There are seven candidates running for City Councilman John Liu’s (D-Flushing) seat, of whom six are Democrats. Since they all advocate the same issues about affordable housing, small classes, traffic and quality of life except during the rare occasion of candidate forums, the name-calling and mudslinging have revealed their true colors, which were unknown in the past.
It is unfortunate if we allow their foolish acts and disrespect of the democratic process to continue — worse if we have a person with such shortcomings to represent this district.
As a longtime resident and activist in Flushing, I would like to remind all candidates who wish to be the next council member that he or she must understand the importance of diversity. Diversity is the engine of growth for Flushing and its prosperity. The next council member must possess a vision about how to balance development and quality of life and how to attract and integrate mainstream business into this multicultural community.
We are not interested in knowing who is racist or communist or who supports Falun Gong or Taiwanese independence.
We want to know how candidates can improve Flushing better than Liu. We want to hear where the site for building a new school is. We want to hear how to add affordable housing. We want to hear how to make our streets safer without causing traffic jams. We want to hear if current infrastructure supports further development. We want to hear how accessible you will be once officially on the Council.
Dorothy L. Woo
©2009 Community News Group
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