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Tina Auclair, San Juan Capistrano

San Juan Capistrano—we have choices to make, Election Day and beyond.

In a little over a week, it will be time to select the people that align most with our political views, the people we believe will provide us with what we feel is a favorable result on important items facing our cities, school district, water district and our very nation. As we enter this season of deciding on who will lead us in these areas, we must understand that our part does not end on Election Day. In fact, what we choose to do the day after the election may prove the most important decision of all.

It may be hard to celebrate a victory for any candidate you did not support, but think beyond the candidate—think about the city. The day after the election, all of those political signs telling you which candidate to vote for will be rendered useless—but what would happen if that’s when we begin to act? We can do our part by simply deciding that we want to help the city move in a positive direction. Imagine the possibilities. It really is up to each and every one of us.

We will have to choose to move forward or backward, forgive or hold grudges, listen or ignore, build bridges or tear down relationships, divide or unite. Make it your choice to seek truthful information and not rely on everything you read. Make it your choice to put the past stories to rest and look for positive new ones. Make it your choice to be part of the solution. Lay down the old armor and move toward each other.

It’s not hard to recognize that at the end of the day, we’re all just neighbors sharing one of the most beautiful places on the planet. Make it your choice to be grateful, kind and understanding. Look for the common ground and make a stand alongside your neighbor. Let’s work together to assure our town will thrive with goodwill and prosperity—isn’t that the vision we all have for our community anyway?

“…whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.” –Philippians 4 NKJV

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  • Tina, you sued the City and required the residents to foot the tab of the lawsuit.

    How much Tina did you benefit from that lawsuit?

  • Obama and Hillary are corrupt and voter fraud is a real and serious phenomenon occurring in our nation.

    • Here is what you rejected by voting out the Democrats
      – 65 straight months of economic growth
      – A record 56 months of private sector job growth
      – Unemployment falling from 10.1% to 5.9%
      – Fewer Americans in harm’s way in war zones
      – Zero attacks by al Qaeda on US soil
      – Record stock market growth

      Here’s what your lovable Republicans gave us last time they were in charge.

      – Two economic recessions
      – The worst financial collapse since the Great Depression
      – The worst terrorist attack in history
      – The two longest wars in US history
      – The worst record of job creation since Herbert Hoover
      – A complete collapse of the stock market
      – A budget surplus turned into a trillion dollar deficit

      And now we have a Republican congress with a White Supremist/Nationalist cabinet and a President-elect who is under investigation for rape, settled another fraud case for $25,000,000 and now has major conflicts of interest with his businesses. The Trump Hotel property in Washington is leased from the Federal government, which will make him the landlord.

      Well played America.

  • No, we rejected Obama’s divisive and corrupt policies that have been tearing this nation down since the day he took office.

    As Donna Brazile, former interim chair of the DNC said, jobs created under Obama have been low wage jobs. A notable exception is that created in the oil and gas industry particularly with fracking, which Obama has opposed but is not shy about taking credit for. The labor participation rate, on a slight downward trend for many years, has tanked during the Obama administration while the food stamp program and the number of those on food stamps have sky rocketed.

    Far from economic growth, we’ve had 95 straight months of Obama blowing our children’s future. When he took office, the national debt was 10.6 Trillion, by the time he leaves office, it will be 20 Trillion. Obama once called Bush unpatriotic for raising the debt to 8 T (at the time), yet while almost doubling it himself, he has simultaneously cut our military. During Obama’s reign of terror on our men in uniform, the Army let go almost 100,000 men and the other branches have been cut as well. See here on the status of our armed forces:

    Regarding terrorists attacks, you seem to have a short memory. There is the Boston Marathon bombing, the Ft. Hood shooting (Obama foolishly refers to it as “work place violence”), the Pulse night club shooting, the San Bernardino shootings, the Little Rock AR recruiting station shooting, the hatchet attacks on two police officers in Queens NY, the two ISIS directed attackers shot dead in Garland TX, the 5 US serviceman killed by an ISIS inspired shooter on base in Chattanooga TN, and then there is the attack on the US Consulate in Benghazi when Hillary failed to provide adequate security for our personnel resulting in four dead Americans including the first ambassador killed since 1979. Obama and Hillary then lied about the causes claiming, farcically, it was the result of an internet video.

    Then there is Obama’s divisive rhetoric inflaming racial animosity, perhaps the worst we’ve seen in America since the 1960’s. It’s no surprise there has been an uptick in the number of police shot in the line of duty, symptomatic of a leader appealing to the likes of Al, race hustler, Sharpton or giving the green light to the racists of BLM.

    Your statement: “And now we have a Republican congress with a White Supremist/Nationalist cabinet…” Really? What is your evidence for that? Nikki Haley comes from a Sikh family, Betsy DeVos will be the education secretary, and Ben Carson has been suggested for HUD. Yours appears to be the same old game of branding any Republican candidate or conservative with the racism charge simply because it has been an effective tactic in the past. Such scurrilous charges are wearing thin and is evidence that liberals have little else to commend their arguments. Indeed, it was the DNC who had suggested using Bernie Sanders’ Jewish heritage against him and BLM that tell white reporters to get to the back of the line while taking offense at the suggestion ‘ALL lives matter’.

    Obama is the worst president in US history, one who is not only divisive, but deliberately so. He said himself that although his name was not on the ballot, his policies were…and HE got soundly rejected. This is not a cause for gloating, but neither is it a time for rioting, as many liberals are doing. If Trump, in the interest of the nation, can consider for his cabinet two people who attacked him personally, perhaps the liberals can muster the integrity to at least give him the chance to fail before attacking him. It’s a tall order for liberals, but I hope it isn’t mission impossible.

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