my own father was classified 4-F because of deafness in one ear and totally collapsed arches, and he spent WWII welding Liberty ships in the Philadelphia ship yard. So, I by-passed growing up with any stories of military service. My father-in-law, who was a bit younger than my dad and turns 90 this year, deliberately flunked out of officer training to enlist in order to get in the war before it was over. A few years ago he began penning recollections of his war experiences. This one appeared today in the New York Post. On the day set aside to reflect on the fate of those who died in military service, like Veteran’s Day, it’s a good day to celebrate those who survived, though perhaps lost a piece of their inner selves to their war experience. Having served in a submarine Lee was spared being wounded or witnessing a lot of mayhem, though his boat did pick up survivors of their torpedo attacks when there were any. Thankfully, this recounting is a bit more up beat than all that. I’m extremely grateful this guy survived and to know him.
After watching the last 3- 4 City Council Meetings and witnessing key people and council members Telling people half the story or what they want them to hear instead of what they need to hear isn’t finding a solution – it’s an invitation to a later slaughter. And it’s usually the citizens who will ultimately get killed either financially or physically. So it makes sense to share ALL of the information all the time – if for no other reason than to just save yourself all the grief coming down the line. The truth never hurts unless it ought to and sometimes it’s a powerful wake-up call for all concerned. There’s never a really good or special time to decide to tell the truth – the time is all the time.You don’t get to be truthful some of the time or some time later or when it’s a better or more convenient time. The truth doesn’t vary based on circumstances.
And once you lose someone’s confidence, once they come to believe that you don’t share and abide by their fundamental values, you will never get their trust and support entirely back.
Whether it be deceiving the Residents about the Labor contracts and not letting people like our City Auditor and Treasure be a part of the process who have experience and expertise in financial implications of those contracts or bringing up the Critical need for an EOC in the event of a Major Emergency and not knowing where our Firefighters live and trying to hide the fact that most don’t live in Alameda and won’t be one of your neighbors who you trust that can help. We are an Island. Two things that are going to drive this City Forward,Transparency and Ethicacy.Lack of information is not an issue now days and everyone can find anything .To Keep relying on Ignorance and Grifters Grandstanding is a losing situation for anyone living in Alameda.
I treasure my right to be able to speak up about any issue and Thank all those on this Memorial Day who have served this country and many who paid the ultimate price to give us our many freedoms. Lauren I know you probably hate me , but I respect the forum you provide to this city.
Comment by Cobalt Black Keys Johnson — May 25, 2015 @ 12:52 pm
Gee, cobalt if you’d learn to play the white keys, maybe I’d cut you some slack.