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San Jose City Councilman Sam Liccardo

Two public sector labor unions took to the pages of the San Jose Mercury News for a 600-word op/ed personally attacking San Jose City Councilmember Sam Liccardo about recent concerns he raised on budget and pension reforms currently under consideration.

Councilman Liccardo praised the progress of discussions with the firefighters union, but fears it’s not enough to adequately address the budget shortfall.

One can agree or disagree with his assessment, but that debate should focus on dollars and cents, not demonizing the messenger with personal attacks and character assaults. In 600 words, the two union leaders didn’t deny Liccardo’s logic. Instead, they cast aspersions on his motives.

Let’s back-up. We’re best served when we attack issues – rather than the individuals or institutions who raise them.

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