"I don’t read Dick’s blog. I found his posts to be myopic and way beyond mean-spirited last year, so he gets no “hits” from me. This morning, he sent, via email, his latest post to the councilmembers (sic) referencing his love for the 1950’s film, “The Day the Earth Stood Still.” I agree with him that it is a great movie, in fact, I saw it on TV a few weeks ago for the first time in a long time.
But Klaatu would be disappointed in Dick, as am I. Klaatu was against humans and government getting into his bedroom, even if it were a few light years away.
For him to write in reference to his preferred punishment to folks simply trying to economically get by in town:
“No matter that the code merits criminal, civil, or even corporal punishment (I can think of the pillory, stocks, tar and feathering among a few choices.)” … well I think that speaks volumes of Dick’s credibility.
And if we are mentioning life in the 1950’s, I must say I am both glad and proud that I live in
Listen, I will work with you Dick, but not under the context of a closed mind."
You know, I must admit that I have been a bit tough on the subject last year, but it is a subject that needs some toughness given its implications.
Furthermore, do not mistake my tenacity for myopia, for to do so would be to misread me badly. I know full well the implications of my proposals. I do not take up my pen lightly.
I also know full well how badly those of little or modest means have been neglected by the city for decades by an atmosphere where affordable housing is offered, in great part, by an unlicensed, unregulated and uncontrolled rental system which rewards landlords, places renters at risk and degrades the quality of life for many honest, hardworking and honorable residents.
Finally, I strongly object to your twisting of my wry comment regarding corporal punishment which was obviously aimed at the landlords who are the responsible parties and not at the renters who have little recourse."