2001-10-06 / Columnists

On The Beach… With Beverly Baxter

 I'll lend you for a little time, a child of mine, he said for you to love while he lives, and mourn when he is dead.

It may be six or seven years, or 22 or 23 but will you, till I call him back, take care of him for me?

He'll bring you charms to gladden you, and shall his stay be brief, you'll have his lovely memories as solace for your grief.

I cannot promise he will stay, since all from earth return, but there are lessons taught down there I want this child to learn.

I've looked the wide world over in my search for teachers true, and from the throngs that crowd life's lanes, I have selected you.

Now will you give him all your love, nor think the labor vain, nor hate me when I come to call, to take him back again?

I fancied that I heard them say, dear Lord, thy will be done, for all the joy thy child shall bring, the risk of grief will run.

We'll shelter him with tenderness; we'll love him while we may, and for the happiness we've known, we'll ever-grateful stay.

But shall the angels call for him much sooner than we planned, we'll brave the bitter grief that comes, and try to understand.

(For all the young boys lost...at the WTC)

***In the wake of the terrorist attack, there has been a deep and profound sense of patriotism. We raise our flag in dignity and with defiance.

Although there is a real threat of more attacks on our soil, we must stand firm in our resolve and not let fear continue to rock our world. With this renewed sense of Patriotism, one of our most precious of freedoms was expressed with the strong turnout at the polls for the postponed Primary.

Although Lew Simon was able to rally most of the election districts in Rockaway, it was not enough to secure the Primary. Joe Addabbo prevailed by huge margins on the mainland.

Another candidate who emerged from the Primary as victor was John Baxter who defeated Joann Ariola in her Opportunity-To-Ballot bid for the Independence Line. Although Ms. Ariola mounted a fierce and competitive campaign for the line, which she
desperately needs, she was, however, unable to sway Independence Party voters away from their party's designated candidate.

The landslide victory resulted in Baxter winning 65% of the vote to Ariola's 12%. However, despite this dramatic victory, Baxter has met with Board of Elections Commissioner's to urge them to conduct a re-vote on October 11, the same day as the Mayoral run-off. Baxter cites irregularities and inconsistencies in the voting process. Independence Party, as well as Green Party candidates were not permitted on the voting machine; therefore, paper ballots were used causing a lot of confusion and ballots that were unaccounted for.

"Whether I won or not is not the point. The process has to be fair for the candidates as well as for the voting public." states Baxter.
***There will be a debate sponsored by the Rockaway Beach Civic Association on Tuesday October 16 at 7:30 pm at the American Legion Hall on B.90 Street.

The debate will be moderated by club President Dolores Orr. Invited panelists who will ask questions of the candidates include Liz Sulik, Chamber of Commerce President and John McLoughlin who, while his credentials as Editor of the Forum Newspaper would surely entitle him to a seat on the panel, his partisan support of Ms. Ariola would surely not.

When I stated my interest in being on the panel as a representative and columnist for the Wave, not to mention my obvious support of John Baxter, John McLoughlin told me that he was invited to sit on the panel as a "Rockaway Citizen". PLEASE!

I adore John McLoughlin. He has been a personal friend and colleague; but, again, PLEASE! I was also told that ONLY the "legitimate" two-party
candidates are invited to debate, and that no other candidates, Independent or Green, need apply! Mon Dieu! Here we are in Rockaway hosting a debate for the mainland candidates and not either of the two Rockaway candidates is invited to speak to the Rockaway constituency! And you wonder why Rockaway is rarely represented fairly at City Hall.
***Rockaway resident Mr. Ralph Rogers who works for the MTA has been working many long hours with his fellow Rockaway residents to help in the recovery at the WTC.
***John, who works at the deli counter at Key Food, always has some cute and witty political barbs to throw out at me whenever I see him.

A staunch Republican, John feels that having to choose between Mark Green and Fernando Ferrer is like having to choose between having a toothache or a migraine.

When asked if he thought our adored Mayor's term should be extended, John wasn't sure if that was the best idea. "It might set a precedent", he said.

I have to disagree with John. I feel Giuliani's term should be extended for at least three to six months and that it was wrong, counter-productive, and in bad taste to hold the elections so soon after the tragedy. Indeed, extending this Mayor's term would be unprecedented; but the attack was unprecedented requiring an unprecedented response.
***Belated Happy Birthday wishes to Mary Alice Lane, Michael Reilly, and Joe Leahy.
***Someone whom I hold dear and in great stead said that all this business
of not having less than two people in a car coming into the city may just be
a ploy by city officials to get a frightened public to use mass transit.
***Much appreciation and gratitude to A&B Dial-A-Van Ambulette Corp. for their most generous donation of $5,000 dollars to the Chamber of Commerce Rockaway Relief Fund.
   ***See you...On the Beach!

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