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Posted at 10:03 AM ET, 09/ 1/2010

My endorsement: Better schools and services

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Jewell Dassance
Ward 6

After reading the Aug. 22 Local Opinions pieces by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty and D.C. Council Chairman Vincent C. Gray [“Leadership for a changing city”] and other comments the candidates have made, I have decided to vote for Mr. Fenty.

Mr. Gray’s strongest argument for voting for him is the current mayor’s management style. I frankly don’t care about the mayor’s management style. I want our mayor to solve the problems facing the city: improving education for our children and providing better services for the community. Fenty has made badly needed changes in our schools. I have seen improved services from government agencies and new services for the more vulnerable residents of the community.

Change is not an orderly process, and unfortunately it sometimes affects some individuals in negative ways, particularly staff members. It is much like restoring an old house to accommodate a family’s changing needs. Walls come down, power lines are upgraded and old appliances are replaced to achieve a more efficient and functioning living space. It feels chaotic during the process, but the final product better meets the needs of the family. So it is with schools and other services. Mayor Fenty is moving the city in the right direction.

By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 1, 2010; 10:03 AM ET
Categories:  D.C., D.C. politics, HotTopic, Mayor Fenty, My Endorsement  
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Comments

This is so callous, that I can only assume that the writer has not been personally affected by the mayor's management style and has no concern for anyone who has.

It sounds as though the writer would condone any behavior in the interest of efficiency and improved services.

What if the Mayor were verbally abusing city employees? Would that be OK as long as you got your trash picked up on time?

What if the chancellor mocked her students’ speech pattern and joked to a group of new teachers about putting masking tape on students’ mouths to quiet them down and not getting contact information about students before taking them on a field trip?* Would that be OK as long as there were more pre-K slots in your neighborhood school?
*These things actually happened:
http://voices.washingtonpost.com/dcschools/2010/08/michelle_rhee_first-year_teach.html#comments
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2010/08/13/VI2010081305444.html

And just who is this "family" you speak of that is better off in the end?

Is it a family decision when the walls come down and appliances are replaced, or do some members of the family get a better deal in the process than others?

Posted by: efavorite | September 1, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

I think Mayor Fenty has done a great job and I view him as a Type A personality, moving fast and demanding a great deal to make necessary changes. Some see this as arrogant, I see him as focused on the issue and DC needs this leadership. At this point 35% of voters are undecided and that could change this election. Gray is no leader and talking to everyone in the city will not produce a decision or get anything done. Gray misleads Wards 7 & 8 indicating he can get them jobs and that is not something the Mayor can control unless he is putting them on the DC payroll. Since Gray is still working on his platform it is hard to tell where he will lead anyone.

Posted by: voter20 | September 2, 2010 7:12 AM | Report abuse

"talking to everyone in the city will not produce a decision or get anything done."

That's how Fenty got his job in the first place - he called it "retail politics" - going door-to-door, convincing people he was the guy for the job. Unfortunately, he ignored them once he got the job.

I have never heard Gray promise jobs to anyone - stop trying to conflate him with Barry. Gray promises attention to economic issues for the citizens most affected by them, as any good mayor should.

Posted by: efavorite | September 2, 2010 8:34 AM | Report abuse

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