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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
Posted on August 24 at 11:44 a.m.
Yeah Buckwheat and Trying2! I will not cross the picket lines either. We need to get all our friends to pledge the same. We need to honor the workers who serve us all year around. They deserve to feel secure in their health coverage. The companies are doing well and should provide health security for their workers. Let's hope an agreement is reached, but if not ... get ready Trader Joes!
On Grocery Workers Vote to Authorize Strike
Posted on August 3 at 1:28 p.m.
Oooops! typo. OF
On Serban Placed on Leave of Absence
Posted on August 3 at 1:27 p.m.
I didn't mean to intimate that we don't have friends outside of adult ed. Not at all. But there are certainly people in our classes that we don't see in other social circles and we have built strong bonds of friendship there at the Wake or Schott center.
Posted on August 3 at 9:45 a.m.
Thanks, Eckermann. I accept that no insult was intended. I think many who think a class is just entertainment don't realize that for some seniors or even younger people, their art classes are not only an important means of artistic expression, but in some cases a place for friendships which don't exist outside of these classes. The loss of this special environment would hit many of us very hard. All of us are willing to have higher fees.
Posted on August 2 at 11:06 p.m.
Eckermann,The college students, of course, should be the first priority of SBCC. I don't think any of us on the faculty or in adult ed would disagree with that. But another exaggeration is that the adult ed students of art, language, computer, aerobics, etc. demand that classes be free! I don't know a single student who isn't willing to pay more than what we have paid in the past. We know that state funds have been severely cut. If the non-credit classes pay more across the board, they should not interfere with the offering of credit classes on the SBCC campus. There is no need to insult the adults taking classes as "dilettantes" who should find other ways "to entertain themselves." Taking a language or aerobics or art is taking care of our health, which is why the state has long supported these classes. The Trustees are trying to support both credit and non-credit offerings if possible and the community has spoken in favor of just that. Good for the Trustees.
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