Editor,

I read Christopher P. Conway’s “A farewell of sorts” letter in the Oct. 10-11 edition of the Daily Journal and thought I’d write to ask him to reconsider his choice to stop writing letters to provide his perspective on matters. I certainly hope it wasn’t due to intimidation as he vaguely alluded to.

The “right side” thinking opinion, not only in San Mateo County, but throughout California is so under represented that to lose a voice on the conservative side, to me, only allows for the middle of the road thinker to struggle with his or her decision on what side to take on important issues, politically and otherwise if they only read one side of an opinion. A case in point is Mr. Conway’s closing sentence to support Diane Papan and Lisa Nash and not Amourence Lee. Not because Nash and Papan are conservative (and to this writer they are not), but to elect Lee just puts her on board with the council’s two other extreme left-thinking members who voted to appoint her in 2019 with Maureen Freschet’s resignation. In my opinion her appointment just puts her in those two back pockets. 

Anyway, I digress. As unbalanced as the political landscape is here, let’s make sure both sides have a voice. 

Chris, consider reconsidering your choice to stay silent.

Bob Wackerman

San Mateo

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(52) comments

Tommy Tee

Terry--your desperate tone is becoming pretty pathetic.

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Tommy Tee

You're super funny--and you repeat yourself a lot.

Tommy Tee

Watched the video with CC inciting violence, pushing people, and swearing like a sailor. Go, Padres. Grammar sucks, too: "I ain't goin' nowhere." You can see why he is "one" with The Proud Boys.

Terence Y

Tommy disabili-Tee, you may want to get your eyes and ears checked. BTW, where’s your brain-dead Biden today, hiding yet again? Sounds like your Democrat overlords have to do damage control with the Biden crime family and have left their lemmings with no new nothingburgers to push. Time for afternoon services and volunteering to gather ballots to make sure they end up in the right place.

Tommy Tee

Poor, desperate Tear-Ence.

Ray Fowler

Hi, Tommy

We have sparred now and then again, but your take on the video is really wrong. Now, we don't know what happened before the camera started rolling. Maybe Chris was spewing epithets and assuming a fighting posture. Maybe. Even if he was, the mob is not justified in attacking him.

What we do know is that Chris was walking for a long time while being badgered by a violence prone mob. The mob was inciting violence not Chris. If Chris was swearing like a sailor, the mob was swearing like a fleet of sailors. Now, if Chris was walking by himself across that lot, do you think any of his antagonists would have confronted him one-on-one? I'm guessing no.

Sorry... my finger slipped while typing... this may be a repeat.

Tommy Tee

Hmm, interesting. If I wore a Biden hat and walked through Trump supporters, I can only imagine. Especially if the Proud Boys were there. I think CC was purposely being a jerk just to get the exact response he got. That's my summation.

Ray Fowler

Hello, Tommy

I enjoy healthy banter, but I have to say I believe you're wrong. If I wore a Trump hat close to some Antifa thugs, I could expect a confrontation. If you wore a Biden hat close by some Proud Boys punks, you could expect a confrontation. However, the group that confronted Chris were not Antifa... but they were likely Biden voters. I don't believe garden variety Republican voters would bother you. When some of them showed up yesterday in San Francisco to protest biased social media moguls shutting down a story about Biden's son, they were attacked by likely Biden voters.

Maybe after nearly four years of media stories vilifying conservatives (labeled a basket of deplorables by HRC), some folks on the left side of the political aisle feel they have to take direct and physical action against anything associated with MAGA. Maybe. Physical confrontation appears to be in the DNA of groups like Antifa on the left and the Proud Boys on the right. But Biden voters are not extremists. Maybe they have heard so many negative things for so long that violence now comes easy. Check out this weekend's diatribe by Keith Olbermann.

Maybe another component to some regular Biden voters joining the mob goes back to the questions I asked this morning. Why did local Democrat leadership in Portland allow mob rule for so long? Why did national Democrat leadership skip over the topic of law and order at last summer's convention? I guess if there's no consequence for bad mob behavior, it will continue and grow.

You may feel that Chris acted in an intentional way to elicit a mob response, but shouldn't anyone be able to walk in public to an event open to anyone who chooses to purchase a ticket without being mobbed?

JME

"Forgive your enemies, but never forget their names."

John F. Kennedy

Christopher Conway

Kind of hard when all your enemies are anonymous weasels

JustMike650

CC , Christopher Conway could in effect be the board name used by Timmy Smith. There is no law or ordinance with having a 'board name, like LBJ or JFK. The Christopher's in my family go by Toph. You could even add a 'T' to the end of Chris and go with 'Christ'.

You are perplexed over literally nothing.

Christopher Conway

did you even say anything there or are you mumbling to yourself

Ray Fowler

Hey, Tafhdyd

That's background I did not have. Famous quotes often become part of our linguistic landscape, and are frequently applied in a wider context. I felt Chris' moving on fit the phrase. But I now understand your perspective... thanks.

As an aside... I would not be surprised to hear anyone, who regularly contributes to the comments section, share a story about a difficult situation involving someone who challenged the contributor's personal viewpoint. I have not been submitting material to the DJ for nearly as long as others, however, I have been approached in public by persons not known to me about things I have written. Fortunately, their reaction was positive. I'm not naive enough to think everyone likes what I have to say.

Tafhdyd

I understand Ray,

I don't mind opposing viewpoints and comments even though I won't change their mind nor will they change mine. A respectable argument may change a fact or two or an understanding of something without a change of position as we have had on occasion. There are one or two commenters on here (actually maybe just one) that are just ridiculous and I will play along and ignore at the same time. Have a nice afternoon.

Lou

If there are too many people (leftists) on one side of a boat (San Mateo or any/all other cities), the boat eventually capsizes (further into socialism, communism, marxism, etc.) and occupants drown (or cannibalize each other....see history, i,e. Bolshevik Russian Social Democratic Party Revolution, 1917).

Thanks to Chris and other conservatives for being our "life guards," trying to bring balance back to the canoe These majority leftist/democratic/socialist USA cities and States are very close to capsizing.

Ray Fowler

Interesting... since Thursday, a half dozen letters to the editor re: local issues and the upcoming election get no comments from regular DJ readers. But a letter published in the weekend edition about a regular reader who is bowing out generates 10 comments before 10 am.

Maybe a good time for regular readers (myself included) to take a look at priorities...

Terence Y

Ray - at this point, many folks have decided how to vote. The usual “it’s for the kids” nonsense, or “we don’t care whether you use Caltrain, we just everyone to subsidize us” plea or “we’ll tax the big bad corporations and it won’t cost you anything” false narratives have become predictable in LTEs. I guess we could cut and paste our support or objections into the comments sections, but due to the volume of letters, is it worth our time? Maybe. Now it’s time to harvest, I mean gather, ballots to ensure they end up in the right place. BTW, I feel the volume of comments regarding Mr. Conway indicates the impact he has made as a patriot so attacking him is a priority for some of these folks.

Ray Fowler

Hi, Terence

I agree. A lot of the points of view expressed in the LTE section are predictable. I just find it odd those letters sparked far less debate than news of Chris' departure.

I remain disappointed in the rancor expressed this morning. I believe it's unnecessary... regardless of someone's political proclivities. That's just me.

Terence Y

Mr. Wackerman - as predicted, the usual left wing nut jobs (Tommy Tee-DS, Cindy-Lou, Laffy Taffy Dave) that Mr. Conway referenced are making an appearance. Even Mr. Conway’s resident stalker, JustMikey, has shown up for a few potshots – not that he could resist, since he follows Mr. Conway around like a puppy.

Tommy Tee

You set yourself up with your vitriol and arrogance, CC. Don't play the victim.

Christopher Conway

Tommy- No victim here, I am a fighter . Also, never tell me what not to do, your words are meaningless to me. You are just one of the many anonymous weasels that comment here and easily dismissed.

Tommy Tee

Such a drama queen...

wlydecker

Sad you were threatened. The anti-fascists are more fascist than the fascists. I expect to see Brown shirts soon.

JustMike650

NO One threatened CC or any family member because CC is the macho type and he would have physically 'jumped-back' into the Frey.

Terence Y

JustMikey - jumped back into the “Frey”? You mean like Glenn Frey of the Eagles? House Frey of Game of Thrones? Frey’s Pizzeria in Tokyo? Have you been hanging with your buddy, Johnnie Walker, again? It’s early, but its 5pm somewhere.

JustMike650

I was 'snipered' by spell check. Good catch TY

Cindy Cornell

Christopher Conway, do tell. You are alleging physical altercations with unknown people because of your beliefs. Facts would make a great investigative story for the DJ.

wlydecker

How long do you think a Trump bumper sticker ... and the car it was riding on ... would last around here?

JustMike650

His alleged physical confrontations of family members are in his 'Mind's Eye', a figment of his imagination for sure.

Christopher Conway

Google "Man walks through crowd of angry protestors". I know you are just a stalker but even your minds eye can't un-see facts.

Lou

Chris, many thanks for posting info on video. May we all have a renewed sense of respect and gratitude to you. And learn about the deep tragedies of vicious mobs that patriots, like you, are experiencing .....just trying to save our cities and country. I am so sorry Chris. Prayers. MAGA

JustMike650

Post it here for all to see please.

Christopher Conway

Cindy, please Google "Man walks through crowd of angry protestors" please watch the entire 7+ minute video. It has been viewed over 2 million times in various You Tube videos. Watch the all the way to the end and then we can keep the conversation going. I will wait here while you watch the video until we can discuss the FACTS. Not one local official called to see if I was OK even though I had a ticket to the convention and a ticket for the lunch where presidential candidate Trump had to sneak into the Hyatt Burlingame in August 2016. Cindy, you don't remember California in April 2016 do you? I really hope after watching this video you are forced to eat your words.

Ray Fowler

Chris

I watched the video. I was just stunned. We share some similar political views, and I feel like I can sometimes hear eyes rolling after I post a comment. But all anyone has to do is skip someone else's comment if they don't like it. However, what happened that day in Burlingame was repugnant.

Cindy asks whether anyone can see gradations in political viewpoints... when it comes to left, that's probably not possible. While we know intuitively that many who call themselves liberals will vote Democrat... that's their choice and that's OK. We also know they are regular folks. They work and pay taxes, go to church, root for the 49ers, and sit next to someone who may be Republican so they can cheer together at their kids' Little League game. But those folks are not the face of the left.

We saw the face of the left in that video. No gradation.

I don't know who may respond... but please... no lectures about Charlottesville where "good people of both sides" were demonstrating for and against the removal of historical statutes when Neo-Nazis showed up. No one wanted them there. They represented only themselves... not conservatives. Please, no lectures about Kenosha and how a supposedly "right winger" shot and killed "peaceful protesters." Watch the frame-by-frame video of that incident. Violence was introduced by the leftist mob... not a 17 year old who was running for his life.

The mob at Burlingame were not Antifa... but they were that element which has become the face of the left. I would not expect anyone who contributes to this forum to participate in such an attack on someone just because someone happened to be wearing a hat supporting a Republican presidential candidate. What will the other DJ readers say about the events in Burlingame? We'll see...

I will not lecture on Portland, but I would like to hear why local Democrat leadership did not stop that violence and why national Democrat leadership skipped over the issue of law and order at their convention last summer.

Sorry you had endure such despicable treatment for wearing the wrong color hat.

Ray Fowler

There's more...

Face of the left? Check San Francisco, yesterday. Facts are still coming in but local media reported that conservatives showed up to protest big social media platforms censoring stories re: Joe Biden's son receiving money from Russians. It's a pro-First Amendment event. Then, counter-protesters show up. Those representing the left also brought violence with them. Imagine that.

JustMike650

'forced to eat your words'? WOW another man with anger mgmt. issues. Your dating life, prior to marriage must have had lot's of stories about anger issues. SMH

Ray Fowler

Any comment on the video?

Ray Fowler

Comment on the video?

Christopher Conway

Cindy, wondered if you had time to see the video yet? I guess it would be too much for you to eat your words in public but then again you seem like the kind of person who talks before they think. Go ahead and hide now that you have been proven wrong with FACTS. I am sure you will go silent now and slither away.

Cindy Cornell

Is there any left left in the right's mind? It's always the "extreme left" or "radical left." To call any San Mateo council person extreme is absurd. There are lots more words to use when trying to label politicians. It seems many people can no longer see grays or gradations anymore. Strictly black and white.

Christopher Conway

Isn't free speech the darndest thing Cindy? When the word extreme becomes a flashpoint you realize someone is trying to limit my first Amendment rights. No problem calling our president all kinds of terrible names, that seems to be OK.

Terence Y

Mr. Wackerman - although I’ve never met Mr. Conway, I looked forward to his letters and comments in the DJ and it will be a very sad day when Mr. Conway stops contributing to the DJ. However, I feel there are more and more patriots contributing and if you are not yet a contributor you should join up and let your two cents be known. Real names and pseudonyms are welcome. There are many commenters on the wrong side who contribute their two cents, although two cents might be giving them too much credit, as most just spew lies and perpetrate hoaxes. I won't list names but if you read the DJ on a regular basis, you'll easily find these folks.

Christopher Conway

Amen to that Terence, lot's of new patriots finding their voices and realizing that the crazy left is nothing to be scared of. Most liberals are just anonymous paper tigers that need a mob to find strength and will run like little girls at the first sign of resistance to their message. No offense to little girls.

Christopher Conway

Thank you Bob, if it was up to me alone, no way would I be changing my ways. Fortunately for me, I have an amazing beautiful wife and family who are frightened by some of the many lefties that attack me for my views. Some when in public and the attacks have been both verbal and physical. I expect that and accept it as the consequences of being a right-wing conservative patriot in my hometown of 56 years. My family on the other hand do not deserve the abuse that these left wing nut jobs dish out on a regular basis. My hope is that there will be a new younger group of citizens who step up and keep the fight against progressive liberalism and take it to them hard in equal proportion to their attacks on us. One thing Trump has taught us, when punched, don't take it, punch back harder. I made a deal with my family to walk away from the fight after this election, and I have to stick to it.

Ray Fowler

"Old soldiers never die, they just fade away."

Tafhdyd

Ray,

A famous phrase that would be more appropriate if we were talking about a veteran that served his country.

Ray Fowler

Good morning, Tafhdyd

I don't know whether Chris is a vet or not... I was just tapping into the sentiment expressed by Gen MacArthur so many years ago.

As a vet, I have no problem making the allusion. Any vets out there disagree?

Tafhdyd

Hello again Ray,

Ordinarily it wouldn't matter but I only mentioned it because he made a snide remark about my service as a vet months ago and I gave him two chances to reply with his service which he did not respond to. I don't believe he served.

JustMike650

As Eddie Debartolo once said, 'He gone'.

Jorg

I think even Chris realizes that Trump will lose by a thundering landslide, after which even more of his crimes will be exposed. That's why he wants to be out of here, - which is understandable.

Tommy Tee

Agree. Trump and his supporters are desperate. They can't talk policies, because there are none. Instead, they complain, whine, play the victim, and call people names. Just like their leader. Watch a Trump rally for kicks. He never talks about Education, Environment, Foreign Policy, Energy, Agriculture, Defense, Commerce, Housing (to name but a few). He talks about the virus disappearing, then spends the rest of the time puffing out his chest attacking Democrats. Leadership? Um, no. He knows he's losing.

Tafhdyd

Hey Terence,

You posted the same comment yesterday and when I looked later in the day it was gone. My reply is still there but I will post again so you don't have to go back and look.

We agree for a change. Trump did mop the floor with Biden, Wallace and Guthrie. They worked as a team. Biden, Wallace and Guthrie used the handle and pushed Trump all over the floor. Made a big mess though when all the orange dye came off.

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