Two issues brought before the Jersey City Council

Dear Editor:

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

The city passed ordinance 21-039 on contracts that gives preference to individuals based on race, gender, handicapped, sexual preference and veteran status; the only group not included is the white, heterosexual male. But based on the 2020 census, Jersey City is 22 percent white, non-Hispanic and half of that number is female. Most likely veterans and gay men are part of that 11 percent leaving white males as a true minority in the single digit, which ironically is similar to the make-up of the Jersey City Council.

If this ordinance addresses the handicapped, I would support it, but this ordinance is so wide 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 do not hire old, fat and short people because they want to win. It does not make sense to study and apply yourself. Just say you are part of a victim group where you can jump over people who did study and applied themselves.

As a retired Catholic school teacher, many of my minority students scored in the high 90 percent qualifying for scholarship. They do not need special privileges. Yet many will think they achieved their success through equity based on low expectations, similar to the low expectations that blacks cannot have access to ID and need special protection from the government to vote.

A more serious matter is background checks, especially for those dealing with children. Years ago, the local paper published a news article on a piano teacher who was also a sexual predator, so parents went to the city council to ask council members about a law requiring background checks on people who deal with children; while this is common in education, it is not in private settings.

I still remember then Councilman Fulop agreeing with the parents and he said he would help them but I don’t remember any follow-up legislation. Our public library has Drag Queens story hour and background checks should be applied.

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

The Jersey City Council did not address my concerns so I can only guess they do not know or do not care about background checks. But any incidents can lead to major lawsuits involving taxpayers’ money.

Yvonne Balcer