Thursday, May 25, 2017


There was an article in the business section of Wednesday’s Times that all local politicians and administrators should consider. The story “Add a Rail Stop and Developers Will Follow” tells about what has happened in the Boston metropolitan area as well as in other locations in the country when a new or revitalized old RR station was planned and placed in operation.

Could this be applicable to Plainfield? Certainly the old Grant Ave Station which was once bustling center for commuters and perhaps the Clinton Ave location could once again become a hub for redevelopment especially by the time more direct services will be available into the city, There may well be increased use for transportation between local stops especially downtown as well as other cities along the route in either direction

For those who are proactive about Plainfield’s future this could be worth consideration.

This brings me to the upcoming Democrat primary. I have already cast my absentee ballot and I will neither discuss how I voted or who I would recommend other than suggest you read Dan’s column today.

With that said I may comment on some negative factors about the four candidates and perhaps a few positives.

In many ways Mapp’s administration has been a breath of fresh air after Robinson-Briggs two terms of personalized rule which did nothing to attack people and substantial business to Plainfield. Mapp’s most positive actions have been the appointments of Riley (Public Safety), West (Administration and Finance), Sanchez (Development), and Taylor (Recreation). However he has as expected shown that he is a politician that is influenced by political affiliations. One prime example is his appointment of Watson as Director of Public Works after castigating him for his personal financial excesses as head of PMUA as well as Watson’s unearned golden parachute.

I have always expressed my distaste for members of any religious clergy holding a responsible political office. One reason being that they can have a demagogue’s hold over their followers. Some examples religious domination and exclusions such as the Ayatollah’s in Iran or the extreme Orthodox faction in Israel. Also Detroit’s anti-Semitic Father Charles Coughlin** or the infamous Jim Jones and his 900 suicided followers are bad examples of how those in the pulpit can influence susceptible people. Theocracy in any form endangers civil rights.

Brown’s tract record at the Council; her too often unexplained abstentions and frequent missed meetings as well as her history at the PMUA negate what good she has accomplished in her ministerial role.

Rivers is a product of the Green boss-man-ship, she and her extended family have benefited from that relationship. Her role on the Council for the past few years has been anti-administration and her own political activism; not municipal constructive.

I know nothing about Dr. Henrilynn Davis Ibezim for even considering. 


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