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An old Cherokee is teaching his grandson about life. "A fight is going on inside me," he said to the boy.

"It is a terrible fight and it is between two wolves. One is evil—he is anger, envy, sorrow, regret, greed, arrogance, self-pity, guilt, resentment, inferiority, lies, false pride, superiority, and ego." He continued, "The other is good—he is joy, peace, love, hope, serenity, humility, kindness, benevolence, empathy, generosity, truth, compassion, and faith. The same fight is going on inside you—and inside every other person, too."

The grandson thought about it for a minute and then asked his grandfather, "Which wolf will win?"

The old Cherokee simply replied, "The one you feed."

First People - The Legends. Cherokee Legend of Two Wolves. November 16, 2004. [accessed April 7, 2012].

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Stealing Signs Prince George’s County Politics

    This afternoon, September 4th, I walked the 1200 feet to get my mail and saw that my Arthur Turner for Council sign had disappeared and so saw the signs of a campaign turned ugly. Someone is running scared. Someone running for Councilman Dean's seat is afraid of Arthur Turner and his record of action and his accomplishments. Someone had to walk onto my property some 40 feet from the road and over my horse fence to remove the sign. Instead of a record of involvement, someone is running a race of darkness with no record of having done anything for the citizens of the 6th district in Prince George's County; he or she has nothing better to do than to trespass and steal political signs.

    It is no secret that I have worked with Arthur for over 15 years on many volunteer boards serving the community as an unpaid volunteer. I can personally attest to Arthur's track record? Where is the record of citizen involvement of the other candidates? If another candidate has an equal or better record, why steal signs? Why not speak about his or her accomplishments? Perhaps the answer is that the other candidates do not have over ten years of community involvement, so the only thing they have is theft.

    Arthur Turner has been there when the community needed a voice. Where were the others? A quick check of the web sites of those seeking to represent Prince George's shows Arthur commanding the activist high ground relegating, I suppose, his opposition to the low ground of stealing signs.

•Coalition of Central Prince George's County Community Org. – President
•Towns of Kettering Home Owners Association – President
•United Communities Against Poverty (UCAP) – Chair of Board
•Prince George's County Chamber of Commerce Economic Development Committee -Former Chair (3 Terms)
•Prince George's County Chamber of Commerce Quality of Life Committee – Former Chair
•Board of Directors Prince George's County Library Foundation – Member
•Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA – Blue Line Extension Advisory Group Committee) – Member
•Largo-Lottsford Area Sector Plan—Planning Advisory Group – Member
•PEPCO Community Advisory Group (CAG) – Member
•Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA – Transit Oriented Development Advisory Committee) – Member
•Prince George's County Citizens Police Academy – Graduate
•Andrews Air force Base Honorary Commander

Am I biased? You bet. Am I now mad? Durn straight. Will I use the remaining days and this blog to shine a light on what the other candidates have been doing, or not doing, for the last 15 years to support the county? Count on it! Should have left my sign alone, and spoke about your accomplishments; the idea that someone who would stoop to this thinks he or she should be a political leader is outrageous.

If you want change, you need Arthur Turner; if you think stealing signs will solve our problems, vote for….

1 comment:

WashingtonGardener said...

Sign vanadalism and theft is rampant these days - look out in the WaPo Metro section for an article about it in my neighborhood in downtown Silver Spring.
Makes one very sad and wondering about the entire human condition when one is a repeated victim of these incidents.