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  • "As those sex offenders begin to act out (inner circle behavior they call it in Sex Addicts Anonymous),they will create victims. The victims then (if they report the crime) have options to attend therapy and become clients. There are many things that these clients report: they could experience night terrors, unreasonable fears and possibly anxiety and panic attacks. They may also develop depression, an impaired ability to trust, and a multitude of intimacy and attachment issues. And, they also could develop chronic Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Dissociative Identity Disorder (multiple personalities), or even Borderline Personality Disorder.They may later "act out". Acting out means: they inflict their sexual pain on others, creating even more victims/offenders. The State of California pays for this therapy-if they enter the legal system. And, that is how sick politics like this are."

    indigo1955 commented in:
    California loosens sex offender law on 2015-03-30 01:37:07
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  • "It's pretty amazing to see the vitriol being spewed here towards the homeless; do most of you realize that unless you are so secure by having your home fully paid off and an emergency fund of six months of income saved up, most of us are two or three paychecks away from being homeless ourselves? It is entirely possible that many homeless people have made some really bad decisions, and some of them also will try to "game the system" to benefit themselves as much as possible, but does that really justify demonizing everyone who does not have a roof over their head? And the "solutions" for homelessness being offered up here; that's some real "compassionate conservatism" most of you have going there. How about a different take on solving the issue? Utah is very conservative (duh), but they did something very unusual in trying to solve their homelessness issue; they weighed the cost of all of the usual support costs for various homeless programs versus what it cost to simply furnish housing for anyone who did not have a place to live; guess what has happened? They have almost completely eliminated homelessness in Utah by doing the unthinkable, giving the homeless a place to live. <a href="http://guardianlv.com/2014/01/utah-solves-homelessness-by-giving-away-homes/" Read the link, think about it and then give us all a good reason why this is a "bad idea" ..."

    bobfromsanluis commented in:
    Homeless living in Santa Maria storage units on 2015-03-29 23:36:28
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  • "That's one "employee's" opinion. Besides, "employee" does not necessarily mean "teacher." The actual teachers voted OVERWHELMINGLY to authorize the strike, should it be necessary. More to the point, 10% was what the union started with in their negotiations way back in September. The district countered with 2%, which they dubbed their "last, best, and final offer," meaning that the district wouldn't budge. In other words, there was no opportunity/reason for the union negotiators to lower their initial demand. Lastly, anyone who is an actual teacher is far more "in touch with reality" than most employees in other occupations, as teachers deal with all sorts of behavior problems that you folks in the private sector never deal with. Do your colleagues or clients shoot spitballs or throw paper airplanes during your presentations? Do they come to your office hungry or drunk/high? Ever filed a CPS report on behalf of a child that you suspect is being abused or is suicidal/homicidal? In short, there's a lot more to the job than just getting to teach the subject(s) you love. Standardization of curricula and test prep pressures have taken a lot of the joy out of a lot of the subjects, both for the teachers and the students. A new teacher has to be really gung-ho to survive the first five years these days, and issues this like one don't help Lucia Mar whatsoever."

    Ana di Plosis commented in:
    Lucia Mar teachers endorse a strike on 2015-03-29 23:23:44
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  • "Lucia Mar Teacher, You sound like Mr GXXX, an AGHS teacher who should have retired loooooog ago, better yet, never been a teacher PERIOD! If this is in fact who you are, I just want you to know how much my daughter despised you as a teacher, and how worthless she felt the time spent in your class was. Reading your comments is taking me back to many dinner time conversations where the entire family listened to how nasty you were to your students. We should have insisted she be removed from your class, although this is smething we didn't believe in, we should have made an exception for you. It is very sad when a student spends half a year in your class and has not one nice thing to say about you...very unfortunate for the child who will carry those memories for many, many years to come."

    agag1 commented in:
    Lucia Mar teachers endorse a strike on 2015-03-29 22:02:31
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  • "This all would be fixed quickly if every Judge had their house broken into, their car stolen, their wife raped, their kids on drugs and a close relative murdered. The way it looks, somewhere in the future there may be no crime."

    Mr. Holly commented in:
    California loosens sex offender law on 2015-03-29 21:37:48
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  • "Had breakfast this morning with a Lucia Mar employee who does not support the teachers demand for 10% raise. Short story--says they are a bunch of self serving people who are out of touch with reality. No kind words for union leader. Not the response I expected when I asked how work was going..."

    agag1 commented in:
    Lucia Mar teachers endorse a strike on 2015-03-29 21:35:04
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  • "Underfunded is one word. If you are going to shorten the word, there should be a period after Gov. You don't need to capitalize "walk." Gonna is not a word. You forgot to capitalize the first word of your last sentence. Surferdude...are you sure you ARN'T your brother's son? You have having some issues, buddy. Here's the truth. If the fact-finding report fairly claims that the money is not being squandered or hidden away, I will accept that and move on. Quite a bit depends on that."

    LuciaMarTeacher commented in:
    Lucia Mar teachers endorse a strike on 2015-03-29 21:27:33
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  • "Quoting SLO_Johnny, below: Sanity is a legal concept and not a medical diagnosis. Someone is sane if they understand that their actions are criminal. The jury decided that the evidence demonstrated that the man knew he was breaking the law. They didn’t decide that he wasn’t mentally ill."

    racket commented in:
    Jury finds feces eating bank robber, sane on 2015-03-29 21:20:12
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  • "Go to transparent Californai.com Look up agriculture teachers He makes more than many principals. Up to $131,000 with his benefits! Look for yourself. Secondary teachers who have worked for a long time get the best deal because they have more access to stipends. Ag teachers can be department chairs, coaches and work extra days for the fair. Please look for yourself I'll be waiting for an apology."

    surferdude commented in:
    Lucia Mar teachers endorse a strike on 2015-03-29 21:08:55
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  • "Uh uh. I know what you're thinking. "Did he fire six shots or only five?" Well to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and would blow you head clean off, you've gotta ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk? Oh, wrong movie. If you were homeless, wouldn't you want to live in SLO....well would you?"

    Pelican1 commented in:
    Dee Torres-Hill competes with CAPSLO while still on its payroll on 2015-03-29 21:00:54
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  • "surferdude: You should feel grateful that LuciaMarTeacher and I are taking our free, off-duty time to attempt to educate you about this issue. But we're used to it, as we both grade piles of papers on our own time. So here's today's lesson: You asked "How many people everyday whine and moan to their bosses that they do not make enough money?" Here's your answer: none. We don't have to whine and complain because we have this process called collective bargaining that allows us to seek our fair share of the public funds sent to our districts. That's how it works. No individual teacher ever walks into his or her principal or superintendent's office and asks for a raise. And when is the last time, prior to the dispute in Lucia Mar, that you heard about teachers picketing because of pay disputes? It's actually rare because it's rare for a superintendent to squander his funds as Hogeboom has done. He thought if he hugged and back-slapped enough teachers that they wouldn't notice when he switched to back-stabbing them this year. He was wrong. He is wrong. And he will be proven wrong when the fact-finding is released to the public in about 10 days. Then he'll have one last chance to do the equitable thing. If he's really worth that quarter million dollar salary, he will."

    Ana di Plosis commented in:
    Lucia Mar teachers endorse a strike on 2015-03-29 20:23:53
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  • "OnTheOtherHand: You made many reasonable points with which I agree, and which give me hope that we can reach a middle ground on these issues. When the fact-finding results are made public, we'll have more objective facts to work into our discussion. Unfortunately, Hogeboom has not been forthcoming with the actual #s; superintendents never are--unless they are forced to do so, as it is in their best interests to keep as much $ in reserve and squirreled away to fund their own resume-padding projects. Honest to God, teachers are not greedy people, otherwise they would NOT have gotten into the education business. But remember this: while no teacher gets into education for the $, EVERY teacher who goes into administration does it primarily for the $. Most school site administrators earn every penny of their salaries, but it is a RARE district-level administrator who does. Anyway, thanks for taking the time to consider our perspectives."

    Ana di Plosis commented in:
    Lucia Mar teachers endorse a strike on 2015-03-29 19:35:29
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  • "It's long past time for volunteers in SLO County to stop rushing Sea Lions and Seals (that strand onshore) to the Marine Mammal Center in Morro Bay. Leave them alone or end their suffering quickly if they want to help. What don't they get about overpopulation? Sea Lions and Seals are also helping to ruin the fishing industry on the CA coast. Now they're polluting the Columbia River. Also, the ever increasing population of Elephant Seals near San Simeon needs to be thinned. They'll soon be in Pismo Beach if something isn't done to reduce their number. They're sighted further south every year."

    nipomian commented in:
    Voracious sea lions invade the Columbia River on 2015-03-29 18:56:21
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  • "Yes. Because government has taken over those programs and forced out the competition because it plays with monopoly money. Public schools were established to educate the rabble in this country. I understand exactly how the government works. It grows and expands and will continue to do so until our economy collapses because it produces nothing and takes more and more. I have a law degree so likely understand a little more about law than you give me credit. Remember. Those who can, do. Those who can't ,teach."

    achillesheal commented in:
    Lucia Mar teachers endorse a strike on 2015-03-29 18:43:19
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  • "What the hell is happening to this state? Why all the reformation? Illegals are now legal, mental illness is left unchecked, felons are granted amnesty,we're building a bullet train to the poor house, tyhe death penalty is cruel and unusual punishment, and central valley farmers are drying up....what a place!"

    Pelican1 commented in:
    California loosens sex offender law on 2015-03-29 18:27:06
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  • "I am talking about classroom teachers, not the teachers who are outside of the classroom on special assignment, pimping whatever program the district thinks is the new hot thing this year. He makes $168065.41...then there is this "other pay" section which includes a $30235.00 price tag. "Other pay..."...hmmm...Plus benefits, this puts him at $222372.94. By the way...if he bumped his salary up by taking out vacation, doesn't that mean that he gets PAID for vacation? We don't get that benefit. Thanks for calling attention to that. What's that "other pay" all about, Doglover, since it is pretty obvious that you are either a board member or administration?"

    LuciaMarTeacher commented in:
    Lucia Mar teachers endorse a strike on 2015-03-29 18:19:12
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