Those who have assailed both Dwyer and Bohr for their pro-development votes in the past may have to lower their brickbats a bit if a trend toward serving the community needs of our citizenry continues from both of them. Swing vote Bohr added to the solution process by insisting on a coordinated education and notice process for any ordinance developed.
Recognizing the problems of actual community constituencies, such as downtown neighbors, coastal environmentalists or mobile home residents, and being part of the effective solution process, is what real leadership is all about. Not just the wielding of political power.
Reusable bags have dangers, too
Regarding Mona Shadia's article referring to our City Council's plan to outlaw the use of plastic bags at grocery stores ("Plastic bag ban in works," Aug. 18): Apparently no one has considered the unintended consequences of such an action. Having little kids pull your heartstrings is obviously a means to get this done, but you may well consider that plastic bags, when left out in the sun, will decompose within a short period of time, whereas the use of reusable bags, as numerous studies have found, can lead to infection and illness caused by the accumulation of bacteria in those bags. This is just another "granny-state" law that should have been scrapped when first proposed.
Police vote better now than later
Seems to me City Council members Joe Carchio, Connie Boardman, Keith Bohr and Joe Shaw demonstrated good business sense in accepting the compensation concessions now from the police employees instead of postponing these gains to some unknown point in time ("Council extends police contract," Aug. 4). In the business world, this practice acknowledges the time value of money, and in the world of proverbs, it is known as "a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush." Good job!