Greensboro government could be improved considerably.

My first suggestion would be to pay the mayor at least as much as we pay the director of the coliseum. The colliseum director could be paid a commission based on how much money the facility doesn't lose.

But that's another suggestion. Back to my first suggestion.

Part-time job, Full-time job. What's the difference? The mayor is on-call all the time.

If the mayor were paid a decent salary, Greensboro would not have to depend on the generosity of big business to support our mayor and this would also be an incentive for seeking the office. Our choice of candidates would improve drastically and people with good ideas and skills wouldn't have to sell out to special interest bankrolls.

This is not a new idea, just a good one. I have several other suggestions that would improve Greensboro. I'll get to them another time.

Why was the Battle of Guilford Court House Fought? Right to Representative Government?

Our ancestors fought and died to give and protect our right to representative government. A major battle was fought right here in Guilford County. Remember the idea of "No taxation without representation?" Some of us take advantage of that right, some do not possess it.

Many citizens, in fact, a majority of those eligible to vote do not take advantage of the right. Citizens living in DC do not have an option. A member of the US House of Representatives from the District of Columbia (because of the wording in the US Constitution) does not have a vote.

I think this is wrong. Here is some information I have found about the problem and about a bill that has been progressing through the system for some time. The full House of Representatives is set to take up the District of Columbia Voting Rights Act next week. If this legislation is passed it will be another step in the struggle to give every adult US citizen full voting rights. It will be discussed and voted on in the next few weeks. I hope it passes.

The Washington Post reports today that the White House opposes the bill because The Constitution specifies only people of the several states elect representatives to the House; and, DC is not a state.

Full Text of House Bill 5388 is available at the Library of Congress Web Site.

And more information from the League of Women Voters of the US:

The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform and the Committee on the Judiciary both approved the DC Voting Rights Act the week of March 12, clearing the way for historic action in the full House of Representatives.

Citizens of the District of Columbia pay U.S. taxes, fight and die for the U.S. during wartime, and are governed by the laws that Congress passes. And yet they have no voting representation in Congress. They have only a non-voting delegate in the House of Representatives.

The “District of Columbia House Voting Rights Act,” sponsored by Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton (D DC) and Representative Tom Davis (R VA), would right this wrong. The legislation provides voting representation in the House for DC citizens by increasing the size of the House by two seats – one for DC and the other for the state of Utah, which is entitled to the next seat by size of population. This balanced approach provides voting rights for District citizens without upsetting the partisan balance of the House.

Americans living in the nation’s capital deserve to have voting representation in the body that makes their laws, taxes them and can call them to war. Only Congress can ensure that the democracy Americans have espoused and fought for across the globe becomes a reality in the nation’s capital.

A basic principle of democracy is at stake. Your Representative needs to hear from you today! Please urge your Representative to support the DC Voting Rights Act.

You can contact your Representative and give him or her your opinion on this bill.
Phone calls are helpful and can be made through the Capitol Hill switchboard at 202-224-3121 or 202-225-3121.

Yipee! I can blog again!

Maybe I'm the only one who missed my blog, but just in case someone else did, I'm back!!!!!!!

I have been having trouble with my computer for some time now. When I retired from my Art Supply Business, I took my old 1997-model I-Mac home and transferred most of my info to my husband's slightly newer I-Mac.

His ran on MAC OS10 point something. My was still on MAC 9. I combined the two so my old programs would work on his machine. Finally, several months ago, it became too much for his little red computer to handle.

My wonderfun daughters cleaned up Dad's old computer after he helped me buy a new I-Book. I love mine and he can use his again since all of my junk is gone.

I am a pack rat by nature and my beautiful, old aqua blue I-Mac is sitting unused on top of my sewing machine cabinet. I will miss seeing it when I pack it away and wait for it to become a valuable antique that my great-great grandchildren can sell for big bucks. (LOL)

I'm ready to blog!