Next week Allentown will past an ordinance banning gay conversion therapy, and there were no objections at a widely attended and publicized committee meeting. Let me be the first. While the intent of the ordinance may be commendable, it is clearly outside of the purview of City Council.
What motivates this post is council's historical failure to properly regulate things that are in its purview. While there are many such topics, I will mention some recent examples concerning the park system.
Allentown City Council gave permission to demolish the Robin Hood Dam in Lehigh Parkway, just to solely accommodate the Wildlands Conservancy. Council approved spending $1.5 million dollars to purchase two parcels for additional parks, while the existing park system is in deteriorating condition.
While much of my activism has centered on the park system, there are others who could cite numerous examples where council has rubber stamped one initiative after another. Some were done to accommodate the mayor, before he lost favor. The better interests of Allentown's general public should be the only criterion used on council decisions.