The NY City Council just voted to extend term limits -- YES!
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1) Go to http://council.nyc.gov/html/members/members.shtml and type in your address to see who your City Council member is.2) Go to http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/10/14/nyregion/20081014-council-graphic.html to see his/her position on the issue.3) Call his/her district office.4) If there's an email address listed, send an email as well. Here is the email I sent to my Council member, who has come out against extending term limits:Dear Ms. Mark-Viverito,This is the first time that my wife and I have ever contacted you on any issue, but we are doing so because we feel so strongly that our city needs Mayor Bloomberg to remain in office for one more term.We share your discomfort with changing the rules in the middle of the game, especially without all New Yorkers being able to vote on this important issue, but these are not normal times -- and Mayor Bloomberg is not a normal mayor. The combination of a severely weakening national economy and the collapse of the financial sector has plunged our city into a severe crisis. At a time like this, our city needs the strong, experienced, steady leadership of Mayor Bloomberg.We urge you to vote to suspend term limits so Mayor Bloomberg can serve one more term.Sincerely yours,Whitney and Susan Tilson
Setting up a showdown over one of the most divisive issues in recent political memory, Speaker Christine C. Quinn announced Tuesday that the City Council would vote Thursday on Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s plan to revise the term limits law so he can pursue four more years in office.
Supporters of the change said the move reflected Mr. Bloomberg’s and Ms. Quinn’s confidence that they have gathered the 26 Council votes needed to pass the legislation.
Education -- education is the civil rights issue of this century.
Equal access to public education has been gained, but what is the value of access to a failing school? We need...
We need to shake up failed school bureaucracies with competition, empower parents with choice.
Let's remove barriers to qualified instructors, attract and reward good teachers, and help bad teachers find another line of work.
When a public school fails to meet its obligations to students, parents deserve a choice in the education of their children. And I intend to give it to them.
Some may choose a better public school. Some may choose a private one. Many will choose a charter school. But they will have the choice, and their children will have that opportunity.
Senator Obama wants our schools to answer to unions and entrenched bureaucrats. I want schools to answer to parents and students.
And when I'm president, they will.
This decision is going to be tough....VERY tough for us single issue voters. As powerful as an Obama candidacy is, and as much as I disagree with our misguided involvement in Iraq, there just simply is no contest between McCain and Obama on education reform. Did you hear him tonight? McCain gets it. I am sad to say that I STILL don't know if Obama does.
A) As much as I care about education reform, I also care a lot about our economy, the environment, the alarming rise in income inequality, our ruined stature around the world, etc. -- and on all of these issues, I think Obama has far superior ideas.B) On education reform, I think a mix of both candidates' ideas would be the ideal solution -- McCain, for example, didn't talk about important things like early childhood education and making college more affordable. But here's the key: even if you like McCain's education reform proposals better, you still want Obama to be President because only a Democrat can bring about the needed reforms. It's like only Nixon could have gone to China and only Clinton could have reformed welfare. It's the whole idea behind Democrats for Education Reform: it has to be an inside job! As long as it's Republicans pushing for reform, the unions can continue to make this a Republican vs. Democrat issue (rather than a what's-best-for-children vs. what's-best-for-adults issue) and gridlock will continue.Think of it this way: would you rather have a President with 90% of what you want, but only a 20% chance of making it happen, or a President with 70% of what you want, but a 60% change of making it happen? (That's McCain 18 and Obama 42.)