In the 3/2/02 Wave, the Editor, Mr. Howard Schwach, castigated our newly elected City Councilman, James Sanders for advocating for his constituents. Mr. Sanders is elected to represent all of his constituents. In his role of councilman, he is inherently obliged to speak against inequitable treatment wherever it rears its cruel countenance. Mr. Sanders is not "probably right" as Mr. Schwach alludes, he is absolutely correct in addressing disproportionate representation.
Mr. Sanders is a person of color and should not be expected to avoid the
difficult task of confronting issues that are part and parcel of "Rockaway's needs" as the question of equitable treatment and representation pertains to local as well as citywide issues. As a newly elected representative of the people, Councilman Sanders will proffer his balanced and astute approach to problem solving. I am fairly certain that he does not hold himself up as the decision-maker' regarding these issues, but as one obliged to shine the light of examination on issues that come to his attention. There are times when it is the better part of valor to compromise, as in most political situations, however there are other times when the only just and obligatory duty is to challenge wrong wherever it may be found. Doing the right thing for the right reason seldom will create a conflict of interest, as justice with integrity serves us all! People of color deserve as vigorous representation as any other constituency on this peninsula or any place else within these United States of America, as guaranteed in our Constitution!