Two questions brought before the Jersey City Council



Mr. Editor:

I spoke to Jersey City Council recently on two issues, one dealing with contracts and the other with background checks.

The city passed Contract Ordinance 21-039 which gives preference to people based on race, gender, disabilities, sexual preferences and veteran status; the only group not included is heterosexual white males. But based on the 2020 census, Jersey City is 22 percent white, non-Hispanic, and half of that number is female. Veterans and gays are most likely among that 11%, leaving white males as a true single-digit minority, which, ironically, is similar to the makeup of Jersey City Council.

If this ordinance is for the disabled, I would support it, but this ordinance is so broad that 90 percent of Jersey City qualifies for special considerations for contracts. I see this ordinance being used to reward political friends who are part of that 90 percent.

Contracts should be based on talent like the NBA, they don’t hire old people big and small because they want to win. It doesn’t make sense to study and apply yourself. Just say that you are part of a victim group where you can jump over the people who have studied and applied.

As a retired Catholic school teacher, many of my minority students scored 90% high for scholarship. They don’t need special privileges. Yet many will think that they have achieved their success through fairness based on low expectations, similar to the low expectations that black people cannot have access to ID and need special protection from them. the part of the government to vote.

A more serious issue is background checks, especially for those caring for children. Years ago the local newspaper ran an article about a piano teacher who was also a sexual predator, so parents went to city council to question council members about a law requiring background checks on people. who care for children; although this is common in education, it is not the case in private settings.

I still remember City Councilor Fulop agreed with the parents and he said he would help them, but I don’t remember any follow-up legislation. Our public library has story time Drag Queens and background checks must be applied.

According to the Law Enforcement Today website article, Drag Queen’s story hour allows predators access to children and named some incidents. Other secular publications in Texas had similar stories. So, has this law been passed? If it has been adopted, does the public library apply it? Drag Queens should receive the same background checks that are given to all employed teachers, there should be no exceptions.

Jersey City Council has not addressed my concerns so I can only assume they don’t know or care about background checks. But any incident can lead to major lawsuits involving taxpayer dollars.

Yvonne balcer


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