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McNerney to host forum Thursday evening on cyber-bullying

Original post made on May 17, 2011

Congressman Jerry McNerney (D-Pleasanton) will host an informational forum on cyber bullying among children at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Amador Valley High School in Pleasanton. The event is free and open to the public but seating reservations are suggested because of an anticipated large crowd.

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Posted by spcwt, a resident of Danville
on May 17, 2011 at 7:16 am

This sounds like a topic best handled by local organizations. Why is a federal politician focusing on an issue like this?

Posted by Brian Cameron, a resident of Danville
on May 17, 2011 at 9:23 am

He should be working on reducing FEDERAL spending.
Go back to work Jerry

Posted by guynextdoor, a resident of Danville
on May 17, 2011 at 10:10 am

Brian says it for me. Jerry, how about a town hall meeting? We're more concerned about Obamacare, deficits, national debt, illegal immigration, unemployment, muslim extremists, energy security and a third undeclared war.

Posted by Derek, a resident of Danville
on May 17, 2011 at 11:40 am

Hey dudes, I think you guys are cyber-bullying poor Jerry!

Posted by guynextdoor, a resident of Danville
on May 17, 2011 at 1:56 pm

Aw Derek, We wouldn't do that. We just want our legislators to focus on solving our Country's real problems instead of poking into local issues that we can solve ourselves. After all, we should have the 10TH Ammendment going for us.

Posted by guynextdoor, a resident of Danville
on May 17, 2011 at 2:01 pm

Correction: "Amendment". These sites should have spell checks.

Posted by Theresa, a resident of San Ramon
on May 17, 2011 at 2:44 pm

This a an important issue and it looks like some great speakers will be included in the forum. It doesn't matter to me whether McNerney will host or someone else (in the course of his day, this likely took negligible time, if any)- but it matters that it takes place.

guynextdoor and spcwt - have you taken time to organize something similar? If not and you have the resources and knowledge to do so (as implied in your postings) why not?

Posted by psmacintosh, a resident of Danville
on May 17, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Regardless of whether cyber-bullying is an important issue or not, it is perfectly valid to question whether it should be a "federal" issue and whether it should require the efforts and resources of our federal Congressman and his office staff.
(What exactly is Jerry going to be doing here anyway--in this claimed "hosting" of this seminar? The propaganda piece (news item) is unclear about that.)
It is this very lack of governmental restraint and correct prioritization to tasks that should be under its jurisdiction--the years of allowing government expansion into "everything" under the sun--that has grown the size and scope of liberal government into many areas that it shouldn't be involved in and into becoming an enormously expensive drain on the American taxpayer.
The size and scope of Government is killing off the free enterprise system. It is draining our time and money away from our own freedom of choice to run our own lives and make our own judgments about where to invest/commit our personal time.
We taxpayers "hire" Jerry to work on Federal issues: that is his job and his responsibility. I agree with most of the commenters here: fix the Federal government first.
"Cyber-bullying" should be so far down on his list of important, valid issues to resolve, that it should be "off the list entirely" until he has actually managed to fix the more pressing matters before him.
This is just "baby kissing" to look good!

Posted by cardinal, a resident of Diablo
on May 17, 2011 at 6:09 pm

Jerry could cure cancer, whereupon somebody on this board would admonish him to get back to work on that deficit!

Posted by guynextdoor, a resident of Danville
on May 17, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Hey Theresa and Cardinal, Nice to hear your point of view. But I' m sorry, Jerry is never going to cure cancer or accomplish anything important in Congress because he's a "party line" Democrat who does what the caucus decides. He's not a risk taker or an independant thinker. There's a large population in this CD that he makes no effort to represent. I agree that cyber-bullying may be a problem but it's not necessary for the Federal Government to create a new bureacracy to solve it. Just stay in communication with your kids and their friends and you'll know what to do to be part of the solution.

Posted by Theresa, a resident of San Ramon
on May 17, 2011 at 8:12 pm

@guynextdoor - how is McNerney hosting an event to highlight cyber- bullying akin to the federal government creating a new bureaucracy? If he had pancakes for breakfast, is the government going to take over IHOP? Come on now.

My kids haven't dealt with cyber-bullying and for that I am grateful. However, I know of kids who have, whose parents are very involved in their lives - unfortunately, your relationship with your kids and their friends is only part of the equation. The complicating variable is the other kid(s) and their home environment, whether the bully has mental health issues, etc. Providing solutions to these issues is important to many.

I don't care who pulls the panel together and hosts the event, but it looks to me as though no one else stepped up.

Thanks Jerry!