When you lose your job and can't buy food for your children or pay your rent, what is it you need most?
Why, you need to feel GOOD about yourself and your community identity, that's what! So, that's why the council majority voted April 6 to proceed with plans to spend $67,000 erecting genteel "gateway" signage.
Councilmember Terry Seamens, the lone "nay" vote, thought the city should hold off on such frivolous expenditures during hard times. Seamens said he was struck by the incongruity when he spotted two new "gateway" signs, price tag of $1000 each, doing nothing but labeling Sligo Creek, around the same time he delivered food relief to an impoverished constituent.
Score one for Councilmember Clay who three weeks ago was pooh-poohed by her colleagues (and a certain commentator) when she asked if the city was prepared for spontaneous street demonstrations on Election Day eve. More longtime residents on the council assured her that spontaneous demonstrations don't happen in the politically-jaded Washington DC metro area.
As it happened spontaneous celebrations DID break out shortly after it became apparent that Barack Obama had won. Not only in front of the White House and on U Street in Washington DC, but right here in Takoma Park.