05/01/05 Would be Strong-Arm
Mayor a No-Show in South Dallas
On Thursday, a
on the Blackwood
was held at
Friendship West Baptist Church. The gym had standing room only,
and the overflow of people were in the chapel.
Mayor Miller was suppose to attend this debate,
on the day of the debate, she informed Willis Johnson that she would not be able
to attend because she had to attend her son's game.
The panel consisted of Betty Culbreath, Laney and Beth Blackwood for strong
Shaw, Don Hill and Don
against the proposal. There was press from most of the stations, yet
nothing on the news about this debate, probably because most of the people
attending did not buy off on this proposition.
Beth Blackwood told the audience of
and Hispanics that we should embrace this proposition
because it would help our neighborhoods
the most. She stated that the city manager has more power than the mayor and
city council. She also told us that most of us probably didn't even know who
the city manager was, which was quite offensive to us.
tried to make us believe that it is the exact same system that Houston has in
place. When questioned by the audience about her sitting at home watching the
council meeting on television and deciding that the charter needed to be
rewritten, her answers didn't add up.
stated she had never attended a council meeting, and had never served on a city
board or commission and became somewhat agitated when people questioned why if
she felt there was a problem she never appeared before council. When pressed
about her involvement in city government, she stated that she had to work like
most of us do. I guess that has changed since she appears to have enough time
to attend all these debates.
Even though I have been the target of your writing, I am in total agreement with
you on this one.
I appreciate the fact that you are uncovering those who are suppose to be
activists for the African American community but who are actually role playing
to help get this proposition passed by inflaming the
voters of North Dallas. I only regret that people who look like me aren't doing