More Decide not to Vote in Senatorial Election

first_imgAlthough an injunction is being placed on the pending Special Senatorial Election, in which 15 Senators are canvassing for votes, many electorates have resolved not to vote in this election.Our reporter recently solicited views on his way to Nimba County from Monrovia.Most of the constituents say they feel no impact of present senators, some of whom are again in the race. Some described them as “deceivers,” who have done nothing for their people so they don’t see the reason why they (voters) should go and vote for another group or the same people.During a brief stop in Gbarnga, Bong County while on the National Transit Authority (NTA) bus, our reporter heard onlookers telling supporters of incumbent Bong County Senator Jewel Howard Taylor that they (onlookers) have no reason to vote because when she and others are elected, they will only be concerned about their families and not those who voted them into power. According to our reporter, the comments were made when Sen. Taylor’s campaign team displayed her posters.“Why should I fool myself to vote?  When these people get in power they will not think about us. We will still be on these old cars along the bad roads having accidents,” two women in separate interviews said.“Those showing placards have received their share of the money and are working for it.  Whether they give me money or not, I will keep my voting card for the record sake, but I have no time to stand in the sun for someone’s enjoyment,” another woman said.Some supporters of candidates on the bus amid the discouraging views tried to sell their candidates, but did not succeed as negative views of candidates were quite sharp in refusing to vote for them in the coming election.In Ganta, Nimba County, supporters were seen on street corners and other parts of the city distributing flyers showing their candidates.When a flyer bearing the image of one of the six Nimba senatorial candidates was given to a lady selling food items, she remarked, “This man is my own uncle.  The only time they know people is when they need your vote, but will never see you to give you help.  Give it, but whether I will vote or not is my choice.”When the Supreme Court’s injunction placed on the election is lifted, only two of the candidates in the race for now can have high optimism of victory as has been observed in their campaign launching: Amb. George M. Weah, Congress for Democratic Change (CDC), contesting in Montserrado County and incumbent Nimba Senator Prince Y. Johnson.George Weah last Friday, November 28 brought Monrovia to a standstill for the most part of the day. Earlier in the day, it was difficult for traffic to move along the Somalia Drive, the route he and his supporters took as his party launched its campaign. At the same time along the Tubman Boulevard CDC partisans from central Monrovia converged even against health warning that people should avoid close contact to prevent the spread of Ebola.November 28 was set for the six candidates of Nimba to assemble at the Ganta United Methodist Gymnasium for a public debate, but only four of them including Cllr. Yamein Quiqui Gbeisay, former Education Minister Joseph Korto, former Superintendent Edith Gongloe-Weh and Joseph Weato appeared.Following the debate, Senator Prince Johnson, who didn’t take part in the debate, launched his campaign. He attracted a huge crowd.Senator Johnson’s constituents from all over Nimba converged in Ganta chanting, “Papay you will go, election is over as opposition can see.”Constituents for Senator Johnson are built in every part of Nimba, but with the emerging tribal politics recently begun by Senator Thomas Grupee, it is likely that most members of the Mano tribe might withdraw their support after the election.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Southland air getting better but still bad

first_img“We have a long way to go,” said Bonnie Holmes-Gen, assistant vice president of government relations for the association’s California division. “We have daunting challenges in moving away from fossil fuels, in moving away from petroleum in our state. “But we have been incredibly aggressive and innovative in improving our emissions.” Despite such exaltations, California remains plagued by air pollution. Twenty-six counties got an “F” in air quality – including all of Southern California. Only Salinas made the clean-cities list. Exposure widespread Go ahead and breathe easier, but not too deeply. The Southland’s long- maligned air quality keeps getting better, but Los Angeles area residents are still sucking in the most polluted air in the nation, according to a report being released today. The annual State of the Air report by the American Lung Association found that from 2003 to 2005, the L.A. metropolitan area continued to have the highest levels of ozone and particulate pollution. But over the period, residents in the L.A. area – which in the study included Long Beach and Riverside – suffered from dangerously high pollution levels for fewer days of the year. Nationwide, almost half of Americans were exposed during the three years reviewed to an unhealthful level of air pollution. Ozone declined nationwide, while particulate pollution increased on the East Coast but fell on the West Coast, led by California’s efforts. Ozone, which causes the haze in photochemical smog, and particulate pollution – soot – are emitted by airplanes, cars, industry, refineries, power plants and the trucks and boats that flow in and out of L.A.’s ports. During a conference call with reporters Monday, lung association officials emphasized the connection between bad air and health complications, such as respiratory problems and diabetes, and the need for stricter legislation to continue improving air quality. “The science is clear. Air pollution shortens life spans,” said Dr. Tony Gerber, a pulmonary specialist and lung association volunteer. “Although some progress has been made, we need to continue to push for stronger standards and better measures.” But critics of the report’s tenor accused the lung association of understating advances. “This year’s report, as was the case with past years, exaggerates pollution levels, exaggerates health risks and downplays the great improvements in air quality over the past few years and past few decades,” said Joel Schwartz, a visiting fellow specializing in air pollution at the conservative-leaning American Enterprise Institute. “If you look at Los Angeles County, the improvement has been truly extraordinary.” In a separate report Monday, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said a preliminary review of 2006 smog data, which the lung association did not include, showed continued improvement. Since 1970, total emissions of key pollutants – nitrogen dioxide, ozone, sulfur dioxide, particulate matter and lead – declined by more than 50 percent. During the same period, the gross domestic product more than doubled, vehicle travel increased 77 percent and energy consumption was up almost 50 percent. Weather, efforts help In its 212-page report, the lung association attributed improvements to better weather, though 2004 and 2005 were among the hottest years on record, to stricter emission standards and to individuals and organizations switching to alternative forms of energy, such as hybrid and biodiesel vehicles and wind and solar energy. “Every little bit helps,” said Keith Flanagan, 40, of Oxnard, who bought a Toyota Prius after leaving his Camarillo job for one in Woodland Hills. Kevin Bognot and Christian Liquigan previously didn’t worry about the air they breathed. But recently the seniors at James Monroe High School in North Hills completed a photo project comparing oil energy with renewable energy. Suddenly, they started to see a problem. “If we choose not to do anything about it,” Liquigan said, “then we have no one to blame but ourselves.” (818) 713-3634160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more