If you read about my gaffe concerning Naomi Brickell, I will probably have trouble making sense of impact on this brief entry.
I recall reading the words of Laurence Tribe recently concerning the Obama/Roberts relationship on the Supreme Court's decision on the Affordable Care Act. As you may know Tribe is an esteemed legal mind on the Harvard Law School Faculty and taught both Obama and Roberts.
Tribe says that "one guiding value; a genuine belief that pragmatism and even compromise can coexist with principle" is critical to both men and by extrapolation of his words, to society.
I agree fully and one thing I have tried to live by is a positive pragmatism, the creation of meaningful facts to support ideas and values that otherwise get boxed and stored away by endless negativism, selfish ideological views and other trappings of selfish and power motivated individuals. You find it all over -- where it unfortunately really impacts communities such as politics and the media and, unfortunately, very much in the social media especially in the blogging community where sensationalism and negativity attract ands sustain readership more than positive dialogue and corrective actions.
I am asking you for a favor and this comes from someone who spent much of his life on the dark side and wants to join people like Jim Killoran, and occupy the bright and healing side of society.
New Rochelle is seemingly committed to Sustainability with all of its trappings, bells and whistles, and potential in the area of aspects we see in things like GreeNR.
They haven't really sold this well and there has been a great deal of controversy about the involvement of outside influences that have caused a lot of discord in the community and to a lesser degree, the Council.
Jim Killoran and I want to create a fact or two about "greening downtown New Rochelle." We know there are budgeet difficulties and we also know that there are real planning issues around the Comprehensive Plan, etal.
I understand all of this better than most especially if I am on my "meds" and can roll the clock back 10 or so years to improve my memory. But, for me, at least the time has come to write fewer technical articles whether valuable or not, and concentrate on making a positive impact in a small but critical space in New Rochelle.
This is where you all come in. I am asking you to contribute ideas to this task. What should Jim and I do to make downtown a "greener" and better place? You understand much of what is involved in sustainability. Give us some specific feedback on energy, green or brown spaces, safety..... whatever occurs to you.
We NEED your help period. We knwo all about the dark side; the corruption here, the criminal acts there. We see this in TOTS and elsewhere. It is constructively brought to our attention.
Warren Gross needs to work on a tangible for his City. The Administration knows my intellectual prowess. But, I need to demonstrate a side that has lied dormant for too long.... my dear friend Jim Killoran and I want to be non-rebels with a cause and that cause is to support the City we love and to make some inroads into a bad financial situation.
If I have friends or people who respect me know that I need to as an act of contrition and atonement for incorrectly identifying Naomi Brickell's ballot casting in the School Board.
It is a good lesson for me to be less pompous and the downside has harmed a fine woman.
I have been talking with Jim for several weeks now and boom, the dreaded Cox correction this morning.
So, all points in the City, can you overcome my average 300-500 reads of my blogs with little or no commentary and give me and Jim your ideas on this point.
Of course, we will touch base with the City Administration after selecting what can be done.
Finally, if you want me to chill out on my lengthy, and technical blogs, let me know that as well. Maybe I can get a kid to fact check and edit if I continue.