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Posted on February 23 at 5:50 p.m.

billclausen, I'm sorry I didn't read your comment thoroughly enough, but I was a bit amazed from a couple of statements that you said which became a bit distracting. I was only really responding to those points-- not to your overall comments.

For that, I apologize, I just read your comment the wrong way, I suppose.

I would like to make a couple of things clear, though.
I am the last person in the world who would excusively believe what the nice people in school have told me. Furthermore, I've completed expansive research projects on the 1960s era, and I don't think the whole "equality, freedom" movement had everything right, either.

I'd also like to point out that I really take care to avoid extremes, especially when it comes to politics. Like you said, I do really believe both liberals and conservatives possess both good and bad attitudes, values, and solutions.

I think you may have read my comment the wrong way, too. My whole point was that putting metal detectors and telling people to "watch out" for potentially dangerous students isn't going to solve anything. I mentioned that this is just another manifestation of one of society's innate problems that has roots far deeper than the original Columbine shootings. What I was really trying to get across is that, while I'm sure the media and today's culture has some influence over school shootings, we can't really blame one particular thing for such a nebulous problem.

Hope that cleared things up. I didn't mean to attack you at all, so please don't take it personally. I only attacked some of your words.
The fact that you even care to analyze and discuss issues like this one shows that you are a remarkable person.

On Starbucks, iPods, School Shootings

Posted on February 22 at 6:24 p.m.

Oh, wow. I didn't know that rebellion DIDN'T EXIST before the 1960's. Well, that explains everything.
For someone who was born in 1960, you sure are naive. I know the '50s looked all peachy keen and wonderful, and divorce rates were low, but why do you think things changed in the first place? Are you really decieved by the 1950s' image?
Believe it or not, people cheated, lied, stole, and (gasp!) even rebelled before the 1960's.
And though I can clearly see how kids being allowed to run around restaurants influences said children to murder others (cue sarcasm), I really don't see how this is "connecting the dots."

Now, in response to the column itself, I think Mollie has said all she can possibly say-- and beautifully.
I don't really think there is much of an explanation for this, and I believe in each case the reasons vary. It's incredibly difficult to pinpoint why, and why now?
I think, in theory, this is something mankind has always had to deal with, though this is a new outlet. A new manifestation of another one of society's glitches. It's really a matter of someone taking the lives of some innocent people, plain and simple.

I do think our generation-- with the media and depression and anxiety-inducing cultural habits-- may be more inclined to do something like this.
I also would like to mention the drugs this person was on. You mentioned it briefly, since it wasn't exactly your focus, but I think it is incredibly significant.
Psychiatric drugs can leave a person senseless, out-of-control, and completely unaware of themselves and others. It's astonishing how many people (especially young people) are on these drugs that transform the brain's chemistry.
Yes, they help a lot of people, but they do a lot of harm as well.

I guess that's really just one facet of the issue, but definetely a remarkable one.

Also, what about the common youth lifestyle? Watching TV all day long-- progams showing some of the most vapid, superficial, depressing people in the world; video and computer games all about shooting, killing, dying, only to restart the game with the press of a button.
The mainstream values of this generation-- MY generation-- are so sad. Now, I'm what most people would consider an "atheist," but I have stronger morals and values than 99% of people my age, most of who assign themselves to a faith.

Well, I could go on and on and on, but I would need my own weekly column for that. I guess my point is that each and every person in this country needs to think about themselves and how they are contributing as individuals to this society, and that would fix a lot of the problems that people blame on "media, society" and blah blah blah, while practicing all these behaviors without any self-evaluation.

In the meantime, I hope we find a more short-term way to somehow prevent anymore tradgedies like this.

On Starbucks, iPods, School Shootings

Posted on February 15 at 10:31 a.m.

How refreshing to hear someone who sees the beauty of a relationship after the butterflies-in-the-stomach period has inevitably passed.
Not to say the butterflies are completely gone, but things change and I think a lot of relationships end once the initial chemical surges mitigate.
In this day and age, it's always amazing to hear that love not only comes out of hormones, excitement, and lust, but also out of admiration for another's personal attributes.

On Ode to Real Love

Posted on February 3 at 3:47 p.m.

I don't even know what to say. There is so much hipocracy and stupidity in how people respond to your column that it makes me feel like the smartest human being alive.
All these critics must have really great, fulfilling lives, considering they are using so much of their energy tap-tap-tapping away at their keyboards, making fecklessly negative comments about your personal life (although the condensation and boob ones are pretty entertaining).
As I aspire to one day have my own column (and am writing my first column to be published in the Channels this week), I can barely contain myself in anticipation of all the wonderful feedback I will get.
I'll have to keep in mind that even great columnists like Starshine receive such caustic responses.

On How to Love Hate Mail

Posted on January 23 at 11:52 a.m.

I remember sitting in class last month and noticing your little stud. I also recall wondering, "Is that new or has she always had that?"
It's subtle but it adds a little flair, and looks great on you.
By the way, I used to have my nose pierced and I can still precisely remember the pain I felt whenever it caught on washcloths as well as any other item that could possibly snag it. While it can be quite painful at times, it is definetely worth it.

On My New Stud

Posted on January 16 at 1:04 p.m.

I think a lot of young people are lured into marriage by all the secondary glamour that comes with it. I mean, the initiation into a marriage-- a big diamond ring on your finger, people fussing over you, a big ceremony, a beautiful gown, an exotic honeymoon-- is almost enough to make me forget about my life plans as an individual.
Pair all that with the anxiety of graduating from college and being flung into a life in which there is no longer a set path directing you where to go and what to do (i.e. elementary, middle, high school, college, and now what?), and it's understandable why so many young people are throwing themselves into marriage.
I don't want to undermine true love and commitment, but it's much easier to just go and get married than it is to face the so-called "real world,"-- where one must make difficult decisions, take risks, and work like a maniac-- all the while trying to figure out who you are and what makes you happiest. Alone.
Americans are liberated by law, but many haven't truly been liberated by themselves.

On The Ring Thing

Posted on December 10 at 1:19 p.m.

In a way, I think by using a common slang term, such as "that sucks" makes for more personal conversation. I, too, grew up with this being a rather benign phrase (though I was always admonished by my elders for using it), and when I hear people use it, it directly translates into "that's a real bummer."
Personally, when I vent to someone about something unfortunate that has happened in my life, a response of "that sucks," as long as it's not paired with an apathetic tone, is one of the most sympathetic things someone can say. In my opinion, it's much better than a default response such as, "I'm sorry," which always seems like the person doesn't care enough to come up with anything original or emotionally-charged in response.
It's largely a matter of culture. I can see how many would find this phrase offensive. However, if I were the teacher who was being cut sitting there, and the head of the school board gave a heart-felt "that sucks!" I would probably feel like she actually had enough sympathy for me to make such an outburst.

On This Column Sucks

Posted on December 9 at 3:19 p.m.

This comment is in response to tallsipowater and anyone who may share that point-of-view:
This is a personal column, and the whole point of a personal column is to take minor, mundane PERSONAL incidents and point out how they correspond to a more broad, universal meaning.
In this case, Mollie shows she has the capacity for deep thinking, as most people would not ponder the meaning of or learn a lesson from simply falling off of a bike.
Mollie is not writing the front page story of a newspaper. Once again, it is a PERSONAL column, so it's a bit out-of-line to accuse her of living in a "sophmoric bubble of self-existence."
Since when did levity equate to ignorance? There's plenty of "serious" stories in the newspaper, columns like this serve to entertain and enlighten.
Also, it is possible to be a responsible journalist without constantly admonishing everyone for their debauchery.
I think we all know what can happen when someone lives recklessly and that, yes, Isla Vistans are famous for doing so. That said, this would be quite a hackneyed column if Mollie simply discussed this topic week after week, rather than serving up something fresh and light, yet meaningful.

On The Consequences of Cockiness

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