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Posted on January 3 at 3:39 p.m.

During several visits to Mexico in the last couple of years, I have found that the general feeling of Mexican citizens is relief that current president Calderon is finally getting serious about breaking up the drug cartels. There is also speculation (unproven) that Fox's son is the beneficiary of some unusually generous land deals.

On Former Mexican President to Speak in S.B.

Posted on May 1 at 10:07 p.m.

I don't know Carol. I have never heard of her till this article. But I am concerned that a Board that is partly absentee (Google the name of the Board's chair!) is allowing 40% of the payroll of this esteemed institution to go to three people. And that they did not take steps to stem the 60% decline in endowment. Can you say "asleep at the switch"?

On Dirt Flies at Botanic Garden

Posted on May 1 at 10:59 a.m.

Any board that is so oblivious (or chooses to ignore) the concerns of their volunteer "foot soldiers" should be ashamed of themselves AND replaced. To have more than 50 volunteers walk out (after more than a year of repeated attempts to meet with the Garden's board) is inexcuseable and tragic.

On Dirt Flies at Botanic Garden

Posted on April 3 at 9:05 a.m.

Boy, we have a lot of experts here! With so many experts, and so much expertise, why is it that we still have a growing problem with gangs, crime, and drugs?

Let's face it, simple solutions don't work in today's complex society. Sure, good parenting helps - but what of the homes that have only one parent, or those where one or both parents have one or more full time jobs to try to make ends meet? What about the influence of immigrants from LA or Mexico who bring a different culture? What about jobs for kids for the summer? Where do they turn to for guidance, for fun, for good role models?

I have seen the results of programs like these, Putting it simply, they work! There are just not enough of them! Rather than complaining about the "good old days" ("when I was their age, I walked ten miles a day to school in the snow - and both ways were uphill!") - I suggest you get off your soapbox, and get involved!

On Police Get $400,000 Grant for Anti-Gang Efforts

Posted on December 31 at 1:15 p.m.

Remember when Tom Storke wanted to rent a wheelchair and couldn't? He started the free Loan Closet at the Visiting Nurse Association, and the News-Press continued its support of the Loan Closet for years via its Christmas Fund. The New York Times continued the tradition, too, during its ownership.

Since Wendy's taken over, the Loan Closet support is no more, and the Christmas Fund (which now goes partly to Wendy's animal charities) collection is way down.

Any guesses who was at or near the top of Wendy's donor list this year? Barry Cappello, at $7000. Perhaps he wants to stay in her good graces?

On Jerry Roberts Beating Wendy McCaw

Posted on October 2 at 12:52 p.m.

We saw this play in New York. The opening night performance at the Ensemble was every bit as good as the Broadway version, and perhaps more engrossing and intense, given the smaller theater.

Very timely - the topics of racism and homophobia are more felt than than talked about, but very definitely major themes. The resolution is not total at the end, leaving you to ponder it long after the lights go up.

Go and see it!

On <em>Take Me Out</em> presented by Ensemble Theatre Company.

Posted on August 29 at 8:41 a.m.

AShaw: If the major criterion for selecting a VP is that they be able to step into the Oval Office in a heartbeat (literally), what does the selection of Palin say about McCain's judgment (at age 72)? Let's be honest - what does Palin bring to the party, except the extra chromosome?

On None

Posted on June 12 at 10:39 p.m.

"Make up your own mind" is good advice.

But - look, listen, and learn first - don't just regurgitate what you have been taught. Better yet, go visit Israel. While you are there, be sure to visit Palestine - or what's left of it. What you may have been taught will not match what you will see and learn and experience for yourself.

One can be in favor of Israel, yet not be in favor of Israel's actions. Just as one can be in favor of the US, yet not be in favor of the US's actions. Think about it.

On None

Posted on June 10 at 10:01 p.m.

Hi, betty -

Thank you for your comments. I appreciate your pointing out the large number of NGO's, some of which I had not been aware of. There are lots of good guys there!

I hope that you have a chance to go to Palestine sometime. Look, learn, and see for yourself, as I did. It's not what you may think.

Until then, Shalom, and Salaam.

On Ads Anti-Semitic

Posted on June 5 at 8:43 a.m.

"Israel has not carried out housing demolitions for many years...." Oh?

betty, please see http://icahd.org/eng/news.asp?menu=5&... for a slightly different view of recent history. Incidentally, this organization has been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

How many suicide bombings took place in Israel in 2007? Just one. In Elat.

Why are suicide bombings down? Not because of the wall, according to B'tselem, the respected Israeli human rights organization. The wall is still porous. Suicide bombings were down by 50% when the wall was only 30% built, according to B'tselem. The reasons are (1) Palestinians realized that suicide bombings are not effective means of influencing Israel's actions; and (2) Israeli and Palestinian intelligence have been working more effectively together to prevent such bombings.

The reality is that fear of terror, not the terror itself, is necessary for Israel to continue its undemocratic oppression.

Perhaps the best analogy, although painful, is the way the Americans treated the American Indians.

Neither Israel not Palestine has lived up to all terms of any agreement they have signed.

The best approach to peace in the Middle East is for BOTH sides to stop provocative actions - something that NEITHER is willing to do at this point. Palestinians need to stop the rocket attacks (actually, Israel has a new defense system scheduled to be deployed later this year that is designed to be 98+% effective), and Israel needs to stop expanding the wall and the settlements. Then, and only then, will there be an opportunity for peace in the region, which so many people on both sides, truly desire.

On Ads Anti-Semitic

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