Reform The Damn System
Not long ago the Portland City Council on a 5-0 vote said we will add fluoride to our drinking water, the people of Portland said not so fast. First we want to vote on this issue. The people in the surrounding areas who buy drinking water from us said, we want a say about this. Many wonderful people went out and got the signatures we needed to get the issue on the ballot. Over forty thousand (40,000) of you signed the petition and we will vote in May and decide for ourselves if we will add this stuff called hydrofluosilicic acid to our drinking water, the cost is high, first 5 million for the plant and then four hundred thousand (400,000) for the toxic waste. We will pay for this through our water rates. So?
Now we find out that our new mayor has cut out $200,000 from our summer program for the kids, and we will lay off many city workers, including cops and firemen. This city council has gone off the deep end and crashed. Mayor hales did not even notify the ministers of his plan but when they found out were at the council and did not look happy. The city of roses is now called the city of thorns.
Oh, I forgot we are going to cover our reservoirs and that will cost, at minimum $500,000,000 and maybe 1 billion. Ha!
I think that the council has already added fluoride to their water on 4th Avenue because their IQ has gone through the floor. Do No Harm!
This Wednesday speakers from R2D2 will confront the council on their continuous pressuring to close down a rest area on Burnside. There are many people living off the street, safe and trying to survive and our 5 shi-s want to close it down. They will have another 70-90 people to care for if they are successful; ain't that special.
There is some good news, Comm. Fritz is fighting for sick leave for most people who work in our city. I hear numbers that make me sad on this, 70-80 % of people who work here do not get sick leave pay. That is amazing, so people have two lousy choices. First, stay home when you are sick and go broke, or go into work with an illness and spread it around and make all your co-workers sick. Shame on us!
So, I will be wearing two different shirts tomorrow, one blasting the council for trying to close a workable solution called R2D2 for those who find themselves on the street and two, a message of support for sick leave. Please come and join us tomorrow at the council, we are losing our republic and the majority of you go shopping or dig you head in the sand. We must win these issues, they are important for our souls.
City Hall tomorrow about 0830-0930 for the R2D2 protest and 0930 for a presentation for R2D2. I be the old grump in the front row with a message t-shirt. Sometimes I just have too much fun!
Joe Walsh--Lone Vet