Anticipation

We can never know about the days to come
But we think about them anyway, yay
And I wonder if I’m really with you now
Or just chasin’ after some finer day

“Tired of waiting……..and more waiting, for things to get better. Each time someone gets elected, I seem to loose a little bit more patience. And a lot sooner too. “

Such was the gist of a recent comment. Each time a new Mayor is elected, each time a new group of people is elected to Council, a little less seems to get done. The City erodes a little faster, and the elected group is a little more blind to it, and a little less quick to respond.

How does the City erode faster? Because it’s already in a decrepit state as it is. The roads are getting more potholes, houses are losing gutters, and siding, and because of old housing stock, less care means more deterioration. From a recent conversation, I learned that one house had the copper plumbing stolen from it while the water was still turned on. Needless to say, the house boasts an indoor swimming pool now.  How do neighbors allow this to happen? Are there neighbors?

Anticipation, anticipation
Is makin’ me late
Is keepin’ me waitin’

And I tell you how easy it feels to be with you
And how right your arms feel around me
But I, I rehearsed those lines just late last night
When I was thinkin’ about how right tonight might be

A lot of folks are moving out of the City. But there are a lot of passionate citizens in this City that are trying to make a difference. However, they are confounded by other citizens that just don’t give a flying fart. They are stymied by a group of elected officials that almost seem to believe that throwing their hands up is a quicker and more effective response to dealing with the status quo than actually sitting their butts down and doing something about it.

Take this example: In her campaign flyer, Anne Molnar bragged that she would

“Return financial responsibility to City Hall”

I have to wonder exactly how much she meant that, when she made this recent statement during a Council meeting regarding the City’s budget:

I think we have had enough dialogue. I think we should just pass this and rehash this again if we have too.

What I think you should do is sit there and make it right.

Anticipation, anticipation
Is makin’ me late
Is keepin’ me waitin’

Council meets on the first and third Mondays of the month and has the month of August off. I think it’s time that they start holding meetings or get-togethers in their Wards and getting some 1-on-1 input from their constituents. I think they need to see what is going on in their Wards firsthand. Maybe this would cause some of them to step up to the plate and make something happen.

And tomorrow we might not be together
I’m no prophet and I don’t know nature’s ways
So I’ll try and see into your eyes right now
And stay right here ’cause these are the good old days

Too many folks, citizen-wise, are unaware of what’s going on around them. They have their own little world and they rarely venture out. Come election time, they vote for the name that is most familiar to them. Bypassing specifics, one such councilperson has already been named here.

Lorain is experiencing brain-drain at a rate that is unprecedented. There’s nothing here to keep young graduates and their families. Houses that go to foreclosure are snatched up by landlords only intent on making a quick buck, and more often than not, by owners that do not reside in the City. So the property is not maintained. And Lorain falls down a little more.

(These are the good old days)
And stay right here ’cause these are the good old days
(These are the good old days)
(These are the good old days)
(These are the good old days)
(These are…..the good old days)

My kids are still young. They have their whole lives ahead of them. They see what it is I’m doing, and I talk to them about the things I’m involved in. Without even asking or discussing with them, I know there’s nothing here that’s going to satisfy the dreams they have. And if dear old Dad and Mom don’t want to stay here, they’ll have no reason to, either. Ask the other children and grandchildren of the City’s residents. Why didn’t they stay?

So, City Administration and Council, we have to ask this question:

Can you step up to the plate? Can you make things happen to save this City?

Or have we already seen the good ol’ days?

 

Special thanks to Carly Simon.

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5 thoughts on “Anticipation

  1. Henrey,
    This is the kind of passionate stuff I have missed hearing from you. Thank you!

    You ask about stepping up to the plate and before the elections we were told that by just about everyone that they would be going to bat for the residents. The problem is so far no one has taken a swing at much of anything.

    “Here’s the first pitch”

    “Batter watches that one roll in for a ball, ball one”

    “Here’s the second pitch”

    “Batter was taking the entire time, ball two”

    “The wind up, and the pitch”

    “Ball three”

    “What’s the batter doing? The batter has put his bat down and is making faces at the pitcher. The pitcher is in his stance…”

    “What is the batter doing?”

    “The pitcher releases…”

    “Ball four and another run scores putting the home team behind three to nothing in the top of the first inning.”

    “This is going to be a long game as so far we have seen sixteen pitches and not a one have found the strike zone and the batters have yet to take a single swing.”

    “Dan Given steps up to the plate and here comes the pitch…”

    “BIG SWING, foul ball…”

    “He really wanted a piece of that one.”

    “The coach is coming out of the dugout and walking up to Dan. Dan appears to be upset with the coach and they do not appear to be too happy with each other as the coach walks back to the dugout”

    “Here comes Dan’s second pitch, and it’s a fastball right down the middle for a strike”

    “I guess the coach told Dan to quit swinging…”

  2. ……question Brian, who is the coach? Richard Romero?
    Henery, like I said the other day: “I know where your heart is at”.
    🙂

  3. Henrey,
    One of the problems with our government is that the public is told one thing before the elections to get elected, and then afterwards when they get into office, POOF, they start DEFENDING THE VERY PROBLEMS THEY ALL SAID THEY WERE GOING TO TAKE CARE OF.

    How can a streets department with about sixteen employees with four of them foremen so they can have FOUR CREWS not have one crew that can fix a pot hole even semi permanently?

    We are SPENDING ABOUT SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS A DAY for PAYROLL for up to FOUR CREWS and we don’t have ONE CREW FIXING POTHOLES CORRECTLY EVERY DAY? WHAT”S UP WITH THAT?

    Did you know that there is about sixteen employees in our streets department with FOUR FOREMEN so we can have FOUR crews? Does our council people know we have sixteen employees and FOUR FOREMAN for FOUR CREWS to be out EVERY WORK DAY?

    Why isn’t just one crew assigned the duty to do permanent and semi-permanent pot hole repairs EVERY DAY? ONE CREW, ¼ or 25% of our payroll for the streets department could be used to SAVE OUR STREETS.

    I was told that our city has CRACK SEAL THAT IT BOUGHT A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO JUST SITTING AROUND. WHY AREN”T WE USING IT ON THE ROADS THAT CAN BE SAVED?

    The city DID DO THE REPAIR TO COOPER FOSTER ROAD with a road grader, steam roller, and twenty some tons of asphalt. Did we do any sub pavement repairs before we spent this money or did we just pretty up a nasty looking turd that will last less than two years?

    SIXTEEN EMPLOYEES, SIX THOUSAND DOLLARS A DAY, AND HOW MANY PERMANENT OR EVEN SEMI PERMANENT REPAIRS HAVE BEEN DONE IN THAT LAST 12 MONTHS BY OUR EMPLOYEES? HOW MANY ROADS HAVE BEEN SEALED WITH THE CRACK SEALER THAT THE CITY HAS SITTING AROUND TO PROLONG THE LIFE OF OUR ROADS IN THE LAST YEAR?

    Remember, we have sixteen employees and FOUR FOREMEN so we could have FOUR CREWS OUT ON ANY GIVEN DAY IF WE HAD TO. WE ARE PAYING TO HAVE THESE FOLKS SHOW UP FOR WORK EVERY DAY and yet no one is questioning why we are not seeing more getting done? Do we need a “COMPREHENSIVE PLAN” to fix our roads, or a COMPREHENSIVE PLAN ON HOW TO DELAGATE RESPONSIBILITY?

    Sixteen employees, four foremen, and not one road fixed right.

  4. ………..Brian, you got it pretty much right. As my boss continuously says……”polish the turd, just polish the turd.”

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