1999-05-22 / Editorial/Opinion

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And how about their comments defending their vote. State Senator Ada Smith (she represents Broad Channel) said "This doesn't affect my constituents. We're not getting services anyway."

So Ada, who’s to blame for "not getting services anyway"? Aren’t you elected to make sure your constituents get services? Perhaps voters will put someone in your place who will fight to get them services.

And then she said, "If I call a commissioner, the commissioner can't call me back because he doesn't have permission from the mayor." Seems like her vote was full of spite---which does "nothing" for her constituents. If they get "nothing" now---just wait, it could get worse.

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