Apr 10, 2009
At Least It's A Strategy
In 2005 I had a heated exchange with then candidate Pawlowski about Weed and Seed. After he would drone on and on about the benefits Allentown will derive, I called it a crab grass program. He thundered, "At least it's a strategy!" Politicians, and other merchants of the abstract, love presentations, strategies and proposals; they are the inventory of self-promotion. Last night, in regard to Michael Donovan's misfortune, Pam Varkony wrote, "If there is any upside to this, it is perhaps the extra police attention that will now be paid to Bucky Boyle Park and the surrounding neighborhood, which has been going down hill for a long time." I don't think so Pam, because the headquarters of our long term crime fighting strategy, Weed and Seed, is in that park. Allentown is long on motivational speakers, and short on solutions based on current realities. I don't think it will be much consolation to Michael or Pam, but lately a police car has been tucked up in the stadium property, near Muhlenberg Lake, waiting for speeders on Linden Street. I suppose we need income to pay the Weed and Seed Administrators.