Unfortunately, he's no longer with us. His life was tragically cut short by a car accident in 2008. But what a life it was, full of volunteerism dedicated to our most precious asset - our children. Among his many accomplishments, he was part of the Empowerment Team formed to help Allentown's troubled school district make an academic recovery.
Last night, City Council member Jeanette Eichenwald introduced a last-minute resolution to name some building after him. Sounds pretty noncontroversial, right?
Well, last night, while I was watching LC Comm'rs appoint William Hansell to their august body, the real show was going on just a few blocks down the street, at Allentown City Hall. Fortunately, Queen City Watchdog Lou Hershman and one other person filled me in.
Council members wanted to table the resolution until they learn a little more about Ramos. That's when Julio "I speak two languages" Guridy played the race card, suggesting that that he knew what they were really thinking.
They all started blowing oil and yelling at Guridy. Ray O'Connell erupted. Michael Donovan tried counting to ten, but it was no use. Their Irish was up. (Did I just place the Irish card?)
Essentially, Julio had his head handed to him by council members who were justifiably upset by what really amounts to Guridy's own bigotry.
Then Julio began apologizing in two languages.
I speak several languages myself, including a smattering of Gaelic. Hey Julio, Póg mo Thóin!