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Newly appointed Justice Minister, Hon. Delroy Chuck, and Minister with responsibility for the Public Service, Senator the Hon. Arthur Williams, was sworn into office by the Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, at King’s House. The Governor-General commended the new Ministers on their appointment and encouraged them to “continue on a path of excellence for which you are already known."
African-Americans once were clustered so heavily in urban areas that the terms “black” and “inner city” came to be used almost synonymously. According to the 2010 U.S. Census results, that time is history. While blacks have by no means vanished from cities, unprecedented numbers have headed for the suburbs or left the big cities of the North and headed south. As legislative districts are redrawn, nonpartisan groups and both political parties are watching how this unexpected migration will affect local and state elections. Moreover, redistricting experts say the black exodus from cities such as Detroit, Cleveland and Philadelphia contributed to placing Michigan, Ohio and Pennsylvania among the 10 states that will lose congressional seats because of reapportionment after the census. With Republican governors in 29 states, the GOP has greater influence over redistricting than Democrats.
GOP presidential contenders Michelle Bachman and Newt Gingrich figured out yet another ploy to knock President Obama. Blame him for joblessness among blacks now at nearly Great Depression levels, especially for young black males. Both candidates made the claim in recent speeches at the Republican Leadership Conference. Gingrich got so carried away with this absurd notion that he went off the deep end by claiming that Obama’s supposed culpability virtually insures that blacks will turned off by the president in his reelection bid. It’s tempting simply to chalk this ploy up to Gingrich being Gingrich, saying the first thing that comes to mind to snatch a momentary headline. But what may draw attention to this claim is the perennially chronic number of young blacks, who can’t find work.
We must change the mission and philosophy of Miami-Dade County to a government which favors the consumers and clients for whom it was created to serve. The Clients are the taxpayers who through their hard work sustain our government, so that it can provide basic services which we cannot provide for ourselves. Miami-Dade County government has grown too large to sustain itself. This uncontrolled growth has caused it to become punitive against the very people and businesses that pay the taxes to sustain our government. One only needs to examine the policies of the Miami-Dade County Water & Sewer Department to realize why the taxpayers and consumers may feel that the County is out of touch with its taxpayers and consumers. The County made a financial decision many years ago to bill Water and Sewer customers on a quarterly basis in order to reduce the costs associated with reading water meters and mailing water bills to consumers on a monthly basis, unlike private utilities like FP&L, AT&T, Comcast and others, which bill monthly. Quarterly billing is unnecessarily punitive against homeowners and businesses when they are victims of a water leak, water theft, or other circumstance which causes a high water bill. The customer has no way to detect a high volume of water use until the billing statement arrives three months later. In 2010 alone, there were 16,364 high water bill complaints.
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