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Jager, Newman dis Eureka’s disabled community

[Guest Post by Andrew Bird.]

Tri-County Independent Living in Eureka has been helping those with disabilities in our community gain more control over their lives for 32 years. TCIL’s mission is to promote the Philosophy of Independent Living, to connect individuals to services and to create an accessible community, so that people with disabilities can have full access to the community.

This election, TCIL sent surveys to candidates for county supervisor, Eureka City Council and Eureka mayor.

The surveys focused on issues relevant to people with disabilities, including seniors, as well as care providers. TCIL published the answers from the candidates about 10 days ago. They can be viewed on TCIL’s Facebook page.

“We wanted to raise the awareness of these issues in the eyes of the candidates,” Glenn Reed, TCIL’s Outreach & Resource Development coordinator, told the Times-Standard. “We also wanted to help area people with disabilities, seniors, care providers and others to make more informed decisions in this election.”

Ron Kuhnel, Peter La Vallee, Bonnie Neely, Larry Glass and Patrick Cleary took the time to read and complete the survey. So did Marian Brady, Virginia Bass and Ryan Sundberg.

But Frank Jager and Mike Newman did not. Newman completed only part of the survey, ignoring the tougher questions. Jager ignored the survey altogether – at least he didn’t bother to submit answers.

I humbly suggest to Mr. Jager and Mr. Newman that it is a mistake to disrespect those with disabilities and the people at TCIL.

As Reed put it to the Times-Standard: “All too often (persons with disabilities) are ignored by those in elected office at all levels because they aren’t viewed as a powerful voting block when, in fact, they have a voice and can make a difference.”

In my two years experience working for the Legislature, I have found that people with disabilities are indeed very much involved in the political process – and they do vote.

  1. November 1, 2010 at 1:16 am

    I did not receive the survey.

  2. Anonymous
    November 1, 2010 at 5:20 am

    Sorry Xandra, but Heraldo is more concerned about spreading slime as he’s been consistently doing this week. It’s politics of fear. It’s all he and his supporters know. It’s how they think they win elections.

  3. High Finance
    November 1, 2010 at 5:59 am

    Quick Heraldo, only 24 or so hours left to hype misleading headlines!

    One reads this story thinking that Jager & Newman insulted or demeaned the disabled in awful statements. Instead they simply failed to return the survey. Candidates get a lot of surveys during the election.

    In the words of Bob Schiefer “is this the best you got?”. If so, you ain’t got nothing.

  4. Decline to State
    November 1, 2010 at 7:09 am

    I don’t see how choosing not to participate in the survey is disrespecting those with disabilities.

  5. Harold h. Greene
    November 1, 2010 at 7:30 am

    The truth of it is, they would have returned a survey sent by the chamber of commerce.

    It’s funny, even Virginia Bass completed one.

  6. Andrew Bird
    November 1, 2010 at 7:48 am

    I don’t see how choosing not to participate in the survey is disrespecting those with disabilities.

    You may not see it as disrespectful, but TCIL and those with disabilities do. They are tired of being ignored and they are organizing and growing as a political force.

  7. insider
    November 1, 2010 at 7:48 am

    Even Virginia completed one! That’s becuase Matthew sat Marian and Virginia down, gave them the answer and made them fill one out. Lance didn’t think it was a big deal for his boys.

  8. Anonymous
    November 1, 2010 at 7:53 am

    To pick and choose which questions to answer is deliberately misleading on the part of the candidates. It is also a sign of either laziness or arrogance.

  9. High Finance
    November 1, 2010 at 8:04 am

    7.53am Did you feel the same when Glass/Kuhnel/LaVallee & Neely refused to fill out the Tea Party’s survey? It was obviously planned among them to ignore that 30% of the populace.

    Yet then Bass/Brady/Newman/Jager all filled out Democracy Unlimited’s survey.

  10. Reality Check
    November 1, 2010 at 8:49 am

    Frank Jager claimed at the Rotary Club debate that he returns any correspondence that comes his way, and that’s why he is going to be a great mayor-because he keeps in touch with all constituents. The Meg Whitman syndrome has spread like herpes amongst the conservative candidates-lots of money spent with no substance and no real change!

  11. A-Nony-Mouse
    November 1, 2010 at 8:52 am

    The Tea Party survey was full of ‘push’ questions, designed to elicit certain answers. Surely you’re familiar with the technique, HiFi? “yes or no, have you stopped beating your wife?” By designing the question and limiting the choice of answers, the survey was meant to provide ammunition for the recipient’s opposition. The Tea Party survey was a classic example.
    The TCIL survey asked legitimate questions about serious issues before the disabled and handicapped community. I saw a copy of it. It would not have been difficult to fill out.

  12. Plain Jane
    November 1, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Expecting change from a conservative is illogical.

  13. Glenn Reed
    November 1, 2010 at 10:58 am

    Regarding Xandra Manns: We were unable to contact you because we could not find a phone number (not listed on your web site at the time) and there was no direct email address to which to send the survey. I twice submitted an inquiry (via your web site form)asking for an email or snail address where we could send the survey and never got any response either.

    Our agency has a very small staff and, like a lot of non-profits, we wear many hats and are pressed for time. I spent a lot of time trying to contact the various candidates repeatedly, and after a point have to draw a line and say either “I can’t hold their hand in getting them to respond” or “it shouldn’t be this difficult to contact them and my time is valuable too.”

    I’m sorry that Xandra was not included as I have complete respect for her and agree with her on a great many issues. In the case of Newman and Jager, it was clearly a case of what I mentioned in the previous paragraph, however.

    Regarding some of the other comments–“simply not returning a survey” indicates a lot in itself, as does not bothering to answer half of the questions. You may consider it to just be good politics (that group has no power!) but it certainly doesn’t indicate good public service.

    Please also note that people with disabilities run the entire gamut of the political spectrum, so you cannot lump them in with one philosophy….except that you just want the same opportunities in life as everyone else.

    Glenn Reed

  14. Richard "Rick" Khamsi
    November 1, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    Not only do the “Disabled” vote, their families vote, and their friends vote.

    Ignoring the people or pretending to represent us when just going through the motions at election time will not work.

    In a few hours, we will know which candidates “We the People” have decided are actually listening to us and which were not listening carefully enough.

  15. High Finance
    November 1, 2010 at 3:03 pm

    Which Tea Party questions were “trick” questions Mouse?

    Be specific for once, unless of course, you haven’t read the Tea Party questionaire.

  16. High Finance
    November 1, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    Just as I thought. You didn’t even read the Tea Party questions.

    And you still call yourself honest Mouse?

  17. High Finance
    November 2, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Despite all of Heraldo’s campaigning, Jager wins with about 58%, Newman wins with 52%

  18. Richard "Rick" Khamsi
    November 2, 2010 at 11:45 am

    High Finance does not determine the outcome of elections. We the People do.

  19. High Finance
    November 2, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Ah, but what a better world it would be if it was all up to me!

  20. Humagate
    November 2, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    Your vision of a “better world” is quite narrow, but you obviously have no problem with leaving the majority out in the cold.

  21. Auntie Arkley
    November 3, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Typical. These right-wingers care only for themselves and their developer butt-buddies. In their fucked-up world, greed rules. These right-wing assholes suck.

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