December 21, 2001

The Public Forum ... El Foro Publico

Where is the political leadership in San Ysidro?

For years the Community of San Ysidro has been under ecenomic duress (see editorial "San Ysidro Under Economic Duress!" 12/14/01). Even long before the Sept. 11th attack. Certainly the results, as a result of the Sept. 11th attack, have had a negative impact on the local economy. Nevertheless, San Ysidro, as well as other "Latino" neighborhoods within the San Diego City Limits have for years been neglected.

If the city put half the attention and just a portion of resources to core improvements such as street repairs, code enforcement, grants for home beautification, you would see real results and a betterment of the community as a whole. Nothing will happen as long as our elected leaders, both democrats and republicans continue worrying about re-election. Where is that fighting spirit of Congressman Bob Filner, who touted himself as a Freedom Rider. He was supposed to be "Fighting For US". Instead, he has become nice and comfortable as an incumbent in Congress voting for his own salary increase while thousands of San Diegans are fighting off poverty.

Where is that fighting spirit of Councilman Ralph Inzuza? He was suppossed to be a savior for Latinos. A man of the people and for the people. Instead, he finds himself more content to represent Hillcrest and fight the Boy Scouts.

A lot of good that will do to help San Ysidro and Logan taxpayers and business owners.

As for Republicans Ron Roberts, Mayor Murphy and the bunch, they love giving away tax dollars to wealthy developers and sports teams.

There comes a time when you have to put politicing aside and you have to govern. Unfortunately, we have seen the development of term long campaigning from our elected officials. A bi product of Term Limits. Governing has taken a back seat to grand standing, campaigning and sucking up to campaign donors.

Henry Palma
Chula Vista

Congress needs to open up the phone systems to fair competition

The Telecom Act of 1996 opened the door for competitors to be the first to bring innovative broadband technology to both urban and rural areas of the country. In addition, competitive telecommunications players are generating more than $115 billion in revenue annually and providing work for hundreds of thousands of people in this country. But all of these economic benefits could soon disappear if Congress follows the Baby Bell`s lead and passes the Tauzin-Dingell data deregulation legislation. As people employed by competitive telecommunication companies we speak. I personally would like to keep my job, for it's the only source of income that feeds my family. We the people, are now under attack, because of the anti-consumer legislative agenda of the Baby Bells that includes data deregulation (HR 1542).

The debate about data deregulation would cease if the Baby Bell companies would only do what Congress has already told them to do: open up their markets to free competition. They already control local telephone service, and despite the Telecom Act mandate to open those markets to competition, they now want passage of data deregulation legislation, like HR 1542, the Tauzin-Dingell Bill, which would extend their monopoly power to data and Internet services as well. What more do they want, control of the entire world's telecom industry or something.

Despite Congress's clear mandate in the Telecom Act - now five years since its passage - that the local phone monopolies must open their markets to competition, not one of the four remaining Baby Bell companies.

Michael Pecoraro
San Diego

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