The College Transitions Team (from left to right): Dave Bergman, Andrew Belasco and Michael Trivette
Julia Novak April 13, 2014 at 08:50 am
Our daughter has a 4.0GPA and has been accepted to six schools including NYU, Drexel, and EugeneRead More Lang. The problem is our income is too high to get enough scholarship money, and too low to cover the $60K a year tuition. These schools offered her $64k over four years, but it's not enough. Frustrating!
Giorgio C. April 13, 2014 at 10:43 am
Carl, This piece you wrote hits close to home. I lost a dear friend to theRead More drugs/incarceration/drugs cycle. He was a user, not a dealer. He didn't use/drink and drive, so he wasn't a threat to society . All his life, he was medicating himself. I knew him as a kid in grade school right up until he passed at age 48, on his birthday. I watched him cry as I tried to take a bottle of vodka out of his hands. At one point along his painful journey, someone in the system discovered he was clinically depressed, something that ran in his family. His final lock-up was with some really bad dudes which scared the hell out of my friend, and demoralized him even further. This beautiful person was not only battling a nightmare of drugs, but also the additional nightmare of being treated like a criminal. He was not a criminal. He was a sick person who needed help. He often talked about the real prison being the one inside of him. That is the one he was seeking to be free from. My last conversation with him was between a sheet of glass, using the prison phone. He tried to remain positive, even helping some of the inmates with their physical and spiritual conditioning and even dietary improvements. In this one facility, he was like a spiritual guru. I still have the letters he sent me, complete with smiley faces. Then they sent him to some facility much harder, down near the Mexican border. Imagine this, that when he got out of jail, part of his terms of probation was to be drug-free, otherwise return to jail. This situation needs to be handled via a risk-assessment approach, but instead, is handled from a morality-assesment approach. The police officers (morality enforcers) are often the kinds of folks who in addition to simply doing their job enforcing the law, are of the mindset that these people like my friend were bad people. Some officers are compassionate, but it is my observation that many are not. The truly bad folks are the dealers. Some dealers do not even touch the stuff themselves, that for them, it is simply about their financial gain. They are cold and uncaring and prey on the weak. I know everyone will say to hit the user hard, as this will slow the drug pipeline, but I have to disagree. Hit the dealers harder. I lost a friend. His family lost a sibling, a son, a brother, and an uncle. But we still have plenty of dealers, yes?
Carl Petersen III April 14, 2014 at 09:22 am
Giorgio C.: Thank you for sharing. I am sorry for your loss.
Carl Petersen III April 14, 2014 at 02:29 pm
"I just signed a petition to Governor Jerry Brown: Provide Judges the ability to send convictedRead More drug addicts to treatment centers, instead of prison." https://www.facebook.com/sharer/sharer.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fpetitions.moveon.org%2Fsign%2Fsave-money-save-people.fb40%3Fsource%3Ds.fb.ty%26r_by%3D8112017
Antioch Councilman Gary Agopian: "I will not be mocked" - cats must go
Daniel April 7, 2014 at 12:27 pm
I for one am not surprised by this. City Council's in general need to feed their overinflated ego'sRead More and frequently step over the rights of their residents, trumping County Ordinances and State Law. These are the same folks who took a tape measure to make sure girls dresses fell 2" below the knee in secondary school. They have more important issues such as burglaries and violent crimes that need to be addressed but because they don't have any answers for this the Council appears as if they are doing something for the community when in reality they cause outrage. Good luck City Council in the next election. cycle.
Kelley Thompson April 8, 2014 at 06:56 am
I just posted this to my FB feed, this is ridiculous. Instead of protecting domesticated animalsRead More abandoned by those who are supposed to protect them, Antioch is choosing to starve them? Hoping that social media will take this one on and try to educate them on their idiocy. What a bunch of jerks. How about crime? Helping the homeless? Jobs? Environment? Really???? Starvation????
jen H April 13, 2014 at 07:06 pm
Er.... Don't wildlife lovers usually RECOMMEND not feeding wild creatures? To ensure that the latterRead More don't become dependent on humans for their food, but instead remain capable of hunting or foraging for food themselves. The cats in question are feral. They may once have been domestic pets, but they're the ones who've survived for more than a brief period after being abandoned to fend for themselves. So now they're feral, and, regardless of political considerations, it seems to me that paradoxically, not feeding them is more likely to ensure their continued survival. In my opinion, it is far, far more important for local councils to focus on expanding and possibly funding catch-and-neuter programs.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" April 7, 2014 at 10:41 am
Carl Petersen III, you are always SPOT ON with your observations, and I commend you for that.Read More Unfortunately we live in a world where it is not rewarding to tell the truth and adhere to it. Any one can argue anything; hell I can argue with you that the Sun doesn't shine every morning, even though it does. And that's what a lot of the people like the one you are referring to does. When these people discuss any matter please keep the old adage of "WHO ARE YOU GOING TO BELIEVE, me or your LYING EYES", at the forefront of your thoughts!!! Thank you....I YIELD THE FLOOR.....
Carl Petersen III April 7, 2014 at 12:56 pm
Thank you. I always enjoy your input.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" April 8, 2014 at 01:12 am
You're welcome!!!!!! "All it takes for lies and proganda to flourish is for good men, andRead More women, to stand by and do nothing"
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