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Re: “Let's raise the level of political discourse

Kirkland's letter is disingenuous, as he chides Compton's critics but gives her vocal supporters--and Ms. Compton herself--a pass. No one who has had to deal at length with Ms. Compton believes that she is an innocent waif, siting at the side of a pond and studying her reflection in the placid pool. Her temper and vulgarities are legend in the halls of government, and reasonable people have openly speculated about her emotional well-being. (And no--this has nothing to do with her gender; this is all about Lynn Compton the person, not Lynn Compton the woman.)

And certainly "Raising the level of discourse" is not something that can happen honestly on Congalton's show. Dave has thrown himself in with Lynn Compton, to the point of repeating stories that he could have heard only from a closed session breach, likely from Compton herself. His hatred for Adam Hill is beyond reason, as is his unbending allegiance to Karen Velie and her ilk. Anyone who has tried to provide balanced viewpoints on Congalton's show finds that they may or may not make it onto his program, depending on the extent to which their viewpoint aligns with Dave's biases. He is either dismissively rude or fawningly saccharine--depending on whether the guest/caller takes Dave's side. His is a bigotry of the worst kind--the soft spoken prejudices of a sad man, searching for influence in his tiny pond.

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Posted by tsankawi on 04/19/2018 at 5:26 PM

Re: “Objection to a 'modest proposal'

That's all a quite delightful reimagining of history, Al. You conveniently left out all of the facts related to slavery, and its role in the deal-making that brought us the 2nd Amendment with the help of Patrick Henry and the other Virginians who weren't keen on the new federalism. The South wanted to ensure that it would be able to put down slave revolts without having to rely on a central military, so Madison approved the idea of carefully controlled (does "well regulated" ring a bell?), state-operated militias. That satisfied Virginians, and they ratified the Constitution. So, the truth is not quite as prosaic as your English peasants waving their truncheons about, but it is what it is.

And, by the way, John Paul Stevens is about the only one I've heard calling for repeal of 2nd Am. It's a red herring that diverts attention from the real goals of the overwhelming majority of Americans: Universal background checks, limited magazine capacity, ban on semi-auto. Let's discuss those proposals, without ginning up fear among the NRA cultists.

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Posted by tsankawi on 04/12/2018 at 10:25 AM

Re: “New life: The SLO County community comes together to give foster youth a chance at a better life

Wonderful article about a great program and a delightful young woman. Big Kudos to the San Luis Obispo County Department of Social Services and Family Care Network for working so well on behalf of Foster Children. Every county should have this program (TAY-FAP), but it is unique to SLO.

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Posted by tsankawi on 04/05/2018 at 4:25 PM

Re: “Social workers, you have our support

Thank you, Teresa, for this kind letter. Social Workers in Child Welfare are like police officers: They see the things that other people don't have to see, and then go home and try to live a life as though they have not been affected by witnessing the effects of torture, of sexual abuse, of the worst kinds of neglect. They suffer the scorn of the ignorant, no matter whether they return the children to their parents or keep them in foster care. They suffer the idiocy of the conspiracy theorists (yes, rightword 2, Lynn Compton is one of them) who believe that removing children from their homes is somehow a "money-maker" for the County, for the Department of Social Services. I had the opportunity to work for 40 years with heroes, and those heroes--underpaid, overworked, suffering the hostilities of fools--are known simply as "Social Workers."

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Posted by tsankawi on 03/22/2018 at 11:15 AM

Re: “Sorry, Lynn Compton: Doesn't work that way

Her use of the word "kiddo" is a tell. Lynn Compton is seething with contempt--always--for anyone who sees things differently. Those who've worked with her have seen her literally screaming, red-faced, veins bulging out on her head, when she is dissatisfied. No one needs that. I fear for her family, if at home she is anything like she is at work. Adam Hill recognized that he had issues with depression and how it was expressed in anger; Compton has no such self-awareness. She is a cancer in the body politic, and must be defeated.

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Posted by tsankawi on 03/22/2018 at 11:07 AM

Re: “CalCoastNews makes argument for appeal of libel verdict

When you lie about people for the sole purpose of generating page views that you can then trumpet to potential advertisers, you lose the right to be called a "journalist." The decision was just, and these weasels don't want to pay up.

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Posted by tsankawi on 03/15/2018 at 9:47 AM

Re: “Enshrining civility

A Code of Conduct must also include language that outlines the expectations for transparency: With whom do individual Supervisors meet, and how often? What was discussed?

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Posted by tsankawi on 02/22/2018 at 10:26 AM

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