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The Motivation of Nathan Fletcher And His Political Metamorphosis

The huge four-color polished flyers that I have been receiving as a registered republican that hammers at Fletcher with some facts that were provided by UT paper, [which has proven its self to be dishonestly way off the right end in everything it has published since being acquired by Manchester] all makes me wonder how balanced those "facts" are. Were those absences during the period of time Fletcher, as a Republican, was running for Mayor in the primaries? It is put out by the California Republican Party and mentions no other candidate so that readers who resent it won't hold it against the GOP-favored candidate.

October 24, 2013 at 6:03 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

The Motivation of Nathan Fletcher And His Political Metamorphosis

It is impossible to read Fletcher's mind, but what can do is look at the social environment and at human nature. When Fletcher was not threatened by GOP write off and long before the GOP adopted party extremist loyalty vs. serve the entire public in the State and when he was receiving honors from the GOP, his votes on issues that came up clearly show two things: 1.] He votes his own mind (conscience). 2.] His mind put him very close to the center. My judgement on that is: that is where we should want our Mayor to be. Not some ideologue that is all against labor and the environment or one that is all against business and taxing to support common needs.

The 'human nature' response to the conflicts of politics is that they, of necessity, have to do some superficially inconsistent things in order to remain in a position to do the optimally most good for the State or City as a WHOLE. I don't want a labor worshiper or a Howard Jarvis worshiper as the guiding leader of our City. There are no simple(ton) answers. Human nature either longs to make it a better world or it longs to be powerful.

October 24, 2013 at 5:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Four More Women Accuse Filner

I would like to address the larger issue of sexual “harassment” by recounting just some of my experiences with it.

So that I am not misunderstood, I will say that if the accusations against Filner are true, and I would bet they are, he should be punished for not learning anything in his 70 years.

In my first managerial position I oversaw several administrative departments (personnel, cost accounting, records, scheduling, etc.). In our relatively open office space there were two quite attractive secretaries in like a secretarial pool. When I first got there each of them acted and said some flirty things to me. I didn’t follow up on any of it, but the controller I had hired apparently did, because he spent an unnecessary amount of time at their desks. Because of my experience with them, I warned him not to get personal with them. Later one of the secretaries complained to me that he would come over to their apartment and they couldn’t get rid of him. I asked him if he went to their place and he said they invited him and I fired him.

When I hear about Filner’s conduct and know that it has been going on for a long time, then I also know that there are a lot of women along the way who in fact “yielded” or took advantage of Filner’s problem. A lot more than 5 or even 20 women have been “manhandled” by Filner over the years and a lot of them, fear is NOT the reason they are not “coming-forward”. The statement that “power corrupts” particularly applies to politicians because they have no supervisor. We can see the effect in cultures like the Taliban, where men rule.

Later in my career I was a Senior Vice President in charge of several subsidiaries in a fairly large public corporation. The culture of an organization is determined by the CEO. In this case he was overtly lustful. When I arrived there, one of my subordinate officers made it clear to me that she and her husband lived separate lives and she was “available”. Again, I finessed that approach and it never happened again. Another secretary in my domain told me she was available and I ignored that but we were office friends and she shared her attempts at affairs and some successes with other top officers of the company. There was a lot of in-company sexual liaisons that my secretary friend told me about as part of company gossip. And I knew it was true.

So what is the difference between “harassment” and “incest”? Factors such as Power, Presumption, and Circumstance. Evolutionally, men have a more powerful sex drive than women. Evolutionally, men have dominated society and women have, for security reasons, placated men. Sexy fashions are intended to attract men and capitalize on men’s sex drive to establish a relationship that meets a woman’s need for security and self worth. I could make this ten times as long by being more comprehensive in each of these simplified statements. In closing: enlightened introspection is far too rare.

July 25, 2013 at 10:28 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Manchester's Foray Into Journalism Elicits Praise And Worry

Encouraging LA Times to create a SD local news supplement to the Times is a great idea. Competition is useful. I'm going to suggest that to them.

October 23, 2012 at 8:49 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Manchester's Foray Into Journalism Elicits Praise And Worry

I have sent this letter to the editor of the UT:
Editor:
As a registered Republican who feels strongly that our democracy needs ethical journalism to work properly I was pleased with the quality of the reporting that increased during the brief previous ownership. I was inclined to vote for DeMaio for Mayor but now after painfully enduring numerous full page ads that distort any Democrat and no separation between a biased editorial page and the front page and being nauseated by Manchester's use of the paper to promote his personal financial greed interests I have concluded that maybe Filmer might be better than you have striven to depict him. So I am going to vote for Filmer for Mayor. And in order to preserve my self respect, please cancel my subscription. You don't meet any of the standards of professional journalism anymore.
Rollie

October 23, 2012 at 8:46 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

Moyers & Company

THE BILL MOYERS SHOW IS ONE OF THE MOST VALUABLE PUBLIC SERVICES THAT THE STATION CAN PROVIDE; THEREFORE YOU SHOULD MAKE EVERY EFFORT TO HAVE IT EARLIER IN THE EVENING EVEN IF IT IS NOT ON FRIDAY. THE PEOPLE THE STAY UP UNTIL 10 PM TO WATCH IT, DON'T NEED IT AS MUCH AS THE ONES THAT WATCH IN EARLY EVENING. A WAY OF GETTING IT KNOWN THAT IT IS ON LINE WOULD ALSO HELP.

February 17, 2012 at 11:08 p.m. ( | suggest removal )

What Do You Think Of Proposed Wings For Navy Pier?

This is a very important idea and location, therefore I think that there should be more and varied ideas submitted so as to discover one that is optimum. Choosing up or down on just one idea is a poor process. Open it up!

A rainbow form from the end of one pier to the end of another is an example. (No view blocking) But there are many many more possible. With Climate change upon us, 70 mile wind seems too low to me.

November 9, 2011 at 6:32 p.m. ( | suggest removal )