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Posted: Saturday, February 12, 2011 12:00 am | Updated: 6:20 am, Sat Feb 12, 2011.

I was somewhat pleasantly surprised to see your Opinion Page sporting what looked like an anti-Obama cartoon. Did you know what it was going to say before you ran it? Be that as it may, I couldn't help wondering that if this does represent your opinion, where were you when we needed you?

Here we had a man of integrity, David Harmer, running for the office of representative in the 11th (that's us) District; endorsed by our own Chamber of Commerce, and you put your editorial strength (selection of stories, placement of names and photos) behind the incumbent representative, his competitor, McNerney.

McNerney had no history before taking office a few years ago. Since then, his only history has been to vote for every single one of those issues promoted by Nancy Pelosi, President Obama and all the czars in the country.

The cartoon justly ridiculed green energy that ruined Spain; larger government that destroyed the old Soviet Union; hostile business environment like what has ruined California; unprofitable infrastructure like the one that weakened Japan; huge national like the one that bankrupted Greece; and socialized medicine that choked England and several other countries like Belgium, Romania, etc.

David Harmer was against all of the above. If the cartoon dated Monday, Jan. 30 really reflects your opinion, why didn't you show your true colors when it would have counted? You may have been able to counter the effect of the million dollars plus mailings that McNerney sent to Lodi addresses twice daily just before election day that dishonestly defamed and vilified Harmer.

Even now you could report on how many planes Obama actually did reserve and pay for to bring how many people with him when he went to India. The "liberal" press complained that the count was an exaggerated plot by the conservatives of the media. (What? Who?) What was the real count? And why not print a rebuttal to the tired old arguments promoting compulsory health care insurance as espoused by Ramon Writ? (Is he a legal alien?)

Either you're too late, or I'm too early. All of California is not the Bay Area or L.A. Oh well, you brought it up. A little over half of your readers in Lodi are registered conservative. Not that it matters. Well, maybe it does.

Don Lewis


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  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 4:20 am on Sat, Feb 19, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Betty dean, If I respond to you considering what you just wrote, and then you responded back, we would be off the original topic... so maybe in the spirit in which you offered a post, I will not add to it. Thanks for posting.

  • Betty Dean posted at 2:02 pm on Fri, Feb 18, 2011.

    Betty Dean Posts: 144

    Why does everything have to be a DEBATE totally off of the topic?? I am sooo sick of logging in to read somthing and up pops Darrell Argueing with someone!!!!! Stop what you are talking about is NOT even about the conversation at hand!

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 12:41 am on Mon, Feb 14, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Bobin stated...that I am "oblivious to the obvious" is, as you often stress in this forum, your "opinion." I strongly disagree with your "opinion…

    Naturally Ms Bobin… if you didn’t strongly disagree, I wouldn’t be able to make the case that you were definitely oblivious to the obvious.

    As far as intentional misspelling, r u sure tht u r rite/ I am not so sure.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 10:50 pm on Sun, Feb 13, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    It is very obvious that you have absolutely no sense of humor, Mr. Baumbach. As far as my saying things that have no bearing in fact and that I am "oblivious to the obvious" is, as you often stress in this forum, your "opinion." I strongly disagree with your "opinion." But as we all know, anyone who disagrees with "your opinion" is in the wrong, has no "bearing in fact," is "oblivious to the obvious" and any number of the other descriptive phrases you often use.

    As far as "many people intentionally misspell," that is your fantasy. In this forum where so many criticize immigrants for not speaking or learning English, it is very humorous (and sad) that most cannot even speak or write proper English themselves and have no more than an 8th grade reading level. Those are the ones who claim that "many people intentionally misspell" to create the illusion that they are intellectuals. They claim others "add nothing to the discussion," when they really have no clue what the discussion is to begin with and only have a narcissistic view of their thought processes and abilities.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:40 pm on Sun, Feb 13, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Brian... thanks for the link... it looks like this site,Iranium, tracks Iran’s use of terror strategies to get what it wantsl , Ill look at it more

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 3:27 pm on Sun, Feb 13, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Was the funny part of that last post, Mr. Baumbach, that you abbreviate "third" as "3ird?"

    Ms Bobin,,, I did not intend anything funny; in fact that is a critique many over the years have said to me … that I have no sense of humor. I was simply illustrating the obvious, which is that you often say things that have no bearing on fact. I guess if one would think anything is humorous, it that you are oblivious to the obvious… In addition, that you would even consider it worth your time to comment about my typing “third” or “ 3ird” in this kind of forum is just silly. Many people intentionally misspell, abbreviate, use slang and all sorts of deviations from English prose and formalities… all I can think of when you consistently attempt to degrade people for their “educational levels”, or grammar mistakes is that you appear to be petty at heart, especially in this format.

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 1:56 pm on Sun, Feb 13, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    Was the funny part of that last post, Mr. Baumbach, that you abbreviate "third" as "3ird?"

  • Brian Dockter posted at 9:18 am on Sun, Feb 13, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830



    This link is to one of the best documentaries on Iran I have ever seen. You MUST watch it.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:43 pm on Sat, Feb 12, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    Ms Bobin stated…if the writer cannot get a date correct, he also cannot get “ANY” of his "facts" correct…

    Today’s date is March 3ird, 2012, in addition Ms Bobin is definitely an articulate, thoughtful, sincere, well balanced individual who gets her facts correct consistently.

    Humm.. well who am I to argue with the wisdom of Ms Bobin? Since my date is wrong, obviously all my other facts must be wrong. Thank you for shedding light on how one should determine if facts are correct Ms Bobin… Interesting method you advise using.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 9:49 pm on Sat, Feb 12, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830

    Saying should be in place of denying.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 9:48 pm on Sat, Feb 12, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830


    Only you are denying that those who didn't vote for NcNerney are uneducated. But you would never stereotype.

  • Brian Dockter posted at 9:45 pm on Sat, Feb 12, 2011.

    Brian Dockter Posts: 2830

    Joanne wrote:

    but it is pertinent that if the writer cannot get a date correct, he also cannot get any of his "facts" correct.

    -And Joanne, is it also pertinent that if someone gets a flat tire they shouldn't have a license to drive anyway?

  • Joanne Bobin posted at 8:14 pm on Sat, Feb 12, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4488

    I don't know which calendar this writer is refering to, but that Monday was January 31st.

    Now, I can just hear a certain blogger's head exploding due to the above comment, but it is pertinent that if the writer cannot get a date correct, he also cannot get any of his "facts" correct. I very much doubt that if the LNS had endorsed Mr. Harmer, who by the way "had no history" (except failed political campaigns) before he ran for the position of House Rep for this district, would have been successful. The writer lives in a bubble, Lodi, where "half the city are conservatives". That, however, does not give them the absolute right to have a conservative representative in the House. Unfortunately, the more educated population of the rest of this district had a voice in the contest and they voted for McNerney. Perhaps the writer could become an activist lobbying for this area to be separate from the rest of the district which, apparently, has other interests and goals.

  • Kevin Paglia posted at 8:35 am on Sat, Feb 12, 2011.

    Kevin Paglia Posts: 2020

    "justly ridiculed green energy that ruined Spain"

    Let's be clear about this, green energy didn't ruin Spain. Government intrusion into the industry did. It is interesting that Lewis points out all the "larger Government" problems of the other countries then blames green energy for Spain's problems.

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:24 am on Sat, Feb 12, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9405

    i am curious how the editor defines "endorse".


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