Friday, June 29, 2007

Renowned Tennis Southpaw Chides Mayor

Again, Fresno makes headlines for all the wrong reasons. How sad that Mayor Alan Autry felt compelled to resign from the national organization of mayors because he was not given enough time to figure out how to vote on what should have been the easiest decision of his life -- a vote to support pulling troops out of Iraq.

How difficult is it to see the harm that the illegal and unjust invasion of Iraq is doing to communities like Fresno? Obviously there is the senseless loss of military lives from towns such as ours. Second, there is the depletion of funds that could have been used for so many productive purposes here at home, rather than to create death and misery abroad.

Perhaps we could be making real progress in repairing the Gulf Coast communities ravaged by Katrina instead of just putting lipstick on a pig. Perhaps we could be providing quality health care to our citizens, or cleaning our putrid air. The list could go on and on.

If the mayor truly had the interests of Fresnans at heart, voting to support troop pull-out should have been a no-brainer.

Jeffrey W. Eisinger



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