Monday May 25, 2015
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"Doesn't a woman have a right to try to make herself attractive without having to worry about being harassed?"
I make that point frequently. However, there is a fine line between making oneself look attractive and looking like one is inviting the entire Queen's army to "tea". In the interest of full disclosure, I will say that I prefer to wear lower cut tops. I am built rather bosomy, and when I wear tops or blouses that come up to my neck, I tend to look like Aunt Bea, or as if I should be perched out on the prow of a ship. So, yes, I do wear lower cut tops, although, there is never more showing than would be seen when wearing a very modest bathing suit. And I ALWAYS wear the proper undergarments.
Personally, I believe that a woman ALWAYS has the right to say NO, regardless of how she dresses, talks, or acts.
In my opinion, the term "sexual harassment" only applies when the harasser is in a superior position to the victim. Thereby implying a power displacement. In the event of co-workers, colleagues, or equals, the victim should put the harasser in their place, as well as filing a complaint immediately, WITH DOCUMENTATION, to the human Resources Department of their workplace.
Thank you Gentlemen!!
"How do you feel about volunteering?"
I think volunteering is an experience which gives the volunteer much more benefit than the organization. Knowing that you are giving back in such a positive way to your community is a wonderful feeling. For those who are retired, or simply don't need to work, and are alone, volunteering can keep you more than occupied.
For me, personally, I live an exceedingly blessed life. Therefore, I volunteer as a means of "giving back" the blessings which our Creator has bestowed upon me. I also recognize that volunteering is not for everybody. There are those who cannot fathom the thought of working for free.
I also contend that if one volunteers in hopes of receiving thanks, or accolades, then you are doing it for the wrong reason. Most organizations are very appreciative of their volunteers and shower them with thanks and appreciation, in lieu of a paycheck, however, that is not always the case.
My suggestion is if one wishes to volunteer, one should find an organization which has a mission that is in line with your beliefs. One which you would, or do, support financially. You should also recognize that to most organizations, your time is equally, if not more, valuable than your money.
Unfortunately, the IRS does not agree. When one volunteers, the volunteer may claim mileage to and from the volunteer site, as well as, any actual monetary and/or tangible donations made. However, the IRS allows no deduction for your time spent volunteering. The non-profit organizations keep track of volunteer hours for grants, etc., and they can claim the volunteer hours in other ways, so do keep track of your hours for the organization.
Finally, volunteering is a great way to stay active and busy, and relevant.
It is ironic that this discussion would come up at this point in time. Late last night several young women were on a social media site bemoaning several points. One had issue with people who are lazy and just take from the system when they should be working, while others tried to justify their need for welfare and food stamps, "because they are single mothers without any help". My answer to that is, "then don't have unprotected sex with men to whom you are not married".
This cavalier attitude that young people have about sex, and babies, and pregnancy, and abortions sickens me. Although, not nearly as much as the arguments that supposedly intelligent, rational people make about "keeping the government out of women's vagina's". If you don't want strange men (the government) in your vagina, then keep strange men (sex partners) out of your vagina. Those same intelligent, rational people state that "it is a women's body and her right to choose". When, ironically, the girls who end up pregnant usually had unprotected sex because some guy pushed her into it.
Studies have proven that more than 75% of all women who go for an abortion, but are given an ultrasound beforehand, cancel the abortion; because up to that point they thought of the "thing inside them" as "just a mass of cells", "an inconvenience", "the ruination of their life", or as Meria termed it, "a zygote". However, once they see the form and hear the heartbeat, they recognize that it is indeed a baby, a human being, a living creation.
As for the initial letter that started this conversation, I absolutely DO NOT agree with the medical community using young women and their unborn babies as science experiments to ascertain the effects of an untested, unproven medication to reverse the effects of the "morning after" pill, however, neither do I agree with the use of the morning after pill.
What is so hard about saying NO? Instead of fighting so hard for abortion rights and "a woman's right to choose", and "keeping the government out of women's bodies", why don't you activists work as hard to teach and convince young women that it IS their right to choose: their right to choose to NOT have sex with every guy who looks at them, their right to choose to have their life in order before they have unprotected sex, their right to insist that a guy wear a condom if he wants to have sex with her. And why don't you work as hard to teach young men that having unprotected sex has long term consequences, and that they shouldn't have unprotected sex with a woman who he wouldn't want to marry, and teach them that sex is not "one more home run, or touchdown or goal, or basket, or notch on his bedpost, but rather it is an expression of love between two people. Making love is a gift bestowed upon us by our Creator, not a tool to be used to debase and diminish women.
Hmmm, Pat, your son sounds like me! At 4 years of age, I stuck a pair of tweezers in a light socket. It melted the tweezers to a nub, and left soot on my little arms up to my elbows, with nary a burn to be seen. When Grandma was babysitting me, I swallowed an entire bottle of baby aspirin. This was way back in the old days before the size of the bottles was regulated and it was a BIG bottle. Hey, they tasted good!!! Not only did I not get sick, I didn't even have to go to the hospital.
All of that being said, mother's cannot have eyes on every child every single waking moment of the child's life. In my opinion, the above situation was simply a very sad, tragic accident. Personally, I see no culpability on the part of Mr. Haley. Poor man has a right to have his own home set up for his comfort and accommodation. Of course, us "Monday morning quarterbacks" can speculate and postulate all we want that the mom should have been watching the kids while they were in a strange home. Yes, she absolutely should have! However, she had no way of knowing that in the small amount of time she had eyes averted, the kids would find something which would bring about such horrendous and tragic circumstances.
My heart breaks for her, and my prayers ask for peace for her. Actually, for her, as well as for Mr. Haley. I cannot imagine the depths of grief he must feel.
There was a story a few years ago about McDonalds being built in Sedona. I haven't all of the details, and I am too tired to research it. However, it seems that I remember that McDonalds was not allowed to use it's normal primary colors, and instead had to use "southwest" colors.
He may also be the son or nephew of Fred Wagenhals. Curiously, when I went back to confirm the information, at the source where I initially found it, the source had disappeared from the Roundup site. Interesting.
This is an interesting conundrum: All of you make excellent points. I agree 100% with Mr. Sandoval that efficient and knowledgeable utilization of technology is essential in this fast paced and rapidly evolving society. However, I also agree wholeheartedly with Pat that the ability to process simple basic math, addition, subtraction, multiplication and division without utilizing any form of technology other than the amazing brains with which our Creator endowed us is also essential.
To really recognize how deeply the use of technology has impacted our society, one simply needs to think back a few months to the incidents of fiber optic cables leading into the Rim Country being damaged. Our community was virtually paralyzed. Businesses were unable to process sales, communications were seriously impacted and few younger people recognized how detrimental their lack of knowledge was to themselves and others.
Providing students with very pricey calculators is NOT going to help them in the long run. Furthermore, I would be very interested to know how many of those calculators will still be in operation after being in use for one year. Some kids have little regard for that which does not belong to them.
Maybe $$$$ REALLY can buy anything. Did anybody take note of this convicts last name? He is either the grandson or great nephew of the man who owned the monstrosity out in Chaparral Pines called Log Mahal, Fred Wagenhals. The senior Mr. Wagenhals has a GREAT deal of money, so much in fact, that a few years ago when he won a million dollars in the Arizona lottery, it was almost a non-event. This is also the same Fred Wagenhals for whom our esteemed Mayor approved construction of a swimming pool while Payson was still under water restrictions. Coincidence? YOU connect the dots. This young man should be in jail. Why isn't he?
Hmmm, isn't it interesting...Steve Drury who was the Chairman of the SLE RCEA resigned because he was tired of being vilified, and lied to and about; and now Mary Kastner is experiencing the same issue. Hmmmmm, what or who, is the common denominator?
Seems when the minions don't follow the king's desires, they get banished. How many more will go before the townspeople wise up??? Or will the king just do as he wishes and to the devil with following the rules and what's right?
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