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Comment Archives: stories: News & Features

Re: “Community in Transition

Don't forget to mention the newly created open space nature preserve Roseland Creek Park straddling between Burbank Ave. and McMinn Ave. We actually have an oak woodland in the middle of Roseland!

Posted by Mary Goe Balcerak on 10/18/2014 at 10:24 AM

Re: “The Messenger Lives

The article suggests Mercury News Executive Editor Jerry Ceppos threw Gary Webb under the bus, but the truth is more complex than that.

At the time, I paraphrased Ceppos' editorial thus: "Look, this was an extremely important story, but it was also complex and involved staggering amounts of information. It was probably the greatest challenge I've seen in my three decades as a reporter. For the record, I'd like to say that I'm not satisfied with a few points. We did a great job, but I'd change a few things if I had my druthers." In particular, Ceppos was right in saying that the series oversimplified the causes of the crack explosion in urban America.

But the NY Times pounced on his editorial and "produced an article and editorial as deceitful as Ceppos' work was noble" (quoting again my 1997 piece that appeared in the Albion Monitor). "The Mercury News Comes Clean," read the NYT editorial headline, falsely claiming Ceppos and the Mercury News were retracting all or part of the story.

To the contrary, Ceppos wrote in his editorial: "Indeed, one of the most bedeviling questions for us over the past few months has been: Does the presence of conflicting information invalidate our entire effort? I strongly believe the answer is no, and that this story was right on many important points."

The Times, Washington Post, and LA Times worked hard to discredit the series and succeeded, to their shame. The Post also refused to print a letter to the editor from Ceppos in response to their critique.

If Webb's series was flawed, it's because he didn't delve deep enough into those bloodied waters. Yet the Times misused the Ceppos editorial as an excuse to exonerate the CIA -- something far more deceptive than Ceppos's qualified admission that they couldn't conclusively link top CIA officials to the operation.

Jeff Elliott

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Posted by Jeff Elliott on 10/09/2014 at 10:30 PM

Re: “A Nation 'Adrift'

If there ever was a group that threatens civilization as we appreciate it, ISIS is it. I respect Rep. Huffman, but he offers no option other than the quasi philosophical muttering to "rethink the paradigm", whatever that's supposed to mean.

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Posted by norml on 10/08/2014 at 10:53 PM

Re: “News Blast

Never has a mission of love been so heart-felt than for United Africa Club founder Okili Nguebari, who has not visited his homeland and small village in the tropical rainforests of Peoples Republic of Congo for 25 years. The baby of 22 siblings, Okili yearns to visit his remaining family there. Funds will be raised for a long awaited reunion with his kin over seas; an African themed dinner - dance, sponsored by The United Africa Club, 501c3, non-profit Org., will be held Friday, Nov. 7 @ The Sebastopol Community Center. Okili’s been unable to travel Africa due to Red Tape with Immigration Naturalization Services (INS) that began more than 30 years ago.
It's been four years since Okili’s last big celebration which was related to his immigration troubles. In the spirit of past UAC events, which became popular, the 1990’s through the Millennium, via yearly African Music Festivals, the upcoming soirée features African drumming through the night; headlined by three bands: Danjuma & Onola (Afro-Beat), Midnight Sun Massive (Caribbean), Rising Signs (Reggae world fusion), & Guests TBA.
Why should anyone care? Because Five years ago heightened publicity of Okili’s Immigration status attracted statewide Media and the assistance of Congressman Mike Thompson when he’d been seized in front of his Santa Rosa home by six ICE Agents, and taken to a remote, privately owned, immigration detention facility in Arizona. Known in the community as a man of heart who hosted fabulous African Events for two decades in Sonoma County, help came from those whose hearts he’d touched, and funds were raised at three Music events at the Sebastopol Community Center. Those funds helped pay attorneys and remove him from detention after three long months. Success was reached via an Amnesty Class Action Law suit and thanks to the help of Atty. Ms. Florence Ndedi, resulted in a Permanent Immigrant Resident Visa after 30 years of insecurity with INS. Today his application for actual Citizenship is in the process.
Okili is known for his giving and loving nature, his belief in helping others, and simply sharing of himself, which always includes good African food. In 1981 Okili came to the US to learn English and improve his Electronic skills. Little did he know he’d build a life, raise a family, and in 1998, found the United Africa Club, which calls for African Countries to be united, to showcase Africa’s positive contributions in the world, and nurture cultural / learning exchanges between Africans & Americans. One UAC mission statement is to promote the beauty of African Arts and Culture; over the years, Okili and the UAC have brought big name African Music Stars to Sonoma County, such as Pepe Kalle, Sally Nyolo, Samba Ngo, etc
The intention: Funds to be raised to bring himself and his wife and grown children who have never been to Africa. A goal of $25,000 is needed to send the family abroad – a minimum $6000 for Okili alone. There’ll be a silent Auction, and additional donations gracefully accepted. A luscious African Dinner kicks-off the evening included in Ticket price; Beer & Wine available. Doors 6:PM. - $15 advance via Brown-paper Tix - $20 @ door. Location: Sebastopol Community Cultural Center, 390 Morris St., Sebastopol, CA 95472. Info: 707-544-3524 - okili@sonic.net

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Posted by Winelady on 09/30/2014 at 2:00 AM

Re: “Hate Crime

Actually...

It is a violation of California State Law to insert anything into a "free" newspaper. I know because as a much younger angry white male I did it. One of the offending papers landed on the lawn of my state assemblywoman and, well the rest is history. The theory is those who do are stealing potential ad space from the newspaper publisher. I am not kidding.

It can be a misdemeanor or a felony depending how much space is taken. It is not illegal to buy a newspaper and redistribute it with a flier, but some groups who have done this have been cited for littering. It is not illegal to recover discarded papers from the trash but it is to take them from a recycle bin.

It was my first foray in to shaping public policy but not my last. I am still white and still angry but with age comes wisdom and the race war in my head ended long ago. These days I fight for the rights of working people against those who who might take unfair advantage.

Union Thug,
North Bay, Ca.

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Posted by Union Thug on 09/26/2014 at 1:20 PM

Re: “Making a Splash

Hard to say as they are on the move. Try a local whale watching tour outfit to find out.

Posted by Stett Holbrook on 09/15/2014 at 4:11 PM

Re: “Making a Splash

Where is the best place around Marin, Sonoma or Mendocino counties to watch these magnificent creatures?

Posted by EcoArts of Lake County on 09/10/2014 at 12:23 PM

Re: “An Unheard War

Update from sosbee:

http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2014/09/4…

Posted by Geral Sosbee on 09/07/2014 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Spoils of War

Unfortunately you seem to have missed Napa's acquisition of a MRAP valued at $733,000 (http://napavalleyregister.com/news/local/are-napa-s-law-enforcement-agencies-militarized-or-thrifty/article_13d9a583-70b2-5acf-9864-aea6ee307d85.html) I hope the rest of the math is right because this throws serious doubt on the article at face value. Also, a vet who specialized in the aquisition and upkeep of these vehicles in Afghanistan called into a talk show on NPR and said that in his experience these vehicles have no purpose outside of a theater of war - they are designed not for active shooter operations, but for IEDs and mines. He also had experience in the acquisition and upkeep of standard law enforcement vehicles.

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Posted by Paul Dunn on 09/02/2014 at 11:25 AM

Re: “Spoils of War

I was in the Boy Scouts when I was 14 years old. We would have loved to have weapons to protect our world. The difference is, that we were trained to use weapons for hunting, or self defense.
Something has gone wrong.

Posted by Thefatherfigure on 08/27/2014 at 5:54 PM

Re: “The Digital Divide

One of the main architects of Common Core just went to head the SAT Testing. The plan is to make Common Core mandatory learning for all Waldorf School and home educators, if they wish to take the SAT exam in the near future.

Common Core, by Big Corporate Business, is being run into schools through the Ipadding of our children.
http://tabublog.com/2014/01/18/common-core-the-business-side-of-the-new-modern-global-education-system/

No one is even mentioning the many ill effects of WiFi radition proven out by many scientific and medical studies.
http://www.wakingtimes.com/2014/01/31/wifi-invisible-killing-fields/


Children need to unplug and connect back with their natural rhythms of the natural world , not get plugged into a culture that relies on technocracy, capitlizing on nature for net bottom line profit and shopping for personal pleasure as our primary value systems.

We are golden, we are stardust, and we must get back to our gardens...

Sincerely,

Jamie Lee

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Posted by J. Lee on 08/23/2014 at 9:09 PM

Re: “The Digital Divide

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/10/23/technology/at-waldorf-school-in-silicon-valley-technology-can-wait.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

I wonder why a large amount of these tech giants sent their children to non-tech schools?

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Posted by westcountymom on 08/20/2014 at 8:00 AM

Re: “Just South of Heaven

what more can be said, these guys rock. from 7-11 lady

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Posted by Shannon Franks on 08/18/2014 at 10:39 PM

Re: “The Digital Divide

Anthroposophy School refuses outright to prepare children for life in a tech-driven world. Instead, they leave children without tools, or understanding, that computers, mobile phones, ipads, etc are just inanimate devices. The kids can come away believing the evil/Ahrimanic/demonic demonic devices control their own behavior and even brain function, because unlike their peers they haven't been taught something as basic as how to manage technology.

People pay good money for Anthroposophy School, which is certainly their prerogative. But prospective Waldorf parents, don't be surprised when you find yourself shelling out tutoring money on top of tuition because your children have been deliberately denied STEM education. At the same time, the children (and parents) are told they are getting some kind of superior schooling.

Digital divides are one thing. But deliberate digital divides in the name of absurd, esoteric beliefs from World War 1 era Germany is about as counterintuitive as you can get, in 2014. I guess some people think that is a good thing.

Do your own research - it's possible. BlackCrayons blog: http://bit.ly/1jqi8Af

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Posted by Rain 17 on 08/18/2014 at 12:11 AM

Re: “The Digital Divide

A very balanced article. Kudos to the author, and to the schools that are enabling children to grow up in a healthy, balanced relationship to technology.

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Posted by Parent of three on 08/15/2014 at 9:40 AM

Re: “The Digital Divide

No mention of Anthroposophy in Waldorf schools? Why not? It is the force that drives the "anti-technology" aspect of Waldorf education. Why wasn't that researched for this article? If you don't discuss the influence Ahriman brings through technology, you haven't discussed Waldorf. Sure, we see lots of satisfied parents who are still at the school. Did we hear from parents who were disappointed and disgusted at what they found underneath the promises? Google The Waldorf Review for the reactions of parents who weren't caught up in the nonsense.

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Posted by Pete K on 08/13/2014 at 6:36 AM

Re: “Dylan Covers London

Jack London dealt with accusations of plagiarism, too.

Posted by jumprightin on 08/01/2014 at 9:42 AM

Re: “Dylan Covers London

It's only words, the dictionary is full of them, pick some.
"cave dweller" really?
I bet if you ran all of John Grisham or Stephen King's books through the right computer, they stole it all from Bob Dylan.
Somebody's got way to much time on their hands.
"Steal a little, and they put you in jail. Steal a lot, and they make you king." Bob Dylan

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Posted by Michael Maxwell on 07/31/2014 at 10:51 AM

Re: “New Deal at Graton Casino

HA. Wait until the employees see the sticker shock of the union dues and the phone calls that do not get returned when they have an issue. They voted in the union but there is no contract. Meaning they have no idea what they voted for. As a current union member at the Petaluma Sheraton, I can say that Wei-Ling Huber is a very bad leader who calls dues paying members racist if they oppose or question her. They have just been charged by thge NLRB with violating fair labor practice for not informing members of their Beck Rights, a civil right that allows members to not pay for the unions political contributions and activities not related to member representation. This results in a 70% reduction in union dues. See the Facebook page - Petaluma Sheraton Employees Association page for more details.

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Posted by Ken Krall on 07/31/2014 at 8:10 AM

Re: “Dylan Covers London

Dylanologists, amateur and professional, might do well to check out a new line of song plagiarism from Dylan to Old Crow Medicine Show. They might first check out John Prine's "Muehlenberg County song,( "Daddy won't you take me... Mr. Peabody's coal train done hauled it away." Supposedly Dylan's manager gave it to Old Crow, who now have their second hit with a Dylan rewrite. The questions are: What did Dylan send them? What year did John Prine write his great song? Old Crow definitely have released a song with a different chorus but the write overs from Prine's to Dylan's lyrics are mighty thin. The protagonist in Sweet Amarillo comes down from the "Mesabi Iron ore range" in place of "... by the Green River where Paradise lay"where John Prine's singer wishes to return, world's largest coal shovel or not!
Give them both a listen and hear how the timing and placement of phrases and tune in each overlaps and dovetails between the two songs.

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Posted by Joey Connolly on 07/30/2014 at 11:39 PM

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