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Kikisquid April 16, 2014 at 01:56 PM
I know what you mean! Once one leaves southern California, one notices how fortunate we are withRead Moreou r food choices. I feel the more I know the easier it is to make sounder food choices for myself and in regards to sustainability. Perhaps it is a matter of taking personal responsibility that stops others not to wonder what is in our food. Thankfully awareness is spreading each day and that makes it harder to stay in the dark.
Jack Casey April 14, 2014 at 02:08 AM
Corrected copy from above post: Hi Tim, I just posted to Santa Monica Patch (Which I had not heardRead Moreo f before tonight) on this topic. I noticed a few typos After I posted and would like to correct them, but can't see how to get back to it: Sandra Lyons is in way over her head as Sup't of SMMUSD. IMHO: Lyons did not "Misspeak" as some commentators have posted. Rather she was caught out by a moment of Truth. She spoke her values: First throw the staff member under the bus with no investigation of the facts - Guilty until proven innocent seems to be her code. Then call this Drug Dealer's home and and reassure the parents. Apologize to The Drug Dealer's parents and assure them that this "Alarming" incident of Physical Restraint by the classroom teacher deserved a thorough investigation and it will be initiated. God Forbid that she could have called Coach Black's home and asked HIM what happened that day!? Who is she afraid of? Have the so-called Minorities got her on the run and kowtowing to their every concern, no matter what the topic. That Racist, Ageist District & City Political Parasite Oscar De la Torre must be in his glory. HINT: Ms. Lyons, a leader leads from in front and makes the big, tough decisions out of a desire to be fair and equitable - Not at the behest of and in fear of the loudest mob. Under Stress & Pressure you did not "Misspeak" Ms, Lyons, you collapsed into a useless, panicked Apologist for some of the worst elements and corrosive trends in our society. if you can't take the heat - Please get out of that office and turn it over to someone with a backbone and a set of clear values. Jack Casey, 30 year veteran of SMMUSD (retired).
Paul Ryan April 14, 2014 at 02:25 AM
One often overlooked effect of these immediate dismissals of teachers PRIOR to any investigation of Read Morethe facts is that the students are suddenly deprived of continuity in their course at best, and usually stuck with a very unqualified replacement. This was the case when photography teacher Alan Barnes was summarily dismissed for very questionable reasons and replaced by substitute with no photographic experience whatsoever. And at crucial time when students were preparing portfolios for college submission. Both the students on the SAMO wrestling team and in Mr. Black's biology class have certainly suffered, and will continue to do so unless Superintendent Lyons reinstates him before the end of Spring Break. It is the students who suffer it's certainly not clear to me who benefits. Ms Lyons has apologized, now she has a chance to truly help the students.
Paul Ryan April 14, 2014 at 09:31 PM
Surprised to see Rick King bringing up accusations to ONE wrestler from back in 2011. In Rick'sRead Morewor ds: "...Another was a very disturbing incident involving Coach Black's wrestling team which used a fake lynching to haze a black wrestler." It was a joke and a bad one. But one member was accused, not the team. The boy hazed went on to wrestle with his friends on the team for the rest of the season. It passed. The administration however, deprived the team of it's Olympic Class trainer and the team suffered false accusations from much of the student body due to uninformed innuendo from sensation seeking people and organizations. Venting vehement anger is one thing, uninformed innuendo is far more damaging.
Glenn E Grab April 10, 2014 at 01:06 PM
you're wrong, you were describing your glee at the death of someone's child, which you said wasRead Moreemin ent.....you meant imminent, which means forthcoming, or something that will be happening soon....it has nothing to do with grammar, you just used the wrong word....
Sylvester Jenkins April 10, 2014 at 04:53 PM
Glenn, you should capitalize the Y in You're.
Glenn E Grab April 12, 2014 at 11:53 AM
weak retort, but at least you realize your mistake now....no need to thank me...
Julie Dole April 13, 2014 at 04:22 PM
Here's your education Marcy: horses and ponies get rescued from KILL BUYERS every week - and youRead Morek now what the rescues do? They figure out a JOB for each horse they rescue. Sometimes the horse (or PONY) can still be ridden or driven, in which case it's MUCH more likely to find a HOME. If it can't be ridden, they try to find it a JOB as a companion horse - but guess what - those animals are far less likely to find HOMES. Rescued ponies can't just get released into the ocean like freaking orcas, Marcy. You think its tough trying to find homes for cats and dogs? Try placing a rescued pony. I have never even met Tawni, but I support her and NOT you because SHE's keeping her ponies out of the KILL BUYER circuit - and you're NOT. Here's just one of many rescues, if you want to see photos of REALLY abused equines: https://www.facebook.com/auctionhorses So put down your idiotic signs and DONATE. Peace out.
Tawni Angel April 13, 2014 at 10:56 PM
I LOVE YOU JULIE DOLE :) finally someone else GETS it!!!!!!!!!
Marcy Winograd April 14, 2014 at 09:02 AM
I don't want to see horses slaughtered, either, Julie, but are those the only two choices:Read Moreslaughter or exploitation? Maybe there's another way: take the ponies off the tether (Hollywood, Florida banned such tethers 20 years ago, deeming them cruel and inhumane), walk them on leads in a larger venue (not a minuscule circle but one where this is lot of space; Danielle suggested Virginia Park), add an education component, a real education component where children and their families learn how ponies sleep, what they eat, the colors they see, etc. -- maybe even promote pony "adoptions" or sponsorship at The Gentle Barn, an animal sanctuary, to the event), ban loud music next to the horses' sensitive ears (It was way too loud yesterday at the market and I asked the manager to instruct the band to turn down the music), and make sure the ponies are given scheduled rest and water breaks. While there for two hours yesterday, I didn't see any regular water or rest breaks. As far as I know, only one pony was given water during that two hour time span -- and that pony was in front of a video camera. Some 268 people, at least 76 from Santa Monica, well over 100 from SM, Venice, Mar Vista, LA, signed my petition, many of them commenting on how sad and miserable the ponies looked. As a horse lover yourself, I'm sure you can appreciate the fact that lots of locals sense the sadness here.
GasMeUp April 05, 2014 at 07:19 PM
Glibly put, Liz. Also my experience. The enslaved ponies & mixed-animals petting zooRead More"ent ertainments" - aka "attractions"!? - turn me off also. Now I go less to such farmers markets--not more. Exploitation of animals is a form of violence. A fact? And: whether status quo or not.
A.A. April 07, 2014 at 08:47 PM
I happily signed your petition, Marcy, and will be asking others to do the same at a communityRead Moreevent I'm attending this evening. Thank you for speaking out for these poor creatures who appear to be so miserable that I've avoided the Farmer's Market for the past year in order to prevent my heart from breaking each Sunday.
Marcy Winograd April 07, 2014 at 09:10 PM
A.A., thank you for sharing your feelings and for letting others know about the petition to shutRead Moredow n the pony ride and petting zoo. Several people have told me privately that the animal entertainment exhibits have bothered them for a long time, and that they had feared they were alone in their sadness or disapproval. Consequently, they are relieved to know they are not alone in thinking that the circling ponies, some with their heads hanging low, close to the ground, deserve to be free of this merry-go-round. One of the problems I have with these exhibits is that they are featured at a city-sponsored event, a taxpayer-funded effort (at least in part), which suggests Santa Monicans are comfortable with what goes on there. I am not comfortable and neither are you and the hundreds, (over 60 from Santa Monica), who have signed my petition.
Penny Arévalo (Editor) March 13, 2014 at 01:26 PM
Marks the spot?
Carl Petersen III February 23, 2014 at 06:59 PM
A response to a comment that is misquoted. One of the quotes that I focus on in this week's blog:Read Moreht tp://goo.gl/L5mPCw
Michael S February 24, 2014 at 11:09 AM
Yay! What this country needs is another dishonorable group of ex military people like the swiftRead Moreboat liars for untruth.