Cutting back on Medicare why I won’t vote for Obama
I’ve been a Democrat all my life and grew up hearing how the Democrats help the low- and middle-class people.
Obama believes he should have a second term since he’s done so much for us. I have to agree, he’s done too much from my point of view such as cutting back on our Medicare benefits, putting the squeeze on the House of Representatives to cut back more so now my monthly, secondary medical expense has gone up.
The cost of living has increased so badly that when I walk into my bank to purchase cashier’s checks, I have to pay $5 for each check when they used to be free.
Allowing co-ed access to sports in schools would wreak havoc
Short of designating the machinations of the “progressive” mind as unstable, I’m bereft of any explanation even approaching logic. Just when I think I’ve heard the absolutely zaniest reports on actions and new laws proposed by elected officials in Sacramento by which we, the citizens, will be impacted, I am floored by the devolving direction in which California is being led, pushed and bullied.
A recent proposed amendment to the California Education Code under section 221.5 is one such example of which I am astounded.
Thoughts on teen health and gays in history
I felt compelled to respond to Barry Wendell’s Jan. 5 letter, “Gitlin seems to want to save the state from public health,” in which he commented on my Jan. 3 Coastal Voices piece, “Too late to save Golden State?”
Here are my positions:
I do believe teenagers should not be deprived from cancer skin care or veneral disease protection. The child’s parents should be advised.
I do believe any disease should not be allowed to go untreated if the means of curing the ailment is available.
I do strongly believe parents should be in the loop and notified if their 12-year-old daughter is about to undergo a life-changing surgery such as an abortion.
I also believe one’s sexual orientation, heterosexual or homosexual should not be part of any social science curriculum. It matters not to me that Thomas Edison was or was not a heterosexual. I simply want to know that he invented the light bulb.
Daughter is excelling under Uncharted Shores’ tutelage
I tried many public schools. None could reach my daughter the way Uncharted Shores Academy has.
My daughter is autistic. She came to USA with a unique set of challenges. Depending on the weather/mood, she can miss days of school. Yet USA has developed ways to keep her up on her studies: She never skipped a beat in her work.
I see children who lacked skill when arriving from public schools who now are mentoring to other smaller children.
Thompson’s support for Huffman raises suspicion
Mike Thompson seems to be going all out for Jared Huffman in his race for the 2nd Congressional District.
Thompson not only announced his support of Huffman to the media but has now written a long letter in support.
Why? Why has he rounded up others to support Huffman, and why is he pushing so hard? It’s not usual to see someone who is still in office do that. So what’s in it for him?
Professional politicians are not likely to act in that manner without a quid pro quo in mind. Thompson is faced with running on new turf next year, more conservative turf than he’s used to facing. Huffman is, by far, the most conservative Democrat running in the Congressional race. He is what I would call “Republican light.” In these increasingly critical times, he has little to offer. But he could be a great help to Thompson in his upcoming race.
Obama, Dems and GOP in Congress embrace fascism
I just love it when out-of-touch politicians try to show everybody how in touch they really are.
I hear Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich gave Mitt Romney a hard time for making a $10,000 bet. It would be totally absurd for a rich guy like Mitt Romney to make a $10 bet with a rich guy like Rick Perry.
Are Rick Perry and Newt Gingrich suggesting that Mitt Romney is too poor to risk anything more than $10 on a bet?
Lessons in education reform from two schools in Kansas
Regarding education reform, here are two schools of thought and the same basic results in academic success: These two schools in Kansas have done this since the conception of each school — the public school since the late 1920s and the private school since 1963.
Baxter Springs High School has done this for many years and has earned many awards along the way. In the school year of 2009 it earned academic championship awards for excellence in reading, writing and math from the state of Kansas. In 2009 it also won the National Blue Ribbon School award from the United States.
Saddened to hear our friend Charles Slert will be leaving
I love Del Norte County and its people. My many experiences over the years in this community have been gratifying. This place also drew my wife of 17 years here to do business in the mortgage business, providing loans to incoming correctional officers at Pelican Bay State Prison as it came online in the early 1990s. Missy, a Dallas girl, also loves this area.
We were both saddened recently to hear that our good friend Charles Slert was resigning from the Crescent City Council and may have to leave the area. Charles was a renowned architect from San Diego and his wife Patricia is a Fortuna girl. Missy and I attended their wedding at the River Lodge in Fortuna about eight or so years ago.
Well wishes for us and our leaders in next year
Some New Year’s wishes:
I wish more people realized what a privilege being American is.
I wish the younger generations would realize the importance of volunteering in our community.
I wish people would give back to our town rather than just take what they can.
Educational woes stem from sense of dependency on system
While it was inspirational to read Josh Norris' take on educational problems in Del Norte county (“Consultants are not solution to Del Norte’s education problems,” Dec. 8), he seems to be putting forth the same solutions that have dominated the educational community for five decades, more teachers, smaller class size, and more money.
Those solutions haven’t made much progress either. I don’t wish to marginalize these as answers to our educational woes, but I think that public education took a systemic left turn about 50 years ago when it stopped trusting most parents to do the right thing when it came to their children. I think most teachers realize that they aren’t the biggest influence in a child’s life, but can greatly influence the outcome in any child’s life.
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