Rep. Diane Russell's Sparkling Political Career
Girls swing into action to save monkey bars
A campaign by two children has city officials considering changing a new playground at the former Adams School.
By Tom Bell firstname.lastname@example.org
PORTLAND - ...snip
The girls' monkey bar posters have had a powerful effect ...because they present the authentic desires of children, said state Rep. Diane Russelll...
...she loved the monkey bars .... It was "huge deal" when she got tall enough to touch them...hang on them, and ...get all the way across ...
"The kids are absolutely the experts, and I trust their judgment," she said. "They are saying, 'Please save the monkey bars.' What are you going to say? 'No?' Are you heartless? Of course we're going to save the monkey bars."
This is right up Russell's alley. Pressuring a private business (Avesta) and Portland to install more playground equipment, when the company is already investing $250K in the playground. Avesta spent a lot of time and money designing the playground, which went through numerous public hearings. Where was the neighborhood, and Russell, during the public hearing process?
What a sparkling career Russell's had, thus far -- bringing donuts and coffee to Wisconsin labor protesters instead of attending her committee meetings at the State House; and now, preserving monkey-bars for little children!!! Can Dill be far behind? They could do a combined monument-jumping and monkey-bar exercise together, and post it on Youtube!