Catalina Vel-DuRay
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Beacon Hill Housewife and municipal career gal Born and raised in the rolling hills of… more »

Catalina Vel-DuRay is finally back up north.
Sep 18 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on America's Largest Police Union Endorses Donald Trump.
"However, they inevitably, once their hold on an industry becomes strong enough, exploit that power to the detriment (and demise) of the industry. They seem unable to resist broiling the Goose instead of enjoying the Golden Eggs."

Commentor Comltatus dear, don't you think the very same thing can be said about the CEO class? Once upon a time, people who ran companies did so for a good salary and their performance was geared towards making the company stable and the shareholders happy. Now, we have a whole generation of business "leaders" who do nothing but work to meet Wall Street expectations, and mostly so that their stock compensation remains solid. When they fail, as they often do, they are given ridiculous severance packages and oftentimes move on to other companies. Industry suffers much more in that scenario than it does when workers organize.

And may I gently remind you that it takes two parties to enter into a labor contract? Management and workers. If management accepts a bad contract that they negotiated, they probably shouldn't be in management. And if management is too stupid or lazy to read the contracts they negotiated, opting instead to just blame "the union", why is that the union's fault?

The City of Seattle could play hardball with SPOG. They have done it with other powerful unions in the past (look to the City Light IBEW strikes of the 70's for proof of that) but they lack the fortitude to do so - and that includes every member of the council, including the "progressives".
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Sep 18 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on In Seattle Visit, Libertarian Gary Johnson Outlines His Vision: "It's Gonna be Uber Everything".
Sasha dear, I understand Libertarianism quite well. The trouble is that your candidate doesn't. Either that, or he lies almost continuously to pander to people.
Sep 18 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on America's Largest Police Union Endorses Donald Trump.
Commentor Comltatus dear, the UCFW certainly has had a troubled past, with members losing benefits and pensions and such. Part of that is the union, but a larger part is the downward spiral of retail and the loutish ways of the big grocery chains. I remember Safeway closing all of their stores in the upper midwest in the 70's rather than pay union wages, and that emboldened the other chains (which indirectly killed off a few smaller chains who tried to do the right thing by their employees).

Here on Beacon Hill, our local store - the Hilltop Red Apple - is union, and while they are more expensive than the QFC down the hill (also union) they have good service and have really improved the quality of their meat and produce in recent years (probably because of "gentrification"). The union has been a good partner with management, and it shows. I shop there not only out of convenience but because I think they are an asset to the community.

Your rather cartoonish depiction of unions is straight out of some conservative propaganda machine. You really need to learn to think for yourself, and realize that there are always at least two sides in any labor issue (management and workers) and sometimes more (unions, economic insecurity, societal change, etc).
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Sep 18 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on In Seattle Visit, Libertarian Gary Johnson Outlines His Vision: "It's Gonna be Uber Everything".
I heard Johnson on Bill Maher a few months back. Someone asked about energy, and his reply was that it was consumers who are moving away from coal, choosing to use less energy and choosing to invest in renewables, which is complete and utter nonsense.

Consumers have very little control over their energy supply, and most couldn't care less how they get their electricity, as long as it's cheap and reliable. It's true that Americans are using less energy than they were a generation ago, but that is mostly because of government mandated efficiency for appliances, HVAC and insulation. And renewables are heavily subsidized, with Obama-era incentives helping to drive the cost of renewable energy down. This is all good, but it's not consumers, it's government intervention.
Sep 17 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on America's Largest Police Union Endorses Donald Trump.
"We have been a card-carrying union member once upon a time."

Commentor Comltatus dear, grammar aside, my dearly departed Mother Vel-DuRay had a fitting response to the use of the royal "we" (which I tried on her a few times in my youth). It was this: "What's with the 'we'? Do you have worms?"

Do let "us" know what union you were a member of before commenting upon your experience, won't you?

Sep 17 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on In Seattle Visit, Libertarian Gary Johnson Outlines His Vision: "It's Gonna be Uber Everything".
Here's the thing about this year's crop of third party candidates: One (Johnson) is either a liar or an idiot, and the other one (Stein) should not have been put in the recycling bin.

I like the idea of third party candidates, but they have to do better than this.
Sep 17 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on America's Largest Police Union Endorses Donald Trump.
Oh, don't mind Our Dear Commentor Comltatus. His understanding of labor issues comes from AM radio, and those books that one is given as a thank you when one contributes money to the sort of politicians and religious leaders who feed off the gullible.
Sep 17 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on America's Largest Police Union Endorses Donald Trump.
Upchuck dear, I don't expect a monolith, but I do expect my fellow brothers and sisters to vote in our collective best interest, both as a union and as a citizen, and not like a bunch of I've-got-mine jerks.
Sep 16 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on America's Largest Police Union Endorses Donald Trump.
In the meantime, most unions endorse Democratic candidates but a good chunk of their members vote Republican. Try to figure that one out.
Sep 16 Catalina Vel-DuRay commented on Fuck CNN For Giving Donald Trump Hours of Airtime For His Birther Statement.
So they've gotten to Donald too. The tentacles of the Clinton/Obama Death Machine are far reaching. What sort of threat did they use, I wonder, for a good Christian Family Man and Sound Business Leader like Donald Trump to sell out like this?

In reality, someone on the campaign probably gave him enough lithium to have a moment of clarity.