StanErhart 
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Re: “Oakland Church Forces Little Kids to Raise Money

As a kid, I went to a private Seventh Day Adventist school, and every fall would go "Ingathering" with my fellow church members and classmates (our k-10 school had about 60 students). I hated going door to door asking for money for missionary endeavors (which was only half true - the church supported missions intensely, but the actual money received went into a general fund).

However, compared to this, my situation was benign. We lived in a safer time, and solicited in safer neighborhoods. We had no quotas, and we had excellent adult supervision (my parents and my friend's parents were also soliciting, and were always nearby). Plus there was an organized denominational administration behind what we were doing.

I personally didn't like the pressure to ask people for money, but it was only a few nights a year, and the church did (and still does) do a lot of good things in education and health outreach world-wide - so it wasn't a scam (like this sounds like).

In this case, the parents would be well-advised to send their kids to public schools. They'll get a better education, more sleep, and they hopefully won't get conned into spending their evenings in a BART station.

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Posted by StanErhart on 12/29/2011 at 7:17 AM

Re: “A New Bird at Birdland

Birdland is one of the coolest venues around, and Birdman is doing a great thing for musicians and listeners alike. You can't beat it for atmosphere, vibe, and an eclectic mix of music. Please give it all the support you can, and come out to see the bands! In fact, why don't you drop by on August 12th and see my band. ;-) Please excuse the plug, but we gotta eat!

Stan Erhart
http://erhart.net
The Stan Erhart Band
A great big plate of roots rockin' blues
With a little of everything on the side!

Posted by StanErhart on 07/13/2011 at 3:08 PM

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