Councilman Rico Does Much More Than Cut Ribbons

Monday, February 18, 2013
I just finished reading the article about Councilman Rico and his attending ribbon cuttings. Councilman Rico does much more than show up for ribbon cuttings. Only a couple of weeks ago I encountered Councilman Rico walking through a neighborhood with residents most claim is too dangerous to enter. I'd just dropped off a couple of elderly ladies I'd taken out for a treat (on me). Just one of the many things I find pleasure in doing from time to time, clipping and saving Captain D's, Krystals, Long John Silvers coupons, treating them to a short outing from time to time or whenever I can afford it.

Councilman Rico wasn't surrounded by any security or body guards of any type. Like me, he knows a lot of these communities that have been given a bad reputation and declared too dangerous enter just isn't true. We got to talk for a minute before we both had to go on our separate ways.

It's not the first time I've seen Councilman Rico out and about in some neighborhood others avoid and talking to residents unassisted, unafraid. This doesn't only take place during an election cycle either, but numerous times throughout the years I've known him. He's right, he owes no one any apologies. He's a hands-on person. You can disagree with him and even get into a heated debate, and if he saw you stranded and broken down on the side of the road the next they he'd still stop and offer assistance. He holds no grudges.


I'm sure the other candidates are decent people, but it's the dirty tricks others are playing behind the scenes to get them elected that's been a turn off for decent voters. It's up to those candidates to put a stop to it and let them know they want no part of it. No one likes the dirt. Politics doesn't have to be so mean and dirty that people can't even look one another in the eye when the election is over. Unfortunately, that's just how in the gutter things have become around here, and it's only a small few driving the dirt.

I know what a few others have been saying about me behind my back. You see, even if you treat your enemies with respect they will come to you and reveal things to you others are scheming against and saying about you. So be it. My conscious is at peace.

On politics, Theodore Roosevelt, 26thPpresident of the United States, once said, "The various admirable movements in which I have been engaged have always developed among their members a large lunatic fringe." --Theodore Roosevelt (1858-1919)

It's not as much as will others respect you when it's all said and done as much as it is will you be able to look yourselves in the mirror and respect yourselves the morning after.

So Blessed
Brenda Washington

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