Sunnyside Council Member: Receiving Email Same As Murder
January 13, 2011 4 Comments
Monday night, Sunnyside Council Member Theresa Hancock compared receiving Email to murder. She urged Council Members to publicly repudiate citizens and others that send Email to Sunnyside Council Members. She said if they don’t, then it is the same as supporting the crazed gunman that recently sprayed bullets in an Arizona parking lot, injuring a Congresswoman, and killing numerous bystanders.
No, I am not making this up. Listen to this two-minute sound clip of Hancock’s latest rant:
It is offensive to me that local politicians like Council Member Theresa Hancock would try to use the tragedy in Arizona to further their political agenda (which apparently includes silencing critics of her positions on issues). Many readers of this blog subscribe to posts by Email (which you can also do, by clicking the button “Join the Conspiracy!”). Sometimes readers will forward posts to their friends and associates. Many times they end up being sent to Council Members.
Others in town use Email to communicate concerns to their elected representatives on all kinds of matters. This is all part of the public discourse, Ms. Hancock. In fact, the City Manager routinely gives out his Email address as a way to contact him about issues as well.
Are we to seriously believe that all of these Emails are the same as taking a 9 mm pistol to the local Safeway parking lot, and spraying bullets at people? That Ms. Hancock would even suggest such a thing is beyond disgusting and reprehensible.
I wish she spent as much time being concerned with real acts of violence, like the recent murder in Sunnyside that resulted in someone being shot 25 times in the middle of a city street. A murder that is still unsolved, by the way. Shockingly, she wants to hear requests for increasing budgets in every city department except the police department; and lashes out at anyone that sends Emails to Council Members.
If we really want to do something about what Hancock calls the “toxic environment” in Sunnyside, we will focus our efforts on bringing criminals to justice. Instead of trying to make it uncomfortable for citizens to contact their elected representatives about issues; why don’t we try to make it uncomfortable for the criminal gang members that are engaging in actual murder and according to Sunnyside’s Promise, sex trafficking in our city? Did you ever think of public safety as being something we should focus local government on Ms. Hancock?
Well, lots of us think public safety is at the core of what our local government should provide for its citizens. Frankly, I don’t give a damn whether you find my saying so to be offensive or not. It is what I, and many Americans believe our local government’s basic function should be. In addition, I don’t care how many times this message gets Emailed to you. I also don’t care how many other people Email you to tell you to focus on issues of public safety, while you continue your incoherent rantings at public meetings.
I refuse to sit idly by when you try to smear the character of people in this town that are involved enough to care about what goes on at City Hall. I will also call you out when you try to use your bully pulpit of Council Member position to compare your critics to criminals that commit heinous acts of murder.
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