I agree with Rob. Further evidence: Senator Feinstein recently introduced a new "assault weapons ban", and the day after that, refused to stand with Maine Senator Bernie Sanders in reining in the filibuster far enough to keep the Senate Republicans from dooming her bill by simply placing a hold on it. She knows it won't pass, but she wants the votes of people who don't put the gun issue in context with other political issues. For instance, big oil has given her way more money than the NRA has given out to anti-gun legislators. (No, Joel, I'm not a paid NRA lobbyist; just trying to introduce some perspective.)
I was a deputy public defender here for 13 years. I appreciate the budget problems, but in principle I object to using out-of-town lawyers in this crucial gatekeeper role. Wes Keat was a stand-up guy as a prosecutor here, and has long familiarity with our community. If it were someone without those two attributes I'd be very concerned. So what happens when he's no longer available?
Glenn saved me from publishing a really stupid letter to the editor ER. Don't get me wrong, he said he'd publish it if I insisted, but it was stupid. That prompted me to re-read it and sure enough, it was. Stupid, I mean. I asked him not to publish it and he complied.I didn't think much of his editorials either, but he seemed like a decent guy.
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In Print This Week:
Feb 16, 2017
vol XXVIII issue 7
Under the Color of Authority
The North Coast Journal
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