2008-11-21 / Letters

A Congressman Of Meek Character

Dear Editor,

In addition to being a car buff, it seems Congressman Gregory Meeks is a film buff, too.

When presented with some horrific news about "never-ending" gang violence in the Hammel Houses, Congressman Meeks, according to a recent edition of The Wave, responded to the group, "what we have here is a communications problem." Reminds me of Luke's problem in "Cool Hand Luke when the prison boss seeks to break his spirit, "what we have here," the boss tells the assembled prisoners, as he beats Luke, "is a failure to communicate."

I know Congressman Meeks is a car buff, too, as he drives a Toyota Lexus… paid for completely, by the way, by American taxpayers. I'm sure the good Congressman picked up a few tips from Consumer Reports on the Lexus, but is he also reading Congressional Reports on American Car Manufacturers? We have three and Toyota is not one of them. In these times, an American Congressman, subsidized by American taxpayers, driving a Japanese car… terrible!!!

When the President of the Hammels' Tenant Council presented this thuggery, intimidation and day-tonight fear that local residents live with, at least Congressmen Meeks didn't blame President Bush, or the cops, or the insufficient number of security cameras. But what he didn't say was that those thugs are criminals and need to be apprehended and incarcerated ASAP. No, he said these wayward boys (who kill children at a moments notice) should be communicated to, about all the great social programs available to them. How disheartened, isolated and abandoned those Hammels residents must have felt on their way out the door of the First Baptist Church that evening.

American exceptionalism has now been amply demonstrated by all Americans… to ourselves, and to the world. How about a little exceptionalism in CD#6? Congressman Meeks went uncontested in last week's election. Isn't there a bright young man or woman in all of Congressional District #6 willing to stand up and challenge these never-ending, hollow platitudes? A person who understands that other people's money can't end disillusionment, drugs, or thuggery… that only strong-willed and principled people can.

PETE STUBBEN

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