The forgotten majority has spoken
In what can only be described as a major upset, Donald Trump has been elected the 45th President of the United States. The polls going into Election DAy had shown Hillary Clinton with a solid lead with many paths to victory in the Electoral College. The political pundits and pollsters went as far as predicting a Clinton landslide with coattails long enough to allow Democrats to gain control of the Senate and even possibly the House. So, what happened on the road to the "Hillary Corporation"?
In my view, the pundits lost sight of the fact that the 2016 presidential race was a change election. For well more than a year, the polls had consistently shown that 75 percent of the American public thought the country was headed in the wrong direction. This feeling of dissatisfaction was most strongly rooted in the Midwestern "Rust Belt". The people of fly-over America had bore the brunt of the ill-conceived economic policies emanating from Washington.
Further fueling the flames of the heartland discord was Hillary's comment about a "basket of deplorables". The forgotten majority with their focus on hard work, family values and religious faith took exception to being lectured and denigrated by the effete coastal elites. In his victory speech, President-elect Trump mentioned the primary reason for his win: "The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer."
New leaf pickup system seems flawed
What has happened to our leaf pickup procedure? A recent letter to the Anvil Chorus spoke of the new procedure in glowing terms. I certainly cannot agree.
Designated areas with two scheduled pickups gave everyone a helpful guide. Publication in the paper with diagrams was also handy. With our new system, crews are supposedly patrolling city-wide, Monday through Saturday, cleaning leaf piles as they are observed.
Well, I've seen no patrols in our 6th Ward neighborhood since mid-October, except for our neighborhood park, which was cleared twice.
Street Department personnel who take calls report that the volume of calls regarding leaf complaints and inquiries are up dramatically, but they offer no help. Call the mayor, they say.
Mr. Robert Zonder, head of Central Services, apparently came up with this system. Why?
We have snow forecast and our neighborhood is still buried in leaves.
Correction to editorial
In my guest column entitled, “Indiana Dunes Turns 50,” published Saturday, Nov. 14, I stated that NIPSCO removed Hoosier Slide in the 1920s. It is true that NIPSCO purchased the land in the 1920s where Hoosier Slide was located. However, several factors contributed to the demise of the dune. Vegetation from Hoosier Slide was used as material for building construction in Michigan City in the late 1800s. Also, the Ball glass jar company mined the sand from the dune to make its Ball Blue glass jars. It was only sand from Hoosier Slide that gave the glass its unique natural blue color.
Phillip J. Budrick