What's with the flag? Around Town, posted by Editor, Pleasanton Weekly Online, on Jun 28, 2007 at 12:04 am
Amid a mix of jeers and cheers from passing cars, Pleasanton resident Joe Onate, dubbing himself the "Lonestar Liberal," waves the French flag Monday at the intersection of Hopyard Road and Valley Avenue.
Onate said he was waving the flag to take a stance against the Iraq war, specifically to show his support for the bill Congress recently sent to President Bush setting a timetable for Iraq.
Posted by Mason Wright, a resident of the Valley Trails neighborhood, on Jun 28, 2007 at 12:04 am
Congratulations to Joe Onate, a real man who is standing up for his right to free speech. Joe is a hero in this world of dreary sameness and religious dogma, which spreads like communism through the ranks of the republican party. Kudos to Joe for having the guts to go out there, amid extraordinary circumstances, and express himself.
Posted by aaron, a resident of the Highland Oaks neighborhood, on Oct 3, 2007 at 12:12 pm
freedom of speech is a great thing. to bad we don't even have it here. i've seen many comments deleted, for being considered libelous. but i have to say, why go against your own people, and our communities sons. i'm not going arounf pumping people full of patriotic beliefs. so please don't try to pump me full of anti-patriotic beliefs. I love America, and why wouldn't I it has supplied me with more tools for success, advancement, and fredom than any other country could. If people really don't like were they live move. I've left neighborhoods, because I didn't like the people surrounding me, so keep that in mind.
Posted by Stacey, a resident of the Amberwood/Wood Meadows neighborhood, on Oct 3, 2007 at 12:49 pm
"i've seen many comments deleted, for being considered libelous."
There are lots of debates out there regarding this subject. Basically, the Weekly, as a private company operating and paying for the equipment, software, and support costs for this forum, reserves the right to delete comments and I support that. I don't see how this impedes freedom of speech. Freedom of speech doesn't mean a person gets to use someone else's time, money, and resources for their own opinions. I believe Joe Onate understands this concept.
Posted by Michael Shaffer, a resident of the Del Prado neighborhood, on Oct 30, 2008 at 8:45 pm
I've seen Mr. Onate numerous times at Hopyard and Valley. It was okay when he stood at the corner near Valero but he has recently moved to the center divider near the light standard. When he stands there he is a distraction to all drivers in the roadway. He can barely control the flag he holds (with one hand). Not only does he block the traffic signal and signs but his flag drapes over into the #1 eastbound lane of Valley. It's only a matter of time until he is the the cause of a fatal collision. He needs to move back to the sidewalk where pedestrians are allowed.
Posted by Mason Wright, a resident of the Another Pleasanton neighborhood neighborhood, on Nov 13, 2008 at 11:37 pm
Michael: Those are all prevarications, and you know it. Many Republicans called in false police reports in the months prior to the election, but the police never arrested Joe, and he was observed operating in a legal manner 100% of the time. His flag was not in the street, as many reported, this was verified by police authorities countless times. He always held the flag with two hands, because it was too heavy to do otherwise. He knew the laws and obeyed them.
This is harrassment, sir, and the actions of you and others were desinged to intimidate somebody who was exercising his free rights. I suppose that you are without honor, just as many of the people who called in phony police reports. Joe had an M-80 thrown at him ( Mr Brozosky witnessed this event), he was expectorated on, and challenged to a fight. The cheap tricks performed by Republicans bespeaks to the lack of honor in their party. I feel sorry for you, sir, that you have to resort to such tactics.
During the election, my family was also given a note that said, "Obama is a terrorist, and everybody knows it". That is a disgusting, pathetic charge, and 100% untrue.
In spite of the dishonorable manuevers of the Republicans "fear arists", Joe and his party prevailed. I hope that you can look yourself in the mirror, as fearful as you must be.