2000-09-02 / Columnists

On The Beach

With Beverly Baxter

Perhaps you, like I, have been engaged in watching the Republican and Democratic National Conventions of these past several weeks. Although I have been a registered Republican, my decision to remain one has been out of a concern for where we were going as a local community.

When one party has a monopoly of power over another party as have the Democrats in this community have had, then there is a deep obligation for change. I am happy to say that the Republican Party in Rockaway, though still small in numbers, has been growing steadily over the past several years. This is vital for the health of our community.

With Councilman Stabile's victory over the late Walter Ward, we were able to chip away at much of the forty year strangle-hold that had undermined and crippled our community.

The result is that more people have been involved with the local political process. I got involved in Republican local politics and endorsed Al Stabile's candidacy because at that time, in 1993, it was indeed "time for a change". However, with regard to the current national campaign, this Democratic Administration has an overwhelming amount of accomplishments to stand on and defend.

It seems so clear to me that if the Republicans can't find failures, flaws or fault with the current administration's policies, then they will go on the personal attack. And in another example of this administration's stroke of brilliance, they've answered well the moral question with the selection of Vice Presidential candidate Joe Lieberman. His selection will, in the words of Rev. Jesse Jackson, "open new doors for all other minorities"; and I can tell you that being of Jewish descent, there is a great sense of pride, much as in the same way as many in the Irish Catholic community felt with the election of President Kennedy. And this really goes to the heart and soul of the Democratic party as an entity of opportunity.

Bill Bradley so eloquently gave an example of those who have been continuously left out of the loop of prosperity; and that when our forefathers wrote "life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness", they didn't say anything about "taking turns". Rather, that it is our inherent right.

I was so impressed with Senator Bradley whose speech evoked much of the style and substance of Adlai Stevenson, that I only wonder "what might have been" had he been able to give such a passionate speech during the primary. Personally, I would have liked to have seen a political contest of ideas between Senators John McCain and Bill Bradley.

In my opinion such a debate would have been so thoroughly intriguing. However, I do believe Al Gore, who has been an integral part of this administration's successes, deserves and is most qualified to serve as President.

We've enjoyed the biggest expansion in our nation's history, unemployment is down, anyone who wants to work can find a job, interest rates are low; therefore, enabling more home ownership than ever before in recent history. What is so amazing is that this economy has not been driven by a war; and that our prosperity has been coupled with a certain measure of peace and hope. Although I do believe it is our national best interest to elect Mr. Gore, I do not, however, believe it to be in our state's best interest to elect Hillary to serve us in the Senate.

It is unfortunate because she is certainly very able and I do very much admire the First Lady for a myriad of reasons; however, none of these reasons have to do with how well we would fare if she were elected.

We already have a liberal Junior Senator in the Senate with Chuck Schumer. I believe New York needs a political balance and not another ultra liberal in Mrs. Clinton. It's a shame, but New Yorkers have to tell her not this race this time. That's it for my two cents on the political perspective!

I thoroughly look forward to being challenged in print by my good friend James Conway Sullivan! One of the best quotes came recently from President Clinton who addressed a group of ministers about his "recovery" and remorse over his bad behavior. He stated that he came to a deep understanding of the word integrity and defined it as being an integration of the heart, mind, body, and soul....and that when all these components are in synch with each other, that is integrity.

I'd like to welcome home to Rockaway Ed and Marge Shevlin of Belle
Harbor. The Sevlins have just returned from vacationing in Co. Cork where they enjoyed a lovely time at the renowned Grand Parade Hotel.

Congratulations to John and Anne McGovern of Rockaway Park on the recent nuptuals of their daughter Maureen to Kevin Abernathy. The couple will reside in Rockaway. Where else!

The Vikings are coming! The Vikings are coming! Fireworks, Street Fairs, and Tall Ships, oh my! From beach to bay, there will be fun for everyone this Labor Day weekend! See you there!



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