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Nasty politics hitting the fan

For once, can the City of Compton ever rise above dirty politics?

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Malodor of nasty politics in Compton campaigns again hitting the fan

For once, can the City of Compton ever rise above dirty politics? Can aspirants comport themselves with integrity and decency in the heat of political season? Must dung always fly?

Must candidates continually slog knee-deep in excrement to win office — or lose it? Worst of all, the guilty are adults, or some version thereof. How do City leaders expect to impress good values on the youth if they commit political obstruction and unlawfulness, themselves?

Candidates with a sound platform and a plan to improve the city do not have to resort to the desecration of campaign posters to defeat the opposition. Or enter extremely private information about a candidate into the fray that serves little purpose other than to shame.

Candidates that orchestrate such malfeasance are unworthy of the public trust in leadership roles. They are an anathema to basic human decency and should conceal their faces.

Candidates with sound ethical reasoning, intelligence, and integrity do not have to slander their opponents to get the support of a strong constituency. If they are truly the choice for a seat at the table of city governance, there’s no need for them to speak with forked tongue, spew poison, sling mud and glare cross-eyed across the aisle.

Ugly never profits anything except a harvest of shame.

Jarrette Fellows, Jr. is Publisher and Editor of Compton Herald. He attended junior and senior high school in Compton, and is an alumnus of California State University, Los Angeles.

  • John R. Baker April 17, 2017

    Mr. Fellows, it would be self-serving to read the memoir VICE One Cop’s Story Of Patrolling America’s Most Dangerous City by Academy Nominated Writer Stephen Rivele. The Real Compton PD!!!

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