LETTER: Sen. Graham does not deserve re-election

Tuesday, October 14, 2008 | 1:13 p.m. CDT

Any appointed or elected officials that were sworn under the oath of lawful office to conduct themselves faithfully under all the laws of our constitution and state, but then violate that oath, should never deserve re-election.

The Missouri state law, pertaining to the privilege to operate a motor vehicle lawfully, must be obeyed and followed by all citizens. No citizen is allowed to operate a vehicle on our roads while under the influence of alcohol.

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It has been said that the driving experience by Sen. Chuck Graham, which led to his arrest, was based on the observance of a local police officer, who discovered that the senator appeared to be under the influence of alcohol.

Therefore, Sen. Graham has violated my trust, because his inability to manage and control his own personal life and affairs, without the use of a legal drug called alcohol, is an overt example of recklessness and carelessness of self-will run riot. We do not need that kind of character in public office, which seems to suggest that some citizens are above the law. Moreover, it sends the wrong message to our youth. It became apparent to me, while attending Grant Elementary School's day of graduation 2008, in which the educators were handing out awards, in honor of the senator, to some of its students.

Sen. Graham should resign from office. I hope voters encourage him to do so, under our form of government. We need to uphold and support our laws equally.

I'm sure he could be voted in as a leader, with his hope, strength, faith and experience, at one of our local Alcoholics Anonymous chapters. I'll vote for that.

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Charles Dudley Jr October 15, 2008 | 8:23 a.m.

If you want to do away with Senator Graham then you better do away with a whole bunch of other politicians who have done worse than Senator Graham.

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John Schultz October 15, 2008 | 10:12 a.m.

How about just not voting for any politician, regardless of party affiliation, who has committed a crime? This is not a Republican, Democrat, Libertarian, whatever issue as you are trying to make it, Chuck.

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Charles Dudley Jr October 15, 2008 | 12:12 p.m.

I'm not trying to make it anything but pointing out the obvious to the OP here. If there was a site for all of the Libertarians or any other political party as comprehensive as that one is I would have posted it as well.
What gets me is some people h=just do not get it these days as is issues you vote on not race,sex or whatever.

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Marlon Jordan October 20, 2008 | 7:51 a.m.

I did my part to get rid of former Columbia Councilperson Almeta Crayton. She is gone, with her Jim Crowism!

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Mark Foecking October 20, 2008 | 7:15 p.m.

You know, if we (me and you) had both run for First Ward council, the vote might have gotten fragmented enough that Almeta would have returned to her council seat.

Why do you accuse her of Jim Crow leanings? In my observation, she gave a lot of people a voice on the Council, that wouldn't otherwise been heard. She also did a lot for low-income people both black and white.


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Marlon Jordan October 27, 2008 | 6:26 a.m.

For Mark, If i can, i'll post of an article that appeared in the Columbia Tribune Sept. 16, 2006
Masked man to carry message to city council
In a rambling, seven-page handwritten statement sent to Columbia officials Tuesday, Jordan says he and his 8-year-old nephew were "accosted" by police Capt. Brad Nelson during the National Night Out event last year. The statement says Nelson prevented Jordan and his nephew from joining other participants as he stood wearing the KKK hood and holding signs. I made my request on a Tuesday, therfore it had to be Crayton who contacted the hypocritical black paragons who submitted their request by the following thrusday. WHO BLOCKED MY GOAL? Why come we did not come together, since the action is the same? Why would a statment be made as follows.
Smith said he would introduce a draft ordinance Monday that will allow for the creation of a board that would review complaints against officers and incidents such as the one at the mall. He said the action is not related to Jordan’s statement.

The complaints that i e-mailed to the city are the ones that the police refused to even answer or repond to them. Moreover, i even wrote the woman and went to the council chambers and she has never responed to me. She has no documents to back up her claims. I have mines! We have never talked all i have gotten from her and her cohorts is dehumanization, demonized and made to look very hateful and not progressive. Did you ever listen to her speak on KOPN radio? She said, if your sick, get off your pity pot and go help someone. However, she is running to help who? How do u describe a guy who wants to jump off a brigde and kill himself? She said on the radio that she hepled to get the man an attorney. Same goes for all those folks who every year stand in lines for turkeys and other handouts, when they have all year to save money for these holidays.
On another note, look at the recent police complaint with the student. Do you see the judgement call from the paragons? They use crimnal tactics and thinking patterns to avoid accountability and resposibility, by proclaiming that this student is an honor student and a productive student. Therefore, we have to defend her! Our Constitution makes no such claims, based on your status in life. People do that!They jugde who they will rally around, they don't do this kind of action for everybody. The girl is wrong and she is being taught an stinking lesson about life. The only person she can control to be non violent is herself! Young people are being led by stupid community leaders, this example should not be followed by our young. It was just like drinking from seperate water fountains that night.

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