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Moy’s public dealings trump personal

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From page A11 | January 09, 2014 |

Once again Councilwoman Catherine Moy is being sued for nonpayment by a credit card company. While supporters feel these stories aren’t newsworthy, your life is under a microscope when you’re a public servant and it should be. A politician’s personal dealings should be reported to the voters and the public can evaluate what weight to give it.

It should shock no one that Moy and I don’t see eye to eye on a lot of political issues. When she used to be a columnist, I read many of her columns with the same eye rolling that surely happens when conservatives read mine. When she was appointed to the City Council in 2008, I was less than thrilled.

But Cat has surprised me. She hasn’t governed like a one-dimensional ideologue. She’s kept an eye on government spending but also supported Measure P, the 1 percent sales tax increase that saved the city from implosion. She took considerable heat from her fiscally conservative friends and I gained a new level of respect for her.

So when I look at her situation, I put it in context.

When the economy went belly up, lots of folks found themselves on hard times. Many people here in town lost their homes. I know more than one person who became homeless after the economic meltdown. And many of those who didn’t lose their homes had to use credit cards to pay household expenses just so they could continue paying the mortgage. Moy lost her job and her situation was no different than many of ours.

Then her husband became disabled and that obviously affected their ability to keep up with their bills.

In addition to the cancer she was battling for most of last year, a medical mishap resulted in her becoming septic and hospitalized for 2½ weeks. In October 2012, I was hospitalized with sepsis and I know how much that life-and-death condition takes out of you. I was fortunate to have someone to handle our affairs while I battled and recovered from sepsis.

And while I’m pretty sure Cat doesn’t support Obamacare, I think one thing the majority of us should be able to agree on is that no one should be financially ruined because they got sick.

Of course none of this is an excuse. The sheer amount of credit card debt points to financial trouble predating Moy and her husband’s health issues. But those issues obviously exacerbated the problem.

Living beyond one’s means is an American epidemic. Some folks feel that if a politician can’t keep his or her personal financial affairs in order, then how can they be trusted with the public’s purse strings? That’s a fair question. And its one Moy will have to answer to constituents. But people should also take the next step and look at the public record and see if Moy’s personal dealings have affected her public governance. I don’t think they have.

Those who oppose her will see the latest news as more reason to replace her on the council, while supporters see it as an irrelevant personal matter.

One thing is certain: As a result of the publicity of Moy’s financial dealings the pool of potential City Council candidates willing to undergo a public examination of their personal dealings is sure to shrink. Peace.

Kelvin Wade is the author of “Morsels” Vols. I and II and lives in Fairfield. Email him at kelvinjwade@aol.com.

 

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  • The MisterJanuary 09, 2014 - 7:11 am

    While all of these financial problems that Cat has suffered might just be a turn of bad luck, these same things in other people often are indicators of bad financial decisions in the past. As Cat is a "leader" and elected representative of the people, it is very appropriate that Cat's situation be investigated enough to satisfy the people that Cat represents that she is a victim of bad luck and that this is not the result of poor decision-making.

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  • Maureen BairdJanuary 09, 2014 - 9:14 am

    Mr. Wade, in this enviornment of rabid partianship, I really appreciate your fair-minded and non-vindictive tone. A great assessment. Thanks

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  • I sincerely hope Cat Moy recovers from her illness..January 09, 2014 - 9:36 am

    To help out maybe everyone could buy a copy of the book she co-wrote w/radio talk show host Melanie Morgan.....American Mourning: The Intimate Story of Two Families Joined by War--Torn Beliefs by Catherine Moy and Melanie Morgan (Oct 16, 2006) ......Now having said that, this book is a blatant blatant propaganda piece for the run-up to the war in Iraq ( and 9/11 was an inside job on the Republican watch, with the help of top Democrats ) and I think Cat owes Cindy Sheehan an apology.....To make your piece with God, you have to admit your mistakes.....the main thing in Life is to make it into Heaven, and I am not saying this to be mean, but if you are a real Christian you want everyone to be saved.....also all you Christians WAKE UP....the politicians at the top Democrat and Republican are NOT CHRISTIANS....they are WAR MONGERS FOR THE GLOBALIST BANKERS...The Bushes and Clintons are very very EVIL

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  • To see what I mean please check out....January 09, 2014 - 9:52 am

    Infowarscom

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  • http://www.amazon.com/American-Mourning-Intimate-Families-War--Torn/dp/1581825404/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389288263&sr=8-1&keywords=melanie+morgan+AmericanJanuary 09, 2014 - 9:55 am

    To order the Book

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  • We are in so much trouble people....January 09, 2014 - 10:00 am

    WAKE UP WE ARE ALL BEING LIED TO....Google...Obama creation of the CIA.......and then...Bush Clinton CIA Import Cocaine Arkansas....

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  • SavetheRepublicJanuary 09, 2014 - 10:20 am

    I would also like to say to the Tea Parties do not trust Melanie Morgan and Brian Sussman, they have at least in the past seemed to me to be blatant propogandists,,,,I have not listened to them lately.....Now having said this we are in a DANGER ZONE.....Why because the Liberal/Democrats/Progressives are totally in a Herd Mentality ( as are most of us )....they will believe that their party is working for their benefit and just like the Republicans the Dems are being lied to.....The Democrats at the top are putting the United States into the New World Order just as much as the Republicans.....How can I say this nicely...you Liberals are more easily Duped.....The Republicans are being misled also, but are at least attempting to question the Globalist system to a certain extent......It is the Tea Party/ Ron Paul types that are most questioning the Federal Reserve, the most doing something about it....attempting to reform the Republican Party or becoming Libertarian......You Democrats with your Blind, Naïve faith in the Democrat party are going to bring us down, because you are now more numerous than the Conservative faction.....Please wake up Democrats we need you to see the truth....Thank you.....See for example you have Obama taking out Libya.....TARP bailouts....The Transpacific Partnership....NDAA, the build up of "Homeland Security/Stazi/Checka......We are in so much trouble people.

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  • https://www.eff.org/issues/tppJanuary 10, 2014 - 1:04 am

    Google....Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement | Electronic Frontier Foundation .........The Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) is a secretive, multi-national trade agreement that threatens to extend restrictive intellectual property (IP) laws across the globe and rewrite international rules on its enforcement. The main problems are two-fold: (1) IP chapter: Leaked draft texts of the agreement show that the IP chapter would have extensive negative ramifications for users’ freedom of speech, right to privacy and due process, and hinder peoples' abilities to innovate. (2) Lack of transparency: The entire process has shut out multi-stakeholder participation and is shrouded in secrecy. The twelve nations currently negotiating the TPP are the US, Japan, Australia, Peru, Malaysia, Vietnam, New Zealand, Chile, Singapore, Canada, Mexico, and Brunei Darussalam. The TPP contains a chapter on intellectual property covering copyright, trademarks, patents and perhaps, geographical indications. Since the draft text of the agreement has never been offically released to the public, we know from leaked documents, such as the February 2011 draft US TPP IP Rights Chapter [PDF], that US negotiators are pushing for the adoption of copyright measures far more restrictive than currently required by international treaties, including the controversial Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA).

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  • http://www.state.gov/e/eb/adcom/acicip/rls/203040.htmJanuary 10, 2014 - 1:08 am

    US State Department....Advisory Committee on International Communications and Information Policy Membership List.....I wonder if any of these people gave advice on this treaty, which so far no one has been able to see a complete draft of the text.

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  • ?January 09, 2014 - 9:48 am

    On the Thursday, January 9 edition of the Alex Jones Show, Alex continues coverage of the danger of radiation from the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant reaching California. The Infowars team reports on abnormal radiological readings discovered at Half Moon Bay in San Mateo County, California. The team also files a report from the Humboldt Bay Power Plant in Eureka, California, a nuclear plant that will be decommissioned in 2015. Alex talks with Richard C. Davis, the chairman, president and CEO of OgenX Therapeutics, a clinical stage drug development company. Dr. Davis will talk about the danger of radiation and the under-reported Fukushima disaster. Alex also talks about a report confirming the Pentagon is stockpiling potassium iodide in response to Fukushima. Alex looks at other stories, including the controversy over a video featuring a toddler spouting racist epithets.

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  • Dexter FowlerJanuary 09, 2014 - 1:35 pm

    What time do your meds kick in?

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  • ?January 09, 2014 - 2:19 pm

    I do not know what the cluck you are implying Fowler, so I will ignore that comment......See I will join the rest of you and just play "Dumb".....again as Confusion says.....Man who afraid to look will never see.......

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  • Puddin TaneJanuary 09, 2014 - 2:36 pm

    Spoiler alert: they never kick in. There's no point in trying to use facts either, as she'll just go and reconcile her position via confirmation bias.

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  • Dexter FowlerJanuary 09, 2014 - 3:56 pm

    Puddin, I didn't think so. I wonder who this person "Confusion" is they quote. Other than her/himself of course.

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  • Tom FooleryJanuary 09, 2014 - 5:09 pm

    So Fowler know any good jokes?......I think whoever Troy Horace is did a good job on that comment, do you agree?

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