Gordon Fuglie 
Member since Jan 18, 2018

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Re: “Why the armory is a bad idea for a shelter

At last, and in disbelief, I am firmly gripping the arms of my chair as I compose this: Al Fonzi has produced an editorial for Rhetoric and Reason that I agree with 100%. I never thought I would see the day when his insights align with mine (and many others in Atascadero) on an issue. The recent proposal to adapt our city's armory building to an overnight or warming shelter for street people in the school and youth zones he describes is a terrible idea.

Those close to this problem will tell you that our county's "homeless" include a sizable contingent who are alcoholics, drug addicts, petty criminals, life-style transients and - sadly - the mentally ill. Among them is an organized subculture who - equipped with cel phones - inform their "colleagues" of charity opportunities up and down the California coast. In this instance, a build-it-and-they-will-come approach for the armory would concentrate their dysfunctions in an area used by our most vulnerable permanent residents: our children.

Gordon L. Fuglie, Atascadero

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Posted by Gordon Fuglie on 12/06/2018 at 7:46 AM

Re: “The 'disgruntled' will not rest

In her otherwise laudable letter, I remind Ms. Czech that much of the anti-Harmon resentment was directed at the mayor's requirement to implement earlier building plans that previous SLO City administrations had earlier approved. In other words, and in legal terms, there was/is no going back on mandated construction.

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Posted by Gordon Fuglie on 11/15/2018 at 9:37 AM

Re: “Shame on Atascadero City Council candidate Funk

In her September 13 letter to the New Times, Vicky Morse expressed displeasure that the twenty-plus men, women and children supporting Susan Funks independent run for a seat on the Atascadero City Council visibly participated in the annual community-wide fundraiser and downtown march, Long Walk Home, benefiting the El Camino Homeless Organization (ECHO).

Ms. Morse, an activist for pro-Trump Republican women, needs a reminder that candidates running for city council are non-partisan, and serve the people of Atascadero, not local party factions or self-perpetuating civic cabals. To that end, Susan Funks campaign from the beginning has sought out residents to listen to them, learn what is working in our city and what is not, and asked their input on how Atascadero could be improved. As a result, she has drawn support from independents, Democrats, Republicans, and even those who have not voted in previous elections. Moreover, Ms. Morse neglected to mention other groups who announced their supportive presence via banners (Kiwanis and Rotary), signs and the official ECHO t-shirt that listed commercial, media, medical and religious organizations, as well as the SLO County Board of Supervisors.

At the barbeque lunch at ECHO following the march, our jury-rigged, garage-resurrected campaign bubble machine delighted children and families who took advantage of our bubble wands to make their own soapy orbs. One memorable family of five that Susan met that day is temporarily residing at ECHO. They told Susan about the challenges facing a family that cobbles together three jobs, faces landlord discrimination, and remains homeless because of the difficulties in accumulating first and last month rent, plus security deposit. This poignant encounter inspired Susan and her supporters to brainstorm additional ways to assist individuals and families just looking for a fair shake.

Gordon L. Fuglie
Atascadero

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Gordon Fuglie on 09/14/2018 at 11:32 AM

Re: “Life in America

To get some additional context on our current understanding of the role of the news media, I encourage New Times readers to take in the details of John Texeira's conservative complaint that the right is unfairly hounded by Democrats and the mainstream media.

He makes very little sense and his self-cloaked victimhood leads Texeira to inaccurately compare critics of the right to the KKK, Nazis, lynch mobs, which, by the way, are all right wing entities. Texeira's complaints are yet another and continuing litany of melodramatic grievances that are heard from the white nationalist right, Trump's base.

And especially, examine his closing remarks on the "reason we have a Second Amendment" - an implicit threat of armed insurrection from the white right against "tyranny" from the FBI and Dept of Justice. Historically, the Second Amendment was ratified to allow states in the new Republic to enhance their security by raising militias for defense against Indian raids and invasion from adjacent British territories. Today, we have "2nd Amendment gun fetishism" and the violence that accompanies white gun culture.

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Posted by Gordon Fuglie on 08/17/2018 at 8:31 AM

Re: “Historical narrative

Eric, Col. Fonzi is a former North County Republican Party official and his energetic efforts to discredit the wide scientific consensus on climate change/global warming and their symptoms are par for the course. Since the 1990s and Al Gore's first book on the environmental crisis, Republicans have allied with the petroleum industry to fabricate a counter-narrative to climate science. They first failed with the discrediting of their handful of select "expert" scientists, euphemistically called "skeptics," and have shifted their arguments to create doubt in the general public.

One such tactic that Col. Fonzi employed was the de-contextualized and potted histories of past conflagrations, as if the kinds of fires we are seeing in recent years are "normal." Or that the fires are primarily due to unthinned forests. In the former instance, the fires are happening with greater intensity and frequency due to the increase in the unprecedented factors caused by the burning of fossil fuels that create the atmospheric conditions for the kind of destruction we see in the Carr Fire. In the second instance, a great deal of the land destroyed is not in forests at all, but rather low-lying and scattered chaparral that has become extremely dry due to the effects of global warming and related drought.

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Posted by Gordon Fuglie on 08/09/2018 at 7:53 AM

Re: “A people's president

Jenna -- our taxpayer's welfare for American farmers is 12 Billion with a "B." And they already get subsidies from us donor states. I am sure Trump will go down (in 2 meanings) as our worst president ever. Millard Fillmore is knocked from his throne!

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Posted by Gordon Fuglie on 07/26/2018 at 3:31 PM

Re: “A people's president

Leading up to the 2016 election in which Trump lost the popular vote by nearly three million votes, and now a year and a half into his disordered and chaotic administration, it is patently false to claim that Trump is a "peoples' president," as does August Salemi. From what we have learned since his inauguration, Trump is the president for a minority base, comprised almost exclusively of white people. And as candidate Hillary Clinton astutely (though not politely) observed during the campaign, his minority of supporters contain a high number of racists, misogynists, anti-LGBT or homophobes, xenophobes, and nationalist christianist evangelicals - Trump's cancerous base that is corroding our democratic norms. Then there is Trump's offshore constituency, Vladimir Putin's authoritarian, journalist-assassinating Russia, a committed enemy of American democracy. Former Bush 43 speech writer, the Republican David Frum, now predicts that the Mueller investigation will show that Russian intervention in the 2016 election did swing the outcome to Donald Trump, Putin's candidate.

9 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Gordon Fuglie on 07/26/2018 at 9:03 AM

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