Thank you for this thought-provoking editorial. I wish recall supporters also had an opportunity to discuss gun laws with victims of gun violence. Sadly, it seems that the only way recall and gun supporters (often, one in the same) may change their position on the latter is if they, too, directly experience the tragedy and aftermath of gun-related violence.
As for the recall itself, please show me where ideological differences are grounds to attempt to remove public officials from office. Laws pertaining to recalls surely must be rewritten to better define the actions for which elected officials may face a recall.
Actually, Heidi, when we are giving tours (I am a volunteer Docent), we do very much focus on the importance of beavers in the wild. They are a keystone species, extremely important to their environment. And yes, I agree, beavers are much more fascinating than allergies. ;)
Nothing worse than a beaver too exhausted to gnaw on woody things.
I assume these beavers have been in the zoo a while before the problem developed? How did they come to the zoo in the first place? I wish the zoo could focus on teaching the benefits of beavers to the general public. Wetland creation, fish and wildlife improvements, water filtration, invertebrate community improvements and riparian restoration. Beavers are more fascinating than allergies.
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My real question is about those statistics...but more important than that: a parent ought to love their child unconditionally. If a child is gay, be it environmental or genetic...the parent is the source.
Regardless of the science, the theology is the loving embrace of the father for his prodigal son...a gay person's safe space should always be, without question, with their parents, for starters.
We can talk all day long about behaviors...and all of us have behaviors that might need discussing...but loving our fellow human beings is simply God's command, and that is for finishers.
Discussion about how we treat gays is thusly bracketed by God himself.
TejonTech, I believe you've misunderstood Shawna's comment. The point I took from her comment is that the percentage of homeless people who are gay is high because the gay youth are left with no options when they are tossed out by their hateful families (as Galbraith's offspring probably will be) or they feel at wits end because they are being abused elsewhere in their life.
Shawna...you argument would then suggest that being gay is in a large part more environmental and psychological than the way God created them.
Although studies on the percentage of homeless youth who are LGBT vary, the statistics consistently range between 20 percent to 40 percent of homeless youth identifying as a sexual or gender minority. The National Alliance to End Homelessness cites 20% of homeless youth as LGBT, and the Williams Institute study released in July 2012 found 40% of youth in a survey of homeless youth shelters identified as LGBT.
Here in Colorado Springs, Urban Peak data from 2012 showed 30% of youth in the shelter identify as LGBT.
LGBT youth experience homelessness at higher rates than non-LGBT youth for a range of reasons, including family rejection and abuse, and a history of physical or sexual abuse.
One good resource on youth issues is the site http://www.findyouthinfo.gov/youth-topics/…. The site is produced by a collaborative called the Interagency Working Group on Youth Programs, a large group of federal agencies who address human services, mental health, etc.
Why do we keep reading Mayor Bach say that the City is going broke but he keeps finding all this money to spend on salaries and consultants and grant write ups and reviews and legal opinions and security and paying people full salaries even after they announce they are retiring? Where does this money come from?
Shawna,,,I agree with the posture/attitude toward gays and lesbians you are advocating...they need to know they are loved as human beings not matter what...but where do you get your statistics about homeless youth...these are new to me.
Dear Mr. Galbraith - If you end up having a gay or lesbian nephew, neice or great grandkid, this sign could save their life. They see these words in a "regular" public space and start to learn it's okay to be who they are. This sign could mean they are less likely to attempt suicide. If you took the chance to talk to your grandkids and speak your truth -- even if it is "Hey, I dont' get the whole homo thing, but if any of you end up gay, well ... I won't love you any less." Those words will cut their chance of attempting suice in half and reduce their liklihood of contracting AIDS by a third. In fact, if all families began with acceptance of their LGBT children, we'd reduce youth homelessness by about 25%.
Keep the sign.
gotta love our village's old farts... or do you?
Hilarious and what probably would have been my experience today in Arlington Texas if I hadn't just given up after pulling #95 when they were serving #32. The kicker for me was the security guard yelling at me from across the room and behind the barrier that there were no drinks allowed in the waiting area. In case you don't know, its over 100 degrees here and the likelihood of me sitting in a hot stinky room with screaming children for hours without something to drink was about nil. Oh yeah, not sitting....standing as were at least half of the other waiting. I think I will try another office tomorrow and go when they open. Wish me luck!
That's the spirit crank. Finally a little levity from the cranky one. I'm proud of you old dude.
No doubt about that siggie. Listening to a big government progressive bitch about big government is just too much. Hey Tosches, just wait until it's the hospital that works this way, thanks for Obamacare, because now grandma is "shovel-ready"!
Rich, you were either in Wal-Mart or at Siggie's family reunion.
Okay: much closer to the old Ranger. As previously stated, you can actually be clever and funny when you are not trying to be political. The only thing you missed mentioning was the woman in the "F*#@ You!" T-shirt was no doubt on welfare, a 'liberal' and voted for Obama.
Why would the Mayor want to build a visitors' center for the AFA when the AFA was talking about building one with their Obama money a couple years ago? Strange. I wonder if the Mayor told the AFA "don't worry about it, I will take care of it" or if he hasn't spoken with the AFA about it yet (along with many others)?
I had a similar incedent after operating a chain saw in the middle of winter until I was soaked with sweat. The chain came off of the saw so I went home to put it back on. Half way through the replacement I started feeling strange and ended up in the emergency room. Later I found that my blood pressure was some 190/120 three hours after the event so I don't know what it was at the very instant of the event. I didn't remember what I did with my four wheeler, what I did with the chainsaw or anything else for about 4 hours. I spent two days in the hospital and they found no damage so it was diagnosed as a blood pressure spike vs a mini stroke. They said that a mini-stroke could not be diagnosed as there is no complete blockage to show up on the MRI.
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