Designated Loitering Areas Key To Council Candidate's Platform

Realistic Balance Party candidate Fred Carroll, a self-described 'sometimes-homeless' man, seeks to diminish the negative environmental impact of the ever-growing 'loitering class'

Greetings, potential voter of Middletown. I'm Fred Carroll and I'm running for Common Council on a recently formed third-party line, the Realistic Balance Party.

I'm running primarily because I've been asked to, but also because I have a public service streak a mile wide, as I think I've demonstrated via my little 3 1/2 -year social scientific experiment, which I called Bums with Brooms.

You may have seen me, sweeping, raking, blowing … on my knees weeding the gutters and sidewalks of Middletown at all hours of the day and night. I "retired" from volunteer public-area cleaning out of a respect for the danger posed by both the local toughs and dopes of every stripe who spray noxious chemicals on the offending weeds, making them toxic to the touch, of course.  

I did all that partly as an experiment, in all seriousness, but also to say, "thank you, Middletown, for being a home to me." And that's speaking as a sometimes-homeless, Middletown resident.

So, when I tell you that I now seek high elective office, in the spirit of public service, I'm gonna just assume that you believe me!  

I'll close by extending an invitation to attend NEAT's Meet the Candidates Wednesday at the Green Street Arts Center, at 5 p.m.

Platform sound bites

  • Create "designated loitering zones," bum-welcoming and bum-proof areas designed to diminish the negative environmental impact of the ever-growing “loitering class"
  • Brooms and chess sets everywhere, especially at the designated loitering zones
  • Free water
  • Don't sell anymore parking lots for a dollar!

Thank you very much for your kind attention.

Fred Carroll, Middletown

Fred Carroll is running for Common Council on the Realistic Balance Party.

Alexa McClain October 05, 2011 at 02:04 PM
Don't judge a book by its cover. Fred Carroll can change the Common Council to an arena of Common Sense. We always talk about needing the everyday resident to stand up and support our city. We need change ... let's start with Fred .... his only allegiance is to logic and honesty.
Jim Hartzell October 05, 2011 at 03:28 PM
Fred Carroll has the right ideas about keeping Middletown clean, along with many refreshing new common sense ideas that will make our town a better place to attract business and tourists to downtown main street. Fred is a down to earth, common sense man. If you wish to meet Fred under everyday conditions, he usually can be found at Klekolo's World Coffee on Court Street, engaged in conversation or a game of chess. Then again, he might be cleaning up something somewhere. Fred Carroll deserves our votes, look for his name on the ballot and mark it.
Jonathan Pulino October 05, 2011 at 04:57 PM
Fred C. is a very kind and decent guy. He puts his money where his mouth is and takes an active role in attempting to settle town situations. An example of this would be Fred's "Bums with Brooms" initiative that he started a few years ago. Rather than promote folks hanging around doing nothing all day, Fred felt that it is much better to keep people productive, while promoting self-esteem and community service. Keep up the good work Fred and good-luck in November. -Jonathan Pulino


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