Writing off a big loan
I find it hard to describe how shocked I was to read in last Saturday's East County Times that the city of Pittsburg was going to write off a loan of almost $45,000 it made to the owners of the restaurant called Mehran.
They stopped making payments almost three years ago on that loan, while continuing to make payments that were due to others. If I was behind just a couple of months on a loan, I'd be in foreclosure. Yet they get off for free -- what's wrong with this picture? The city can't put a lien on their homes to recover the money at a later date?
Owners Chris Nazir and Ron Vincent, have to be laughing their heads off at the city of Pittsburg and how easily they took them for all that money.
Welcome to America!
Feral cats deserve help
Feral cats have a right to life. They are part of the varied wildlife hanging on and making their way in the urban and suburban environment just like the deer who eat our roses and can be aggressive to humans and dogs (search "deer attacks dog" on YouTube); and the gophers that feed on our shrubs; and coyotes that kill our small dogs and house cats (to the point in our neighborhood you cannot let a small pet outside); and the bobcats that have a den on our property; like the hawks that are killing our garden snakes; and like the humans in our neighborhood that have caused the most environmental destruction of all with their houses, streets, driveways, insecticides, cars and pollution.
The feral cat euthanasia and sterilization programs reek of the Nazi 1933 "Law for the Prevention of Genetically Diseased Offspring," which allowed compulsory sterilization of any citizen who in the opinion of a "Genetic Health Court" suffered from a list of alleged disorders, and in fact, was enacted to get rid of those deemed politically, racially and socially undesirable. As for the "humane" society and the "we know best" environmentalists, let them get their cars, houses, concrete and pesticides out of our neighborhoods and keep their hands off our cats. All forms of wildlife in urban and suburban areas have an equal right to live.
Clarification of comments
My comments in the Times article, "Teen sex culture," deserve further context.
I wholeheartedly believe rape will always be rape -- there are no blurred lines when it comes to sexual assault.
Unfortunately, sexual assault and sexual exploitation are not being clearly defined for our youths.
The brutality and violence often associated with rape can sometimes cause a person to second guess whether they were victimized or not. Young girls (and boys) need to understand they must not allow themselves to be coerced into "giving it up freely."
Coercion is an insidious form of sexual assault, otherwise known as date rape. I've talked to many young girls who truly believe that if a boy takes them out, they are obligated to have sex with them. Girls need to learn that a date is not a sexual obligation.
In no way am I saying that a young female brings rape upon herself through social networking. However, when pictures and posts are out there, they may create a belief she's a willing participant, which may not be the case at all.
Girls need to know they do not have to sexualize themselves to be loved.
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