Tuesday, 24 April 2012

My Neighborhood

There's two interesting stories for DC today.  First, cops in the local area (DC only, not Virginia) now admit that they can give out a $35 fine for having  a air freshener hanging device on your rear-view mirror.

The deal?  Well...they say it obstructs your view.  So once they pull you over for issue number one, and note your stupid air freshener....it's another second ticket that comes into play.

It's kind of comical but it's a nifty way that you can probably pull in another million dollars a year for the city government.

The second item of interest?  Marion Barry (our city councilman) did another speech to get himself into trouble.  At some hearing yesterday....the city councilman told the head folks for the University of the District of Columbia that they really needed to recruit hard from the local area and get the right folks into the right positions.

Barry then said: "In fact, it's so bad, that if you go to the hospital now, you find a number of immigrants who are nurses, particularly from the Philippines. And no offense, but let's grow our own teachers, let's grow our own nurses, and so that we don't have to be scrounging around in our community clinics and other kinds of places, having to hire people from somewhere else." (quotes from the Examiner)

It's the second time in a month that he's hit on the Asian community.

As for the comment over the Philippine nurses?  Well....you have to realize this....Marion goes over to the local hospital on a fairly regular basis.  He's not in great health, and the nurses at the local hospital....including the Philippine nurses....are doing their best to keep the old guy ticking and alive.

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