City Council's missteps
(News & Observer)
I didn't see enough in The N & O about two recent
decisions of the Raleigh City Council. The first had to do with
our Human Relations Commission adding "sexual preference"
[the council approved adding "sexual orientation" to
the Human Relations Commission's mission statement] to the protected
classes of people they could represent (along with race, national
origin, sex, age, etc.). The City Council approved this on a 5-to-3
Under this resolution the Boy Scouts, for example, could be required
to hire a male homosexual
Boy Scout leader if he met all the other requirements for the
job. No matter how politically correct you might be, that just
flies in the face of common sense. An overflow audience in the
council chamber vociferously agreed -- but to no avail.
And more recently we voted for a resolution to dilute
the Patriot Act which the U.S. Senate passed 98 to 1. The Patriot
Act was passed after 9/11 to help law enforcement fight the war
on terror. Jim Candelmo of the U.S. Attorney's office and private
attorney Gene Boyce both made brilliant and passionate defenses
of the effectiveness of the act in combating terrorism and our
need to continue these efforts for our own safety. Under a barrage
of correspondence from the ACLU and their supporters, the council
fell for this ACLU-driven effort. The council again voted 5 to
3 to support this resolution.
I don't believe that Raleigh is being well represented
by these extreme positions taken by the City Council. Residents
should express their disappointment to Mayor Charles Meeker and
council members James West, Janet Cowell, Jessie Taliaferro and
Thomas Crowder. Each of these five supported both of these resolutions.
(The writer holds an at-large seat on the council.)