Short Notes… SOTU by POTUS

Image: President Barack Obama delivers his annual State of the Union Address before a joint session of Congress and the Supreme CourtThe President of the United States stood before the American people this evening and told us the State of our Union is strong.

Though all the pomp and pageantry of the night, the President said many of the same things he has been saying for years, knowing when he said them that they will never move forward.

Tonight our leaders all did what they are expected to do. They applauded, they stood, they cheered.  Our leaders welcomed the President to Capital Hill tonight, they did everything they should…. tomorrow, they go back to being the Congress they have been for too many years.

While our Congress and President put on their best face for this show before the American people, sadly nothing will change, nothing will move forward and we the people will continue to be the ones who suffer.

Many of the President’s ideas are ones that we should all be able to get behind, protecting the middle-class, immigration reform, making our nation self-sufficient, establishing education programs that enhance our future.

How could anyone disagree with those items on his wish list?  Sadly it isn’t the agenda items, but how we get there and our elected officials have proven that they will not put in the work to find middle ground solutions to help us make it to our nation’s shining city on a hill.

The President’s speech was well delivered and often times poignant, hitting its high point during his push for gun control.

While I don’t agree with all aspects of the President’s gun control agenda, like the President, I believe we the people and the people who have been lost to violence in our society DESERVE a vote on the agenda.  This vote doesn’t have to be all encompasing, it can be broken into sections and voted on piece by piece, let’s do it fairly, but DO IT.

They deserve a vote.

The President’s long list of communities, schools, individuals who have been affected by violence was one of the most powerful moments I have ever witnessed from this President.  As he moved from speech to sermon, you could almost hear the American people join in his chant… they deserve a vote and guess what THEY DO and WE DO!

It is time that we the people demand our leaders stand up and vote, yes or no, whatever your choice, but our leaders must do their jobs and VOTE.

We deserve it… and so do they!

Palm Beach Post ~ Six qualify for Lake Park election

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Six qualify for Lake Park election

By Jodie Wagner

Six candidates have filed to run for four open commission seats in the March 12 election.

Incumbent Steve Hockman will seek reelection, while Kathleen Rapoza, Kimberly Glas Castro, Diane Bernhard, Erin Flaherty and Michael O’Rourke also have qualified to run.

Incumbents Tim Stevens, Kendall Rumsey and Jeanine Longtin did not qualify by Tuesday’s noon deadline. Mayor James DuBois has another year remaining in his term.

Commissioners serve three-year terms and are paid $9,384 annually.

Filing Ends in Lake Park

LPlogonewToday at noon the filing period for Lake Park Commission came to an end.  (I will have more to say about the candidates who filed later.)

Before the new campaign gets into full swing, I want to take a moment to recognize two of my colleagues who decided not to run for reelection.

Of the four commissioners this year, three of us chose not to run again, while I am sure some are happy about this fact, I know there are others who are not.

I do not know why my colleagues chose not to run, but what I know for myself is, we need YOU the community to take a more active role and not let a small group of nay-sayers rule the town.

Remember those of us of like minds for our Town’s future are in the MAJORITY, yet a small verbal minority has held Lake Park captive for far too long…. TAKE YOUR TOWN BACK LAKE PARK!

Now to my colleagues who chose not to run.  Jeanine Longtin and Tim Stevens, allow me to thank you for your service to the Town of Lake Park.

Jeanine and I rarely agree on anything, we have battled for three years and it has not often been pretty for either of us, however; I have never and will never doubt Jeanine’s passion for our Town.

Jeanine and I have a very different outlook on where our Town should go, I respect her for taking a stand and sticking to her convictions, you always know where Jeanine stands and in today’s politics, that is a virtue.

Tim Stevens came to the Commission two short years ago, he made an impact from his first night on the dias and I appreciate his service.  Tim is the young, bright future we need in Town leadership and I am sorry to see that he will not be continuing to serve as a Commissioner, hopefully his days of service to Lake Park are not over.

I appreciate both Jeanine and Tim’s service to Lake Park, they are great examples of stepping up and making a difference for the community.

Over the next month, our Town will make a choice for the direction we will go, it will be exciting and I look forward to a new team at the helm.

We have a bright future Lake Park, let’s all work together to move forward!

Life’s Playlist… Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd

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