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    • Julie Parker

    • January 3, 2018 in Columnists

    Not Pollyanna

    It’s somewhat bizarre to use Ted Nugent as an intelligent reference, but he made an astute point during an interview several years ago. Frequently, I have been reminded of it since President T-word (Trump) took office. (It’s not a good idea to say his name too many times – you’ve seen the movie.)

    The interview occurred during the 1980s, when there had been a resurgence of “Skinheads.” Nugent was asked his opinion regarding the group gathering in public places. I don’t recall his exact response, but it was along the lines, “I like it. I don’t want them hiding. I want them out where I can see them; keep my eye on them.”

    Since the fall election, out where we can see them, those serving in positions of authority have been peeling away masks, and revealing their true identities. T-word, the pied piper of dark forces, has tooted his horn, and those forces have gleefully answered the call. It’s been both fascinating and terrifying to witness.

    Fortunately, this embarrassing, intolerable debacle has also triggered the best of humanity to rise up, which has been a joy to witness and to be a participant. Even the smallest acts can result in a grand impact, such as a recent posting on Listserve.

    Listserve is a version of Craigslist on Northern California’s Mendocino Coast, minus the segregated categories. Subscribers post or receive notifications of diverse requests and/or offerings, such as rides, jobs, rentals, events, recommendations, politics, etc. On this recent New Year’s Eve, a gentleman posted the following:

    “Hmmm, let’s see how this goes. I don’t drink, so I’m alone tonight, but don’t really want to be alone tonight, but didn’t realize it until now. So, does anyone want to join me in celebrating CA entering into a cannabis legal state at midnight? At the corner of Redwood and Franklin Streets (the empty lot). Bring a chair and a coat, and whatever smokable you have, but please…no tobacco. I’ll arrive about 11:30 pm. Hope to see someone else. Wishing you all, a fruitful and happy new year.”

    The following morning, New Year’s Day, he posted, “I’ve never had so many private replies to a posting. It’s somewhat astounding.”

    We don’t live in a perfect world. But, when needed, we are perfectly capable of providing assistance.

    When we see someone in trouble, we can step in and ask how we can help. And, when we see someone abusing human rights, the environment, the economy, we need to take them down.

      • Terri Connett

      • January 4, 2018 at 8:31 am
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      Loved this, Julie. (Yes, I’ve seen the movie and agree about not saying his name.) 🙂 Great, great sentiment.

      • Vatrena King

      • January 4, 2018 at 11:54 am
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      Lovely! 🙂

      • Carolyn Wyler

      • January 4, 2018 at 4:05 pm
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      I can’t bring myself to even say President before his name because I feel I am betraying all that is great about America.

      • Susan Gould

      • January 4, 2018 at 5:27 pm
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      Thank you!!

    • Right on, Julie!s

      • Maya Spier Stiles North

      • January 7, 2018 at 11:54 pm
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      I’ve dealt with a few too many Pollyannas in this miserable turn of events — the “I’m GLAD I’m paralyzed — it’s brought the whole town together!” Ye gods, no. I have granddaughters and this monstrosity and his minions are an existential threat to those I hold most dear. That said, the coming backlash is going to be epic! 🙂

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