Barbra Ann 
Member since Nov 21, 2013

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Re: “Are we really willing to tackle poverty?

If the five areas to be tackled are jobs, education/middle-skills training, housing health/nutrition and safe neighborhoods . . . . perhaps there's one more: youth leadership training. I have noticed that sixth graders especially are really motivated and full of potential. Might another component of addressing 'poverty' is to offer a county-wide "Sixth Grade Leadership Institute" at every school [public and private] in the whole county with a summer 'project' to be reported out at seventh grade. Almost every obstacle in my life I approached with 'less fear' because I had a lot of youth leadership training. I am forever grateful to those experiences. I would recommend ALL sixth graders be exposed and at differing levels, but the impetus, energy and enthusiasm be uniform. We need everyone involved. Everyone.

Posted by Barbra Ann on 02/17/2015 at 12:28 PM

Re: “The roots of our poverty

If the five areas to be tackled are jobs, education/middle-skills training, housing health/nutrition and safe neighborhoods . . . . perhaps there's one more: youth leadership training. I have noticed that sixth graders especially are really motivated and full of potential. Might another component of addressing 'poverty' is to offer a county-wide "Sixth Grade Leadership Institute" at every school [public and private] in the whole county with a summer 'project' to be reported out at seventh grade. Almost every obstacle in my life I approached with 'less fear' because I had a lot of youth leadership training. I am forever grateful to those experiences. I would recommend ALL sixth graders be exposed and at differing levels, but the impetus, energy and enthusiasm be uniform. We need everyone involved. Everyone.

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Posted by Barbra Ann on 02/17/2015 at 12:25 PM

Re: “Stealing Susan B.?

Susan B. Anthony was a passionate advocate for a better society through supporting women's independence - their rights to education, employment, etc. The context of her 1875 speech on "Social Purity" [which sounds like she is on stage in an auditorium, not writing legislation], she says this: "Marriage never will cease to be a wholly unequal partnership until the law recognizes the equal ownership in the joint earnings and possessions. The true relation of the sexes never can be attained until woman is free and equal with man. Neither in the making nor executing of the laws regulating these relations has woman’s had the slightest voice. The statutes for marriage and divorce, for adultery, breach of promise, seduction, rape, bigamy, abortion, infanticide—all were made by men. They, alone, decide who are guilty of violating these laws and what shall be their punishment, with judge, jury and advocate all men, with no woman’s voice heard in our courts, save as accused or witness, and in many cases the married woman is denied the poor privilege of testifying as to her own guilt or innocence of the crime charged against her." It reads to me that she would like women to get involved and write the law around abortion [these laws] "were all made by men." To distort this to serve another purpose is quite sad and really wrong. Let's let Ms. Anthony speak for herself: http://www.pbs.org/stantonanthony/resource…

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Posted by Barbra Ann on 11/20/2014 at 7:24 AM

Re: “Restoring balance to Braddock Bay

Question: Buck Pond is quite different from Braddock Bay which has two strong-flowing creeks emptying into the bay - Salmon Ck. and Buttonwood Ck. The bay has a 'naturally-formed sand barrier' unlike the other ponds which are bounded by the ancient sand barrier now Edgemere Dr. How would putting rip-rap along the eastern mouth of the bay prevent erosion of the marsh edge [now cattails] - 'slowing down' of erosion? I can't see it happening. This mono-culture is directly caused by the water level ups-and-downs caused by natural events and the St. Lawrence Seaway hydro-manipulation. To get shoreland diversity you have to maintain less extreme water levels to get native plants to take hold thus increasing animal, amphibian and other species to increase including fish.

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Posted by Barbra Ann on 03/27/2014 at 8:03 AM

Re: “Treatment for a traumatized world

In the 1970s I was living in a university town - Moscow, Idaho - and I was able to take a six-week certification 'class' for 'non-professionals' which addressed all human services [social work, mental health, food, housing, medical, daycare, etc.] available in the county. It was an eye-opener for a 20-something and gave me an edge-up which I have used all my life. Recently I watched an episode of Iyanla Fix-My-Life on OWN which came the closest I've seen to modeling compassionate response in the face of generational trauma: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ccq0bvVmZVE ~~ all of us can play a role in healing.

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Posted by Barbra Ann on 03/26/2014 at 8:14 AM

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