Stephen Gallup

What Might Have Been

A Carmel Valley dad writes about his son’s developmental issues.

stairman July 31, 2013 @ 9:28 a.m.

the truth is your mayor is a misogynist, extortionist and a thief of public funds for his trip to france and has been doing so for 20 years previously in congress and thought he could still get away with it here


bootbozomayor July 31, 2013 @ 8:07 a.m.

You've got to be kidding me...Reader is still so "up Filner's butt" that it has to run smear stories on folks participating in the democratic process?

Wake up. Filner dug his own grave over the years - accept he won't be able to fulfill your (Reader's) socialist/progressive agenda any more!


quantumcipher Aug. 8, 2013 @ 4:12 p.m.

I've been following Filner's political career for some years now, being a constituent in his prior Congressional district. I had corresponded with him via mail & e-mail on numerous occasions regarding legislation & political advocacy, and personally always found him to conduct himself professionally and to be supportive of Veterans, holding similar political ideologies to my own. During the mayoral election, I had learned of his participation in the Civil Rights movement, being arrested and refusing to be released early as a prisoner of conscience during the 'freedom rides' of that era.

Needless to say, I had a tremendous amount of respect & support for the man. Keyword: Had.. Upon learning of his antics, of not just once, but consistently displaying a pattern of predating on women who worked for and around him, I could no longer support this man. Anyone in a professional setting, whether at work or in politics, should know better than to grope women and sexually harass them. That should have been more than obvious to Mr. Filner, being a public figure under the microscopic scrutiny of the press & the public.

As such, I would like to see Mayor Filner do what is right for the city and for those whom he has violated in the past: to resign, without further incident. I believe, morally, he owes these women an apology as well. However, legally, I can see that is extremely unlikely to occur.. As for the reason behind his antics, none of which being justifiable, I believe Mr. Filner to be a textbook sociopath. Some of the careers that statistically attract the most sociopaths: CEOs, police, venture capitalists & politicians. A common trait among sociopaths: Lack of empathy for those who they perceive as beneath them or in the way of attaining their goals, little or no remorse for their actions, and a sense of entitlement that leads them to believe they can get away with pretty much anything. All of these traits have been revealed, as of late, to be exhibited by Mr. Filner, as well as the former Congressman & NYC mayoral candidate Anthony Weiner.


quantumcipher Aug. 8, 2013 @ 4:12 p.m.


The only unresolved question I have at this point, and a pressing question at that: Why on Earth did these women not come forth sooner? Why did they not do so before he was elected? If there were this many victims, spanning this many years, how is it no one of them would speak out over that time? I find that part extremely unusual, and unsettling at that. I suspect they may have been pressured to forward now by TPTB, to distract the populace from the current NSA scandal, economic disparities and various other endemic issues in our society, to keep the public debating yet another scandal. That does mean this is of no importance, but certainly less importance than the aforementioned issues. Regardless, what he did was inexcusable, and my opinion, shows he is unfit to lead.

Mr. Filner: Do the right thing. Resign. Get professional help & apologize to your victims. Only then, and after those acts, can you once again work to build the public's trust, over time. If you cannot do all of the above, I suggest you simply resign and stop obstructing city business.

Regards, Alan Haggard


Joaquin_de_la_Mesa Aug. 16, 2013 @ 9:51 a.m.

College used to mean something. Everybody who went studied Latin and often Greek. They studied They read the classics of Western Civilization in literature, philosophy, history, natural science, and theology. They studied mathematics. They came out well rounded EDUCATED people capable of thinking and feeling at a higher level than non-college grads.

Then colleges became super specialized with only lip service paid to core education. And then the silly majors started to work their way into the system... women's studies, ethnic studies, musical theatre, communications, et cetera. (There might be a place for those as part of a whole, but not as an education

So now, the only serious work being done is in the so-call hard sciences. But it's being done by a bunch of narrow minded wonks who aren't well versed in philosophy, literature, history, and theology. So they have no perspective for their work.

And college professors... once they were people devoted to the cause of knowledge. Now they're a pack of vultures fighting over the corpse of funding. They work short hours for long money, and their career advancement is based on publishing papers (of often dubious value) rather than on teaching. Half the time, their classes are taught by graduate students.

I haven't even started on the booze-crazed, sex-crazed culture of most campuses.

Why would anyone want to go $100k in debt for the above?


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