Saturday, our very own San Diego Union Tribune published a whole series of letters supporting Douglas Manchester and criticizing the Retirement Board that had decided to move its conference out of the Manchester Grand Hyatt. This particular letter summarizes the issues well:
As a retired county employee, I was outraged at the action of the San Diego County Employees Retirement Association to move its October conference out of the downtown Hyatt because Doug Manchester contributed $125,000 to gather signatures to place Proposition 8 on the November ballot so the question of same-sex marriage could be put to a vote of the people. The sole purpose of this board is to oversee the management of the retirement funds for county employees, not become involved in local politics, even if one of the board members has an agenda.
I would like to see the Retired Employees of San Diego County (an association that represents retired county employees) poll its membership and see how many, if any, support this action by the retirement board. I suppose now that the board is going political, there will be forthcoming an endorsement for one of the presidential candidates. Hmmm.
This is significant because:
1. A whole series of letters appeared, saying essentially the same thing. This suggests to me that a bunch of the retirees got together (could it have been their association?) and decided to push back.
2. Their push-back got results: the paper could not ignore all of them. Of course, I have no idea how many letters they actually sent.
3. People are getting sick of the bullying tactics of the gay lobby.
The moral of the story is: Don't give up!
Send more letters!