Letters to the Editor
I am writing about the story that I just read from Chris Volkay (The Passion of the Chris). I thought that it was very funny and some truth in it. But as far as I'm concerned, with the movie from Mel Gibson (The Passion of the Christ) is just a remake of the Untold Story, The Robe, and also Ben Hur. We the people of all walk's of life really dont know the truth. How can we, we weren't there. In this day and age, it's all word of mouth. You must believe your pastor or priest. And even then they tell you only God knows. Well how come you don't know? Then the big answer. My children of the flock, if you pay me 10% out of your pay check each week we will find the answer from God. (So pay up buddy). As we go through life whether we ride the bus, train, and what not, we find that our first impression is hatred, because you're not the right color, the right person, not the right sex. Until the one that breakes the ice then there is a happy medium. I believe that God gave us passion and love that was passed down through our fathers and mothers from their past learnings.
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Agoura Hills, CA
SCHOOL IS OUT.What's A Parent to Do?By Denise Rockwell The proverbial question of what to do with the kids when summer vacation hits the neighborhood has become more and more problematic as the norm in American households is increasingly single parents or both parents working. As a teacher I am frequently asked by parents or guardians whether or not I know about anything that will keep their child meaningfully occupied during this time. This usually is a request for some kind of formal writing or reading activities. Frankly, I must say, that my first inclination is to say, "For heaven's sake, just let them play!" However, I recognize this is not as easy as it was when I was a child growing up in a multiracial neighborhood in Los Angeles in the late fifties and early sixties. Nosy neighbors who would "rat out" inappropriate behaviors to our parents without fear of being cursed out still existed. Small business owners from the five and dime to the hardware stores knew us and joined in keeping us in line while making money on our purchases of candy, paper dolls, comic books and keys for our skates. Parks were places to play on the swings and slides and the streets in front of our houses served as great diamonds for our afternoon softball games (usually played with bats and tennis balls) and had perfect corners for lemonade stands. So what's a parent to do to occupy the kids during summer vacation in today's urban setting? Plenty! Your children can have fun and learn too if you start planning right now. Start by looking up what kinds of activities for kids your city and county are having during the summer. Museums like Natural History, Science and Industry, County Museum of Art, Getty, and Museum of the American West all have wonderful education programs and many of them have extended care. They are not free, but there are scholarships so don't delay applying for your child to attend. Don't forget that your local public library is a great source of summer reading activities. Just remember that the library is not a nanny or babysitting center. It's a fantastic place for your child to be exposed to the world of ideas, so make sure that your child uses it appropriately. Ask your librarian for help in making your visits an adventure. Believe it or not, many Metro systems provide inexpensive tours on specific days. You'd be surprised about what you can learn about your city's history and cultural highlights. But more important, what a great adventure this can be for you and your child. One last tip, if your child is going to be spending lots of unsupervised time on the Internet, be sure that you review the safety information at websites likewww.netsmartz.com and <http://www.safekids.com/> www.safekids.com. These sites have excellent activities for kids that teach them about safe Internet usage.With a little effort you'll find great resources in your community to make your child's summer both fun and educational!
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