By Judi Curry
At the risk of alienating a lot of people, I am absolutely incensed by the City Council naming a day after Peggy Shannon for the “harassment suffered by the mayor of San Diego.” A day in her honor? For what? What did she do that was so honorable? Stop a thief? Adopt orphan children; Save people from a burning building? Fund a scholarship for children that can’t afford to go to college?
She is having a “day of honor” so that the city does not have to pay out any money from the harassment of the former mayor? She is having a “day of honor” because she told the world about the mayor’s flirting with her? She is having a “day of honor” because she “. . . had butterflies in her stomach because she didn’t know what was going to happen the next time the mayor came to her desk”?
Hell, lady. I am also a great-grandmother. I have been flirted with – and flirt back – all the time. I am older than you and still enjoy the attention of the opposite sex, be it a few words, a hug, or a kiss. The complaint that he “kissed her on the lips” certainly is harassment and has no place in the working society of today. Sure, it was “unsolicited” and uncalled for, and the mayor lost his job over it. But my goodness – a day in her honor?
How many other people have been granted “days of honor” for far more severe things then being flirted with by the mayor? What about all the women that have said they were sexually harassed by members of the San Diego Police Department? Are they going to be given “days of honor” too? Are there enough days in the year for all these proclamations?
A “Day of Honor” should be reserved for deeds well done; for extraordinary and exemplary actions that are not the usual. This “Day of Honor” for Ms. Shannon is a sham perpetrated by the desire to not have to pay anything for the mayors dastardly deed.
I am sorry that Ms. Shannon was harassed; I am glad that she reported it; I am sorry that she is viewed as a “victim”; but does she deserve a day of recognition? I, personally, think not.