Posted by sheesh, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Oct 15, 2008 at 9:43 am
...and how McCain-Palin supporters are the most narrow-minded bigots on earth, stereotyping huge groups of people on the basis of the behavior of a single person who may or may not be a member of the maligned affinity group.
Posted by typical, a resident of the Menlo Park: The Willows neighborhood, on Oct 15, 2008 at 10:01 am
Stereotyping is different than bigoted. I'm not limiting liberal's freedom of speech by saying that they are intolerant and closed minded.
Stealing signs IS limiting my rights by censoring my opinion through direct action.
The person stealing the signs may or may not be a member of the maligned affinity group, but a REASONABLE person could quite easily make the assumption that they are, especially in the VERY left wing Bay Area.
Posted by Libby, a resident of the Portola Valley: Westridge neighborhood, on Oct 15, 2008 at 12:46 pm
Woodside and Portola Valley? Not that lefty any more. Too many billionaires per acre.
I'm more interested to find out that we have one of those mythical creatures in our midst -- a former Hillary Clinton supporter who's voting for McCain because his running mate is Palin.
It's so mind-boggling to think that this person would vote for Palin, who is completely the opposite of Clinton in terms of agenda, values, beliefs and policy. The only thing they have in common is XX chromosomes.
I voted for Hillary in the primary, and while I'm really sad she didn't win the nomination, Barak Obama's ideas, policies and values closely mirror Hillary's and I'm going to be happy to vote for him.
Posted by Sam Reshevsky, a resident of the Menlo Park: Linfield Oaks neighborhood, on Oct 15, 2008 at 1:22 pm
Interesting how the author of this letter assumed the sign nabber(s) were liberal, as if that could be the only explanation for taking the signs. A bored teenage neighbor is just as likely an explanation, and with all the discontent in the conservative ranks these days (Christopher Buckley voting for Obama?!) how can one so easily assign blame? In any case, labeling the mere theft of political signs an attack on free speech devalues the latter.
Posted by Roll 'em, a resident of the Menlo Park: Belle Haven neighborhood, on Oct 15, 2008 at 2:01 pm
I have it on good authority that the stolen signs are being used for a skateboard ramp by fiercely Republican teens who wanted to show their allegiance to their candidates by using their signs as construction material.
Posted by vandalism reigns, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Oct 15, 2008 at 2:39 pm
I don't understand why liberals are blamed. Having lost two Obama signs in quick succession, and some friends report the same experience, I just chalk this up to simple vandalism. Quit the blame game on partisanship.
Posted by wow, a resident of the Menlo Park: Stanford Hills neighborhood, on Oct 15, 2008 at 2:56 pm
I am a liberal and I no one told me to steal signs. I must have missed that flag burning meeting. I will say that while I don't have any desire to steal a mcpalin sign, I don't think a second life as toilet paper is out of the question.
Posted by Anna, a resident of the Menlo Park: University Heights neighborhood, on Oct 16, 2008 at 12:08 pm
But "Progressive Hurts," you STILL haven't answered the question of who's been stealing all the Obama signs (see above posts). Could it be the "wide-eyed and innocent leftists out there"? The "so called Progressives"? But why oh why would they want to steal signs supporting their candidate? Please explain.
Posted by Obama lover, a resident of the Atherton: Lindenwood neighborhood, on Oct 17, 2008 at 10:55 am
How dare you accuse us Obama supporters of stealing signs or of intolerance. Despite Atherton being relatively "Black Free", I think it is amazing and wonderful that we support the black candidate. It is the McCain supporters that are intolerant. For what it is worth,
I think both sides of this argument are wrong. I personally observed black teens from Menlo Atherton High School (the ones that they bus in from East Palo Alto to create diversity) tearing down signs. This was right after school, in the vicinity of the bus stop where these kids wait to get bussed back home. I could not see who the signs were for, but I just wanted to correct the record, that it is not residents of Menlo Park or Atherton that are doing this.
If you are white and have an Obama sign up, you are tolerant and would gladly tolerate a neighbor having a McCain sign up. If you are white and support McCain, well that is a different story.
Posted by vandalism reigns, a resident of the Menlo Park: Central Menlo Park neighborhood, on Oct 17, 2008 at 4:18 pm
Well, my Obama signs were stolen quite far away from M-A high school so I think it's ridiculous to blame blacks from EPA or Belle Haven for vandalism everywhere. Maybe the thieves are just entrepreneurs who are reselling our signs some place else. Or maybe these are just pranks.
Let's quit blaming each other for doing this to stifle free speech of folks with opposing viewpoints.
Posted by Obvious Man, a resident of the Menlo Park: Allied Arts/Stanford Park neighborhood, on Oct 17, 2008 at 6:57 pm
C'mon people, it's obvious what's going on around here:
Bill Ayers and the Reverend Wright are tearing down the McCain signs, while Palin and her "First Dude" are tearing down the Obama signs - and Jerry Falwell's ghost is scooping up the "No on Prop 8" signs!
Posted by Marty Arscott, a resident of the Atherton: Lindenwood neighborhood, on Oct 17, 2008 at 9:36 pm
It is profoundly disturbing that we have had 3 political signs stolen or pulled up and thrown aside from the yard at our home in the past month. We totally understand that we have dear friends and neighbors who may disagree with our choice of candidates, and we strongly feel that they are entitled to their choices even if they may differ from ours. This is THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, after all, the wonderful melting pot of so many from different backgrounds and cultures who are free to have various different opinions about many things.
We work out our differences through a democratic process that hears everyone’s voice – this is the foundation on which our amazingly wonderful Country was built.
Our signs happen to be for Senator Obama but we are 100% certain that Senator McCain would be equally as appalled as Senator Obama to know that people are denigrating our constitutional rights for self-expression in the midst of this election.