Loser and Winner Comments on Stories, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Jun 4, 2008 at 9:37 am
H. Abram Wilson, San Ramon's mayor since 2002 and its first elected mayor, defeated three other well-known candidates to win the Republican nomination for the 15th State Assembly District seat that's being vacated by Assemblyman Guy Houston (R-San Ramon), who is termed out after six years of service.
Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, June 4, 2008, 9:07 AM
Posted by Sarah, a member of the Walnut Grove Elementary School community, on Jun 4, 2008 at 9:37 am
I believe it is unfortunate that the headline for this story on the Home Page calls someone a 'loser.' What example does the Pleasanton Weekly think it is setting for the children in this community? What a thoughtless and insensitive headline.
Posted by Rick, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Jun 4, 2008 at 3:45 pm
Sarah, you have a good point here. I think anybody who runs for an office to try to make our place better should be commended. It is a sacrifice.
Even though the Weekly got recognized for signing up to be an "organization of character" last week, they probably feel that "character" does not sell newspapers; conflict does. They obviously did not care about the character of compassion.
I would suggest that the Weekly has all of the community of character elements on a sign-off sheet and they make sure that each article/opinion piece meets all of the character traits of the "community of character" before being published. The traits we are modeling for our youth are: Responsibility, Compassion, Self-Discipline, Honest, Respect, and Integrity.
Posted by frank, a resident of the Pleasanton Heights neighborhood, on Jun 4, 2008 at 9:11 pm
Wow. These blogs really flush out some stuff. You'd think we followed the hare down the rabbit hole.
Hey, Rick: "The traits we are modeling for our youth are: Responsibility, Compassion, Self-Discipline, Honest, Respect, and Integrity." Where in this list does it say that one must lie and misrepresent by writing something other than the obvious fact that individuals lose elections and others win?
Hey, Sarah: Since when has the Pleasanton Weekly stopped writing its news articles for the adult population of Pleasanton and instead has become primary reading material for children? And these children are to be fed an ideology that indoctrinates them into thinking they don't have to learn, develop, grow, improve, exert effort, train, compete, strive for goals, etc. because everyone is a winner! Automatically!
So, the message is: Kids, don't put any effort into anything because you are deemed to be winners irrespective of your actions (note that in everything we permit you to read you will find everyone is a winner in the adult world). Be anything you want. And you high achievers out there, knock it off because you will NOT be recognized. You are the same as the non achievers. We, the adults, hereby appoint you ALL WINNERS!
The other part of the message is: adult world, including the news media, stay on this message directed toward the kids or ELSE we will accuse you of bad things.
These folks would have it like the Land of Oz, where the scarecrow's evidence of having a brain was the paper diploma that he was given.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Jun 5, 2008 at 8:53 am
This was the best joke I heard yesterday. It was right up there with someone telling me that Obama picked Schwartzenegger for a running mate. It proves that Cholo's usage of the word "Plutonians" for us isn't that far off the mark.
Posted by frank, a resident of the Pleasanton Heights neighborhood, on Jun 5, 2008 at 9:42 pm
No, Nancy. I would put it as maybe it's too early to declare a loser. Sarah would put it as it's too early to declare a winner (2) too. Rick would put it as it's too early to run the "community of character" test on whatever it's declared. And, finally, the March Hare would say it's too early to declare anything other than "tea time".
Posted by Jerry, a resident of the Oak Hill neighborhood, on Jun 5, 2008 at 10:02 pm
Uh Oh, do you suppose someone won't get a trophy!!!!
Not long ago there was a segment on "60 Minutes" about the kids that grew up in the "No Losers" era. They still believe they're entitled to "everything". Business's give their supervisors classes on how to relate to employees from that era that can't handle "No" and how to pamper them. Please don't tell me we're still in that era.
Posted by Joanne, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Jun 6, 2008 at 10:47 am
I think there is an issue of semantics here. Winners and Loosers seems to indicate the person is a winner or a looser. That is different than Winning a Race or Loosing a Race. Calling somebody a looser is different than saying somebody lost a race. Perhaps the headline should have been "Election Results".
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Jun 6, 2008 at 11:42 am
I don't agree with you that the headline should be sugarcoated. Using the words "loser" and "winner" in relation to a political race is common parlance just as it is when talking about the stock market. Just do a Google search for "political loser" to see how prevalent it is! A better headline would have been "Election Loser and Winner".
Posted by Kevin, a resident of Livermore, on Jun 9, 2008 at 6:06 pm
How about we're all Losers, based on the Losers that continue to get into office and keep Losing money ("Taxes" for those of you Prop 99 rent control folks) down those rabbit holes. How thoughtless are they?