I don't know, politicians do a lot of strange things I guess, but this was a new one on me: Miami Dade County Commission
Vice Chair, Lynda Bell Names a Public Building after her mother.
|This is the only 'mother' I would name a building after.|
Here is a part of a press release from Lynda Bell's office (yes, she released this third person sounding piece):
Vice Chair Lynda Bell dedicates and breaks ground on Marilyn Hope's Place, the newest senior community center in Cutler Bay(Actually this "Community Center", appears to be an affordable/subsidized housing for seniors that has an activity room -- see my preamble post above OR AT THIS LINK).
"In a moving ceremony attended by County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, Commissioner Dennis Moss, and municipal leaders from around the county, as well as residents and close family members alike, Commission Vice Chair Lynda Bell broke ground on Marilyn Hope’s Place...
The new facility is named after Vice Chair Bell’s mother, Marilyn. A woman who excelled as an executive and as an entrepreneur while raising six minor children as a single mother in the 1970’s."
My mother raised 5 children, lets name something after her too. She worked very hard and was very kind. Natacha Seijas never named anything after her mother and I am sure she was/is a lovely lady. If Natacha had, we would now be stuck with a building with a name that no one could identify with, except Natacha and her family. Actually Lynda and her husband OWN a perfectly good building to name, The Hotel Redland in Homestead. It would have totally been appropriate for Bell to name this privately owned building after her mother: The Marilyn Hope Hotel.
|Lynda Bell at a County Commission Meeting Making a point with a busy finger.|
I have nothing against Lynda Bell's mom. I am sure she was a lovely lady - it just sets a bad precedent for having a county filled with public buildings named after relatives, people none of us know, except the immediate family. That is SELFISH. We taxpayers are all paying for the building to be built, with bond money, aren't we?
I like naming plazas, public buildings/streets for people like Athalie Range, Wilkie D. Ferguson, and Rebeca Sosa (when she retires) EVEN Marco Rubio deserves an edifice named after him (when he retires). I am sure there are lots of people who admire Rubio and would want to name a building after him, not me of course, but I can understand that some people would. I could walk by the building and say to myself: "Oh, yeah Marco Rubio, bad memory." That is exactly what I think to myself when I go into the Stephen P. Clarke center. At least I have SOME recognition even if it is not positive. I WOULD NOT want a building named after Marco Rubio's mom...although, I am sure she is a lovely lady. If I were going to name a building in Miami Dade County it would be after someone I admire, like Janet McAliley who has spent her whole life in public service.
I just don't understand the mother thing and how the county commission and the mayor let this happen. Doesn't anyone think about us, the taxpayers, or do the politicians just live in their own private solar system viewing the citizens as stars in another galaxy...far, far away?
I stand corrected, they do come down to earth when they want our property taxes and our votes. Be a shining star: Don't give them your votes.
ALSO READ PART 1.