In response to Joolz, and others who think that the main problem here is Efren's drinking, and that once he gets a handle on this, we are good to go...
What if the victim of the acknowledged, undisputed action (trying to sneak through a window, removing a screen, knocking on the door, resulting in TWO calls to 911 by a terrified woman in the middle of the night) had happened to your sister or daughter or me, and this was NOT our County Supervisor. WOULD you be saying the same thing (heart and compassion for the perpetrator)?
Would you be asking for the same wait and see response? Have you ever prior to this suggested that our system and public wait to respond to (in terms of his job) or judge any other alleged criminal prior to this? Are you suggesting that his action might be justified if we can "blame" the drugs he might have been taking?
I believe that we owe women more understanding in this matter than we owe Efren. Women have been subject to violence, threats, and terror by men for centuries. I believe that women have the right NOT to be subject to break-ins in the middle of the night, regardless of the level of intoxication of their perpetrator. DO YOU AGREE WITH THIS STATEMENT, JOOLZ?
I am SO TIRED of the excuses that men make to justify their actions when it comes to inappropriate, illegal behavior, and I am nauseated by our patriarchal military system's unwillingness to address the epidemic of rape in the armed services. As for the Republican war on Women....where does this end, and WHO ARE WE as a modern society?
To me, compassion does not mean that I believe we should rationalize, or , apologize for a person's actions, WHEN HE HAS HARMED ANOTHER PERSON, or cover up the discomforting REALITY that this is not something that we pay $150,000 per year to represent us should be doing. Especially given the facts: no apologies to victim, no recognition of the terror that such actions create for women, repeated attempts to blame the alcohol, etc., I feel we have enough facts to say that he should resign; that he is not fit for public office. I say this as a citizen, a constituent, and a taxpayer who has become pretty frustrated that we, the people, continue paying his salary at this moment.
I wish Efren luck in his recovery, and future endeavors. He has some commendable qualities. But I know enough, from the UNDISPUTED FACTS of this case, to say that we, the people, ought to have the power to fire this public employee soon, and get someone in that office who does not stalk and terrify a woman in the middle of the night, REGARDLESS of whether he has a drug problem or not.
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