2014-04-18 / Columnists

An Intern’s Take

View From Far Rock - Michele Titus Is M.I.A.
By Ilyassha Shivers

Happy Passover, Happy Easter. As two of the major religions celebrate their high and holy seasons I wanted to reflect on a few things.

As an American of African descent and a father of three I may see things a little differently than most. I have been described by some readers as being a little to the left, whatever that means. I was a little bit concerned about the editorial on our Missing In Action Assemblywoman Michele Titus. In a time such as this we need all of our elected officials on deck. It’s funny how we can complain about the state of our community but refuse to take the steps necessary to ensure that our interests and concerns are being heard. As a representative, it’s her job to represent her district and to be accountable.

If these basic responsibilities cannot be met maybe its time that we search elsewhere.

I do not know Mrs. Titus personally, and I am pretty sure that she is aware of her current standing in the eyes of her constituents. I do know that it’s time that the people of Far Rockaway demand more from those who we put in office. As the temperatures rise and the children prepare for summer break, what do we have to look forward to as a community? More crime and violence? Poor to non-existing programs for our children? And then there is the relationship with our police department that is fragile to say the least.

These are some of the many issues that our elected officials are put into office to address. They say if you can’t stand the heat then stay out of the kitchen. Many of our elected officials have chosen the post that they command. At this point if you are not prepared to do the job that you were elected to do maybe you should choose a different profession. We need full time elected officials.

The old folks used to say you need to give 100 percent, because 99 and a half won’t do.

On another note it’s that time of the year again: it’s prom season. Project Window will be hosting the 2nd Annual Queens of Rockaway on May 3, at Ocean Bay Community Center. Project Window distributes prom dresses and accessories to girls in the Rockaways who are in need of assistance.

This year they will be reaching out to young ladies in foster care and those who are still dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

If you are interested in making a donation of for more information you can contact Mrs. Hines at 347-619-2053 or email her at project window.ny- @gmail.com.

As always tell me what you think.

Send your event info or any thoughts or comments you may have to shiverswave@gmail.com. Get involved in your community, and don’t forget to read The Wave.

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