wade kelvin column sig copy

Local opinion columnists

Three cheers for the creatively maladjusted

By From page A7 | January 19, 2012

Occupy Vacaville “occupied” Vacaville City Hall this week. Vacaville police had their hands full trying to contain the several hundred protestors who converged on . . . Oh wait. No, that’s not right. It was nothing like the Occupy protests we’ve seen on the news.

It reportedly started with three people and swelled to about a half dozen over the course of the day. A single tea party member showed up to counter-protest. Meanwhile, Vacaville police had made contingency plans to handle the crowd if it got out of hand. Bus routes near the Occupy site were delayed or diverted. And according to the Occupy Vacaville Facebook page, a woman who lives in a neighborhood near City Hall received a robocall, warning her that there would be an event Tuesday that might disrupt traffic.

The only way that “crowd” was going to disrupt traffic was if the handful of people suddenly decided to jaywalk.

But it’s not a failure. Occupy has already succeeded. While the tea party was successful in focusing national attention on the debt and government spending, Occupy focused the nation on income inequality, corporate crime and jobs.

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum has spoken about social mobility. Candidate Buddy Roemer has met with Occupiers. And aside from the shameless race-baiting, the entire Republican field is talking about the poor and wealth inequity. The president bested Congress on the payroll tax cut in part because of Occupy’s message.

Since Occupy’s message resonates with a lot of people, why didn’t more folks show up for Occupy Vacaville’s event? It’s the same reason why Suisun City resident George Guynn finds himself often sitting alone in various local government meetings. This week the Daily Republic ran a story on Guynn, who serves as president of the Central Solano Citizen/Taxpayer Group.

It’s not that people don’t care about these issues. They often simply don’t have the time or the ability to digest the complexity of issues before their local homeowners association, school board, sewer board, city council and county supervisors as well as deal with whatever is coming out of Sacramento and Washington, D.C.

This point was driven home to me in a letter I received after a column I wrote blasting nonvoters who didn’t vote in last November’s election. This thoughtful reader told me she was a single mother struggling to work, run a household and raise her kids. She voted in the past, but didn’t this past election because she didn’t have time or means to educate herself on the issues or candidates. She felt that it wouldn’t be responsible for her to vote in ignorance.

We need contrarians. The George Guynns of the world do us all a service by attending those meetings and sounding the alarm bells when things aren’t right. The Central Solano Citizen/Taxpayer Group looks out for our financial interests and helps inform voters. These issues are so complex they often go right over the heads of people who are focused on working and raising kids. I need this stuff simplified for me in order to pass it on to readers.

Success isn’t always measured by how many boots are on the ground or how many bottoms are in seats. And while it would be idyllic to have more people directly involved, we need the tea party, Occupiers and folks like George Guynn asking questions and driving the debate. As the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Human salvation lies in the hands of the creatively maladjusted.” Peace.

Kelvin Wade is a writer/author. Reach him at [email protected]

Kelvin Wade

Kelvin Wade


Discussion | 55 comments

The Daily Republic does not necessarily condone the comments here, nor does it review every post. Please read our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy before commenting.

  • Gary KatocsJanuary 19, 2012 - 6:11 am

    Yes there is income inequality that's why we have rich people and poor people..that's true of every place,and every time on Earth since the dawn of mankind..No government or authority will ever change..You're on your own and no ones stopping you from being rich..or being poor..Madonna hit New York with 35 dollars in her pocket..or bra.whatever and Aristole Onassis left Greece with the equivilent of 100 dollars in his kick..So shove your income inequality you useless socialist bastards put on big boy pants and get to work.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • MarciJanuary 19, 2012 - 7:31 am

    I sure hope the independents and conservatives in this State of Bliss will shout your message to the heavens because November is our last chance to Save America.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Paul PalmerJanuary 31, 2012 - 10:46 pm

    This guy Gary seems to take delight in displaying his ignorance of the reality of everything he writes about. When honest, striving people ask for a decent deal he thinks he can pose as smugly superior by trashing them. It's a cheap shot Gary that reveals your inferiority complex. If Madonna truly arrived in NY from Michigan with $20 in her pocket, I know about five million others who tried it and worked their whole lives just to make a decent life for their kids. How many made millions? Is it 0.0001% ? Do you really imagine, as you smugly insinuate, that poor Americans are actually free to move up the economic ladder today. You're living in a dream world. The studies show that there is less economic opportunity to move up in the US than in all the other industrialized countries. That mythology is so 19th century. Rich people today do everything in their power to make sure that not only do Americans NOT have opportunities, they insure that the channels for advancement are closed. College used to be the key to a professional life, now it is so expensive only the rich can afford it and if students borrow, their debts are treated like sacred obligations that they cannot even discharge in bankruptcy - the only such debt. Jobs are not available and capital for new enterprises is controlled and funneled to the children of the wealthy. You have no idea what you are talking about but you do good service to the wealthy and the insane of the Republicans whom you no doubt aspire to join.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsJanuary 31, 2012 - 11:10 pm

    Palmer,Ignorance inferiority,insanity lot on my plate..Colleges are bastions of liberalism I would think the poor could at least get in...However they no doubt draw the line at stupid.I do believe the opportunities are great here if for no other reason than we are so big and hence our markets..Don't know about those other countries u talk ab out but if the grass is greener planes leave every day

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Paul PalmerFebruary 01, 2012 - 11:45 am

    Excellent Gary: You make my point for me. You can't even write English but somehow you are sure you are superior. I don't suppose you have been listening to any of the unofficial spokespeople for Occupy in DC or Oakland. I have. They are intelligent, articulate, thoughtful and on point. They can think and write about ten times better than you can because for years they have been living and thinking about the reality that they protest.. So it makes sense that you would write your small minded, hate-filled little notes and posture as superior to them. After all, what else have you got going for you?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsFebruary 01, 2012 - 12:05 pm

    What language was my post in?..You say this isn't the 19thC...right people don't have to toil on farms or in factories..with technology today a person w/basic skills a command of the English language(better than me I guess per you) and a phone can create anything from a liv ing to an Empire...As for what else I have going for me..well for one I'm not in jail..yet

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsFebruary 01, 2012 - 9:17 am

    I grew up lower middle class,we struggled,ate horsemeat powdered milk brick sized yellow "cheese" we didn't have much but what we did have was not having people like you telling us how hopeless things were.You say you know 5 million people..borrow 25cents from each..call someone who cares and then you'll be a millionaire too

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Paul PalmerFebruary 01, 2012 - 11:58 am

    Gary: If you understood politics and economy, if you read about the unrelenting attack by the rich on the rest of us, then you wouldn't need me to tell you anything, you would be out on the street with the Occupy people trying to build a better, fairer world. If you knew anything about the history of New York as a portal for immigrants, if you understood why the Statue of Liberty was specifically placed in New York Harbor, you would know that it was actually more than five million immigrants who flooded into that port. My grandparents were among them. My grandfather's name is on the Ellis Island lists that are on the web now. During those times, you could build a life in the US because wages were rising for a hundred years and labor was valued. Today, the wealthy have taken over all of the routes for advancement and choked them off. They have embroiled us in countless, fruitless wars that make money for their pals in the weapons industry but keep the rest of us out of schools, out of work and in jail. This country maintains bases in over 700 other locations around the world. Imagine if the Chinese tried to build a base in Seattle. Each one of us pays or loses thousands of dollars every year to pay for the most gigantic military in the history of the world. For what? To stamp out democracy wherever it raises its ugly head? Why don't your write something with sense, instead of just glib stupidity?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsFebruary 01, 2012 - 12:28 pm

    U say I live in a dream world..I do..nothing beats loving what you do and doing it your own way on your own time. That's here in this country for all..It's not. Education,family wealth,or who you know..Remember this Palmer..Success isn't how far you get..it's how far you get from where you started.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • GeorgeFebruary 01, 2012 - 6:55 pm

    Paul that's a good post. It's amazing that the anger with our banking and finance system isn't a non-partisan issue. Even if you are a big time laizze faire capitalist what we have is not that. Yet the republican party has successfully made the poor and government spending the problem specifically to take the spot light off the Wall Street crowd. Until our money and finance issues AND campaign finance issues are addressed the economy will not get better. I regularly goad the conservative commentators here on how well the stock market is doing, how jobs are being made and how corporate profits are at a record level knowing full well that the undelying economy is structurally broke just to see if any of them understand this.... they don't.... they are almost universally mis-informed.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsJanuary 19, 2012 - 8:26 am

    Marci may well be correct, Second term presidents are dangerous in general and this anomaly in the People' House would be dangerous in particular.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksJanuary 19, 2012 - 8:27 am

    Well hang on to your hat, you have five more years to deal with it.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • MarciJanuary 19, 2012 - 9:24 am

    CD, Obama has a new 30-second add about his integrity. It's really quite amusing.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsJanuary 19, 2012 - 9:01 am

    Well CD Brooks your crystal ball not withstanding I'd put the word "may" between the words "you and "have" in your last post...oh,BTW I don't wear hats.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksJanuary 19, 2012 - 10:07 am

    Oh no. "May" not necessary, the Obamas will live on to torture you all for another term. You should start wearing a hat, it "may" save you from the onslaught of GOP trash flying through the air. :)

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • James PoplinJanuary 19, 2012 - 11:54 am

    The Daily Republic's internet Comment program is a breeding ground for hate and hate groups. CD Brooks and his coalition, and anyone who may make a comment, have the right. But when it comes to the news, the attacks begin. The news replaced with, name calling, threats, racial jokes. People will hide and make statements that they would not make in news print. I think this site needs to be monitored to restrict the anger and hate that is added to FF/SC. Maybe a filter for certain words or statements could flag them, and you could then follow up as needed. The two Comment Article's from Minnie and the news of Quincy, brought hate out with dozens of abuse. Seriously CD you need to have that crown knocked off . Stop trying to control, this site, new member or not, I dont accept ur rules. Complaint's will start coming in as this experiment implodes.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsJanuary 19, 2012 - 9:46 am

    30 second ad on Obama's integrity..can't imagine it would take that long..teleprompter must be mal-functioning.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsJanuary 19, 2012 - 10:19 am

    And CD Brooks should maybe start cutting those Prozac tablets in half.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksJanuary 19, 2012 - 10:23 am

    HA! HA! All four of them? :)

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsJanuary 19, 2012 - 1:04 pm

    Well CD looks like you're getting noticed and making new friends.It's obvious we're on opposite sides of the political spectrum but the only threats I've heard were made by Mary Poplin in that this site and your posts should be monitored. We conservatives don't like monitoring or censoring of any kind.Now if you and your coalition (you have a coalition)?..have been being naughty on other sites shame on you..but I've not seen anything untoward from you on our back and forth unless of course you count the words "GOP trash"..That cut deep my friend but I'll get over it.What am I supposed to do debate with myself?...

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksJanuary 19, 2012 - 10:32 pm

    Cool Sir, thanks.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • George BalellaJanuary 19, 2012 - 10:20 pm

    Since Obama became president we went from losing 750,000 jobs a month to gaining 200,000 a month. The stock market was down 25% over Bush's 8 years and is now UP 50% in Obama's 3 years. Also we have had record corporate profits the last 3 quarters. So what exactly does America need saving from? Which policy of Obama's is going to destroy us?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsFebruary 01, 2012 - 12:23 am

    Balella Just re-reading your old post...I guess your observations here were correct..things are booming!.I hear they're dancing in the streets in Oakland Ca.Their hearts filled with hope and change,their lungs filled with tear gas.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • GeorgeFebruary 01, 2012 - 6:24 am

    Oh no... I was just commenting on how much better thungs are under Obama compared to Bush. You know how like 200,000 is a bigger number than - 750,000. But we have a long long way to go to correct the massive structural problems with our government and our economy after too many years of Republican rule and of them selling off of our democr.... republic.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsFebruary 01, 2012 - 8:50 am

    George wanna re-read your last post..was that thugs? Or things..BO himself said people were better off 4 yrs ago than they are today..Is the president's own words good enough for you?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • GeorgeFebruary 01, 2012 - 11:49 am

    Of course people were better off 4 years ago during the peak of the bubble. That's like saying you were healthy just before the car ran you over.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • The SugarJarJanuary 19, 2012 - 11:05 pm

    Nice column, Mr. Wade.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsFebruary 01, 2012 - 1:28 am

    Mr Practical...In case you haven't seen this Sir Winston Churchill was on an Italian cruise ship after retiring...Someone asked him why he wasn't on a British ship..WC replied Because the food here is delicious,the service superb,and in case of emergencies the Italians don't have all this foolishness of women and children first!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Paul PalmerFebruary 01, 2012 - 12:10 pm

    I never accept the need for banning speech and controlling who can write what. Isn't there a old quote about Error being tolerated so long as Truth is free to oppose it? What we need is more serious writing about real events. I can't figure out what CD and Gary are talking about. Their writings are incoherent and meaningless. They have no impact that you don't grant to them. Just write back in a coherent, life-affirming way and they will be revealed as the know-nothings that they are. By seeking to impose your own filters, you are saying that you can take the power to control others' speech and that you are more benevolent. You may well be but the most effective way to counter hate speech is to oppose it where you find it. When it becomes violent, when the KKK comes onto the scene, that will be different. But for now, we are simply writing to each other.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksFebruary 01, 2012 - 2:01 pm

    Uh yeah "Paul." Try again in English, we're all friends here, thanks!

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsFebruary 02, 2012 - 12:16 am

    Nice long post..nice quick kick out thank you DR..get some Ritalin already.what I was saying Palmer is..always believed in term limits.it's a service not a lifetime career..kill their pensions and perks proactive and retroactive fromJimmy Carter on down...but don't dump on rich some come to it by birth some by burden.I've got more but another time..feel a drop kick coming from DR any minute

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsFebruary 01, 2012 - 12:37 pm

    George...A 22 motorcade worth of cars...if you think that having the highest number of unemployed people since 1994.Aballooning Natl'l Debt and Deficit..just google that Bush vs Obama go on..Google food stamps Bush v Obama..and if you have healthcare wait till you see that car hit you...

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsFebruary 01, 2012 - 12:45 pm

    George if people were better off 4 yrs ago..wouldn't it follow that they were also better off 8 yrs ago?..Sooo...Dubya gave you 8 good yrs...whata ya want egg in your beer?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsFebruary 01, 2012 - 1:17 pm

    HEY CD BROOKS You gonna let Paul Palmer talk that way about us?..LOL....Go figure huh?.I'm Christian you non..You Liberal me not..One of us is smart one is not(another debate OK for now ur the smart one)..we'll take turns..and this human surprise can't find common ground with either of us..What are we to make of that

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksFebruary 01, 2012 - 2:05 pm

    Gary, I don't know what his issue is. I also don't think he's "Paul Palmer." Not tha I know a "Paul Palmer."

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsFebruary 01, 2012 - 1:47 pm

    Palmer. If I may play Devils advocate here...Hard work will always pay off over time but laziness pays off right now..Work is the least effective way to make money..it steals your time,your health and finally as a salt rub in the open wound that is your pathetic life steals your wages by taxing them..If one loves money..really loves money one should marry it.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsFebruary 01, 2012 - 1:51 pm

    CD Brooks if ur reading this did u say something about FOX-isms and Republicans shafting all Americans recently?..Can't find the thread

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksFebruary 01, 2012 - 2:07 pm

    Yes, it is in letters to the editor under "Social Security lacks security."

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksFebruary 01, 2012 - 2:10 pm

    I also replied to your comment under "Is the political gain worth the cost."

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsFebruary 01, 2012 - 2:36 pm

    CD..I can't navigate this thing at all will try and find it...For now..I'll say LYou're crazy wrong"..just to "hold my place". LOL

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsFebruary 01, 2012 - 2:03 pm

    Paul Palmer: I wish you health,wealth and happiness..I'd shoot for wisdom but I don't think guns of that high a caliber are allowed in your state

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsFebruary 01, 2012 - 2:40 pm

    CD..Might be Pauline Palmer..and he may be the one that just had the bad breakup w/Chaz Bono...

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Paul PalmerFebruary 01, 2012 - 3:08 pm

    It's wonderful that the ground rules here are so slanted in my favor. We are actually supposed to converse in English - which Gary and CD see as an obstacle. So Gary wants to instruct us as to how we should earn some money. He tells us that working for it is for the birds. We should marry it. Gary, how about starting a bank and stealing it? Does that work for you too? How about giving out phony mortgages to people that you know won't be able to pay it back because you can get origination fees when you write the mortgage and service fees when you foreclose and you can screw investors by selling them garbage bundled CDO's which are mendaciously rated as AAA because you paid off the CEO of Moody's to rate them that way and he is as slimy a climber as you and all your associates.? And of course the coup de grace - once your fraud comes tumbling down you have paid off the corrupt President and Congressman to take general funds and pay you for your losses from the taxes paid by the very same people whom you are screwing. Now surely that's a plan that you could get behind, isn't it Gary? Oh, I'm sorry. That would take the ability to speak English and to think creatively. I didn't mean to frustrate you. I guess you'll have to marry money after all.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksFebruary 01, 2012 - 3:16 pm

    "Paul," not sure what your problem is? Did I personally offend you in some way? I don't recall having any comments with you so why did you feel it necessary to come after me? You can run your mouth all day but if it is aimed in my direction, I should be given an explanation.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsFebruary 01, 2012 - 3:33 pm

    CD Please..we all read the posts..Pauline says you speak incoherently..he says we don't speak in English..He says he's had insightful conversations with people who throw bricks thru windows..I'm telling you the man's deranged..let me filet him for you..How do you like your steak?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsFebruary 01, 2012 - 9:34 pm

    George..Paul is off the ranch..I agree with your last paragraph though..But Dems take a big chunk of Wall St cash too..

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsFebruary 01, 2012 - 10:08 pm

    Beatle George Harrison once said "It doesn't matter who gets elected,the politicians always win"..Oscar Wilde said "Living well is the best revenge".

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Paul PalmerFebruary 01, 2012 - 11:36 pm

    Good going Gary. You are going to come over into the sunlight yet. I can feel it in my bones. So let's live well and boot out the politicians. Let's redesign the system so politicians are not allowed to run for office. Let's insist that ordinary people have to officiate for a fixed term and then be replaced by other real people. Let's outlaw politicians. It could be done. All it takes is agreement that we want that. Wouldn't that be the Great American Experiment?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsFebruary 02, 2012 - 4:24 am

    Palmer That bone thing could be arthritis...No pensions or Perks for any elected official either From Jimmy Carter on down pro and retroactive..I never had a servant but if I did I don't think they would expect to be treated better than I treat myself.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • CD BrooksFebruary 04, 2012 - 7:34 am

    Yeah brilliant. Sort of like Lord of the flies...Wow.

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsFebruary 02, 2012 - 12:22 am

    Palmer..agree on term limits..it's a service not a career..but why dump on rich..some come to it b y. Birth some by. Burden.. A guy makes 250K in Miss. He's rich that guy in NY is eeking by...A million dollars ain't much any more..Italians say Una man lava notra..one hand washes the other..The pols court the rich for their cash and the poor for their. Votes..not worth it..live well

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsFebruary 02, 2012 - 12:32 am

    ERROR the reCaptcha response was incorrect..I didn't even finish it..other sites don't even have this crap...How do I write sanskrit, farsi,blurred letters..Can't you bloggers make them end this waste of freaking time?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsFebruary 02, 2012 - 4:32 am

    Palmer..We all get full of ourselves and lash out like spoiled brats..some more than others CD and I recently got slapped down by DR for it..Nobody's sensibility is going to be changed by slander,name calling or belittleing(sic)..This site doesn't have spell check but has Farsi and Sanskrit on Spam guard...

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsFebruary 02, 2012 - 4:38 am

    Good news..Job situation improving New York City just hired 200 people to help manage it's food stamp and welfare programs

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Gary KatocsFebruary 02, 2012 - 10:29 pm

    Joneses,Kirchubel,and George...You guys in a mutual admiration society or what?

    Reply | Report abusive comment
  • Recent Articles

  • Enter your email address to subscribe and receive notifications of new posts by email.

  • Special Publications »

    Use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service (updated 4/30/2015) and Privacy Policy (updated 4/7/2015).
    Copyright (c) 2016 McNaughton Newspapers, Inc., a family-owned local media company that proudly publishes the Daily Republic, Mountain Democrat, Davis Enterprise, Village Life and other community-driven publications.