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MOUNT VERNON: WHAT UNITES US IS STRONGER THAN WHAT DIVIDES US

From the outside looking in, Mount Vernon can look like a political circus, one for which no one is willing to purchase a ticket, except the local media. The political bickering surrounding Mount Vernon these days seems to cast a dark shadow over our city, concealing who we truly are. We are a city of mostly Democrats with over 95 different nationalities living together as one big family; and like all families, we to have our fair share of disagreements. However, no disagreement should ever be allowed to destroy a family because what we disagree on is never as important as what binds us together. At last Thursday’s Democratic committee meeting, I watched a room filled with Democrats old and

WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A POLITICIAN AND A LEADER? INTEGRITY.

We teach our children to be honest, to say what you mean, and to mean what you say. We tell ourselves that we are truthful and that our word is our bond. We say that a person’s handshake is more powerful than any words written on a piece of paper. Furthermore, that the commitments we share between one another should bear the strength of steel and shall not bend or break. So why do we accept our politicians’ untruthful behavior, yet we punish our children for far less? Why is that behavior rewarded and even defended in a way that normalizes it? When did our wrongs become right and this overwhelming urge to kneel to deception be deemed acceptable? I remember my father mentioning to me as a chi

MEMORIAL FIELD: “SOMETIMES YOU HAVE TO BREAK A FEW EGGS”

On June 1, 2018, Mayor Richard Thomas, when speaking about his plan to renovate Memorial Field by any means necessary, said: "The process involves removing both the dirty dirt and tenants that refuse to pay back-rent amounting to more than five hundred thousand dollars. We will give Mount Vernon back a bigger, better revenue-generating Memorial Field no matter what is in the way." Mayor Thomas’ plan for Memorial Field now stands to cost the City of Mount Vernon dearly. In his quest to return Memorial Field to its residents, the Mayor has acted without regard to process, law, or common sense when he instructed the illegal entry to the tennis center and the destruction of personal property.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST PLAGUES MOUNT VERNON’S NEW INSPECTOR GENERAL

The activities leading up to the recent confirmation of Judge Brett Kavanagh to the U.S. Supreme Court has brought to the forefront the importance of credibility, temperament, judgment, decency, and impartiality in making appointments to official positions. At the heart of the confirmation issue was whether Kavanaugh’s past activities would impact his ability to make fair and impartial decisions in the future. These same issues are playing out in the recent headlines related to Mayor Thomas’ brazen appointment of his former criminal attorney, Charles Knapp, as Mount Vernon’s new Inspector General. For argument’s sake, let’s assume that Mr. Knapp is a smart, capable, and an experienced atto

MOUNT VERNON “WATERGATE” CRIMINAL INCOMPETENCE OR INCOMPETENT CRIMINALS?

Almost immediately following any government mishap, there is a well-orchestrated cover-up complete with statements meant to misdirect and confuse the public with rehearsed talking points so all the players can present the same alternative facts. As part of that, people who refuse to tow the line on the official “story” are demoted, suspended, escorted out by police or fired to intimidate them into not talking. This type of activity isn’t just reserved for the national government, but lately it’s also been seen at the local level. Shortly after I reported about the City of Mount Vernon Water Department suspiciously increasing Mount Vernon’s water rates, the cover-up campaign began with newsle

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