By Roz Rogoff
About this blog: In January 2002 I started writing my own online "newspaper" titled "The San Ramon Observer." I reported on City Council meetings and other happenings in San Ramon. I tried to be objective in my coverage of meetings and events, and... (More)
About this blog: In January 2002 I started writing my own online "newspaper" titled "The San Ramon Observer." I reported on City Council meetings and other happenings in San Ramon. I tried to be objective in my coverage of meetings and events, and saved my barbs for my Commentary page. I had some political differences with the City Council at that time and particularly with the majority dubbed "The Gang of Three," by the San Ramon Valley Times. In 2003 new Council members were elected and the Council was more balanced and fiscally conservative, but I continued to write the Observer until 2009. At that point I decided I wanted to concentrate on my commentaries. So I requested a meeting with the editor and publisher of the Danville Weekly about taking over the San Ramon Observer. My timing was very apropos since the parent company, Embarcadero Media, was planning to release an online San Ramon Express that April. I was offered a "blog" under the name "San Ramon Observer" for my commentaries. I like to inform residents about what is happening in San Ramon, especially on city government and local politics. When I don't have anything to write about on those topics, I just write about anything I am doing or thinking about. (Hide)
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Hanging up my hat for real
Uploaded: Dec 18, 2016
I will be hanging up my hat, er blog, by the end of this month. I dropped out of teaching for University of Phoenix earlier this year and I'm getting ready to retire full time from blogging now.
I planned to retire my blog last March. I thought about that for about 15 minutes and changed my mind. Why? The election!
When I posted my first blog about Hanging up my hat
, the primaries were in progress and we didn’t know who the two final candidates would be. Hillary was challenged by Bernie Sanders. I was a registered Republican at the time, but changed my registration to vote for Bernie
in the Primary.
On the Republican side I liked Rand Paul
. The Pauls are Libertarians, and when Rand didn’t win the nomination, I switched my allegiance to the Libertarian Party Candidate, Gary Johnson
At the beginning of this year, when Donald Trump announced he was running for President. I, like many other voters, thought this was just another one of his attention-grabbing ego trips
I was shocked dismayed that many voters were taking his grandstanding seriously. I wrote a later blog comparing Trump’s supporters with Hitler’s in Germany in the 1930’s
. Despite objections from some readers, this was too close to being true not to worry about it.
So I wrote a blog to Donald Trump’s adult children
asking them to get him to drop out. Well they didn’t and voters were given the worst possible choice between two awful candidates
Now we face an uncertain future with President Trump
! Will Trump keep his promises to his followers? Senator Elizabeth Warren is on the case to make sure
I’m at the point where I don’t want to write about it or read about it or to even live through it. So now is the time for me to say “Adios” to the San Ramon Observer. I’m not sure what I will do with my time, but since I moved to Villa San Ramon, I have many options for activities, dining, and excursions. To paraphrase Jack Weinberg (now 76), “Never trust anybody under 70.” Oops Donald Trump turned 70 last June.
What is it worth to you?
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