Ward Seven City Councilor Carmen George (D) proposed that the City Council should direct the city’s Board of Health to work to encourage breastfeeding, in conjunction with the state’s Department of Health, the La Leche League, the Community Health Center and others.
The measure was defeated by a vote of 7 to 6.
Progressive Councilor Jane Knodell (ward 2) said that, while she supports breast feeding, this has nothing to do with the city’s “core mission.”
The core mission is to tax people out of their homes while providing as little infrastructure support as possible. Er..no..wait..that’s not it. What is the city’s core mission??
John Briggs of the Burlington Free Press wondered the same thing. He has put out a call to readers to have their say about what the core mission of a city government is (or should be, perhaps).
The City Council decided at its last meeting not to involve the city in encouraging breast-feeding. Some councilors said it is not a “core mission” of the city.
What are the core missions of city government, in your opinion?
Send your thoughts to John Briggs, The Burlington Free Press, P.O. Box 10, 191 College St., Burlington, VT 05401; or by email at: email@example.com
I encourage She’s Right readers to think carefully about this issue and e-mail Briggs with your thoughts.
Personally, I think the “core mission” statement was laughable given the propensity of the council to consume its time on equally stupid measures. I do, however, agree with the general point that Councilor Knodell, as well as Councilor Kurt Wright (R-Ward 4), made, which is that the city has more important matters to deal with at this time.
You can read the article here.
The council does not have a “core mission,” or at least not one that they adhere to. Maybe it’s time we help them define one.
What do you think it should be? I’ll add my thought later.