2001-03-24 / Columnists

Failte

A few notes aside...

George W. Bush saw the light. The President did host his annual St. Patrick’s Day party at the White House. This is important because it signifies whether or not any administration has Ireland and Northern Ireland high, low or indifferent on their priority list-exactly where it is on his radar.

Attending the party (amongst others) was Bertie Ahearn, T.D., Irish prime minister (Taoiseach); Gerry Adams from Sinn Fein; John Hume, Social Democratic and Labor Party; and Unionist Party chief Dr. Ian Paisley (doctorate courtesy of Bob Jones University, South Carolina), is a well-known ardent anti-Catholic bigot. To be fair, these are in a peace talk atmosphere and all parties must be invited. Thank God for these recent developments.

On the City Council race, to clear up any possible misconceptions about what I meant regarding "destroyer" candidates: Only one or two candidates (non-Rockawayites) have anything to gain from a possible four Democratic Council primary (and split up the Rockaway vote insuring the Rockaway candidates defeat). It is not unknown for candidates to remove themselves out of a race or come in to a race, not to win but simply to split up a vote insuring someone’s loss. It is a common enough political tactics so it’s possible that some candidates enter the race (the "destroyer" candidates) for this purpose and later on are rewarded with a nice job or position. It’s possible.

As I have stated before—for her overall qualifications—a college professor, a union leader, a tireless community activist, as an advocate for our senior citizens, and as a member of and activist in the Irish American Catholic community, and by seniority and ceaseless level of community advocacy for everyone, Dr. Chapey is far and away the class of the possible candidates. But time is hot and she must announce.

Dr. Chapey has been widely published academically and is a lead academic thinker and intellect. And what number one on most voters’ minds is our education system. There could not be a more perfect match.

At a wedding, hearing a lot of chatter about a controversial proposed apartment building (on a tiny parcel of land) on Beach 3 Street in Far Rockaway. Audrey and Jonathan Gaska take note: People are really upset over this.


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