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Going Local:Dan Halloran vs. Kevin Kim

I know we usually discuss big issues on a national scale but if we indeed want to change the direction this country is going we got to start from the bottom up and the city council is a great place to start.

District 19 has got itself a heated one. One corner a fine hometown boy in the other a new kid on the block. Big Dan has got 5 generations rooted in the community he’s running for and Mr. Kim well he’s got the democratic machine behind him and we all know how great that’s working for us.( that last remark is dripping with sarcasm for those at home not use to my attempt at humor)

Fact remains Dan has a place in his heart for this area that just comes through once you meet him. His lineage is made up of all blue collar guys who just happened to build the majority of the housing that makes up the neighborhood. You know that word neighborhood it represents an endangered species today and big Dan wants to keep it intact while his opponent a commercial real estate lawyer who might not have the noble intentions that Mr. Halloran has makes me question his intentions especially due to the fact the first time he voted was this year.

Overdevelopment, crushing tax burdens and the runaway government a toxic combination to chop up and destroy a wonderful district of vibrant middle class and small business owners.

Mr. Kim has no stake in the game other than giving his party another chip in the power grid. At the other end of the spectrum stands Dan Hollaron former cop, laywer and small business owner whose been here his whole life with his grammar school sweetheart Cynthia with no intentions of going anywhere.

I stroll through district 19 it’s like a living time capsule. Harkening back to a time of stickball and stoopball where fellow residents look out for each other and their kids and block parties were magical. The locals are the salt of the earth and their loyality towards their fellow resident is immovable and everywhere I go big Dan is truly their Man.

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  1. October 22nd, 2009 at 07:54 | #1

    Great blog. It is so refreshing to read a clear analysis of the issues, rather than the hype that we seem to be getting daily from the mother-ship, a/k/a white house.

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  2. Juan
    October 22nd, 2009 at 08:38 | #2

    I am a resident of District 19, i met Dan at a small gathering and although I never met him before, I felt as though he could have any one of the guys with whom I grew up in Queens and went to high school in Brooklyn. He is passionate and there is a strong legacy. I’m all for development as long as the rules are applied evenly and fairly, and most importantly applied as they are meant, as I look around District 19, there is so much development going on, I can’t help but think that many of them need variances from the building code, obviously obtained through backroom dealings and cronyinsm. I hope Dan will not be part of that ugly crowd, I’m hopeful given his legacy. I intend to vote for him, he has an uphill battle, I believe Kim is Korean and the Asian block vote is a tough one to crack, especially in District 19. If you are a resident of District 19, please get out and vote, and learn about the candidates position and how it lines up with your values.

  3. Jody from NYC
    October 22nd, 2009 at 10:39 | #3

    I pray that Dan wins.

  4. Ross-Dallas, TX
    October 22nd, 2009 at 10:46 | #4

    I think it is important to point out that Barack Obama, and his twisted agenda, is not the sole problem here. Please allow me to explain. The problems with government does not have to do with a political party, or an individual candidate. The problems with goverment are fundamental. It has only come to middle class America’s attention with Obama because of the audacity and pace of which governement spending, control and regulation has been accelerated.

    For 80 years, government’s involvement in our lives has gradually expanded. Now, we are truely paying the consequences. Individuals need to stop looking towards government for answers. Americans, or other people of the world for that matter, do not need government officials telling them what to do. They need political and economic freedom. Democrats nor Republican are the answer. We need a fundamental shift in how we view the role of government. We need another revolution.

    The problem extends much farther, or rather closer to us, than that in Washington. Our State and local governements are passing legislation all the time that is restricting our freedom and paying out political favors the influential constituents. Our opposition needs to be apolitical and based on fundamental priciniples. Those based on the idea of protecting individual rights to economic and political freedom, and simple opposition to surrendering these rights, provided under the U.S. Constitution, to any private or public individual, group, political party, or institution.

  5. GB-Plano, TX
    October 22nd, 2009 at 11:14 | #5

    Good morning. My name is Gary and I am married for almost 20 years to one wife, the father of 3 wonderful children and grew up in very modest conditions. I am a combat veteran of the US Army Infantry, and have no affiliation with any political party. I deeply love this country and only want the very best for us all (at least for those who care about America).
    I have been debating in my mind what is the best way to combat the present ills of our government and our nation. On the one hand, getting true conservatives into local political seats and starting from the ground up is an option. On the other hand, I believe that we need to have a total shift of perspective back to the Jeffersonian constitutional fundamentals. I am also convinced that we as a nation are collectively paying the consequences for our greedy desires and need for immediate gratification. After all, we get the government we deserve.
    I must first look to myself and ask the very candid question…Am I being the best American citizen that I can be? This takes on enormous commitment to moral responsibility, fiscal responsibility, family responsibility and work ethics (just to name a few). If I have swept my side of the street (and it can become very messy), then I can begin to clean up the rest of the street and neighborhood.
    Together, we need to begin leading this country back to it’s greatness through our individual life examples. Be the very best at what you do in every sphere of influence you touch. I believe this is where it all begins. We must begin with ourselves and get rid of any personal defect that has contributed toward the demise that we now see in Washington.
    Once we are on this road, we can more effectively change this nation.


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