[Vision2020] Vision2020 Digest, Vol 89, Issue 72

Tom Hansen thansen at moscow.com
Tue Nov 12 12:14:06 PST 2013

If only it weren't so painfully and ignorantly true, g.

Seeya 'round town, Moscow, because . . .

"Moscow Cares" (the most fun you can have with your pants on)
Tom Hansen
Moscow, Idaho

"There's room at the top they are telling you still 
But first you must learn how to smile as you kill 
If you want to be like the folks on the hill."

- John Lennon

> On Nov 12, 2013, at 11:55 AM, Gary Crabtree <moscowlocksmith at gmail.com> wrote:
> "It angers me that, in the name of "liberalism" and "tolerance," the
> voices in Moscow who most want us to believe that they're opposed to
> racism, homophobia, sexism, and the rank classism that chokes this
> town remain silent when a racist, homophobic, masculinist hater of
> community and democracy announces plans to take it over."
> Moscow as Birmingham circa 1955? Hysterical (in every sense)
> g
>> On Tue, Nov 12, 2013 at 10:21 AM, Keely Emerine-Mix <siyocreo at live.com> wrote:
>> I agree, Rose, with your disgust toward so many of Moscow's "liberals."
>> When bad judgment, tunnel vision, and a poor understanding of politics,
>> coupled with an inability to anticipate, much less respond to, opposing
>> arguments, are all enshrined as virtues, you don't win elections.  The
>> better mayoral candidate lost, and probably needn't have.  But when the
>> leaders of the Latah Democrats don't have to even feign astonishment that
>> there are people out there whose lives are radically different from theirs
>> -- they really DON'T seem to get it, as I learned in 2005 during he school
>> bond election -- no one ought to be surprised.
>> I'm dismayed by the all-white, all-male slate put up by the GMA, since, as
>> Saundra pointed out, there are a number of "pro-business" women out there,
>> just as Moscow likely has pro-business people of color.  What really dismays
>> me, though, is that the Democrats don't seem to grasp the importance of
>> reaching out and understanding the concerns of the business community -- or
>> the people who support it.  I don't blame Nancy Chaney for the loss, for
>> example, of Moscow's car dealerships, and I think it's unfair for others to.
>> But a party run at the local level by people who can't grasp the reality
>> that subdivision dwellers do, in fact, consider themselves to be part of
>> neighborhoods -- regardless of the sociological definition our academics
>> employ -- and who refuse to see the anti-business effect of Moscow's
>> poor-quality school buildings, and who laud themselves for their tolerance
>> of the utterly intolerable, is a party that won't just lose elections, but
>> lose the support of its community, which will rightly dismiss them as
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