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  Commentary January 14th, 2010

The Editor 

Mr PennywhistleObservations on These Here Days . . .

I have heard many a powerful, motivating speaker but seldom have I heard one as brilliant as a presentation made by Dennis “Coach” Snyder, CEO and founder of the Escondido Charter High School

Coach Snyder is a miracle worker. It didn’t happen overnight, but he had a vision and worked hard toward seeing that vision come true; to ensure that Escondido kids had not only a proper education but knew what was expected of them, and that they would be held accountable.

The Escondido Charter High School now has about 500 kids on a wait list, eager to get in.

A few more visionaries and educators like Coach Snyder and this world would be a much better place.

If you are looking for a brilliant, powerful speaker with a great message . . . give the Coach a call at 760.752-4658.
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It’s my belief that KUSI-TV is probably one of the best local news television stations around. Well produced, interesting, good on-air talent. But why do they insist on “playing off” segments with musicians? It’s a news show! And whoever it is that casts or books the musicians should look for talent. Most are second rate . . . and, in any event, should not be part of the newscast. And, though John Coleman is a first rate weatherman, enough already with the K-YEEEEEW - SI yell. It’s sophomoric.

As KUSI’s Michael Turko says . . . “It Ain’t Right!”
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Is it just me or does it seem to you that all of the major media grab hold of a simple little story and milk it, milk it, milk it for days on end? Often, it’s a relatively trivial story when compared to the fact we are fighting on two fronts in the Lands of Strange . . . when our economy is going Toes Up . . . when our unemployment rate is at record highs? And we focus on a dumb statement made by a Nevada Senator, who apologized for it, and the apology was accepted by President Obama. That makes it old news. Move on to something else.
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Why, for example, is the major media not focused in on an ongoing major abuse of the simplest of civil rights. Witness the seven Iranians who are in prison and may wind up facing execution . . . simply because they choose to follow the Baha’i faith.

Their trial began Tuesday and already they’ve been denied the most basic courtroom rights. The seven imprisoned Baha'i leaders have begun without them having access to their own attorney for nearly two years, no observers allowed in the courtroom, all of which point to a trial that is highly irregular, very similar to the show trials that have been held in Iran in recent months.

All but one of the group were arrested on 14 May 2008 at their homes in Tehran. They have been held in Tehran's Evin prison ever since, spending their first year there without formal charges or any access to lawyers.

Whatever happens, it is clear that the trial of these seven innocent people represents the trial of an entire religious community, and is an attempt to further intimidate and ostracize all Iranian Baha'is simply because they hold a different religious viewpoint from those in power.

I have met many Baha’is, have come to know them. You will never find a kinder, more gentle people.

For shame on the Islamic Power Structure in Iran. The Iranian people are a wonderful people . . . their leaders are corrupt and power hungry. Shame on them and our media’s lack of coverage of an important story.

 

 

 

 


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