GRANOLAPARK • BY GILBERT
Last Monday’s Takoma Park city council meeting was all bad news.
Not only did most of the council succumb to gold-fever, as we reported in our last post, the meeting was also Councilmember Reuben Snipper’s last before he steps down from office. AND the council caved to the activists.
The majority voted for two feel-good resolutions. One urges the repeal of the National Defense Authorization Act’s indefinite detention provisions The other supports redirecting a big portion of the defense budget to less war-like federal departments.
Councilmembers Seth Grimes and Tim Male cast “no” votes. The issues were not the city’s business, they pointed out, and the resolutions are ineffective. The city attorney took out the only phrase that had bite. It promised non-cooperation with the Feds on the indefinate detention provisions.
Grimes noted that only half of the email from his consituents supported these resolutions, belying the pro-resolution turnout at this and other meetings.
The first of several citizens to comment in support of the resolutions noted how busy the council was. Instead of shortening his and other supporter’s remarks, however, they proceeded to waste even more of the council’s time with redundant comments.
The council spent about an hour on the issue. At 11 pm, they still had an agenda item – a closed door discussion. Lord knows when they finished.
But, we shouldn’t quibble. It was time well spent. Just look at the major media coverage the city’s resolutions got. The brave passing of these resolutions was the turning point! Victory for the Cause(s)!
We can tell how much coverage it got by Googling . . . we’ll just try it now. We can’t wait to see what the New York Times had to say. And Fox News is probably having a fit about it . . .
Huh, . . . not one word of media coverage. Not. One.