Spirit of the Season, Time to Band Together
The grinches and scrooges certainly
had a field day as our economy regressed this past year. Yes,
the realities are as grim as any we have faced before:
the city is the highest it's been since 1993 (10.3%).
Water rates have
have increased by 40%.
MTA fares have
increased, and services reduced or cut, while public
transportation remains a major issue.
need affordable housing to stem the exodus from our state.
the city has risen over 9% since 2005 to a new high (12,000
are being closed, while health care insurance is sky rocketing.
are squeezing the working class out of our neighborhoods.
destroying our communities.
been denied a voice in our children's education.
families struggle to make ends meet, the city's top managerial
employees roll in $69 million in salary increases.
Our schools are
unbearably overcrowded, while school aides are being laid off.
is ruining our neighborhoods and overwhelming our communities
with hideous, out of character monstrosities.
Yet, hope springs
eternal, and our will, both as a community, and as a nation, will
pull us through. Now, more than ever before, we have to live out
the true meaning and spirit of this season, and be each other's