Tuesday, October 7, 2008

"The Big Debate"

I love a town hall style debate. Senator Obama danced around as a sock puppet and said some fancy things, but I really did not see substance. When Senator McCain talked about issues, like we got to solve are energy problems, like it or not he gave substance and solutions. Unlike Senator Obama...

"Thank You"

I want to say thank you, State College Council, and the kind Borough Manager who helped us get our permit for our march, and to have a rally.
Sincerely Ms. Matthews

"I am sadden to say I got this"

I get this from State College council member Ron Filipelli

Dear Ms. Matthews: The Borough Council, including Theresa Lafer, approvedyour request to march. Theresa Lafer was expressing a personal opinion.She was not speaking for the council, nor did she purport to speak for thecouncil. She has a right, as a citizen, to express an opinion, as do you.Regards,Ron Filippelli

My Reply to him and his colleagues...

I came to State College requesting a permit. My correspondence with Ms. Lafer was in question of permit, if I got such permit. Her response was un warranted, and unprofessional. I demand a apology in writing. This was an official council matter and should have not came in response to her personal opinion. I do not appreciate one of your council members replying to my question if I got a permit, with her slanted, bias, and name calling banter. I think it says much of your Borough and your council, if this is how you conduct business.
Sincerely Ms. Je'Amour P. Matthews
Mr. Ron Filipelli email if you like
Ronald L. Filippelli <rfilippelli@la.psu.edu>

"We Got The Permit"

Today was an exciting day things going well and I was waiting for the news if we got the permit for the march.

"We Got It"

Saddly I must also report that one of the members of council found it in herself to call me racist, sexist, not a Democrat, and not inteligent. Because I so choose to get a permit for a march for McCain & Palin..

The council member is Theresa Lafer, here is her letter to me...

Yes Ms. Matthews you do have a permit. However, just let me sayas a woman "of certain age" as your colleague put it, that I find your political stance to be unbelievably short sighted at best, and perhaps bigoted at worst.There is no doubt in my mind that there is no way that any actual Democrat (that includes Senator Clinton) would want John McCain,or the largely untested Governor Palin to follow the overtly anti-educationand patently incompetent Bush administration. I vote for women based on their abilities. Sarah Palin gets elected, and then leaves behind huge budget deficits -- just like George Bush. Getting elected is not enough-- doing a good job is far more important. In a national election when the person I back is beaten in the primary I suck it up and work with the winner. Our country has a complex system, but it can work. I vote for the party platform; when I don't accept that platform I vote for another party. In a local or regional election I vote for the individual who most matches my beliefs regardless of party. There is no way that McCain/Palin in any way match those of Hillary Clinton. So, either you chose women based on their reproductive organs only; or you won't vote for a non-white no matter his abilities and potential. Either is a travesty. Susan B. Anthony would tell you Suffrage is not a license to vote for incompetence; but rather to use your brain, not yourovaries to make a decision. She worked hard to prove our intelligence,you fight to prove her wrong. How sad.

Theresa Lafer State College Borough Council
Theresa Lafer is standing in the back row, on the right side of the photo her email for those who like to respond to her is tdl2 <tdl2@psu.edu>
let her know what you think.
I will post any further emails I get from her.
My response
Theresa Lafer; First and foremost I don't appreciate you calling me illiterate, second I don't appreciate being called racist. Now as for the platform, I was there when the DNC adopted it, and it reflected little of what Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton supported. It has been thirty five years since a women's issue has been put on the platform (fact). Now as for election reform as the Democrats promised, also got the Ole boot from the platform, they make the Republicans look like Boy Scouts & Girl Scouts in comparison, thanks to the lean Dean partying stealing machine. As for Governor Palin I take offense that you would also call me sexist, that I have not the ability to look beyond gender. Now for your ignorance Senator Joe Biden said in his bid for president he would be proud to be on Senator McCain ticket (fact). If you look at Senator John McCain's record he has been a moderate Democrat, and he has supported human rights over all. Also you cannot ignore that women in Senator Obama office make less than the men, and out number by the men (fact), out of the five in his office who make over a hundred thousand a year, only one is a woman and she is an office manager (fact). This makes Senator Obama a lier , because he said he supported equal pay for equal work yet he can not practice it in his own house. Now as for Senator McCain office, women out number the men and the practice of equal pay for equal work is a mandate (fact). Senator Obama is dangerous and a threat to the Democracy I love. I will not go blindly and vote for a man who surrounded himself with terrorist, radicals, thugs, and thieves. I agree Country over Party...
Sincerely Ms. Je'Amour P. Matthews
I sent a copy of mine and hers to her colleagues...

"Theresa Lafer Banter"

Once again I get a response from Council members Theresa Lafer of State College PA, Now she is trying to justify her banter of her first letter, and tried to tell me I was not business like or professional because I brought her writings to light to her colleagues, and others. Sadly this is a woman who has not a clue how to conduct business...

Ms. Matthews,How truly disappointing that you think taking a private response and making it public is either appropriate or ethical.I have watched the problems caused by the Republican's since Ronald Reagan began deregulation three decades ago. I watchedhealth care, education, and social welfare fall apart with insufficient appropriations. I've watched the energy, credit, and banking industriesexpand prices, fees, and surcharges with no oversight and clear tiesto the agencies meant to regulate them. These costs are what I asa Borough resident and council member have to address on behalf ofmy constituents.Even worse, I've watched failures (many of them due to illegal behavior)of FEMA, the US Attorney General's Office, environmental agencies, themilitary, Veterans Affairs, etc all of them due to budget cuts by the Republican administration of just the past eight years. These have leftus vulnerable to terrorists, price gouging, crumbling infrastructure, andan inability to respond at all functionally to natural disasters.And you are worried (however sincerely) about the pay scales of the two Senator's office staffs? What of their right to Choice?The latest meltdown brought to us by the Republicans brings questions such as: What of the ability to pay the mortgage for a home of their own should they want it? What of health care? college loans for themselves and their children? What about the thousands of women making minimum wage? Or don't they count? This is a national election, no candidate is perfect. No platform addresses every wish. But the idea that you can throw out the entire Democratic platform and still honor Senator Clinton's political stand based on the differences you have sent me is beyond shortsighted. Thank you for the list of facts, etc. I do read a variety of conservative and liberal sources; and I visit various fact checking sites regularly. I wish you well in your march next week. Please enjoy your visit to our community,Theresa Lafer
My response
You represent State College as a council member must I remind you; this is a business matter, and you choose to attack me with your half sighted wits. I am not obliged to you, by a matter of decorum to either post, or make others aware of your correspondence. This is business must I remind you. Maybe a course of business may help you learn of this less than thoughtless insight. Once again I see you have hoof in mouth with your correspondence. I believe someone should show you the manner of business. Now I get a plea of how and why from you. I am not going to debate you in letter of politics, that was not my course of business with State College. Once again your banter is all over the place and your lack of concern of calling me racist, sexist, unintelligent, and not a Democrat; just because who I choose. I wish you would show you are professional and apologize to me, but that would be me, asking you to be professional.
Sincerely Ms. Je'Amour P. Matthews
I sent a copy of hers and mine to her colleagues...

"Oh Theresa"

"Here We Go Again"

You represent State College as a council member must I remind you; this is a business matter, No Ms. Matthews,I wrote a private email to you. Which you copied and pasted and mailed to a variety of others. That was, as I said in my previous post both inappropriate and unethical. And it proves the precise point which led me to write in the first place.You do not speak for an entire demographic. We may (or may not) be ofthe same age cohort, gender and party affiliation. But you, your protest organization, etc do not speak for me despite several emails to our borough when requesting the permit which implied that you do.So too, my reply was as a private person negating the inference which was drawn from that request. I did not, and can not, speak for the entire Borough council. Nor would I wish to. That fact was implicit in the singular nature of the email which I sent to you personally. Again, I hope you have a lovely march through our downtown district next week,tdl
Here is my response...
First and foremost Democracy In Suffrage is not a protest organization. So once again you insulted me and my fellow members. A march is Democracy in it's finest, not only that it is a visibility, a rally, but in a Democracy, and a free society, we celebrate the freedom to speak. Believe you and me speaking personally I would not want to be included in your demographics because lack professionalism and a business mind. I ask if I got a permit (that is business), all I got was a woman calling me stupid, racist, and sexist to name a few. In business correspondence your writing's could be held against you or made a public record. Hence forth I did so...
Sincerely Je'Amour P. Matthews
I am wanting a full written apology.
I sent a copy of her letter and mine to her colleagues...

My Forwarded Letter To Council

this was my first response to council with Theresa Lafer letter.
I think all the council members should know Theresa Lafer essentially called me, ignorant , racist and sexist. Is this anyway to do business. I think I am owed a formal apology from the Boro of State College...
Sincerely Ms. Je'Amour P. Matthews
this is my second
I wanted to give a warm and wonderful thanks to all.
But sadly Theresa Lafer has tainted the business at hand.
I still want to thank you all for giving us our permit.
I am sadden that in today's day and age, the air of Democracy is on the skids.
That some think they can abuse there power and authority by telling others, if you do not think like me I have a right to tell you who I think you are, and what you think.
Never did I mention race, never did I mention my choice on gender. Sadly one of your own tainted such a wonderful day for me. One of your own council members choose to step out of bounds, and informing me she thought I was not intelligent, I was racist, and sexist, for choosing Senator McCain & Governor Palin, and wanting to march for them. At no time in dealing with State College Borough I have represented any of things. As a matter of fact Theresa Lafer made several claims about Governor Palin & Senator McCain that where slanderous and untrue. I would like a formal apology, I want it written and signed by all...
Sincerely Ms. Je'Amour P. Matthews

"All of my other correspondence are listed in the other blog posting's"