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Reno City Council Election – Donna Graves, Sharon Zadra, Jessica Sferrazza Revealed.

[NOTE:   According to Donna, someone flagged my post about fire fighter pay, which then removed my other posts including the fire fighter one and stopped me from posting any more messages.  What this “friend of Donna’s” did was create an unnecessary situation which led to suspicions on my part and Donna having to resort to well-deserved self defense actions to counter my accusations outlined below.  So, I must apologize to her for reacting to the flagging actions and automatically assuming the worst about her.]

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Today’s aftermath from someone flagging a post of mine on Donna Grave’s FB page marks, yet again, a very distinct turn-around for Donna Graves (her FB Link) in my mind. 

Here’s what happened on the 5/12/10:  Shortly after I posted a question about her husbands pay as a fire fighter (a Captain no less), and pointed out that paying them $200,00 and more per year (not including health insurance, retirement and overtime) was highway robbery (RGJ link)… I was immediately banned from posting on her FB site and all my posts/questions were removed.

Of course, I complained and I then assumed the worst (as she has deleted my posts before without explanation), wrote a blog entry here and left the matter alone.  Donna then demanded an apology which I told her I would provide in a public forum (i.e. her FB page and my blog), if she could provide ample evidence or an explanation about what happened, and that the issue would then be over in my mind.

Later, Donna told me that someone had “flagged” my post, which apparently deletes that post and then hides other posts from the same author, while also banning further posting until the FB account owner re-approves the poster to make comments again.  This sounded quite reasonable to me, so I decided that I was not going to squabble over that matter any further, after which I posted my apology and simply let it go.

Well, I log in today and find my apology that I posted on her FB page gone and the following FB email waiting for me:

May 13 at 6:37am

Derrick

I read you blog and am appauled at your inability to appologize. This election is not about the unions, which again I will remind you that I do NOT have the Local 731 (Fire fighters) endorsement. It is clear that you are only supporting candidates that have a military background. Your agenda has come into focus. I have always said I believe that the fire fighters need to give concessions, I was even quoted on RGJ as saying so.  I would recommend you look at the source you are using as truth, a letter to the editor.   None of the facts were checking in that letter. 

As you refuse to write the truth in your blogs and have become abbusive, I will no longer allow you to post on my fan page, I will no longer answer your email. Mr. Johnson, the truth is something everone is entilted to and the truth is not something you are capable of writing.

Now, there are more than a few things wrong with her claims – in fact, I would say that either she is lying or somehow she has “unintentionally” distorted in her own mind what has actually occurred.  Personally, I dont think she believed I would post an apology to her and do so publicly in a way that everyone could see – I think this is the real reason why she sent the above message to me and DELETED my apology on her FB fanpage.

Here are my rebuttals: 

1) I provided a VERY cordial and sensible apology on her FB page, which she deleted this morning… out of embarrassment perhaps?;

2) I never claimed she has received the local 731 Fire Fighters endorsement, so I have no idea where her comment is coming from;

3) I have not endorsed anyone except Ed Hawkins for Ward 4, and I clearly stated at the end of my first revision of this blog that I did not know anything  about Gonzales, the military candidate she is referring to;

4) She is correct about saying Fire Fighters need to give concessions, but she has not mentioned the EXHORBITANT PAY that they receive, which does not include overtime, healthcare and over-time pay;

5) She implies the letter to the editor is filled with lies, yet she provides no rebutting evidence to prove that is so;

6) I have been critical of Donna because she has danced around questions I have asked, using semantics and slightly off-topic answers to claim she’s addressed my questions, but I have not been abusive in any way;

7) As for truth, well, that is not a matter left open to subjective opinion.  I am very cognizant of the need for truth, honesty and integrity – however, I am now quite sure Donna has little grasp of these matters after reading her last and supposedly “final” communication to me.

Clearly, SOMEONE did not like me questioning fire fighter pay and my calling attention to the fact that she and her husband have a nice fat check coming to them each month just on his salary alone.  Are Donna’s supporters afraid of such things being pointed out and how far will these supporters go to protect her from scrutiny?  Is Donna truly appalled or is she embarrassed by the pay information being brought to light or her behavior and is she merely lashing out at me now out of frustration?

Moving on….

As far as Sharon Zadra (FB Page) and Jessica Sferrazz (FB Page) are concerned, neither of them have bothered to answer the same questions that I’ve posted to Donna Graves.  In fact, both have deleted my questions without comment and Sharon actually lied to me claiming she had sent me a private message answering my questions.  At least Donna has had some level of courage to TRY and answer my questions, even if those attempts failed to actually answer what I was asking.

What questions have I asked that are so offensive?  Well, they went something like this:

1) If illegal’s & their supporters marched on City Hall demanding that Reno become a haven city where police and other officials were prohibited from enforcing immigration laws, would you cave in to this pressure and vote to make Reno such a city?

2) What do you think about Arizona’s recent immigration law, including the amendments?

3) What is your political philosophy, left-right-center, and how does this philosophy change or guide your voting?

Folks, we can no longer let politicians get away with presenting trite pet issues and slogans to trick voters into supporting them.  I am advocating for a different way of approaching politics, which starts by asking candidates and current office holders what they believe in and why.   We need to find out what their political philosophies are and consider how those philosophies and aspirations to higher office will impact us before we “let them in” to be our representatives.  Clearly, doing things how we’ve always done them just isn’t working anymore.

[Edited] After Donna called me a hypocrite in an earlier email, I got to thinking about what the real issue is that got her or one of her supporters to have enough heartburn to have my fire fighter salary post deleted and me banned from posting comments. 

[Edited] I think, at the heart of the issues is this thing called INTEGRITY.  I may have tweaked someone’s “nose,” so to speak , on this issue by calling it to attention in a public way which could open Donna up to scrutiny where her motivations to run for public office are concerned.  At the very least, I called into question a very major issue concerning public employees (hiring, firing, lay-offs) and their stability as city employees.  Something that could directly impact Donna and her husband if more layoffs occur. 

[Edited] Donna has publicly stated that she is against the firing/lay-offs of 200 city employees, even though this reduction in city personnel may in fact be a legitimate cost-cutting measure.  Donna clearly disagrees with this method of addressing budget shortfalls, but she does have a point concerning how the City spends tax dollars and seems to have funds to buy parks and golf courses, when that money would be better used elsewhere.

[Edited] As I told Donna, the issue is integrity (which is applicable to every candidate for every office across America) and think my point is best made by posting exactly what I said to her in private, so here it is:

May 12 at 2:08pm

You see what’s going on here? You may have different issues to put in front of voters, but from what I can see – at the core of who you are – you are no different than Jessica or Sharon.

The issue is integrity.

Deleting my post on your FB page about fire fighter pay sparked something – it showed you have no more integrity than Sharon, Jessica and the lot of them now in office. It may have even showed that your agenda, in part, might be about protecting your own family income. Maybe? Maybe not – but it does raise the question and it should in other people’s minds too.

If you dont have integrity and the consistency in life that comes with it, you really have nothing to act as a foundation for your life and you have little to rest a public life on as an elected official.

You will be reduced to living and behaving just like Sharon, Jessica and the rest of Reno’s merry band of self-serving officials have to, all to cover up for your inconsistencies and the false front (aka mask) such people have to create to stay “safe.” They are doing it – if you dont find integrity for yourself, you will do it too.

Just because the circumstances of my initial confrontation with Donna were changed, but are now mysteriously back to where they were before my apology, I have to insist that my comments still stand as a universal truth about integrity, honesty and all those good principles voters should hold candidates accountable for. 

[Edited] Furthermore, my recommendation is STILL a NO vote for all three.  Brandi Anderson, who has garnered support from the unions in the area, may or may not be a good choice – time and further investigation/questioning will tell.   Anthony Gonzalez may be a good candidate, but he is an unknown at this point so I have no recommendation to give concerning his candidacy.

See you on the battlefield.

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