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It's like deja vu all over again

Original post made by Yogi Berra on Aug 15, 2013

Peter Carpenter, commenting today, on the fire board election:

"Hopefully the voters will appreciate what is at stake in this race. The firefighters' union already controls two of the five seats on the Fire Board and is endorsing two of the candidates in the upcoming election. If the union is able to control 3 seats on the Fire Board then they will effectively be able to control their pay, benefits and pensions. If this happens the District's long record of fiscal responsibility will be jeopardized.

I firmly believe that elected officials should represent the taxpayers and not the employees who work for their respective government agencies. These public employees have unions to protect their interests and they should not need to buy the support of elected officials. And candidates for public office should not accept support or endorsements from the public employee unions over which they are expected to provide stewardship and oversight."

Let's change the first paragraph just a bit:

Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of the Atherton: Lindenwood neighborhood, 1 hour ago
Peter Carpenter is a member (registered user) of Almanac Online

"Hopefully the voters will appreciate what is at stake in this race. The police officers' union (APOA) already controls two of the five seats on the town council and may endorse a candidate in the upcoming election. If the union is able to control 3 seats on the town council then they will effectively be able to control their pay, benefits and pensions. If this happens Atherton's long record of fiscal irresponsibility will be perpetuated."

I would agree with that revised paragraph, as well as Mr. Carpenter's original posting about the fire board. It does beg the question of why Mr. Carpenter endorsed the two union candidates, Lewis and Wiest, in the last election.

Comments

Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 15, 2013 at 3:02 pm

Peter Carpenter is a registered user.

" It does beg the question of why Mr. Carpenter endorsed the two union candidates, Lewis and Wiest, in the last election."

That question has been asked and answered in this Forum:
Posted by Peter Carpenter, a resident of the Atherton: Lindenwood neighborhood, on Aug 3, 2013 at 7:32 am
Peter Carpenter is a member (registered user) of Almanac Online

"Is he now proposing that the people elect someone less qualified because the most qualified candidates accept union endorsements or money?"

No, I will vote for the best qualified candidates and hopefully, as part of being best qualified, they will be smart enough to eschew union support. The 2 candidates I voted for in the Atherton election were not smart enough to reject the APOA support and they are now paying a big price for that support.


Posted by rows and rows, a resident of Atherton: other
on Aug 16, 2013 at 11:42 am

I know the other thread is flooded with messages from the half dozen PC fans, but I'm a "no".

I will look closely at the other candidates, and choose among them.


Posted by Not a fan, a resident of Atherton: Lindenwood
on Aug 17, 2013 at 12:45 pm

I'm taking a pass on this candidate as well.