2001-09-29 / Editorial/Opinion

This Is No Time For Politics

This Is No Time For Politics

Last week there were a number of memorials held in honor of those who bravely gave their lives during the World Trade Center attack. While most people attended services at Fort Tilden and Broad Channel, a few hundred residents took part in a ceremony in Far Rockaway. Although the turnout was smaller, there was just as much warmth and love offered to policemen and firefighters from that area. During the proceedings, a representative of the District 27 School Board, who is an elected official, was not allowed the opportunity to express his strong support for the firemen and policemen in the community. There is sufficient evidence to support that this was an intentional act because the representative is running for the City Council seat, which causes discomfort for some of the dignitaries that were present. The fact that none of the elected officials from the Far Rockaway area showed up only fuels the notion that some serious politics was being played at this event. One of them actually showed up to take part in the West end ceremonies. If the game of politics was being played, it is truly unfortunate. Most of the people were there to give love and support to men and women who risk their lives for the community on a daily basis. At a time when unity, love and patriotism have found their way to the forefront, you’d think the sleazy elements of politics would take a back seat to this special day. I guess that would be asking too much.

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