The police chief is right, it has created a dangerous situation for everyone, the best thing the Missouri governor can do is demand a full investigation into what happened.
Find out the facts, and don't blame the media for being there. You don't gas the media, this situation was handled badly by the police, they are relieved of the situation they helped to inflame. Cooler heads are prevailing now, I know that's disappointing to some who wish to be "entertained" by the misery of others, but the truth is, people should not feel that they cannot protest, nor exercise their free speech rights, The bundy ranch incident is a good example of this, but then again, they had mouths and guns didn't they? imagine a group of people in Ferguson with legally issued firearms protesting in the streets, would they be dead right now? you better believe it. View Comment
I love the way people make light of a serious situation, there are no issues here right? As the Russian military told prisoners in the gulag; you wouldn't be here unless you "broke the law", get a grip on yourselves, this is no laughing matter, but listening to this crowd, you would think they have crossed the line between insanity and reality. View Comment
What a lovely story! and such a wonderful young person, you are truly the future, it is refreshing to hear about one who would give back. The Carver Center has a stalward soldier in helping children in Norwalk for many years.
Thank you for your service and your recognition of this fine institution!
Best Regards and much success in your sparkling future
Norwalk Lifer View Comment
I see there are other stories in the headlines, a dean of a catholic school busted for herion, an insurance broker who scammed his client, and of course the father that went to defend his daughter from what he perceived as harassment from her boss.
All in Wilton, tell me, does crime merit a geographical review? why does this story attract so much attention? what is it about this story, that veers the insanely stupid to pontificate inanely about a confrontation in front of city hall? the "ooooh scary!" projects.... the breeding it creates.
Do you people ever listen to yourselves? would you be silent should someone else speak in dripping sarcasm about your broken and bent views about other Norwalk town members?
Why this story folks? what sparked your interest? this almost smacks of sensationalism doesn't it?
NL View Comment
As Americans, we all have an obligation to defend civil rights, we all have an obligation to defend the principles of freedom, someone mentioned majority rules, quite a majority of people, whether through dogmatic thought, or fear, or other motivation, supported the ruling of a King, King George, in the 1700's.
That is the "rule of man", but this country is based on the "rule of law", not man, not King, not Emperor.
We may not always like the rulings, but these rulings do uphold the tenets of a democracy, and democracies, as well seen from ancient Greece to France to Concord Mass, to Philadephia, are messy. Quite messy, it's a higher standard people hold here, whether you are for gay rights or not, it does not matter. What is being uphold is those unalienable rights. View Comment
As I see this, this has nothing to do with being a teacher, it has nothing to do with being from Norwalk, and it has nothing to do with the environment that provoked this event.
It has everything to do with lack of wisdom, self control, and even a modicum of acknowledgement that a "message" a permanent display of opinion, was left. The consequences of making a permanent record of what is more than likely, a momentary lack of reason, is the real issue here. The stupidity or lack of wisdom that led an individual to do this, leaves a lot to question about their ability to control their reactions to events around them. So if the denominator here is lack of self control, lack of wisdom, and the inability to foresee the consequences, then the numerator could be anything; the childish emotional outbursts of student, the inability to vocalize an opinion in a forum of peers, and of course, the public arena. Teachers should not be held to higher standards when they are "off the clock", however, Human beings should use the basic reasoning skills they are blessed with to manuveur or steer their way thru adverse situations. The ability to reason separates us from other mammals. It would be good to remind ourselves of this.
Evidence to the contrary seen in the responses to this article. View Comment
In America's past wars, (God bless her) 19 year olds were good enough to go and defend their country, they have a voice, and whether that opinion changes, is the individual's right.
Many people change their opinions, some just before they die, there's nothing like the horizon of one's own mortality in view to bring elegance, truth, and forthrightness to an individual's opinion.
I do not believe that the state of being (married with children) would change the belief that all are created equal, unless of course, some are more equal than others.
The opinion of a 19 year old, can be refreshing, and might be just the right amount of new thinking that is required in order to create a more perfect union.
Just as immigrants to this country, came and made the ideal of American exceptionalism reality. View Comment
Even the "50's were a staged lie, there was rampant drug abuse in our government (Joe McCarthy and his morphine addiction), Homosexuality was a crime (Roy Cohn, who was one of the Nixon lawyers who wrote briefs for McCarthy during his witch hunt) and of course, the illustrious J Edgar Hoover, a man of high moral background with a self loathing secret.
Even in the 50's you had many an idiot, the Dulles Brothers who first proposed the "Bay of Pigs" model to Eisenhower, which so infuriated him, that he threatened to shoot them in the Oval Office with his pearl handled service revolver, should they ever mention it again.
And even the Kennedys, with their love for McCarthy, anyone read about America First? and those that wished for America to stay out of WWII? why Joe Kennedy was one of them, and for his pains and ridiculous positions, got himself banished to the Court of St. James.
What about the John Birchers? and their insane agenda of what was "right in America"?
do we today, look back at the fifties and yearn? sure, there were great cars, I love Lucy, Disney just opened, a lot of nostalgia there, but the truth is, America was evolving in the fifties; young men who went to war, men whose fathers came here, went to Europe, they saw Europe, they learned, they came home and started their lives off of some stellar programs, like the GI Bill, Levittown NY is a testament to the volunteerism that shaped us in the 30's and 40's, everyone pulled together
Oppenheimer, whether you agreed or no, developed the Manhattan Project, in an attempt to defray the development of nuclear weaponry in Russia, there was real fear in this country and a dread of technology.
How was Oppenheimer paid back in the fifties? he was labeled a red, and a firewall was put up between him and those he mentored. And why? well, that's simple!, the best minds came from Universities across the country, and those Universities were also the parlours for socialistic philosphy, so by the mere fact that Oppenheimer taught at Berkeley and his wife was one who entertained socialistic conversation, got him banned from contributing further in this technology,
But then came the sixties, and the space race; the new thumb wrestling contest with Russia. And all those fighter pilots, all those newly graduated engineers, Oh! and one more thing, Operation Paperclip, that program that brought all of Hitler's wunderkinds of weaponry from Germany post the war, led to the mercury program, Werner Von Braun the daddy of the V2 rocket. Imagine what would have happened had these German scientists landed in Moscow?
There was a visionary prism in the forties, and in the fifties, the typical American basked in the "Era of good feeling".
But let's not go too extreme in our mythological view of the 1950's. Even then, there were colored toilets in the south, there was a Pole Tax, and homosexuals?
God forbid there was ever a public mention of the word.
My favorite movie from that time period? Reefer Madness, it's the best B grade horror flick ever produced. View Comment
I doubt seriously Chaz Bono would sign up, however, if Mr. Bono did, I think that would be a vast improvement over your own wish to join.
Certainly as evidenced by your comments, here, no individual who lacks the maturity or self control to regulate their own speech, should be put in a position where they are considered a role model to any young person.
I would argue that most people would not repeat the words you state here in the presence of young people. But then again, one must think the words are of no value to withhold such an opinion. View Comment
I have one group which you missed: "The Aryan Brotherhood" of course, they are allowed to exclude, in fact, I invite them to do so, as enjoining in such an organization in my view, diminishes the intelligence, and the position of the individual. Indeed, the individual in my view, requires reflection and self examination to root out the real motivation in joining such an organization. Self Loathing is the probably the biggest motivator.
While people may fret over the inequality seen, as in reference to those that are white; please bear in mind, that at one time, there were rulers in ancient times that were traveling the seas, setting up commerce, organizing governments, recording history, and I might add, developing the first strings of democracy in Ancient Greece.
None, not one of them were white. So in this regard, the age indeed, the middle age of European rule, of the rolling back of civilization, that was not promoted by people of color, rather, it's been the very epicenter of what has evolved into a wrong minded ideal that there are people on earth superior to others; that would be Europe.
colonialism and imperialism are bad ideas; they do not travel well across the centuries.
To think that individuals are somehow excluded due to birth right, color, creed, orientation or any other label of profound ignorance and fear, diminishes man, it does not promote him. View Comment
It's a very simple answer, this organization is referred to as "The Boy Scouts of America", to use the American brand, which denotes exceptionalism, no fear of birth right, position, orientation of any kind, just the basic tenets of equality, would be an oxymoron if anyone is excluded;
I'll point to a famous pedophile case; Sandusky and Penn State, this was an outworldly looking upright, moral, man; to equate the individuals in this country, our fellow americans who are homosexual, as on the same footing as a person such as Jerry Sandusky, is a travesty.
If the Boy Scouts wish to exclude Americans from their ranks, my suggestion is that they remove the reference to "America" from their name.
At one time, those who worshipped differently from a King, were called "insurgents" those who did not want to be bound by a monarchy were called "rebels", those who believe in the "rule of law" not the "rule of man" were called radicals.
It's just geography and time at play here. There is no reason to fear those who work, contribute, toil, play, and contribute to a society peacefully.
I see no reason to ban gays from organizations that promote a more cohesive society. The Boy Scouts have been doing that.
You are correct though, organizations who wish to exclude have every right to do, but do not use the name of this country and what that represents, while defying the very tenets of what this country was built on. View Comment
This 19 year old young man is aware of what equality means, which is more than I can say for those that post here, moreover, he is taking his beliefs, convictions and putting them into action; again which is more than a lot of people do. Those that are "armchair" moralists tend to shrink into themselves, and refuse to expose themselves to a more diverse community.
Convictions or rather the need to seek conviction of one's own philosphies leads to an arrestment of knowledge, development, and yes, freedom.
I've signed this petition; there is no reason to fear the road of equality; however there is a lot to fear on that slippery slope of exclusion and fear. View Comment