Wednesday, April 23, 2014
PLACERVILLE, CALIFORNIA
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Leadership

EDITOR:

Thanks to Gene Altshuler for providing us with an excellent article, “The Goldilocks Solution,” in the Mountain Democrat on Feb. 5. I hope it serves to reduce radicalism on both sides of the political spectrum.

But the ultimate solution to gridlock is to elect candidates who are experienced and well-qualified for the positions they seek. Executives for executive positions, lawyers for law making, veterans for military and so on. They must also be honest, capable of assimilating both sides of issues and developing a consensus solution.

But most Americans do not vote. Fewer still understand that they must manage those that have been elected to serve them. Those who do vote frequently opt for candidates who denigrate the opposition and demagogue the issues, then they rationalize the obvious deficiencies of those they choose. The head of the “executive branch,” president of the United States and commander in chief of our armed forces has no experience in managing any large organization.

“We have seen the enemy and it is us.”

KEN SCHONIGER
Pollock Pines

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Discussion | 13 comments

  • James E.February 20, 2014 - 10:59 pm

    The president has five years of experience in managing a large organization.

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  • Paddy O'furnitureFebruary 24, 2014 - 4:32 am

    The president is an incompetent ghetto rat who has done far,far more damage than good to this country. If I were you and the Groaner, ( I'm most grateful I'm not) I'd complain about McClintock too, if for no other reason than to divert attention away from the disaster you helped put in the White House.

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  • Ghetto RatFebruary 24, 2014 - 5:04 am

    Ghetto Rat is the term for a girl who lives in the hood and has no other ambitions other than to get pregnant and/or be saved (removed from the hood) by a man.

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  • hoodFebruary 24, 2014 - 5:07 am

    1. The ghetto. 2. Someone who is from the ghetto. 3. Someone who acts like they are from the ghetto. Other Slang: Hoodlum, Gangsta, Thug, Nigga, Pimp, Street-rat, Street Urchin, etc.

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  • right wing zealotFebruary 24, 2014 - 5:55 am

    we are not racist we are not racist

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  • I DISAGREE..February 24, 2014 - 7:25 am

    Mr. Schoniger, are you saying are Board of Supervisors had little experience and were poorly educated for the job they were elected to do? If that’s the case, what of the next generation of them selves they’re grooming to take their places. "NO ONE SHOULD BE ABLE TO TELL THE BOS WHAT TO DO."

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 24, 2014 - 8:34 am

    Put away the urban dictionaries guys...rug rat---kids still too young to walk--spend their time crawling around on the carpet. Ghetto Rat...someone who is from a ghetto (The term "ghetto" originated from the name of the Jewish quarter in Venice), Someone from a "poor" area...not all poor people are "easy." >:( . http://tiny.cc/r9nsbx

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 24, 2014 - 8:36 am

    About 70 % vote in Pollock Pines...that is impressive. If more young would vote, our area would really make a statement.

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  • Paddy O'furnitureFebruary 24, 2014 - 8:59 am

    Crying racism is a desperate grab for obama defenders. Won't work for most people though. I adopted a biracial child and love him as my own. The real racists today are Jeremiah Wright, Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. And let's forget the original subject of my comment-his prejudices are manifest as well.

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  • Robert D NollFebruary 24, 2014 - 9:38 am

    Fran,if they can find a source of description that matches their ideology then it becomes written in stone.Definitions in Wikipedia are from the worlds leading scholars

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 24, 2014 - 10:14 am

    Robert, I knew the definition from an art histroy class. Part of studying art includes the time period...how people lived...what they thought-their political ,social, and educational ideas. The world lost many wonderful pieces of art, because small groups of people thought their "work" was not "worthy"--and they destory the peices, or that it was so "worthy" they would keep it hidden for themselfs. I also heard the term in a chicano studies class pertaining to the visual and performing arts (chicano studies is more "political" than the mexican arts class was.) It seems to shock people that it is not a mexican-american term. I was fortunate one time, to know some one from a wealthy family that pruchased some wonderful Jewish peices out of the "ghettos" of venice. Beautiful pieces coming from such sadness at the time.

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 24, 2014 - 10:20 am

    typos are mine--so that everyone knows it is "me." lololol...gosh.

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  • Fran DuchampFebruary 24, 2014 - 10:25 am

    One last thing...Beverly Hills at one point had a horrible time with real rats. <----trivia of the day. Rats dont care where they live :) I had one as a kid..his name was Uncle Sam. He came with the name. I won him in a history contest at school. Smart little guy--had him for three years ( I also lived in a "well off" part of towm.) Everyone play nice today :) Phil...lololol

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