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Posted on February 27 at 10:10 a.m.

We appreciate Sen. Jackson's speaking up for women (and many other important things like the environment and education). We agree that Seth MacFarlane's jokes were pretty lame and hope he is not the host next year. But we are grateful to have a Senator in Sacramento who is on top of so many things and can get important legislation passed that protects our rights and our beautiful coastline. HBJ is articulate, smart and effective!!! So glad you represent us.

On Hannah-Beth Jackson Blasts Oscar Host

Posted on September 10 at 1:31 a.m.

Yes, he does. The sad thing is that often people who do inappropriate sexual behavior are either developmentally challenged themselves and don't understand what's not allowed or just unable to form appropriate relationships and therefore unable to get their own needs met in acceptable ways. They need to be educated by adults who will talk about sexual feelings that are normal and how to handle them. Otherwise they are just a tragedy waiting to happen.

On Man Accused of Molesting Developmentally Disabled Teen

Posted on September 7 at 11:17 a.m.

To those who are anti-union: The unions gave us limits to how much bosses could make people work in a day, gave us weekends, gave child labor laws, negotiations for fair pay, safety, etc. Working people need unions to stand up for workers' rights. Maybe if you're not a worker, you don't understand that, but your kids may have jobs someday and all people need to be able to negotiate hours, pay, safety, etc. Unions have fought for your rights, even if you're not union members. Thank you unions!

On Reform Candidate Joins School Board Race

Posted on September 5 at 12:03 p.m.

Mayor Schneider was innovative and bold, as the Indy says, and we should all support her attempts to raise money for schools and police protection. If she had gone to all segments of the city that might be affected, they would have watered down her proposal to the point of it becoming worthless. She did the courageous thing by making all segments pay something and get something. Keep trying Mayor! We respect and admire you.

On Mayor Scraps $12 Million Initiative Package

Posted on August 31 at 1:22 p.m.

For anyone who wants to see their favorite adult ed courses offered, it can't hurt to send a polite letter to the new President, Dr. Lori Gaskin, to let her know how important these courses are to us. We understand that SBCC can't continue to offer courses almost free, as they had been. Most other adult ed programs across the country cost money. $200 is not unusual, I've learned. So we have to get used to that idea and seriously try to get scholarship money, so those who can't afford $200 can also participate. Now get that letter off.

On SBCC Holding Forums on Continuing Ed

Posted on August 6 at 12:39 a.m.

Anyone who knows Congresswoman Capps, knows how honest and committed she is to helping the people of our area. She is busy fighting for our right to have better health care and better education for our kids and I'm sure she occasionally forgets something as we all do. Making a big deal out of this is typical of a candidate who has nothing else to pin on her, because she is very loved and appreciated on the South Coast.

On Capps Chided for Unreported Income

Posted on June 20 at 2:29 a.m.

As a new grandparent, I'm aware that there are way more celebrations today than there used to be. Kids never had graduations from Kindergarten before, but it seems that now parents give big parties for every thing completed. And grandparents have to fly across the country for all these celebrations. I think it's fine to recognize a chiild's accomplishments, but just attending school for a year isn't an extraordinary accomplishment. Flying two grandparents out for those things means maybe $1500 of expenses. This is a lot to keep up with if you have several grandchilren. And yet if this is what is being done today, then I will feel bad not to do it too. I think it would benefit the child more to use that $1500 to pay for piano lessons or camp. On the other hand we want to see those kids as much as possible. So I guess we're going.

On Parents: Guides or Cheerleaders?

Posted on May 25 at 7:19 p.m.

Loved what you had to say, Starshine! We need to worry about what our society's message to our girls and boys growing up is. We already have an epidemic of eating disorders from the message that to be attractive you have to be unnaturally thin and have big boobs. And we are raising our boys to want something that is pretty hard to find, since very thin girls don't naturallly have big breasts. It's hard to believe, but women are spending thousands of dollars on plastic surgery not only on breast enlargement, but to get designer labia that are seen in porn! This is so sad and harmful. Everyone should see the film Miss Representation, if you haven't seen it.

On Size 10s Need Not Apply

Posted on November 25 at 11:43 a.m.

mtndriver is exactly right. He said, "Seems like groups that set themselves up as bastions of morality are often where sex abusers of one type or another hide out--protective coloration." Our Human Sexuality text book states that sex offenders are typically heterosexual males who have very traditional views of gender roles, tend to be shy, lonely, conservative and often moralistic or religious. They frequently have difficulty relating to other adults and tend to feel inadequate and inferior.

I understand that the Indy is protecting this courageous teen by not disclosing his identity, but I wish your readers could send him hugs and praise for reporting what Stein did to him and probably others. The brave teen is definitely preventing Stein from abusing others. Good for him! He is a hero and he should know that many in the community are grateful to him and admire his strength and character. Sometimes a victim feels like damaged goods and that he will never be worthy. I hope he will get some good counseling to recover from those feelings. I say to him, "You are just as good and worthy as any of us and deserve our respect and admiration for reporting the abuser. That takes guts and is the honorable thing to do." Maybe Barney can set up a place where people can send supportive notes to this family. We can help both mother and son heal from this painful experience by letting them know of our support. I wish I could phone them.

On The Scout Molestation Meritless Badge

Posted on October 7 at 3:38 p.m.

The complaints about unions buying the election is pretty hypocritical. Much more money bought the election for Dale Francisco and Michael Self. Randall Van Wolfswinkel, who doesn't even reside here, spent $750,000 to put those conservatives in office in a liberal community. That kind of election buying is really maddening. This is why elections should be publicly financed... especially for the House and Senate. Billionaires should not have the ability to buy votes.

On Dems Ahead in Money Dance

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