It hasn't always been this bad. When I moved here 12 years ago there were still Horizon Air Lines flights to and from Portland via Redding, two Greyhound buses via Redding and two Greyhound routes up 101 to Newport that then cut over to Portland. The former two bus routes were a bit quicker, the slower was 13 hours one way and often heart-stoppingly beautiful rides, day or night. Drivers were careful and courteous, riders thoughtful of others, and most buses were filled for at least part of the way up or back but I never saw anyone get turned away.
It is perhaps to our advantage that Horizon no longer flies out of our airport: the last year it did so its small planes were increasingly dilapidated and some of its pilots aspiring barnstormers. Greyhounds going north disappeared more gradually: routes were cancelled one by one.
I recently took the Greyhound down to Martinez and the Amtrak train to Portland and back; if you have the time, i would heartily recommend the journey. But do bring a pillow. And a blanket. And a good book.
What can we expect after 35 years of divestment in this nation's human resources? You think our young people are oblivious to their underfunded, crowded and irrelevant educations that blindly thrust them into the predatory culture that awaits?
Where's the ladder for these kids to climb that inspires their potential? It wasn't that long ago that men in their 20's were commandeering sailing ships with crews of 30 for months at sea. Today's biggest job-growth is in part-time, temporary, poverty wage employment that offers them long lines applying for medi-cal, food aid, housing assistance, welfare, and a "public" university education costing a full-year's minimum wages for tuition!
Instead of offering our youths a path to education and emancipation, schools are relying on incarceration and police through "Zero-tolerance" policies. The U.S. now has one of the largest populations of children, teens and adults in solitary confinement in the industrialized world.
Thank you Leon, for imparting your wisdom to us all.
Rest in peace my friend.
What I mean by dialog is action (court and otherwise). Dialog is much more than just conversation to me and I guess I should have communicated that-- I just don't want to jump in here with my guns drawn because I am outraged at the treatment of the students and parents described by the ACLU.
I just read the full text of the complaint against ECS and all I have to say is WOW! It's amazing the amount of details about the events at this school district. I always knew that Zane had a bad reputation, but damn I cannot believe that this is going on. If the complaint is accurate then dialog will do very little to change behavior. As a parent it is my responsibility to not support a school district that allows this behavior or looks the other way. It is also my right to send my children to a different school district where tolerance is embedded in the culture. Just like consumers choose vendors that are more socially responsible parents should enroll their children is more tolerant schools where their tax dollars will be used for the betterment of our society. I will now think twice before voting for another ballot measure for ECS. Shame on you employees of these schools - you know better! I know some of the defendants and I am shocked to see their names on this, but I can understand that sometimes they have very little support from their higher-ups, but that is no excuse to not push the envelope. Does your integrity have no value? I know I shouldn't be quick to judge and it is wrong, yet I cannot sit by and read that complaint and feel reassured that those employees did everything in their power to stop, prevent, and eliminate those behaviors. It's unconscionable.
Thanks Rebecca. I just think this is too serious of a subject to throw political hyperbole around. I for one would love to see an early mediation in the matter.
Sorry typos / typing on phone--
I meant to say that I am Not a parent or student in ESD
When we are quick to belittle the experiences of others, it might be time to quiet our minds and think of what it must feel like for that person. People don't just pull this out of the air. It is real and it is experienced painfully by people everyday. White Privelage is a concept that oftentimes blinds those who have power; we are oftentimes unaware of historically subjugated populations experiences and respond with incredulous denial when confronted of an offensive behavior or act.
I hope to point out that I am a student or parent of the Eureka School District but I do support the notion that this will ensure that there will be much needed dialog and hopefully some critical self-evaluation. I don't claim to know much, but I do know that I am guilty of hurting others even if that is not my intention-- sometimes we need to get smacked with something (a lawsuit) in order to make changes that benefit everyone.
Trevor and Raven, I appreciate your input --it helps me look at things from a different perspective. And Erik- I like the way you comment on views that differ from yours.
I do know that California's curriculum barely covers anything that isn't standardized Western thought and welcome the idea of an education system that allows space for everyone's story.
Dream on I know
People are quick to dismiss certain behavior because they were not victimized. I agree with Eric, the ACLU would have not taken this on if they did not have enough evidence to take this to court. There are some serious allegations in the complaint and as a parent I have to see both sides of the story in order to make an objective decision to sending my child to these schools. If these behaviors are tolerated in these districts then I have no problems with pulling my kids out and sending them to a school district that will act swiftly to address situations as described in the complaint. Gosh, aren't we in the 21st century? I could totally see this happening at both Zane and Eureka, but I was hoping that it wasn't.
Fair enough Raven. I expect that there will be some extensive discussion and your voice is definitely important to it. In fact, if you feel strongly, you should consider contacting the district's attorneys as a potential witness.
Well I would just like to say as a Native American student at EHS that I don't believe this to be true I feel like I get treated that same as anyone in the school. I believe EHS is a great and supportive school.
Trevor - you may be right. This might be much ado about nothing. But often there are different perceptions and experiences of the same events. What might have been "goofing around" to you might have been a much more serious experience to someone who was afraid to say so at the time.
Were these kids "hypersensitive?" Or are they just pawns caught up in an adults' game? Well, that's what the court system is designed to flush out.
What I do know is that the ACLU did not rush to file this thing. The parents they represent made numerous efforts, and rightly or wrongly they were far from satisfied with the district's response.
Have you lost your minds? Eureka is one of the most tolerant schools out there! I graduated last year and everything in this article is blasphemous. The students don't make weekly traditions about anything. it's Highschool teenagers goof around and no one does it to intentionally harass. The staff don't do anything about it because there's nothing to freak out about. It's all petty and not nearly as common as the article makes it out to be. This is ridiculous.
Well Ramsey, let's see what the witnesses have to say about their experiences, your personal experience a decade ago notwithstanding.
Can't speak for Loleta, but as a graduate of EHS, class of 2003, this "lawsuit" is pathetic. I've seen nothing but tolerance and acceptance at EHS. They have a supportive environment where people are treated fairly regardless of their skin color and the ACLU really disgusts me personally, with their actions here. No environment is perfect, but EHS staff does an admirable job with inclusion and not letting students get away with racist behavior. I am saddened to see the ACLU stoop to the sewers, yet again, with baseless claims and their fake, counterproductive "talking points". Anyone who has been to EHS knows that these claims are false.
Aww, that's so sad. They say that with every death you lose a library. Couldn't be more true here.
I have to agree that republishing this "Wanted" poster illustrates how effortlessly our culture can forget a very long, dark era of extrajudicial vigilantism in the U.S.. This person hasn't been convicted of a crime and his license is valid.
Meanwhile, we still live in a county run by speculator-crooks that have been harvesting resource lands and infrastructure for decades without a fuss from local media. Only one has been convicted of a felony (Ken Bareilles) for exercising what every other property rights nut-case has been doing forever...maximizing profits on THEIR LAND, a "right" that apparently supersedes public costs, environmental and economic impacts...and media interest.
Mr. Singleton visited our establishment without issue. We possess letters from disabled customers attesting to the effectiveness of our "Reasonable Accommodations". Otherwise, it's debatable just how reasonable they are, or if they are real.
The ADA has provisions for "reasonable accomodation."
An example of how this would work would be if there was a small magazine store which had a step which prevented someone in a wheel chair from accessing the interior. Assuming that the store didn't make a lot of money and couldn't afford to redesign the entrance or put in a chair lift, an accomodation could be made whereby the person using the wheel chair could announce that they were outside the store and then the owner/cashier could go out and find out what they wanted and then get it for them, etc. Conversely, a large store with a larger income might have to redesign/rebuild the entrance to allow a wheelchair access.
It seems to me that the problem lies as much with the Judges who are ignorant about this provision and allow an unnecessary burden to be placed onto the owners of businesses which would qualify for this reasonable accomodation.
Of course, there are some who don't support the goal of inclusiveness for people with disability which is the purpose of the Americans with Disabilities Act.
Anybody who wanted further insight into this provision could contact the Disability Rights Education and Defense Fund (http://dredf.org/), the law and policy organization which was responsible for the passage of the ADA. Their office is just down the coast in Berkeley.
I have been sharpening the tines on my pitchfork for this guy for a looonnnggg time.
Anybody got a cauldron of hot oil and some feathers? Does he pay his "victims" of ADA discrimination before or after he ruins a long standing, community loved business? Does he shop locally? Where is his office, anyway?
congrats Thadeus - good luck!
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