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Posted on March 15 at 5:10 a.m.

It goes without saying that bigotry, bullying and racial/ethnic stereotyping are not to be condoned. My own experience is these sorts of things are, sadly, found among all groups. When my kids were younger they attended a local school where most of the other families were Latino,
Neither they nor I had any issue with this and they did well and had plenty of friends. This did not stop some of their less enlightened classmates from sometimes referring to them as "caspers." Then there was the Lotería (a sort of wheel of fortune/bingo-type game) often found at the festivals and fund-raisers where one of the stock characters was "El Negrito. My point is this sort of crap is not limited to any one group. Efforts to eliminate bigotry or to increase "sensitivity" to language use are commendable but must be applied fairly like anything else.

On Hate Speech At San Marcos

Posted on December 17 at 6:50 p.m.

BC: I was simply trying to be fair-minded regarding the fundamental "choice" that people who have children make in most, not all, cases. That's what I meant by a prerogative, nothing more. I can't speak for others, but I certainly don't look down upon those who don't have children, whether it's by choice, circumstances, tragic or otherwise, financial reality etc. I honestly don't really get the rest of your explanation, but that's okay. I think "ploy" is a bit harsh, but of course people use "children" to call attention to issues that affect children as well as others.
My observation is that quite a few people who don't have kids seem not to like them much. Perhaps that's part of their "choice" in some cases.
Good for you for practicing what you preach, though, no sarcasm intended. Too few do that these days. Over and out.

On Hungry on the Holidays

Posted on December 17 at 6:34 p.m.

Clearly, I was addressing a specific comment (by billclausen), the one directly preceding mine.
Your poorly written diatribe directed towards me makes no sense at all.

Maybe you've become confused in juggling all your various online identities here?
Or perhaps it's just time for your milk and cookies break.

On Hungry on the Holidays

Posted on December 17 at 6 p.m.

Indeed, "hunger hurts" regardless of color, age etc. However, children, younger ones at least, certainly don't often have the means to feed themselves, even if the root cause is irresponsible parents etc.
I know we all have our agendas and gripes, but I've never quite understood why so many childless people (their prerogative, of course) seem so resentful of children or issues that focus on child-related problems. Seems rather small-minded and bizarre to me. I really don't see any evidence of societal desensitization to those who are childless or those without families for that matter. Presumably, we were all once the former and all have, or had, the latter.

On Hungry on the Holidays

Posted on December 16 at 6:04 a.m.

Although I realize that these letters are published mainly as click-bait, it's always interesting to get the perspective of the lunatic right wing fringe element.
Although I'm not much of a fan of Obama these days, which of these "problems" was not also an issue during the previous administration.
How would/should the President "stand up" to China, Russia etc.?

Now that it's looking like Clinton vs. Bush in 2016, the issue we need to be worrying about is the seemingly now-entrenched dynastic politics that prevail in the U.S. via the two party machines.

On Christmas Naughty List

Posted on December 14 at 6:49 a.m.

Looked at the local Waldorf School years ago when my older child was five and gave it some thought. The airy-fairy atmosphere was a bit too much (for us) . So too was the curriculum delay in reading instruction which seemed counter-intuitive in general
and possibly pedagogically harmful as my kid was already reading. Looking a bit more into the Theosophy-based underpinnings (which the Atlantic article referenced above discusses) provided a final factor in deciding against Waldorf.
All that being said, however, I do remember that the kids seemed happy and comfortable in their classrooms and the staff very sincere and dedicated. Like so many things with parenting decisions, it's a choice.

On Waldorf School in Financial Straits

Posted on December 11 at 6:33 a.m.

New Leader for Casa Esperanza
At 29 Years Old, Jessica Wishan Takes the Reigns from Financial Savior

Did someone mean to write that she has taken the "reins," or is there a pun there that I'm missing?

On New Leader for Casa Esperanza

Posted on November 29 at 6:55 a.m.

I think you've gone beyond any "stretch" and moved on to the land of the ludicrous with your assetion. There is absolutely no "similarity between what is happening here and what happened in Europe in the 1930s." No one's rounding up either the "homeless" for extermination or even internment. Some, not me, might argue, though, that mandated hospitalization, perhaps a form of forced interment, for the truly mentally ill could be a good thing.

I think that a too-frequent tendency to bring one's personal history over life's many disappointments to these larger, non-related, issues typically makes for an ineffective argument. Ironic, perhaps, that on another thread ("Missions"), you seem to argue against this sort of loose and overwrought application of historical precedent.

On Homeless Camps Cleaned Up

Posted on November 27 at 7:12 a.m.

If you lived downwind/near any of these camps during the now seemingly perpetual "fire season," you might indeed feel safer.
There really is a difference between the "homeless" (or the recently deceased local hermit-type who was so nicely profiled here this past week) and the often-aggressive and mostly irresponsible vagrants who make up much of the local "scene" these days.

Referring to "cleansing," economic or otherwise,
is really a stretch here.

On Homeless Camps Cleaned Up

Posted on November 27 at 7 a.m.

There's ittle doubt that California's Indians (and those elsewhere) were treated terribly by those promoting Spanish colonialism, religious belief systems and, later, "manifest destiny." I think the record is pretty clear and has been for many years. The problem I see is a sort of piling on that's now underway that may be seen as more political in nature. Too often these analyses are tainted by what used to be called (maybe it still is?) the "presentist argument."
Yep, things, including people's views, were certainly different hundreds of years ago. Maybe some academics, or Pulitzer-nominated journalists, should start thinking about saving the trees at this point.
Interesting that Barney B. in the overview of the Danish quartet that directly follows jokingly notes that we should "never mind ancient history." Maybe that's what the Franciscans, or their defenders, would argue as well?

On Misery at the Missions

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