Kudos to Tom Fulks; he hit a home run with his column on dishonest campaigns.
John Peschong’s recent article again attacked Caren Ray and Jim Patterson for trying to “gut” Proposition 13 in his “no new taxes” article. Maintaining a degree of dishonesty seems to be paying well.
Moreover, after Grover’s City Council meeting on Monday, you would have thought that hell had frozen over. The county’s Republican Party chair stood in unison with the refinery union workers to support the rail spur expansion, contending that jobs would be lost without this measure’s approval. Did Peschong have his finger in this distortion?
Think about how ludicrous this deception becomes. Why would a business profiting millions of dollars shut down one of its income streams because profits couldn’t be maximized further? Is there another refinery on the California Coast available to take the place of this plant, or is Phillips planning to buy another piece of coastal land, get a permit and build another refinery?
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As Tom writes, “distortions, fabrications, half truths we’re all being force-fed large heapings.”
Fortunately, the City Council voted to recommend a “no” project. A small victory won against the likes of Meridian Pacific and corporate greed.