It’s My Turn
A simple query from the Wave's editor provoked the content for this column. I've rendered an editorial and many articles, heretofore. Today, for the first time, It's My Turn!
Hot topics abound, pre- and post- Sandy. Thoughts of a Rockaway Revolution invade my mind. Apathy and complacency will be evicted from this peninsula when a band of residents ignite, become proactive, and refuse to be bamboozled and hoodwinked!
The wisdom of Proverbs says, "When the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice: but when the wicked rule, the people mourn." The peninsula is rife with mourning. Long standing double-digit unemployment, struggling business districts, millions spent on inadequate beach protection, gangs and guns in the east, prescription and alcohol overdose in the west is cause for Kleenex aplenty. These dismal conditions, all existing before Sandy, have only been exacerbated by her. In spite of it all, I love Rockaway, my home, sweet home!
It's time for a change! Barack Obama voice. In the Rockaway Revolution, the residents exercise their power. Not black or white power, but united, east and west, peninsula-wide people power. The people must hold our government officials accountable for the priorities of their constituents. Empty assertions, ineptitude, and self-aggrandizement should bring termination via the election ballot.
We can all find encouragement in the recent 31st district council election. A show of people power in action, the Jews in the district mobilized for a peaceful revolution. Though they represent a minute segment, their candidate was very nearly elected in a largely minority district. Bravo for such a feat! Indeed, the concerns of that community will not be ignored.
Ahhh...they put down their Kleenex, abandoned idleness, and forged triumphantly! "Where evil men would seek to perpetuate an unjust status quo, good men must seek to bring into being a real order of justice." -Martin Luther King
The success of the civil rights movement was not in mere eloquent speeches. The angst of human spirits, en masse, resolved to accept death over remaining in denial of their inherent rights.
Rockaway, united in revolution, will engage the enemy of capitulation, cease the helpless whining, and complaining, and become personally involved in our affairs. Rockaway will read, write, attend, call, vote and, most imperatively, DO SOMETHING!
It's a new day! Money is on the table. Our peninsula is buzzing with activity; tearing down, building up, road and sewer repairs, remodeling, new concessions, new designs, recreation and restaurants. We have contractors, subcontractors, and social workers. The ongoing plans cannot afford ephemeral attention. We must see to it and stick to it, so that our present and our future are prosperous.
Yes, we have immense challenges, yet, the fortitude of our vanguards will prevail. Many of our residents, some young and some finely aged, without mentioning names, you know who, are at the forefront of change. I see them tireless in the pursuit. Let us shore up their efforts. Yes, we can, Rockaway!