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Bob Dunning: Hate is as hate does

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From page A2 | March 15, 2013 | Leave Comment

THE VERY DEFINITION OF HATE … whether or not Mikey Partida was attacked and beaten within an inch of his life on the streets of East Davis because he is gay has yet to be determined … but either way, this certainly fits my definition of a hate crime, no matter the motivation of the depraved thug who did this …

It’s sickening to look at the photos of Mikey in the hospital and realize that this happened in our town … and now that an arrest has been made, we all must call on our better selves to sit tight and wait for the legal process to run its course, hard as that may be for some of us … then again, unless we’re on a jury that will ultimately decide this suspect’s fate when and if there is a criminal trial, we can think whatever we wish … not that our feelings will change any of the facts of this horrendous beating …

What we can do in a very positive way is to pray for Mikey’s quick and complete recovery and surround him and his family with as much love and support as we can muster … we can also contribute to the fund (“Mikey’s Justice Fund’) that has been established to help Mikey overcome the debilitating physical and psychological effects of the raw horror he had to endure in the early morning hours last Sunday … the glimmer of good news in this tragedy is that Mikey appears to be healing well and is on his way to a full — if long — recovery …

Add to that the fact that from the great number of people who have expressed concern, it’s abundantly clear that Mikey has many strong and dedicated friends in this town … those bonds will no doubt be of great significance as Mikey bravely starts to put his life back together again … as he does so, he should know with absolute certainty that everyone in his chosen hometown is pulling for him …

THE READERS ALWAYS WRITE … Mark, who lists a home phone number in the Yolo County seat, writes to ask “Since the human body is 60 percent water and the people of Davis and Woodland will soon be drinking from the same source, won’t that make us more or less alike?” … I didn’t realize Woodland folks could afford to drink Perrier, Mike … in any regard, Woodland is Woodland and Davis is Davis and never the twain shall meet …

COMPLAINT DEPARTMENT … it’s become accepted as a universal truth that if you don’t vote, you have no right to complain … I am here to disagree … as long as you are a member of this society, you have every right to complain at every step along the way, whether you’ve voted or not …

If you have ever bought a taxable item, you’re by definition a taxpayer … and as a taxpayer, you have the right to complain whether or not you voted for the taxman or voted to approve how your tax dollars are being spent … you can complain about how our schools are being run or how high your parcel taxes are even if you sat the last election out … and you can scream about high water rates if you lost your ballot and never bothered to replace it …

We’re all supposed equals in this society, voters or not … if you don’t wish to vote, it’s fine with me … especially if your vote was going to cancel out my vote anyway …

BY THE NUMBERS … it seems the jury is still out on our mail-only election, given that just 39.4 percent of this town’s voters turned out for what was being billed by both sides as the most important election in city history … no way of knowing if that percentage would have been higher or lower had we voted the old-fashioned way …

I suspect the turnout on Election Day itself might have been a bit higher had there been traditional polling places scattered all over town, simply because I’m sure by March 5 some folks had misplaced their ballots and didn’t want to go to the trouble of heading over to the Vets Memorial to plead their case … while the “Yes” side won comfortably (by 8.2 percentage points), is was well short of a landslide …

Of ballots turned in on Election Day itself, the “No” side enjoyed a slim 940-891 advantage, a statistical curiosity that partisans on both sides can study to gain an advantage the next time we go to the polls … again, no one knows how things would have turned out had we had 79.4 percent participation rather than 39.4 … we should also note that the 39.4 percent figure is simply of registered voters … if we include every resident of Davis who is over 18 and therefore legally eligible to vote but perhaps not registered, actual participation is closer to 30 percent …

The only clear message here is that the vast majority of vote-eligible Davisites didn’t care enough one way or the other on the water project to make their feelings known to the Yolo County Elections office or the Davis City Council …

— Reach Bob Dunning at bdunning@davisenterprise.net

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