Outer borough whites, who were key to electing Ed Koch three times and Giuliani twice, were crucial to Bloomberg, too, even if this mayor has also attracted significant support from blacks and Latinos.
Most people wouldn't imagine living in an area with no school, no hospital, no police, no road maintenance, or no trash collection. An animal shelter, too, is a community institution, and shouldn't be allowed to go under.
Ahmadinejad's response to the election protesters was, "It is not important who voted for whom. What we need is national greatness." An effective cost-saving measure might be to eliminate the voting as it appears to be irrelevant and misleading.
Four million Americans with past criminal convictions are out of prison and living in the community -- working, paying taxes and raising families. 35 states continue to disenfranchise people who are not in prison, often for decades and sometimes for life.