Outrageous Paid Signature-Gatherers

During the recent petition drive for the Quarry housing ballot initiative, on two separate occasions, two different signature gatherers came to my house. The first one, I talked with directly and said No, I didn't want to sign my name to add 355 houses to the Quarry. The NEXT DAY, while I was at work, another signature gatherer came to my house and talked with my very ill husband.

He too, said No, that he didn't want to sign his name. Upon hearing this, the signature gatherer became hostile towards my husband. She proceeded to ask him "Why was HE home during the day and not at work? Why wasn't HE working? And why was I at work and not at home?" She then said that HE should be at work and that I should be at home instead. My husband, asked for her to please come back after 4pm, so that she could talk with me. After a few more minutes of this inquisition, she finally left my doorstep and my stunned husband.

When I got home from work that day, my husband told me what had happened. I couldn't believe it! How dare someone say anything like this to my visibly ill husband. Not surprisingly, she didn't come back to talk with me despite my husband's request. I was hoping she would. I would have told her how dare she ask these questions and more importantly, that it was not her place at all to be making these inquiries.

My husband and I have told Mr. Peebles' signature gatherers not once but twice NO, we are not interested in signing his petition. Come November 7th, my husband and I will be voting NO to the Quarry housing proposal and I encourage you to do the same.

Frances Hale
Sharp Park

The above is the full text of a letter printed in the July 19th, 2006 Pacifica Tribune, and republished here with the author's permission.