Sunday, May 6, 2012

Your Sunday Tattler News In Review

(Mod: I keep getting these messages from some guy who claims that I am being unfair to him because I only write about my viewpoints. And if I really wanted to be a chill dude I would put in some hours articulating his points of view for him, and then post them here. Or something like that. Which is pretty amusing. But what really is funny is that he seems to feel that by writing about things that he doesn't like I have somehow victimized him. Apparently The Tattler is causing this fellow some considerable anxiety. Anyway, here are some articles I enjoyed reading from this past week or so that ran in newspapers and on websites. My pen pal will likely be unhappy I'm doing this, and think poorly of me for posting them here. Which is reason enough to do it.)

Pasadena Weekly: "Battle Lines: Former school board member calls changing to district elections a step backwards"

If approved, Measure A would allow registered voters in Altadena, Pasadena and Sierra Madre - three communities that make up PUSD - to cast ballots only for candidates running in one of seven designated districts, devised over the past year by a special citizens' task force.

"This is a step backwards," said Bibbiani, who recalls a time when the district was racially segregated. Bibbiani also remembers the lawsuit that forced integration of the district in the early 1970s.

"The district was on the wrong side of the racial issue in the 1950s and '60s and has done its best to be on the right side of the issue over the past 40 years," he said. "In the 1970s, the district was forced to integrate, and now we are being forced to divide."

"In the guise of helping minorities or allegedly reducing inequality, this race-based division will harm everyone's right to vote and right to influence the board of education," Bibbiani said.

(Not to mention that the PUSD is screwing us out of representation until 2015. The rest of this article can be read by clicking here.)

Victorville Daily Press: "Steinberg's War on Californians"

Wendell Cox is not exactly conservative, and he has the liberal bona fides to prove it. A transportation consultant, he served three terms on the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission under the late mayor Tom Bradley.

So when he wrote a piece for the Wall Street Journal April 6 ("California Declares War on Suburbia"), pointing out that California's regulatory and tax climate is driving business investment to other states, you know his agenda was not a reflection of any ideology, but a frank assessment of what troubles this state's culture and economy. As he said, "California's high cost of living also is driving people away. Since 2000 more than 1.6 million people have fled, and my own research as well as that of others points to high housing prices as the principle factor."

And, he pointed out, the Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG) only will exacerbate the issue because it "wants to require more than one-half of the new housing in Los Angeles County and five other Southern California counties to be concentrated in dense, so-called transit villages, much of it at an even higher 30 or more units per acre."

(The rest of this article can be surmised by clicking here.)

Daily Breeze: "Michael Reagan: Republicans need to take back the state from the crazies"

Cuba is a one-party state. North Korea is a one-party state. California is a one-party state.

I'm not trying to draw any false parallels. But I've noticed bad things happen when one political party has complete control of a government too long, whether it's the Communist Party that's wrecked Cuba for 50 years or the Democratic Party that's wrecked California for 40.

So far, the Democrat monopoly in Sacramento has done nothing to cause Californians who seek greater freedom, lower taxes and a better business climate to begin taking rafts to Oregon or Mexico. But give the Democrats time.

They've already bankrupted the state and strangled its economy with high taxes, expensive green-energy policies and "progressive" regulations that scare off businesses, jack up housing prices or inhibit growth.

(You can read the part where he also says bad things about California Republicans by clicking here.)

CNN: "Gary Johnson wins Libertarian Party presidential nomination"

Former GOP presidential candidate Gary Johnson won and accepted the presidential nomination of the Libertarian Party on Saturday, which his campaign said earns him a spot on November ballots in all 50 states.

Johnson, a former governor of New Mexico and business owner, won the nomination with more than 70% of the vote at the party convention in Las Vegas. He entered the Libertarian primary race after dropping his 2012 Republican bid in late December.

He is best known for his support for the legalization of marijuana and the end of the so-called war on drugs. He supports same-sex marriage, an immediate end to the war in Afghanistan, and proposes slashing the federal budget by 43% to eliminate deficit spending.

(A candidate who supports both getting the government out of peoples' personal lives and their pocketbooks? And at the same time? You can read more by clicking here.)

Pasadena Star News: "Star-News to open newsroom"

It won't be in the pages you receive on your doorstep or on the website or mobile app you visit online. Instead, that new look will be in our newsroom, which we are opening up to the public for the first time in the 100-year history of the Pasadena Star News.

What's the big idea?

Well primarily it's to be more transparent. We want to show you that we practice what we preach. But, there's another reason too - the Star-News is a part of your community - just like your neighborhood grocery store, your favorite coffee shop, or the place where you and your family worship.

We'll do it by creating a community space where readers and residents can drop in to pitch stories, ask questions or make use of public blogging stations with free wi-fi access. While we are the first newspaper in California to break this ground, community newsrooms have been successful elsewhere in the country and the Star-News hopes to duplicate that success.

(For all those folks that claim the Star News is unresponsive, here is your chance to be heard. Hell, they always listen to me when I wander in there. Click here.)

Enjoy your Sunday. And please, rest up. The barbarians are at the gates and it is going to be a big week.

http://sierramadretattler.blogspot.com

74 comments:

  1. Oh how I'd like to take my vote back for voting Yes on the measure to make California a full time legislature. It seems now they don't have enough to do so they make things up. Give me a break, AB1960 is absurd and one more reason why business is leaving California.

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  2. Sure, PSN, I'm going to take the night-bus down to your office to beg you to cover Sierra Madre politics investigatively. Thanks for the offer. While I'm at it, I'll go on Jerry Brown's and Obama's websites, and share my opinions with them. Thanks again, now I'm empowered. Things will be set right forthwith.

    p.s. Now, how is it that Crawford knows what is important in Sierra Madre with me telling him. That's a puzzler. Oh, but he's a blogger, not a reporter. So confusing.

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  3. Oh, a suggestion box. Wonderful!

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  4. Just the facts ma'amMay 6, 2012 at 7:48 AM

    Wow, like opening the Sunday Star News, you get a choice of what you want to read based on what they print, delivered to your front door, how nice is that. The Sunday is always filled with enough reading material to last a pot of coffee sitting in your favorite spot. A lot of times you can go through the paper in 5 min. because it has a variety of articles of which some we look forward to reading. There are people on payroll that pick through many publications to find that which is of interest to the person paying for it. How nice to have someone do that for us more common of the population. To me the Tattler has offered the truth on subjects I want to know about and of course residents of Sierra Madre need to know about. True, the Tattlers truth and facts are presented in a manner some of us find harsh but after all, it has to be delivered in an interesting manner to grab our attention. Today I have been given the opportunity of reading about many subjects that are important to what is going on that effects Sierra Madre residents and our world. I can get through the serious stuff and move on to the funnies. Thank you Tattler..

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  5. I love your new Sunday "week in review", John.
    It really catches us up to speed with the important issues we should all be aware of!

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  6. Good for the Star News. That's a brave, time consuming thing to do. They're going to have to listen to a whole lot of hooey, but along with it will come some real discoveries.

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    1. This is an interesting experiment and I am anxious to see how it will all turn out.

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  7. It is good to see that Gary Johnson is restoring the 2 party system. Now let's see, who should I vote for, Robamney or Johnson...

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  8. I guess I am a little confused. Back in the 1970s if you were against busing and the racial integration of schools you were a racist. But now if you are against Measure A and a segregated Board of Education you are a racist? It is hard to keep up with the advanced thinking of the Pasadena Unified School District. Or maybe I should say Un-Unified?

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    1. Bibbiani is right about the segregation that is taking place. This will pit the various populations against each other.

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    2. Political correctness run amok.

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  9. John, I can tell you're starting to have a little fun with this. Go for it!

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  10. Personally I think the PSN has taken a look at the Tattler and how loyal its readers are, then decided to let all PSN Land have a crack at what gets written about rather than impose stories on communities not paying attention to what the PSN chooses. They'll pick up some great tips!

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    1. Yes, I agree 8:56.
      People are reading the Tattler more and more every month.
      The Tattler is committed to TRUTH, is the main reason.
      John Crawford backs up every story he prints with FACTS.
      He is not afraid to go against the ESTABLISHMENT.
      Neither are Tattler posters. We are tired of being fed like "mushrooms", kept in the dark and fed bs.
      The sooner the voters become educated to what is really going on in their town, the better!

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  11. The Tattler definitely has its own opinion. Like our beloved former may Buchanan, if you have a differing opinion your either censored or blasted by the Tattler readers for not "going with the flow" agreeing with the general view of this minority group in town. Now that's what I call a democratic "Freedom of Speech". The Tattler touts freedom from big government but demands agreeing with their viewpoint.
    Good Luck

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    1. What? The Tattler's democratic? I've never heard of such a thing! The Tattler is what it is - you want democratic? Try Patch - they try not to offend a living being or animal up for adoption.

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    2. Have you:
      A) had a chance to review the results of the last election yet?
      B) ever taken the big step of getting your own life?
      C) considered writing your own opinions on your own blog?
      D) set a date for when you will finally stop whining all the time?

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    3. I disagree 9:00. Well reasoned arguments are always welcome on this board - it's just that the pro over-development folks are short on reason, excitable, and prone to hysteria. Doesn't make for good conversation.

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    4. "The Tattler definitely has its own opinion."
      This is a bad thing?

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    5. At least the regular Tattler posters do not sit down and Bean Town spreading vicious lies about MaryAnn MacGillivry, the way that awful woman on the Green Committee, Kim Clymer Kelly, the same Kim C. Kelly who wrote a shocking hate mail to MaryAnn!
      Kim, if you are reading this, YOU are a DISGRACE to this town!
      I'm very happy that Mr. Chris Koerber took the council seat of your dear friend, Joe Mosca! Very happy! I'm very happy the tax scam 12-1 and 12-2 were defeated by an informed public.
      So, HA, why don't you just stop lying to people about MaryAnn.
      Crawford proved your lies were just that....lies.

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    6. The problem many Tattler hatershave is they are only partially literate and lack the skill set to do their own blogging. So they want The Tattler to do it for them.

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    7. MaryAnn MacGillvray should consider it an honor to be so important to these dirt people that they have persisted in lying and slandering her for the past 4 years!
      It proves she was a very dangerous threat to them and their plans to re-develop Sierra Madre's downtown and hillsides.
      Because they know MaryAnn will still be vigilant to protect her town and the good people in it, they persist in the lies to discredit this fine woman.

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    8. Wait, MaryAnn's the victim here? I thought that was reserved for the other side.

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    9. Some of the worst a-holes in this community spread vicious lies against MaryAnn. The irony is these crybabies such as "Steve" popping up on this site were some of the worst offenders.

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    10. That's the big irony here,9:46

      MaryAnn,has been the real victim for the past 4 years.
      This honest good woman has been viciously attacked by disgraceful "newspapers" and whisper campaign.

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    11. The reversal of victimhood has been a calculated, cynical political strategy. Smear someone, and then claimed that you are being smeared. That's the chief Dirt technique. Bet it cost them a pretty penny too.

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    12. Didn't work for them this time, did it. People in this town are getting mighty sick of hypocrite crybabies.

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    13. Thank Heavens.

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    14. Hypocrite crybabies - that is it! The perfect description of the whiny gang of fools that invaded Sierra Madre politics.

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  12. Why would anybody repeatedly go back and read something they don't like? I don't read Bill Coburn's site because I don't like either his politics or the lame things he supports. I think this person is obsessed with Crawford.

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    1. You got it 9:22. Good point. I think s/he has two motivations: Crushing on Crawford, and trying to derail topics onto him or her self.

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    2. Bill Corburn has his faults, he is a misguided man. However, 9:28, I think it unfair to suggest he is what you imply.
      That is not true and is too much like something a dirt would whisper about someone at Beantown.
      Don't stoop to the level of a dirt. Please, you're better than that!

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    3. 9:36, I wasn't referring to Coburn; I was referring to the poster who repeatedly comes on the Tattler and complains about it. The first line of 9:22's remark.

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    4. Bill is lame. He tells lies about candidates, and he has a bald man beard.

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    5. No, 9:22's point is not "good." If one truly wants to be enlightened about a subject, one should consider other, even disagreeable, viewpoints. If you believe 9:22 is correct, you shouldn't have read past my first sentence.

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    6. Bill can't help being bald, and I think his beard is okay, he looks okay in a beard.
      He can help writing slanted and sometimes falacious comments about good people in this town. Some of his stuff is useful, such as in emergency topics like floods or fires.
      I don't ever pay attention to his "political comments", but he has a right to free speech, I just might read his comments if he made sure he was speaking the truth.
      I urge everyone to find out for yourselves what is true and what is not. It's not easy these days, but I can assure you there are many good people in Sierra Madre who do know the truth and sadly, the downtown dirt crowd is not one of them.

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    7. 9:49 the first one. I read all of your comment, though I had to hold my nose while I did it. Now I am going to take a shower.

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    8. 9:49, the first, what?

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    9. Well, well, I do believe the observation about obsessing has hit home.

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    10. 9:55 -- 9:22 essentially says don't read things with which you disagree. 9:28 says 9:22 made a good point. I disagree with both.

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    11. 10:10, here ya go:
      "Why would anybody repeatedly go back and read something they don't like?"
      Anonymous @9:22
      Not just a good point, a great point that invites discussion of your motivations.

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    12. Doing things you hate over and over again is either a definition of hell, or a job in real estate.

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    13. 10:21. We should always be cognizant of opposing viewpoints. For example, I repeatedly read right wing talking points to observe and understand just how huge swaths of people are persuaded to vote against their own interests.

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    14. It is good to read opposing viewpoints, but only if they actually present new information or original perspectives. So much of that stuff is repetitive and derivative. You need to be discerning.

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    15. And how do you find out if there's new info in the opposing viewpoints? You read them. QED

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    16. Patterns are established, 10:40. Do you wash your face in original and new ways every morning?

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    17. 10:42 has been very successful at directing the course of comments into irrelevancy.

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    18. Funny you should mention that 10:42. I recently reverted to washing my face immediately after shampooing, rather than washing my face last! Patterns don't tell the whole story. Ideas and methods evolve.

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    19. If you want to waste your time reading the same tired old crap, over and over again, that is your business, 10:43. Something which makes me certain that irrelevancy is not a new experience for you.

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  13. Consumer Reports: Facebook and Your Privacy.

    Click on my name.

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    1. Hey my name, this is what you get when you click on it:

      Oops!
      Sorry, the page you requested either doesn't exist or isn't available right now!

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    2. Steve didn't want you to read it, 9:52.

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    3. That darn Steve.

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  14. Steve has done us all such a nice service. We now have a name easily applied to any Tattler troll, Steve, Stevie, Steveo. Thanks to whomever it was who first posted with that nom de blog.

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  15. We Tattlers should be very vigilant to the SCAG issue and the ALF issues.
    We need to get out of this SCAG and we need to protect Measure V by demanding a vote. For or against the project is not the issue, the issue is if we don't get to vote, it seriously compromises Measure V.
    They bad people on the council want Measure V to be compromised, forcing us all into a law suit. Which we will have to do, if we are cheated once again, as we were in the "water rate" /bond scam.
    Sadly, we must fight all these "civility" creeps who are anything but civil.
    But we will if we have to.

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    1. You are right, 10:26. SCAG could finish Southern California off for good if it's not resisted, and I hope eventually, disbanded all together.

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  16. How about a PUSD Board composed primarily of parents whose children are A and B students, with educational professionals and parents of C and below students as non-voting advisory members. The A and B parents seem to know what motivates children to learn, and can consider the views and experiences of the non-voting members in establishing educational policies.

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    1. What a great idea.

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    2. How about combining homeschooling and public education? Just turn the school buildings over to the parents and, along with the teachers, run it themselves. Just be sure to use building security to keep the PUSD out.

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    3. How about having a school "voucher" program so parents and kids could attend schools that would be best for them?

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    4. Sounds good on paper, but in reality, the good schools would be overwhelmed and the quality would go to hell. It's a numbers thing.

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    5. A voucher system is simply a way for the upper and upper-middle classes to get the government to subsidize the tuition of the private schools their children are already attending.

      It's just another form of welfare for the affluent.

      A similar example: Just this morning, George Will complained that keeping federal student loans at 3.4% will create a socialist federal "entitlement," but somehow didn't think that commercial bank borrowing from the Fed at <1% is anything but robust capitalism at its finest.

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  17. I have mentioned this before. My Grandfather, an Indiana Homesteader taught grades 1 through 8, for many decades in a One Room Schoolhouse. (one pot bellied stove and open windows for air conditioning) The education you got was equal to interest you brought. The vast majority of 8th grade graduates went on to attend Uni of Indiana, Purdue, Ind State Teachers College, Depaw, as well as many Illinois Colleges and Universities. Necessity was the mother of invention. The way you got off the farm and its hard labor was to aquire an education, with good grades and skills to earn money. That was it. It was up to you.

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  18. Another bit of news in review:

    Still no news about the child pornography devotee Robert William Matheson.
    Watch out, because he might be moving around town incognito.

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    1. Rumor is he has grown a white beard, and is much thinner than he was. He looks completely different. But you didn't hear that from the SMPD.

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  19. PUSD Retired TeacherMay 6, 2012 at 2:48 PM

    I am always amazed at the number of people who talk about education but never really set their foot in a public school classroom for more than a day, week or 2 weeks. They could not pass one Summative Exam, nor keep up with the homework.

    In the end, our children suffer, with all the adult ignorance and bickering. The CC sends their children to private school. Public school is no longer a one room school house and every year it changes because the world changes faster than a speeding train. Children have the internet and in many classrooms children cannot read, but are on the internet with science, math, language arts and social studies projects which they can tackle, but few adults can even begin to understand.

    The profile of a typical classroom is filled with children who are suffering because of serious...... truly serious health problems, incredible neglect, homelife filled with parents on drugs and/or alcohol, no food, yep, a lot of children ONLY eat at school, think about that for a moment, and many sleep on the floor and only have one or two pairs of clothing. In spite of that, there is a teacher in that classroom of 36 who makes learning happen. Amazing. People on the CC and in most of America are challenged to understand that job really goes on, and children do learn.

    If you saw the film PRECIOUS you are not just seeing a rarity. Matheson is the rule, not the exception. It is not always a stranger, it is often a parent who is the abuser. My students read A CHILD CALLED IT. Have you.

    On the other hand, there are teachers who care tremendously and work before and after hours, bring their own supplys, extra food and clothing and do far and above what you ever know or hear in the press.

    We complain about such small and insignificant issues, when we should be overlooking the BS of the politicians and their games, and just go directly into the classrooms, to the teachers and giving directly to the children and the teachers where it is really happening.

    Stop looking for change with the big picture and walk into a classroom and give some books, a field trip, ask who needs anything. While you bicker, time passes and children are growing up in a world adults create.

    Cuz seriously, you all know, you are fighting an uphill battle because the children and teachers have never mattered. Adults love to fight and look important like they care about the children. What City Council has ever improved a teacher/child's classroom extensively enough to truly make a big difference.

    It's always about your ego and never about how the teacher and student just keeps moving forward, while you pretend to care, yet NEVER even know who we are what we do and the impact and change we make.

    Thank you to the parents who walk into my PUSD class and just write the check, give the books and make a difference because they know that the parent makes a difference. Thank you to all the parents who read to their children, who struggle to learn English from every country and who volunteer in the classroom and know this is not the best but it is all they have. Thank you to the Senior Citizens who volunteer in our schools who read stories and talk one-on-one with the boy whose father just left his mom and his anger is brewing. Thank you to the real people who take the time to help out with sports and music when they know that every kid needs a reason to be in school and will remember that kindness and compassion can mean so much when a volunteer stays after to help an 8th grader review for tomorrow's spelling test. In the big picture, all the little things help, and those big bully adults will always have a reason to fight.

    In the classroom, we teach character and humility. How many adults need to go back to school who call themselves politicians?

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  20. 2:48 Your points are valid and I suspect trump mine. MY hat is off to you. Take a look at the student population not too long ago, before the Salk vaccine, innoculations, penicillin, or ADD, drugs to name a few, and a time when during the month of October school was dismissed so the corn crop could be picked. School has always been a minefield that needed navigating. I bet you were a good guide !

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    1. Corn in October? Apples are picked in the fall. Pumpkins are ripe after the first frost. But corn in October? I don't think so...

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    2. United States (39 percent of world production)
      Planting: Corn crops are planted beginning in April and last into June.
      Harvest: Corn is mainly harvested in October and is finished by the end of November.

      China (21 percent of world production)
      Planting: Corn is planted in mid-March through early June.
      Harvest: August through October.

      European Union (8 percent of world production)
      Planting: Mid-April through early June.
      Harvest: Mid-August through late October.

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    3. Farming hard labor, 1:04? Maybe back in the day, but today it's nearly all mechanical: a couple of weeks plowing and planting in the spring using machines and cheap labor, enjoying the rest of spring and summer, a couple of weeks in the early fall harvesting using machines and cheap labor, enjoying fall and winter, and year round using machines (ATMs) to deposit farm subsidy checks, including payments for not growing certain crops.

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  21. 2:48, you are so right. You explained it perfectly, thank you. As far as adults going back to school that would be nice. Several problems with that is parents are so busy earning a living we are forced to deal with these political issues from every direction. When you have so little time to study the issue it is necessary to rely on friends, respected publications and trusted officials to give us both sides of the story so we can make our own minds up. So many things affect our small town that we make decisions daily based on what we think is the truth. People can not be blamed for their actions on an issue based on just one side. People should be blamed for being closed minded to looking at both sides. Or how ever many sides there are.

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  22. This is a very good Tattler feature to have on Sundays.
    It seems to be very popular with readers.
    I would like to see the serious issue of the crimes that have been taken place in Sierra Madre recently. Home break ins.
    Seems the papers are not covering this and it's very troubling.
    Crawford, your family was victim of a break in a while back.
    There have been others recently.
    What is going on here?

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  23. Fanned and faved 7:25.
    Plus, we need to print this for people who do not have computers.
    There are MANY who also just read Suzies Misinformation....

    Intelligence means learning to read everything.
    Thanks Crawford.

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  24. Goodnight, Tattlers.

    Goodnight, Steve (wherever you are!)

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