DEAR RUDY: Since
Ive been writing this column . . .no, since youve been Mayor, I find myself
praising the job youve done while criticizing your tactics. Im clearly not
alone. Every disagreement is not a war. Why must it be with you?
This time, I wont sit idly by while you attack as committed a
public servant as Ive ever known. Now, I dont always agree with her, but
Queens Board of Education member Terri Thomson is the type of public servant New York
needs. She is driven to do her job to the best of her ability and serve the children of
this city. Agree with her or not, we must applaud her efforts. Any attack on her
character, motivation or commitment demeans the attacker.
As a former NYC educator from a family of educators, I take a special
interest in our school system. Ive had frequent and lengthy discussions with Terri
who has been a friend for more than two decades. I dont always agree with her. But I
know her heart and mind are in the right place. Shes for our kids! And therefore,
Im for her.
Two weeks ago, as the swing vote on the Board, she agreed with you.
This week, again the swing vote, she disagreed with you. Shes going to continue to
do her job. Shes good and honorable. She deserves your praise. Shes got mine.
And some kid from Queens made the cover of the new "Millionaire" mag.
BRIGHT IDEA! Now, were not intellectual
snobs. However, we value intellect. When interviewing prospective employees, we consider
intelligence. When evaluating prospective management team members, we significantly weigh
our assessment of their intelligence. Its simple; wed rather have smart
managers than not smart managers. We dont think there is a law against that, yet.
Political correctness has gone too far if we cant clearly state
preference shown for smart people. We here at the Trib, show that preference. If
you see someone wearing a Tribune t-shirt, give him or her a couple of extra points
on their IQ scale.
Seriously, in leadership positions smarts count! Its not the only
factor values, morals, work ethic, personality and of course education and skills
are all also important factors. There are many others.
In choosing our elected officials, we believe smarts count, too
count big time. A smart mayor is better than a dumb mayor. Likewise, for all other
positions. Its not the only factor; but it matters really matters!
Wed like the next President of the United States to be smart. We
believe so would you.
Now, some of you politically to the right of this writer are probably
We are not playing favorites with this position. We just want to know
how smart each of our prospective presidents really is.
Hey, they release their medical records, their financial statements
shouldnt we know their intelligence quotient. These guys live in fish bowls.
We know their drug habits, sex habits, and how they treat their pets. None of them should
be embarrassed to have their intelligence looked at.
We make a quiet and respectful challenge to George W. Bush, Al Gore,
Bill Bradley, John McCain, and the rest of the gang making the Presidential play.
Well arrange for a fairly administered, impartially scored,
supervised IQ test. Well involve professionals from our local universities;
well seek input from the best the metro area has to offer. Our test selection and
administration will be as fair and as effective as possible. Well invite each
candidates representatives and the rest of the media in to scrutinize the process.
Well tape every step of the way. Well release the scores to the public.
Well let the people utilize the information to make their judgement.
The public will have one more piece of the puzzle to evaluate the men
who seek to lead the greatest nation in the world.
How about it, gentlemen?
Ready; take out your number two pencils; begin.
A copy of this is being sent to all the candidates for president.
HILLMAN EMAIL: Remember Mort
Hillman? The former Assemblyman wrote the following to us from his home in Palm
Beach County, Florida commenting on the Sabini, Nolan, McCaffrey challenge for the Crowley
Remember 1986 and 1987? McCaffrey was strongly backed and completely
supported by Manton. McCaffrey was very helpful in making Manton leader and was very close
for a long time.
I dont see Cathy Nolan being able to get to Washington. Too many
things in the way of her having to give up her seat that has made her important to the
"higher ups" of the Assembly. She has been there since 1984 and that means she
is one of the leaders. I was there for six years.
Joe Crowley was given the spot by Manton, but dont play down his
strengths. He has grown up and into the job. We were both of the class of 86 and he has a
lot behind him and has the ability to raise a lot of money. And that my friend,
unfortunately, is the name of the game. None of the other three [Sabini, Nolan, McCaffrey]
can come near him on that.
I am deeply involved in Democratic politics in Palm Beach County where
I retired to in 1997. No, Im not ever going to run for anything here, just behind
the scenes. I kid about how can I run when I cant even walk good.
I read your paper every week on my computer and Im glad to see
youre writing a column again.
Warmest Regards, Mort Hillman
Thanx for you thoughts, Mort.
QUESTION: We havent checked it out, though it
seems plausible, heres the latest email inquiry circulating in cyberspace:
"Just for fun, try to identify this outfit of over 500 employees
with the following statistics:
29 have been accused of spousal abuse; 7 have been arrested for fraud;
19 have been accused of writing bad checks; 117 have bankrupted at least two businesses; 3
have been arrested for assault; 71 cannot get a credit card due to bad credit; 14 have
been arrested on drug-related charges; 8 have been arrested for shoplifting; 21 are
current defendants in lawsuits; In 1998 alone, 84 were stopped for drunk driving.
ANSWER: "Its the 535 members of your United
States Congress the same group that perpetually cranks out hundreds upon hundreds
of new laws designed to keep the rest of us in line."