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Posted: Thursday, September 23, 2010 12:00 am | Updated: 9:04 am, Wed Sep 29, 2010.

I placed a Jerry McNerney sign in my yard on Sept. 12 and it disappeared on Sept. 13 — barely 24 hours later.

Pardon me if I’m wrong, but I thought this was the USA, and that we were free to vote and campaign for the candidates of our choice. I was also under the impression that you could voice your opinion even if someone else disagreed with you. I didn’t realize that you could only campaign for Republicans in Lodi.

Lest anyone think I’m some sort of “left-wing liberal,” I was registered as a Republican for 20 years and I voted twice for George Bush and twice for Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as several times for Richard Pombo. But, after controlling Congress for six years, I think Bush destroyed the American economy by encouraging American companies to move operations to third world countries instead of keeping them in the USA, resulting in the high unemployment we have now.

I think Arnold Schwarzenegger has done the same thing in California. I voted to get Gray Davis out of office so that California wouldn’t go bankrupt, and now, seven years later, the state is in a shambles and we have a $20 billion deficit.

Richard Pombo did a lot of questionable things with taxpayer dollars the last few years he was in Congress, and I am now proud to have Jerry McNerney represent me and use a common-sense approach to today’s problems. So I don’t appreciate people stealing his sign out of my yard, and I didn’t appreciate having my “Yes on 8” sign stolen out of my yard two years ago.

I have voted in every election since I was 18, and I have never voted for all Republicans or all Democrats. And I probably won’t this year. I approach each office individually and depending on what the issues are, I vote for whomever I think will best represent my interests.

I think the Republican Party needs to start seriously addressing the problems this country faces, and their followers need to stop playing childish games like stealing campaign signs out of yards. If they don’t, I don’t think they will attract much support from the American people.

Karl Welsbacher


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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:33 am on Sat, Sep 25, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Joanne...Now, I hope you will excuse me while I engage in "some outside activities" by placing my McNerny yard sign and affixing my Barbara Boxer and Jerry Brown bumper stickers to my car.

    Joanne, thank you for the great idea!!!.... I have had a terrible time this year with rodents, squirrels and gofers in my yard this year... No matter what I have tried, nothing works in trying to get rid of these critters... if you find your signs missing, it’s not for political reasons, it’s so I can put your signs in my yard to scare the critters off my land...hopefully they will be able to scurry away before they are frightened to death…. McNerney,Boxer and Brown together… oh… they’ll never make it. When its over, Ill quickly return your signs, you wont even know they were gone it will happen so fast.

  • Mary Henschel posted at 8:33 pm on Fri, Sep 24, 2010.

    Mary Henschel Posts: 46

    It's awful that this man's signs are being taken. I hate it when people take my pro-Republican signs, too. I also hated when Republican candidates' signs were vandalized with spray paint in the last election (the big ones, on highways).

    I'll spare the comments on Mr. Welsbacher's foray into a campaign speech, but I'll just say that I want someone who represents me for a change instead of representing Nancy Pelosi.

    That's all, have a good day.

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 6:35 pm on Fri, Sep 24, 2010.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    Ms. Bobin, it is my concerted opinion that subtlety is hardly one of your character traits as you claim in your post at 2:54 p.m. on Thursday, September 23, 2010.

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 5:52 pm on Fri, Sep 24, 2010.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    Mr. Hutchins, I'm just curious but who here has even once taken the author of this letter to task for what is contained within the title? Nevertheless, is it really a stretch to believe that Mr. Welsbacher was actually imploring people to leave his property alone, in this case a political sign he had placed on his lawn? On the other hand, maybe he wouldn't have been so genteel as to use the word "please.”

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:28 am on Fri, Sep 24, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Daniel, you normally make interesting statements but without the whole story. May I ask, what are your thoughts about four things.
    01. What is it we need to be saved from?
    02. If the Republicans and Democrats are not going to save anyone, why? and
    03. Is there a solution? Who is capable of saving?
    04. What would have to happen that would make it possible for things would get better?

  • daniel hutchins posted at 9:36 pm on Thu, Sep 23, 2010.

    daniel hutchins Posts: 1342

    ALL: The title on the article is the LNS' choice. Can't criticize the writer for that.

    i agree that this is a campaign.

    I'm sorry though, the Republicans and the Democrats aren't going to save anybody.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:34 pm on Thu, Sep 23, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Good job Joanne.... you display your thoughts quite well... If I understand your truth, it does not matter if the writer claims to be balanced and fair, yet criticizes one side but not the other... to you, that is reasonable, to me it does not make sense... we disagree... in addition, neither of us know if Karl is telling the truth or lying about the sign actually being stolen as we were not there… but I concluded he lied as the facts he stated ,to me ,did not add up… to you they did, , again, we disagree…… and that is why in earlier blogs, I suggested that it is important how one measures truth and how you draw conclusions… so that is what this forum is for, we present opposing opinion and people decide what is more likely truth… now that is more interesting and informative than what you think of me or what I think of you.... if you would just relax, you probably could reduce your high blood pressure medicine you mentioned taking in an earlier blog...

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 2:54 pm on Thu, Sep 23, 2010.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    I guess my commentary is much too subtle for the average reader. I did comment on Mr. Welsbacher's letter.

    I think I clearly implied that I did not believe that Mr. Welsbacher had any intention to, as was Mr. Baumbach's accusation, "smear republicans." I clearly stated that this was a figment of Mr. Baumbach-Kinderman's imagination. I couldn't get any clearer!

    The fact is that there are many mean-spirited people in Lodi who would steal a yard sign because it reflected an opposing view, Democrat or Republican. It has happened before - a simple search on the LNS site reveals four articles in the past 10 years.

    I think that Mr. Welsbacher was very clear in his political position which seems to be looking out for what is best for himself and his family. He even stated that his Prop 8 sign had been stolen! Was that a Republican "smear," also, Mr. Baumbach? But, as usual, Mr. Baumbach reacted to the first few words he read without regard to the man's entire letter which he interpreted, oddly enough, as "campaigning for McNerny," and an attempt to "smear Republicans."

    As for Mr. Baumbach's original post, he demands that Mr. Welsbacher state "why" he is voting for McNerny. Why should he?...that was not the purpose of his letter. Just as the sign snatcher trespassed on Mr. Welsbacher's property in order to steal the sign, Mr. Baumbach trespassed on Mr. Welsbacher's right to complain about it.

    Now, I hope you will excuse me while I engage in "some outside activities" by placing my McNerny yard sign and affixing my Barbara Boxer and Jerry Brown bumper stickers to my car.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 12:45 pm on Thu, Sep 23, 2010.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2111


    Your desire to discredit everyone who has an opposing view to yours is quite evident. It really is so sad that your superiority complex drives your entire life. Try to get some outside activities...maybe you will find some satisfaction elsewhere.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 11:37 am on Thu, Sep 23, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    I see that the J Bopin attack , criticize and anti substance rhetoric is alive and functioning as usual today… it would be refreshing and surprising to see you disagree and offer sound reasons for your disagreement. I had an opinion… what is yours about the article… who cares what you think about me of Jerome? There are many people who write blogs that say what they mean… this is not conspiracy or bogey man issues… please refrain from your child like behavior and participate with adult mentality

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:57 am on Thu, Sep 23, 2010.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    I see that the Kinderman/Baumbach tag-team is alive and functioning as usual today.

    You two really have a talent for finding an anti-Republican conspiracy behind just about anything.

    Watchout, Mr. B & Mr. K...the liberal bogeymen are hiding behind every yard sign!

  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 10:18 am on Thu, Sep 23, 2010.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2370

    The removal of campaign signs has been going on for as long as I can remember. Usually these "pranks" are perpetrated by kids unable to vote who simply have too much time on their hands. I would think that all Mr. Welsbacher should have done would be to obtain another one and keep a sharper eye on it.

    So I'm with Mr. Baumbach on this one. Welsbacher’s anger about his missing signs is but a subterfuge to his desire to indict the Republican Party and blame them entirely for our current situation. Of course we all should understand that it isn't any one party's fault or even these corrupt politicians from all parties and ideologies.

    No, the blame rests squarely upon our collective shoulders. We voted these reprobates in and in many districts and states regardless of their blatant contempt for their constituents, they're sent back to their seats in Congress and state houses over and over again.

    We're now at the point where more voters than ever have begun to wake up. November 2, 2010 will be the day that we find out if we're at least beginning to learn our lessons.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 8:09 am on Thu, Sep 23, 2010.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2111

    I remember in the last elections that it was Republican signs that were being stolen.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:29 am on Thu, Sep 23, 2010.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Karl...I have many friends who are democrats who come out and state specifics of what they like and do not like about each party. You come off as deceitful and very dishonest. This article was not about anyone steeling your sign... it was about smearing republicans and campaigning for McNerney. I would have more respect if you chose to articulate specific reasons why one should vote for McNerney rather that lie about what you are and some sign no one cares about.
    One might conclude if you represent a typical Mcnerney supporter that would be reason to suspect that his opponent would be worth considering giving my vote..


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