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Bolder Education for Rialto

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By Corey A. Jackson


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Corey Jackson
Educators in Rialto and throughout the nation have bought into the belief that the current structure of educating our students will prepare our children for the 21st Century. I do not accept this argument.

The Rialto School District must stop doing the same old things and adopt a Bolder way we prepare our students. All of the studies that have been done on preparing our students suggest that we must not only focus on the classroom, but we must also focus on a broader areas that reaches into the lives of our students such as health, high-quality preschool, after-school, and summer programs.

Rialto Schools and the City must work together to make sure that health, safety, education, and positive attitudes are a part of our children's lives not matter where they are.

I propose five (5) actions that will truly make sure that our children not only graduate, but they are successful and able to compete with the best in the world.

1. We must continue to improve our schools. Research says that small class sizes in the early grades are very important. Rialto must continue to expand small class sizes. Rialto schools must also hire and keep the best teachers possible. If we want our children to be the best, they must be taught by the best. However, we must also find the teachers who are not doing their jobs and get rid of them.

1. A Rialto diploma must mean something. We must get to the point where a Rialto diploma certifies that our children are qualified and ready to go to college as well as prepared to get a job beyond the minimum-wage.

1. Preschool must be available to all of our children whether parents or guardians can afford it or not. Every Rialto child should start first grade ready and able to learn. All of the research shows that children who go to a high-quality preschool will be better prepared for reading and math. They are also more likely to graduate from college, and make enough money to live a comfortable life.

PRESCHOOL WORKS.

1. Keeping our children healthy must be a priority. Families must have access to doctors and nurses. We must establish full-service health clinics in our schools so that our children aren't missing school or unable to learn due to preventable illnesses. Rialto parents are often unable to take time from work for preventive and other health care services.

1. We must pay more attention to the time students spend out of school. A body of research has shown that much of the achievement gap is rooted in what occurs outside of formal schooling. Students aren't loosing ground in the classroom. Where they lose ground is in their lack of participation in learning activities during after-school hours and summer vacations. Rialto schools and the City must increase and maintain investments in areas such as longer school days, after-school and summer programs, and school-to-work programs with demonstrated track records.

Not all of these actions are a popular thing to do, but they must be done to ensure we are doing all that we can to prepare our children. The increasingly inter-connected world of the 21st Century places a premium on the preparation of all of our children to take their place as effective workers, citizens, and family members.

Rialto has a decision to make. We can continue to pursue education strategies that focus on schools alone and on narrow, test-based accountability-and be satisfied with the modest improvements. Or we can be BOLD by being ambitious and adopt a new and expanded strategy with the capacity to improve student achievement.

I CHOSE THE LATER.

Classification of Arrogance

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Joseph A. Bailey, II, M.D.
Amazingly, in reviewing the indexes of my 300 psychology, sociology, and psychiatry books, only one mentioned the word "arrogance." So what are European males trying to hide? The one book said this one line. The expansive type of Aggression is subdivided into three major groups: the Narcissistic; the Arrogant-Vindictive; and the Perfectionistic types. These three are acquired as part of socialization; are part of the following four types of the Arrogant--Types I, II, III, and IV-representing the Extreme, Moderate, Slight, and Mild respectively; and their common features are present in appropriate degrees. Being "normal" at birth, one type destined to be arrogant soon experience a loss of power that develops into an Inferiority Complex. This is a Selfhood filled with a sense of inadequacy and insecurity resulting from a lack of self-confidence in certain aspects that one deems significant to them in getting through the maze of life. Such a lack of Self-Confidence either destroys or prevents from forming those Selfhood props related to Self-Respect, Self-Regard, Self-Appreciation, Self-Trust, Self-Responsibility, Self-Reliance, and Self-Efficacy. To overcome these lacks or losses, afflicted individuals develop a Superiority Complex-a mindset that is never secure because the afflicted know their claims were not earned. It shows in varying degrees of destruction that can range from constant to periodic.

A second type is where the newborn is treated as a "little god" and this continues throughout their lives. As a result, they are called "Aristocentric"-meaning they have an inordinate claim to a false superiority and have retained their Infantile "selfishness"-a phase composed of "self" and "ended" and "self" and "full." The idea is that one is full of one's own self-interest and is oriented to pursue that interest as an end for one's life. Throughout history, people-mainly of the upper social class-- who believe special privileges are owed them, reflect narcissistic entitlement. Thus, they expect to always be treated as VIPs (an abbreviation for "Very Important Persons") and are morbidly (unhealthily) interested in themselves. Both are about extreme concern for the self and lack of concern for others. From failing to mature out of a childish state they (and those with an Inferiority Complex) have the features of Brutes.

Type I despise good people; are fiercely vindictive; are haters of those who are not like them; are aggressive toward those who challenge them; are suspicious and distrustful of fellow brutes; and intensely seek money and material pleasures.  Devoid of a sense of fair play and moral "rightness," they are perpetrators of hate and evil.  All four types are deluded and show envious, jealous, boaster, prideful, unappreciative, disobedient, mean, stubborn, false accuser, untrustworthy, and power hungry behaviors. They expect others to be perfect in dealing with them and say: "read my mind and do what I want"; "Do as I say but don't do what I do"; and "I'll judge you but don't you judge me." People with an arrogant superiority complex are "seldom right but never in doubt." By seeing themselves as having "more than" others, they develop an arrogant attitude characterized by:  (1) an excessive need for recognition and praise; (2) being hypersensitive to even mild criticism; (3) overzealousness and excessive conscientiousness in personally performing or having others perform relatively unimportant duties; (4) self-centeredness, as in monopolizing the conversation (especially about oneself); (5) lack of interest in what others are saying to the extent of cutting them off in mid-sentence; (6) failing to show compassion, caring, and empathy for others; (7) the "do it my way or the highway" attitude; and (8) "I build myself up while I tear you down." In summary, arrogance is way "too much" about oneself and way "too little"-if anything-about others.



website: www.jablifeskills.com

Joseph A. Bailey, II, M.D.

We’re Now Blaming Today’s Youth For Their Inheritance Sagging Pants

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Richard O. Jones
Every generation is the pacesetter for the new. New barriers are broken some good, some bad. Bolder changes are made, standards of often lowered, and more lenient laws are often made. The public slowly begins to accept the new status often dictated by the media, popular culture, and paid celebrities. The glue that holds the madness together is the fact that everybody wants to be different, innovative, and/or on the cutting edge of the latest fade or trend.

Currently, an increasing number of cities are banning sagging pants worn mostly by young Black males.  Although the fashion is tasteless by most standards of etiquette and/or sophistication, it became a popular symbol of rebellion by the gangsta rap artists of the 80s.     Young Black rappers set the trend and the next generation followed. Sagging pants remain a symbol of anger. Of course, looking the part requires acting the part. Therefore, foul language and disrespect for others is part of the talk as the swagger is part of the walk.

Mature adults accepted the classless fashions over 25 years ago as a fad, and futilely tried out wait it. Most parents just held their peace and hoped the fashion would pass like a storm in the night leaving minimum destruction. School hoped the fad would be short-lived and also waited for the storm to blow over as most trend do. Instead this sagging pants monster grew into gang attire, male wearing earrings, and demonic tattoos. No one expected the piles of bullet-riddled young Black bodies.

Disrespect for Black females increased through musical lyrics while the high school dropout rate and lack of academic achievement increased among Blacks. Black teen pregnancies and male incarceration also increased greatly since the preceding generation. 

Unless the present day generation develops a trend of education and respect, the next generation is headed for a doomed tomorrow. However, improvement in the next generation is not an unlikely wish due to the fact there is a segment of young Blacks that aspire to positive living. Nevertheless, there seems to be bigger and scarier monsters looming. If more Black females, the single parent role model of most Black children, drop the ball there goes our last hope. Unfortunately, every second or third Black female that I meet is proudly plastered with tattoos, a proud single mother with several babies by different men, or proudly involved in an open lesbian relationship.  This is based on the generation before them that sent the message that society can no longer judgment them and because society is fickle. Nevertheless, I applaud all of the positive role models, by old fashioned standards, and encourage them to keep setting good examples. It is morally sound Black males and females that will save the next generation.

Email: richardojones1@verizon.net

Eyes & Ears of Moreno Valley

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Dr. Creflo A. Dollar on Using Wisdom With Words. "Words have the potential to hurt. Whether consciously or not, we all at one time have hurt or been hurt with our words. God cares about everyone, and it is important to be mindful of what we say to others. It is important to check your motives and think before you speak. Are the words you speak coming from a heart of love or one of selfishness?"


HELLO MORENO VALLEY

Where Dreams Soar


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Juanita Barnes
Moreno Valley Corona Health Project comes to our fair city. The Coronary Health Improvement Project or CHIP is coming to Moreno Valley in October with free informational meetings starting next week. CHIP is an educational health program that focuses on lifestyle changes to help improve heart health. It is a series of seminars over four weeks. For more information go to www.chipusa.org  or (951) 243-9030.


Moreno Valley here we GROW again. The Moreno Valley Black Chamber Of Commerce and Foundation has a new address. The new address is 22445 Alessandro Boulevard, Suite 116, Moreno Valley. The mailing address P.O. Box 632. Moreno Valley,  CA 92556.


Moreno Valley a young lady sent me this letter to share with you about a new nutrition program from Dr. David Friedman the father of Liquid Nutrition. Dr. Friedman's liquefying process has saved and enriched innumerable lives, but he didn't stop there. He noticed that as the popularity of liquid nutrition grew, companies began to add more water to their recipes thereby increasing corporate profits deceptively. Today almost 75% of liquid nutrition is water. So, Dr. Friedman went back to the drawing board despite his colleagues, the vitamin and pharmaceutical companies  screaming in his ears that his current idea was absolutely crazy and could not be done, again! Well guess what? He did it! Dr. Friedman's product is called CHEWS- 4-HEALTH  and  is available to the public. For information go to www.Chews4Health.com/Eaglevision   use Team Member #24402 or (909) 557-4156. Dr. Friedman is scheduled to be interviewed by Oprah Winfrey in November. As always check with your doctor about anything you change on your own.


Moreno Valley, remember to use water wisely. As of September 1, 2008, the EMWD has been taking proactive measures to eliminate water waste by applying penalties to all customers for water waste pertaining to runoff. Previously, penalties only applied to commercial, industrial and institutional accounts. The violations are: 1.  A written warning; 2.  A final warning; 3. $100.00 will be added to customers water bill; 4. $200.00; and 5. A $300.00 surcharge. For more information, visit  www.usewaterwisely.org  


Save the Date Inland Empire and spread the word as the Full Gospel Southern California State rally will host a spirit-filled evening on October 10, 2008 beginning with intercessory prayer at 6:30 p.m. and Dr. Jamal Bryant of Baltimore, Maryland ministering the word at 7:00 p.m. Come and join our family as we welcome you with open arms. The dress is casual and there is no registration fee. This special evening will be held at Cathedral of Praise, 1519   South  Riverside  Avenue  Rialto.  For more information, contact (909) 874-8676 or visit the website www.copim.org.

 

Be Blessed

McCain's Ancestors Owned Slaves

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By Suzi Parker and Jake Tapper

Reprinted from Salon.com



Arizona Sen. John McCain is learning a lot about his family history in the course of this presidential campaign.

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Sen. John McCain
Because of his bestselling family memoir, "Faith of My Fathers," which details the lives and military careers of his father, Adm. John McCain II, and grandfather, Adm. John "Slew" McCain, veterans flock to his campaign appearances and book signings. They trade stories about his heroic forebears and share anecdotes.

The family's storied military history stretches back to Carroll County, Miss., where McCain's great-great grandfather William Alexander McCain owned a plantation, and later died during the Civil War as a soldier for the Mississippi cavalry.

But what McCain didn't know about his family until Tuesday was that William Alexander McCain had owned 52 slaves. The senator seemed surprised after Salon reporters showed him documents gathered from Carroll County Courthouse, the Carrollton Merrill Museum, the Mississippi State Archives and the Greenwood, Miss., Public Library.

"I didn't know that," McCain said in measured tones wearing a stoic expression during a midday interview, as he looked at the documents before Tuesday night's debate. "I knew they had sharecroppers. I did not know that."

This documentation includes slave schedules from Sept. 8, 1860, which list as the slave owner, "W.A. McCain." The schedules list the McCain family's slaves in the customary manner of the day -- including their age, gender and "color," labelling each either "black" or "mulatto." The slaves ranged in age from 6 months to 60 years.

"I knew we fought in the Civil War," McCain went on. "But no, I had no idea. I guess thinking about it, I guess when you really think about it logically, it shouldn't be a surprise. They had a plantation and they fought in the Civil War so I guess that it makes sense."

"It's very impactful," he said of learning the news. "When you think about it, they owned a plantation, why didn't I think about that before? Obviously, I'm going to have to do a little more research."

Then he began to piece together information out loud. "So maybe their sharecroppers that were on the plantation were descendants of those slaves," he said.

Tracing the genealogies of slaves is often easy, because slaves frequently adopted the surnames of their owners. In 1876, for example, a Mary J. McCain married Isham Hurt. The two had a son, blues guitarist "Mississippi" John Hurt, in 1892 on Teoc, the plantation community where the McCains owned 2,000 acres.

"Is that right?" McCain asked, after considering his possible connection to the famous bluesman, who died in 1966. "That's fascinating," he said.

McCain said his interest in his family heritage always had been focused on his military background, not his Southern roots. "I just hadn't thought about it, to tell you the truth, because I really feel that my heritage is the military," he said.

The South -- and its struggle to reconcile its past -- has presented the GOP candidates with a briar patch of issues to deal with during this campaign. Both McCain and Texas Gov. George W. Bush have grappled with South Carolina's fight over whether the Confederate flag should be allowed to fly over the capitol.

In addition, Bush has spoken at a college, Bob Jones University, that maintains a ban on interracial dating.

While McCain denounced Bush's appearance at Bob Jones and the university's dating policy, he has hedged on the flag issue. "As to how I view the flag, I understand both sides," McCain said a few weeks ago. "Some view it as a symbol of slavery. Others view it as a symbol of heritage.

McCain added at that time: "Personally, I see the battle flag as a symbol of heritage. I have ancestors who have fought for the Confederacy, none of whom owned slaves. I believe they fought honorably."

Mark Salter, McCain's Senate chief of staff and co-author of "Faith of My Fathers," said Tuesday that no one in McCain's family had ever told him that his ancestors had owned slaves. Salter said that McCain simply assumed his family would have shared such information.

In "Faith of My Fathers," McCain brushes over much of his Mississippi heritage, dedicating about four pages to it. According to Salter, the family history was based on a haphazard mess of information contained in a box kept by McCain's younger brother, Joe.

Furthermore, in his book, the senator writes that the McCains of Teoc "never lamented the South's fall."

The writer Elizabeth Spencer, a cousin to John McCain, does mention the family's slaves in her family memoir, "Landscapes of the Heart," -- a book McCain and his co-author Slater both say they have read, though they say not closely enough to have caught her glancing references to the family's slaves.

Early in Spencer's book, she refers casually to the issue in a reference to her family's history. "All the descendents of slave-holding families I have ever known believe in the benevolence of their forebears as master," she wrote.

An entire floor in the Carrollton Merrill Museum is devoted to the McCain family's local legacy. Boxes are crammed with McCain family memories: In one small, clear, plastic box, a photo of John McCain in full Navy attire is signed "With Love to Grandmother and Aunt Catherine, Johnny." On the back of the photo is written in fading ink: "John S. McCain III, graduation from Naval Academy. Now a P.O.W. in Vietnam." McCain said he was surprised to learn of the photograph.

Also in the museum is a 1949 letter to Katie Lou McCain, a great aunt to the senator, from family friend Ella Stone, who wrote: "He [William Alexander McCain] bought a plantation on Teoc creek [sic] and named it 'Waverly.' They owned slaves and were happy in their plantation life until that terrible holocaust, the War Between the States."

At the end of the interview, McCain said he was glad to know about his family's history. "At the next opportunity, I'm going to go" visit the Merrill Museum, he said.

Though McCain may have been ignorant of his Mississippi roots, those who live in Carroll County today remember the McCain family well. Residents recall the senator's great-grandfather, John McCain Sr., who served two terms as sheriff. They remember Katie Lou McCain and Sen. John McCain's uncle, Joe, who owned Teoc until his death in 1952.

Simpson Hemphill, a longtime Carroll County resident, lives 4 miles down the road from the old McCain place. "That place was a couple of thousand acres," says Hemphill, 70, in a lyrical drawl. "They raised cotton and corn." Hemphill didn't doubt that the McCains owned slaves, "but back then that was as legal as a loaf of bread."

McCain -- an Arizonan raised all over the country, in true military brat fashion -- might be shocked if he were ever to visit Carroll County, birthplace of Senate Majority Leader Trent Lott. If the proverbial sleepy Southern town ever existed, Carrollton is it. The civil rights movement seemingly hasn't made it down to Carrollton, where blacks and whites still live, literally, on opposite sides of the railroad tracks. Confederate flags wave on front porches. The Arizona senator has never visited rustic Merrill Museum, built in 1834, which sits on historic Carrollton town square where a Confederate flag flies in front of the county's grand Civil War memorial.

McCain dismisses the significance of his Southern roots in the campaign, saying it would be "ridiculous" for him to campaign in South Carolina as "a good ol' boy." He's a military man, he says, and that institution is his real home, not any particular geographical location. When accused of being a carpetbagger in his first run for the House in Arizona in 1982, he noted that the longest he'd ever lived in one place was in Hanoi, when he was a prisoner of war for five-and-a-half years.

He says he has been touched by South Carolina's patriotism during this campaign. He says he feels a commonality with the residents of this state because of their love of country and their military service. But not, he says, because of his Southern roots.

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