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OPINION: Lies Are Easy to Tell

A point-counterpoint column in which City Councilwoman Laura Freese responds to a call for her retirement after one term.

EDITOR'S NOTE: This letter was written in response to . Byrnes has since decided to run for council. Freese has yet to pull nominating papers. The deadline is Friday.

Let the truth prevail, Roy Byrnes.

Roy Byrnes wrote a letter to the editor published in the two local publications. The majority of his long diatribe is simply wrong. In this rebuttal to Roy Byrnes, I want to identify just one section of his 830-word accusations as an example of his ability set aside facts, including his own statements, as a political tool.

In his letter, he refers to the "faulty that will only obliterate our unique historic atmosphere and transform San Juan into a faux, plastic 'Beverly Hills Rodeo Drive?' " Those words are the convenient new sound bites to stir up the residents of San Juan Capistrano. But the truth is that Dr. Byrnes was in favor of the plan.

Roy Byrnes attended the April 3, 2012 meeting on the downtown plan and these are the exact words that he said into the microphone, for the public record:

Two years ago I had some doubts regarding this plan with innocuous desuetude. I’ve become a Christian believer. I’m impressed. I congratulate you. I urge you to pass this plan. 

So what has changed since April 3? It is election time, and printed lies are effective, convenient weapons. Roy Byrnes, just like the rest of his group, does not care if he tells lies, as long as it frightens the people of San Juan Capistrano into voting their way. Lies are the oldest political weapon on earth. It is well worth it for the residents of the city to do the research and find out what is true and what isn’t.  

Freese is a current member of the San Juan Capistrano City Council.

V. Duvall August 09, 2012 at 05:32 PM
Clint, Some people like Joan Irvine Smith garner that respect
V. Duvall August 09, 2012 at 05:39 PM
Clint, also the issue with the law suites, in my view, rests directly on the shoulders of the City Attorney. He or she is the one that basically makes the decision to settle or fight and then brings it to the Council and either talks them into it or out of it. So basically we can 't blame them for not knowing any better. That's why you pay a attorney to give them the best legal advice they can get and I don't think they were getting that. For years I thought the previous City attorney made some grave mistakes in deciding to fight or not fight. And I believe they just blindly took it. It was the council's fault for not getting rid of him. I have no idea how this new one will be. We shall see. Perhaps Mr. Reeve can shed some light on this.
Lon Uso August 09, 2012 at 05:55 PM
Well said V.
Lon Uso August 09, 2012 at 05:59 PM
I like Omar a lot personally but have no faith in his firm to represent the city again
V. Duvall August 09, 2012 at 07:33 PM
You are right

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