I received a copy of a letter that a local Pastor sent to Tampa City Council today concerning the churches desire to build a preschool on their property. Although it does not surprise many of us that the city has taken the position is has, I am publishing this to illustrate that a big government that smothers real progress that community leaders are ready to make.
This is the copy of the email I sent to the Tampa City Council today 10/11/2016 regarding their fees for approving our preschool / daycare.
Dear City Council Members;
I am a pastor of a Tampa church which has served the community with food, clothing, and cash donations for over 20 years. We recently decided to add a preschool to our existing ministries. In order to be included in the VPK program I applied for a special use permit with the city of Tampa on 9/30/2016; I was shocked to learn that I would need to pay over $1,500.00 in fees, obtain another survey of my church facility, and present my request before you twice before I could proceed with the preschool / daycare program. I believe that as a not for profit organization your fees are excessive, and considering our level of community involvement, unjust and unnecessary. We are trying to provide a service to working families and I believe it is incumbent upon civic leaders to facilitate our actions not hinder them. I request that the fees be reduced if not eliminated and that you promptly move on approving our application.
Pastor Dr. Tony Smart
Victory Baptist Church
6202 South MacDill Ave.
Tampa, FL 33611.
Please help Pastor Smart in his quest to help his community by contacting your City Council member.
I was listening to Mark Levin on the way home and was surprised to hear Levin turn the corner on Trump. Levin makes a very politically pragmatic argument for voting for Trump in this particular situation.
During the presidential debates Hillary Clinton doubled on the left’s jacked up race narrative. When Trump mentioned making Urban neighborhoods safer Lester Holt and his boss Clinton scoffed at the mere notion. But since when is the only problem facing Urban America racism?
This week, two more police shooting that result in the death of two Black men. Black Lives Matter, and the rest of the usual suspects take over Facebook and twitter calling out all of us “Uncle Ruckus” types because we have spoken of up for law and order in our own community. We seek safety in out community. We know that chaos will not provide the atmosphere for growth. And for this will are “part of the problem.” Well today lets talk about the events of the past couple of days.
Terrance Cutcher, was shot and killed by a Tulsa police officer. The dashcam video along with the helicopter footage makes this look like a “bad shoot.” There is an investigation going on and we will see what the Tulsa Police Department determines. At that point we will be in a position to make further commentary. In the other shooting Keith Lamont Scoot reportedly had a hand gun. His family says it was a book. But according to police, Scott was told numerous times to drop it and did not and was eventually shot and killed by Brently Vinson, a Charlotte PD officer. Not that it matters but Vinson is Black. There is an ongoing investigation and we will know more soon.
I am encouraged in the Tulsa shooting based on how quickly the dashcam and helicopter video was released, even though it did show the Tulsa PD in the best light. I am hoping that if there are charges to be filed that it all happens quickly and peacefully. I have not seen video of the Charlotte shooting. I also hope that if there is video it is shown quickly and justice is swift. However that manifests.
My concern is the tense atmosphere in Urban America. In this atmosphere both residents and law enforcement have to be in together. And this makes every encounter more dangerous. Stakeholders in these communities must be willing to engage law enforcement to ease the tension and the atmosphere. Law enforcement have to be willing to make changes to policing and training to ease the same tensions and distrust. Neither side can afford to stand like a north going Zax and a south going Zax nose to nose face to face in the prairie of prax. It is beneficial for all involved to work on real solutions that will make Urban America safer.
It boggles my mind at the amount of misplaced sympathy otherwise lucid people direct toward willfully destructive individuals. If the best some can come up with in a 21st century wonderland is repeat offenses and violence, why bother with them? The economic misery of the last 12 years has been borne without assault and larceny by the vast majority of Americans. Is it wise to slap them in the face for being civil and decent under extreme duress?
Ban the box campaigns for felons seeking jobs or reentry programs ignores the plight of non-criminals who can’t find work or enough to sustain themselves. I type as one of those non-criminals, an urban one no less, whose merit is dismissed in a squall of crocodile tears for criminals.
Main stream media and the political left are full tilt boogie to refocus urban America away from its biggest problem, the economy! The Pew Research people continue to produce data that is much more important than if Republicans or Trump are racists. It is the express duty of the left make those of us in the urban community to focus on race as if it is the most important issue in our community. The chart below shows the level of child poverty in America. These numbers are due to continued failure in economics concerning the urban community.
No matter how much the left tells the urban community their biggest boogie man is the bigot, know that it is a failing economy that hurts the most.