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Posted on July 24 at 1:12 p.m.

Maybe heavyhanded management actions like this are exactly the reason why one would want a collective bargaining unit in any organization? Nah, couldn't be!

Anti-labor control freaks like the Sheriff obviously don't want employees even *communicating* about collective bargaining? How authoratarian.

On Organizing Effort Called Insubordination

Posted on June 28 at 10:12 a.m.

Great column. I'm a big fan and love your topic. I also love Skenazy's attitude and the publicity she's been generating through her writing.

People seem more protective of their teenagers nowadays than they were about ten-year olds (or younger!) in prior decades. Some of my absolute fondest memories are those of times I spent WANDERING by foot or by bike in my childhood with friends or by myself (and I wandered alone plenty) -- on the streets of Trenton, New Jersey's, version of "Little Italy" or in the woods and abandoned sand quarries after we moved to "the sticks".

Are things more dangerous now? I don't know. Do I have kids? No -- and who knows how I'd feel if I did and they were gone for three or four hours and I didn't know exactly where they were.

But seriously, how did we get to this state? In "days of yore" when our parents told us to go out and play (or when WE told THEM we were going out to play), we did just that... we went out and we had adventures in which our parents were not involved and not looking over our shoulders every moment. And again, in my case, I feel those are some of the sweetest and most indelible memories I have.

On Off-Leash Kids

Posted on May 16 at 7:13 p.m.

Trolls such as birdbrain live to get comment thread readers riled up. Don't feed the trolls. Poor, attention-hungry creatures.

On Homeless Cite Increase in Violence

Posted on April 10 at 3:44 p.m.

I wish I had heard about some of the speaking engagements before they happened.

For what it's worth, to anyone wishing to read more, one of my favorite books of all time is journalist Philip Gourevitch's well-researched: "We Wish to Inform You that Tomorrow We Are to Be Killed, With Our Families." Highly recommended.

On From Survival to Forgiveness

Posted on February 9 at 6:28 p.m.

I recommend that anyone interested in this issue read Elizabeth Royte's recent book, "Bottlemania."

I believe Mr Clelland may have good intentions, but I do not believe that any bottled water product is ultimately a sustainable or ethical practice. I can't help but view this product as one that slyly targets consumers who may feel guilty about their bottle habits in the face of mounting social pressure to reduce bottled water consumption. Some may view Brazilian Springs as the lesser of several branded evils, but that attitude ignores the fact that there actually IS an alternative.

Buy a Brita. And a Thermos.

On New Spin on Bottled Water

Posted on November 21 at 3:07 p.m.

Pang Zhu: What makes you assume no one is making efforts with African Americans as well? Can it only be one or the other?

And is AShaw just completely mentally ill? I know... stop feeding the troll.... But all the whites who came out for African-American civil rights through the decades -- were they just "closet blacks"? Why were they getting so indignant about something that didn't even affect them? Why did any white folks march with MLK? They didn't have a horse in the race.

On None

Posted on November 21 at 11:11 a.m.

It's ok, AShaw.... your day in the loser's sun will come... sooner than you think. Everyone knows it.

On None

Posted on November 20 at 8:27 a.m.

Just got around to reading this, but thanks, Starshine for being able to actually write coherently (albeit 'snarkily') about this issue. I'm still too seething mad to do anything like that.

Won't bother reading what are undoubtedly some hateful comments by the true bigots (ironically trying to paint progressives as intolerant bigots), but your last point is overwhelmingly true:

History will show Yes on 8 people to be the true "losers." We know it, I'm pretty sure they themselves know it, and everyone else knows it too. It's just a matter of time before you lose, losers. Just a matter of time.

On None

Posted on November 11 at 4:24 p.m.

The "poor sods" don't want your pity (and from the tone of your comment, I wouldn't doubt if you are lying through your teeth about your vote against Prop 8).

The history of this country has proven that rarely do the minority get their civil rights justly decided for them by the majority, in case all you populists hadn't noticed.

Also, nice of you to express your layman's opinion about "chemical imbalances," but professional associations of psychology & psychiatry agree with you not one whit. Also, if you hadn't heard, religion is a "choice," yet people are free to practice and worship as they like despite any religious "choice" they might make -- thus, it really shouldn't matter if being gay is inborn or "chosen," does it?

You may have had "enough already", but it's not going to stop. You're eventually going to live in a state if not a country with gay marriage. Eight years ago, you won by 61%, this year you won by little over 50%. "It's gonna happen, whether you like it or not..."

On No on Prop 8 Vigil

Posted on November 11 at 2:32 p.m.

Like I said, AShaw, I think you and everyone else knows it's just a matter of time before GAYS and LESBIANS can "flaunt" their legal marriages "in your face" and in the faces of every other bigot across the land. You're on the losing side of time.

Also, it's not "intolerant" to have no tolerance for bigoted haters. You are not an oppressed class, as much as you'd loooove to think of yourself as one. Sorry. FAIL.

I also think that this thread is effectively shut down now, due to an Amendment I'd like to propose to Godwin's Law: i.e., all debate is finished when someone starts using the argument "try doing this in Tehran or Riyadh!"

On No on Prop 8 Vigil

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