WUI (Writing under the influence)

Somebody once said we are all Americans, sometimes born in the wrong places.
On a warm autumn day in 1986, while enjoying beer with my college buddies,
I decided to join my new homeland.

I've come to appreciate the ideals that helped create this great country.
Liberalism, political-correctness, multiculturalism and moral equivalence
are destroying it.

This old house Grovenet Wal*Mart Visiting Poland American wine better than French.

Sunday, October 10, 2004



I've received the following invitation by e-mail:

"Tuesday evening, October 12 has been scheduled by the Forest Grove Library Foundation Board to hold a City Council Candidate Forum at the home of [deleted for privacy reasons]. We would like to have you attend this forum if at all possible. The board members of the Library Foundation, the Library Commission, and the Friends of the Library will be in attendance. We would like an opportunity to learn more about each of you candidates and your opinions regarding the Forest Grove City Library."

I replied:


OK, this is what I said:

"If there were a chance to convince anybody that mine is a reasonable approach to so called "funding problem" [of FG library], I might consider attending. But I suspect the forum is mostly people interested in raising more taxes. If I'm wrong, accept my apologies.

In any case, I oppose the library levy and would prefer to close the library for at least one day a week. Forest Grove News-Times will publish an article about the candidates in the near future. Attached is the questionnaire I completed for that article."

My wife says I should have accepted. Maybe she is right. There will be some refreshments.

UPDATE: I've been also invited by the Forest Grove Chamber of Commerce and I've accepted the invitation. The issue of the library funding will also be discussed then so I will be able to present my views.

Perhaps you should have accepted as you could make your point of view understood by those who may agree or disagree with you. Never turn down an opportunity to speak on your ideas unless you know going in that you will be yelled down. It might also show that you are willing to hear all sides of the argument and are willing to compromise. They might learn more about you and you will be seen as at least giving everyone's voice a chance to be heard. You might want to reconsider???
I kinda agree with Kathleen but I prefer your candor.
Perhaps a compromise ... have some Baskin Robbins sent
in to the meeting. Maybe a cake with your name on it.
Or a fruit basket might be more ...apropos.
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