Well done, Heidi. I lived at the Ranch in its heyday and was moved by the photos and the careful description of the evolution of the place.
Mitch, you're welcome to your opinion, but I'd caution you to tread carefully. Did you live there? Were you part of Gospel Outreach? I'm no longer a Christian, and I'll openly declare that there were elements of the organization that were cultish--considering Jim Durkin an "apostle," for instance, and allowing a few men in leadership to have the final say in one's own life ("shepherding," it was called). But I think you cross a line when you lightheartedly draw a comparison with the Lighthouse Ranch and the Jonestown massacre.
Although you may disagree with elements of Gospel Outreach or Deliverance Temple, unless you lived it back in the day, you may be making a specious and hurtful argument. There was much that was wonderful at the Lighthouse Ranch--even in the heart and memory of this old reprobate.
April 21, 2012 at 10:12 am
…and as we rage against each other, arguing the pros and cons, the 1%-ers who allowed WalMart into Eureka and the 1%-ers who line their pockets with the dollars made by selling cheap crap to those in need, those 1%-ers just sit back in ease and let us fight it out amongst ourselves. They don’t give shit one for the mother of four who is struggling to feed and clothe her kids OR the protester who can reasonably point to how WalMart has decimated other small towns. This is how it works, all over the country. As long as the 99% is over in the corner duking it out and insulting each other, looking at each other as the “real problem,” the 1% can relax. If we ever start A) having real conversations wherein we treat each other with respect, and B) find ways to work together to lift each other up into a strong, capable, working community, THEN the !%-ers will have something to worry about. When we find our common ground, genuine change will take place. Until then, we are just wasting time, fighting the wrong battle.
One word: thorazine.
Truly romantic people don't watch DVDs on Valentine's Day--they're sparkin their sweethearts in the flesh!
Thanks for the grin, Joel. Wow? Way to be deliberately obtuse. It's really working for you.
Maybe those laid off can bide their time until the "Marina Project" goes through. There will surely be in influx of minimum wage retail jobs to fall back on.
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