" positions. I want my own people in these highly visible jobs, and will cut all ties with the cronyism, nepotism, and business as usual past.
I am compiling a list of who would stay, and who would be replaced, and who i would hire/appoint, based on my long time residency here in my hometown, and who is competent, and who isnt. And diversity would be paramount.
I would seriously reform neighborhood code, and the Alliance, and most other departments that arent working as they should or are to be blunt, pissing off too many citizens, due to bureaucratic rigidity, or stupidity, or corruption.
I would buy an armored Hummer for post 9-1-1 safety /security protection of the Mayor. You wouldnt ask the president, or the governor to drive an unprotected vehicle, in light of many incidences of domestic terrorism against public officials, would you? A kidnapping, or assassination would be assuredly embarassing to the city.
I would also have a security detail/bodyguard attachment of former Navy Seals, or such to provide additional security. You can never be too careful these days, and its a small price to pay for piece of mind.
In short, I have been carefully observing, and gethering intelligence on the way things are don in this city, reading the budgets, diligently watching city council proceedings, and so on, for 20 years, I know what needs done, and what need fixed, and i'm going to do it, nomatter what. the citizens deserve better, and what we've been doing isnt working. where are all the jobs? Indiana has lost 1 entire congressional district, and i will do all i can to amek sure its not fort Waynes fault.
And I most assuredly wont pursue any stupid schemes to blow the legacy trust find money on stupid neo-conservative privatizineg, ignorant tea-party BS. the money will stay in the bank, or be highly collateralized, so it isnt wasted.
Sell off/lease the waterworks/ sewer plant? over my dead body. "clear the rivers, and frontage, for private development, as one stupid bimbo GOP candidate has proposed? not on my watch, sister. Bust up city unions, or foul up the smooth running Departments, and bargaining units of city government that are like clockwork? heres no way in hell.
I will find a way to keep all the public parks, pools, recreational activities, and operations and maintenance funded to the high levels of service that the citizens expect.
I will tax the wealthythrough the maximum property tax levy possible so they pay their fair share of keeping our community to the highest standard, since they reap the most benefit from it. if they dont like it, they can move, or grow the tax base. got any better ideas? lets hear them?
I will re-name citizens square "Harry Baals City Hall" , because look at all the fun that america had, and success it had in marketing Our hometown. Stop in, while you are passing through, take your pictures out front, with the signage, and show your friends. that is so simple its genius... silly? stupid? yes? but fun, and thats waht we want the world to think ofus as. Not ultraconservative, tightwad, pennywise pound foolish skinflints, that are stuck in the 50's- cold war/mcCarthy/bircher? family values mindset, of a extinct history. times change. so should we.
and lastly, for the purposes of this survey, I will use the best Market research technology to gather information from my fellow citizens, compile the information, and then do what we all want to make OUR OWN Hometown better.
the "X" in "X_WIRE"? perhaps one of many inspirations...
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24,000 STRAIGHT DEMOCRAT VOTES FOR A STONER SHERIFF. NEXT- A STONER MAYOR? MAYOR ROACH( CLIP)? time will tell...