Congratulations to Commissioner Rodstrom!
We all need to congratulate Commissioner Charlotte Rodstrom and the rest of the Commission for approving Domestic Partners Benefits to City employees this week! This decision is long overdue, and will now allow the domestic partners of City employees (both gay and straight) to have the same level of benefits that married couples have.
This step helps bring employees of Fort Lauderdale in line with most other larger US cities and large corporations across the country; providing unmarried couples the same health, tax and provider benefits that married couples have enjoyed for decades. Fort Lauderdale is one of the most diverse cities in the US; this decision helps the Commission recognize that fact.
Why do I single out Commissioner Rodstrom? Because it was Commissioner Charlotte Rodstrom that took the initiative and came up with this proposal weeks ago. Taking the initiative. Actually coming up with an idea that benefits the City and then getting the rest of the Commission to vote on it. What a novel idea!
After more than two years, has either the Mayor or any of the other Commissioners actually come up with an idea on their own that benefits the City? Have they come up with any unique proposal that would improve the future quality of life for us all? Have they done anything more than just sit back and have City Staff spoon feed them an agenda at every Commission meeting?
I wish I was wrong, but I believe that this is the first time in more than two years that anyone on our Commission has come up with an idea on their own. Thank you Charlotte Rodstrom, for showing some leadership! But we should be seeing our Mayor and every other District Commissioner come up with ideas like this all the time. New ideas make our City a better place to live!
Our elected officials were elected to lead, not to be glorified administrators at a Commission meeting every two weeks. Unfortunately, leadership seems to be a scarce commodity with most of them. What are your thoughts?