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I am a liberal/progressive. I have sympathy for non-violent (mostly drug) offenders doing long prison sentences. I do not have any sympathy for murderers. I think violent criminals belong in jail for a long time. And I grew up in East Oakland- which is where I developed that opinion in the 1980s. I also feel like he is not accepting responsibility for his crime. He is not telling the whole story and , of course, he had no idea a gun was involved (roll eyes). I hope he gets out soon. He seems to have rehabilitated himself despite the system. But, I have no qualms about every minute of the time he has served. He deserves it.
Thank you. I love your advice.
I just want to add (as a former teacher) that STOP should definitely report what her former teacher is doing to the school principal- along with forwarding the dick pics and texts. Most importantly it gives the school a warning to keep an eye on this teacher and his interactions with other students. His inappropriate behavior may express itself differently with other kids. I would not assume he does not/will not act on the same sexual impulses with other more vulnerable underage kids.
You have to wonder if cutting treatment is part of the "War on Drugs"? Addicts on the streets are good for business...
I love your column. Sadly, the advice you gave The Good Son is horrible. I have nothing against sex workers. But, you are recommending an old man get involved in prostitution. That could be dangerous. And it could also subject him to arrest and extreme embarrassment. If he isn't savvy enough to use a computer then what are the odds he ends up with a skanky streetwalker with a craigslist ad? Bad idea.
Better alternative? Try the online singles community. There are sites out there for seniors. A couple I found in about 30 seconds of searching:
There are plenty of single senior women - or those in similar situations to his dad's - out there. And many senior women are open to "no strings attached" romantic liasons. And I would bet he would rather comb singles ads looking for a "nice friend" for his dad than ads for sex workers. And his dad would be more comfortable and have better sex in such a relationship. Plus, the potential risks are much much lower that way.
You can't win them all. But, isn't it better not to respond to a question than to give horrible advice? Food for thought...
I like your sentiments, Jay. But, I disagree. Protests do not matter very much. They never have. The civil rights movement was won in courtrooms, with the ballot box, and with economic force (in the form of boycotts) more than by protesting.
Real change on the issue of police brutality requires political action. You dismiss the importance of the vote. You are way off base. You mistake flash for substance.
Example- Ferguson. African-Americans are 67% of the population of Ferguson. Yet, they have about 12% voter turnout (which is likely made up of mostly of older white voters). That is why they have the police force that they have.
The people of Ferguson have been done a disservice. No one helped them organize an effective strategy to achieve meaningful change. First, a massive voter registration drive should have occurred. Then, they should have started recall petitions on the County Prosecutor, mayor, governor, and all the other politicians who have failed them. That nonsense with grand juries and all that would not have happened. Politicians would be doing back flips to prosecute brutal cops if they knew the alternative was their own political suicide.
Likewise in Oakland. If black and brown VOTERS were scaring these politicians with threats of recall. If politicians knew it was the end of their political life if they failed to institute meaningful reforms. If elected officials knew that there would be 90% voter turnout at the next local midterm election to vote their ass out of office. Guess what? Reforms would be happening in a big way. Guess why they aren't? Black and brown people don't vote and don't give money to help finance campaigns. So politicians don't really much care what black and brown people think. Instead they are thinking - I wonder how much longer these stupid protests will last? I hope this winter weather shuts down them down.
Actually, if these allegations are true then this pattern of conduct by Yelp is both illegal (extortion/arguably even racketeering or civil RICO) and actionable in state civil court (tortious interference). I see a nasty and expensive class action lawsuit, and possibly even criminal prosecution, in Yelp's future. And I have now completely lost faith in Yelp as a consumer. From now on if I use Yelp I will read the reviews with a huge grain of salt- if at all. Thanks for this informative article.
This approach is short sighted. Why create such an intervention strategy for kids who have already been failed by the system instead of reforming the foster care/child welfare system? A child prostitute is just like a child who is involved in any other criminal activity. A teenage gang-banger/drug dealer is as much a victim of adult criminals as a teen prostitute. They are all standing on street corners risking their lives, freedom, and well-being in exchange for the resources necessary for their survival. Why is there never a companion discussion of the outrageous rates of teen unemployment and the community conditions (poverty, lack of basic resources-education) that create the crime problem? The underlying issues are complex and require a complex approach.
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