In today’s Fresno Bee is a guest editorial from the Washington Post trashing Trump, accusing him of flip-flopping. They obviously did not read Trump’s book, The Art of the Deal, nor do they understand the business man’s art of negotiation. Our President was not flip-flopping. He started out, like in any negotiation, with the hardest stance and modified it when he got where he realistically thought he could get. I wish the McClatchey’s would balance their editorials and those of “guest editorials” to show a balance train of thought and not a constant trashing of our President that most of us elected.
On April 14th in the Fresno Bee the President of the Fresno City Council was quoted as saying that “Because people are not using the parking lot, we are going to tax people who are getting a ride to the airport to pay for fact that people are not parking in the parking lot”. The Council ejected the proposal on a 5 to 1 vote. Creating or raising fees at the airport would further discourage travelers, many of whom already drive to airports in the Bay Area and Southern California because of the higher cost of flying from Fresno. They might get more travelers to park in the airport parking lot if they would increase security to guarantee safer parking.
The Democrats were relying on polls, not realizing that the polls are based on existing registered voters and that Trump was winning over a lot of unregistered voters. The Democrats were also taking for granted their traditional voting bases, ignoring the fact that Trump was going to those voters and winning them over. How was he able to do that? Because he made it all about them.
This is a dialogue process for eliminating misunderstandings and erroneous assumptions, whether in the workplace, home, or social environment. It is similar to the one taught to professional salespeople of products and services, but for a different purpose. This process is to discover the mindset, interests, and values of the other person but without misunderstandings and erroneous assumptions.
What the California voters overlooked when they okayed recreational marijuana is the effect of second-hand smoke on children. That is because the act requires the smoke to be indoors in the home, and if children are present they are forced to inhale it.
Wherever you look – the road, the parking lot, the doorway – what we have always expected as polite conduct and response has largely seemed to have disappeared. Now when it suddenly appears, we are happily surprised because we unfortunately have come to not expect it.