It’s not every day our comments section veers into a discussion of the classics.
But after Scott Lewis reported that Unified Port of San Diego Commissioner Bob Nelson asked Mayor Bob Filner to resign, Nelson elaborated on how dire the Filner scandal has gotten.
This interview with Scott Lewis was tough for me; 40 years in the arena have made me loathe to ever abandon a friend in time of trouble. But this is different. As Lewis correctly reports, I believe this city of 1.3 million is leaderless at a time of great opportunity. As each woman who has experienced pain comes forward, she must relive that pain and I am sure it must be stirring painful memories for many more, regardless of when, where, or from whom they encountered similar experiences. Civil rights hero U.S. Rep. John Lewis (D-GA) was in town for Comic-Con over the weekend, signing his graphic novel, “March.” Lewis has been a 20-year friend of Mayor Filner, with whom he served in Congress, and for whom he helped raise funds for the mayoral campaign. What a sad twist of fate to see this bright new chapter for Rep. Lewis contrasted here against the tragic play simultaneously unfolding in the life and career of Bob Filner. Before Filner entered politics, he was a college history instructor. He undoubtedly recalls Aeschylus’ “Furies.” Filner’s medical and psychological problems have let loose those Furies who pursue him now. It is time for this tragic play to end, to turn the page and for San Diego to have a new chapter of leadership. To my friends, Laura Fink, Irene McCormack Jackson, Joyce Gattas and others, I commend lines 904-909 from Athena to The Furies: “Let it come out of the ground, out of the sea’s water,/and from the high air make the waft of gentle gales/wash over the country in full sunlight, and the seed/and stream of the soil’s yield and of the grazing beasts/be strong and never fail our people as time goes,/and make the human seed be kept alive.” So it was for Athens, let us now hope it can be so for San Diego.
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