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Top 10 City Scandals of 2013

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Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/2/2014 1:07:50 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Ugh, what a list!
That is encouraging, @mejiac. I'm glad to hear it and I hope it indicates a stronger infrastructure for Haiti overall going forward.

mejiac
mejiac  
1/2/2014 1:06:35 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Ugh, what a list!
@Mary Jander,

Yes, but thankfully I can directly testify that Haiti not only did it get the assistance it needed, they were made aware of taking steps to make safer housings.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/2/2014 1:02:49 PM
User Rank Staff
Re: Ugh, what a list!
Too depressing, @mejiac. It's a case of compounding problems--making solutions as potentially bad as the problems they're aimed to alleviate. When this kind of poor planning sets in, it seems to create a cascade of other issues.

mejiac
mejiac  
1/2/2014 12:48:56 PM
User Rank Village Voice
Re: Ugh, what a list!
@Mary Jander, Agreed,

Thankfully (and/or hopefully) construction codes will get more strict, avoiding such situations to occur again.

I know that in the case of Haiti, the devastation of the earthquake was compounded because of bad construction methods (mainly because people would construct without any types of permit or proper materials)

NewDream
NewDream  
1/2/2014 12:19:23 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Ugh, what a list!
Exactlyu so, Mary. But the changes that we do make, in the way we live our lives and the way we treat our neighbors, can have a dramatic effect. That whole Pay it Forward thing is surprisingly effetive.

Mary Jander
Mary Jander  
1/2/2014 11:44:52 AM
User Rank Staff
Re: Ugh, what a list!
Great thoughts, @NewDream. I really like the idea of making changes incrementally, starting with our own behavior and in our own backyards, as it were. We can't expect change to come from somewhere else -- it won't. It has to begin at the individual level.

NewDream
NewDream  
12/31/2013 1:16:00 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Ugh, what a list!
If I had to choose between a goody-two-shoes who tried to dictate the behavior of the people and someone who behaved badly but was non-judgmental and tried to help people, I'd pick the second one every time.

Yes, we should expect good behavior from officiale, especially in their actions on the job. We should expect that they won't play favorites, they won't steal our money, etc. I'd prefer they kept their private lives private, too. But I really don't care what they get up to at home, or what anyone else does either.

NewDream
NewDream  
12/31/2013 1:10:15 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Ugh, what a list!
PeterJ, I read about that Walmart thing. I'm ashamed to admit I bought a present at Walmart despite my strong intention to boycott them this year...I suppose it serves me right that my wife's adult tricycle arrived after Christmas and missing a part that won't be here for another week.

 

PeterJ
PeterJ  
12/31/2013 1:08:54 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Ugh, what a list!
And shouldn't we have higher expectations for elected officials? Isn't it kind of sick that Rob Ford's poll numbers actually went up when he admitted his drug & alcohol binge? It's not to say that we mistakes can't be forgiven, but maybe bad behavior in public office should be the exception rather than the norm.

PeterJ
PeterJ  
12/31/2013 1:04:56 PM
User Rank Urban Legend
Re: Ugh, what a list!
NewDream, your comment returned me to a recent news article about a Walmart store where there were food contributions being collected for fellow workers who were trying to put together a holiday meal. Something is wrong with that picture.

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