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Posted at 5:00 AM ET, 09/ 5/2010

My endorsement: It's not about your feelings

By washingtonpost.com editors

By Scot Stone
Ward 2

Vincent Gray tells people what they want to hear. Adrian Fenty tells people what they need to hear. It may be unpleasant at the time, but you’re better off in the long run. So get over your hurt feelings, and vote for Fenty.

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By washingtonpost.com editors  | September 5, 2010; 5:00 AM ET
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Comments

Actually, it's the other way around. Fenty tells people what they want to hear by feeding their egos. Most people think that they're smarter than everyone else and that their world would somehow be better if they could just get the upper hand in situations (often of which they understand so little). Fenty then capitalizes off of that sentiment by bullying his way into the various agencies of the government and throwing his weight around under the guise of "cleaning house" for the sake of the people.
Gray, on the otherhand conveys the truth that people don't want to acknowledge, namely, that the so called "progress" of the Fenty administration is only materialisitic in scope. But authentic progress is more spiritually ideal, i.e. right human relations, and that you cannot always get your way....that for the benifit of the One City, sacrifice is a necessary contribution to the greater whole, and consequently everyone gains.

Posted by: starclimber9 | September 5, 2010 8:09 AM | Report abuse

So "Vincent Gray tells people what they want to hear. Adrian Fenty tells people what they need to hear." Wrong.

More accurately, Chairman Gray listens to people and tells the people the truth. Mayor Fenty, by his late admissions refused to listen to people, a clear flaw in competent leadership. The essential ingredient in any relationship, whether, business, government, community, or in a personal relationship like marriage is the ability to listen and to speak the truth.

Mayor Fenty did not listen to the people who elected him and took an oath to serve. Regardless, whether you believe Chairman Gray tells people what they want to hear or Mayor Fenty tells people what they need to hear, the people should be told the truth and ALL THE PEOPLE should be treated equally and respected.

Now the people Mayor Fenty did not want to hear from and did not want to serve will tell Mayor Fenty what he does not want to hear, but what he needs to hear.

Vote for Chairman Vincent C. Gray.

Robert Vinson Brannum
rbrannum@robertbrannum.com

Posted by: robert158 | September 5, 2010 8:19 AM | Report abuse

With all due respect to you, Mr. Stone, and to others who feel the same way:

For the umpteenth time, it's not the petulance, or the immaturity, or the arrogance... although they cetainly don't do Fenty any good.

It's the plundering of the public treasury for the sake of corrupt and unqualified friends... and the serving as puppet to the highest paying business interests, local or otherwise... and the repeated demonstrations of marginal intelligence... and the continual dishonesty and strong-arm tactics in all facets of governance... and on and on.

In the manner of the Clinton campaign circa 1992: "It's the corruption, stupid." Everything else pales in comparison.

Posted by: nan_lynn | September 5, 2010 12:53 PM | Report abuse

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