The city has so far distributed $216,000 in rent and mortgage assistance to those qualifying for it since December, according to the mayor’s chief of staff, who reported the official figure to the city council last week.
Ironically, that amount for rent and mortgage assistance is $53,000 less than what the mayor’s office approved to spend for Christmas decorations and in fact paid for.
More $838 wreaths (about 250) were placed on light poles than applications processed (70) for working people behind on their rent and mortgages because of being laid off from their jobs.
The report from the mayor’s office produced the predictable amount of gushing and perfunctory thank you’s from the mayor’s obedient city government.
“I’m really glad at the great job you’re doing,” Councilor Stephanie Martins gushed.
She told the mayor’s chief of staff at the council’s Zoom meeting she couldn’t say enough about the mayor’s effort.
We wish the president and vice-president good luck.
They are going to need it.
The nation is rather hopelessly divided without much unifying force to bring people together for the general good.
The nation is languishing during an era when science is trashed, when leadership is missing, when there are no heroes. Biden and Harris will find exercising leadership difficult to impossible in such a jaundiced national social and political environment.
The divisions between the rich and the poor continue to grow. They will be hard pressed to do anything to change all that.
Bringing the nation together is a fantasy at this point. Certainly, they know this. What can they do?
The mayor likes to tell his supporters that the Leader Herald is nasty, untruthful, and involved in a personal plot – something dark and illegal – to end his mayoralty.
Our Facebook comments on his two-week Aruba vacation at a time of emergency attracted 3,800 visitors and more than 150 comments regarding the vacation.
This is what is called blowback.
After all, Everett people aren’t blind and stupid.
On the mayor’s Facebook site, under photographs of him all tan and ready to go . . . in the water in Aruba . . . this warning attributed to him is printed for all to see: “Stay at home. It saves lives.”
Whatever the mayor says about the Leader Herald is one thing.
How he attempts to deceive the people of this city writing about the value of family as the reason he took the Aruba jaunt during an emergency is something for the record books.