Laura Bush visits De Anza – 2/24/2010

With ongoing budget cuts that are affecting schools nationwide, former First Lady Laura Bush addressed issues regarding education, along with topics involving global affairs as part of the 2009-2010 Celebrity Forum.

Prior to her arrival, traffic around the Flint Center backed up as buses dropped off attendees and motorists entered the Flint Center garage. Some tried to get a quick glimpse of. Bush at the side entrance.

The event may have had an open atmosphere, but security was tighten around the Flint Center.

Secret Service agents patrolled inside, the district police had uniformed and plain clothes officers on duty and the CHP patrolled the area with bomb sniffing dogs.

Dr. Richard Henning, founder of the Celebrity Forum, started the event by presenting the list of speakers available for the next season, then gave a small speech about Bush and her achievements before introducing her to the audience.

Mrs. Bush began the event with a joke and a bobble head of herself then.

She told a brief story about how her family is doing after leaving the White House. She gave support for the Clinton/Bush Haiti fund along with Bill Clinton’s work in Haiti.

With a variety of issues affecting the world, Bush focused on the importance of encouraging literacy in America along with the struggle of women’s rights around the world that she witnessed during her time as first lady.

“I believe every child should be able to read as literacy is the foundation of democracy,” said Bush.

This was followed by her appeal to bring awareness to the understanding of breast cancer, along with awareness of the risk of heart disease among women. “Breast cancers do not respect borders and neither should we when fighting it,” said Bush.

She told about her personal experience during the Sept. 11 attack and how the events of the tragedy impacted her. She spoke about the shock she endured by the attack and the calmness she witnessed in Sen. Ted Kennedy.

“I woke up on Sept. 12 to a new life,” said Bush. “I was no longer addressing literacy but condemning the brutality of the Taliban.”

She also spoke about the variety of criticism George W. Bush received when he was in office, but despite personal feelings she referred to them as the “clanking gears of democracy.”

Bush concluded her speech by discussing the upcoming Bush Foundation that she is working on. After the discussion, audience members submitted questions to be asked by Henning.

Several questions were presented regarding her viewpoints about the Obama administration, her confidence in Sarah Palin and comments made by Dick Cheney. She kept the response mutual and respectful. “Anyone who wants to be president should try it,” said Bush on her thoughts about Palin.

The discussion ended with a standing ovation from the audience while Bush walked of stage to attend a private function at the California History Center.

“She had a compelling story that was well written and well delivered,” said Gene Plevyak, an audience member. “She was so articulate and cleverly avoided political commentary.”

Written for La Voz Weekly
2/24/2010
Original Article: Laura Bush visits De Anza

Student threatens girlfriend, police arrest on campus – 2/5/2010

The Foothill-De Anza Police arrested student Ryan Cannon in the campus parking lot on Wednesday, Jan. 27 after he allegedly threatened his ex-girlfriend on the De Anza campus the previous day.

Cannon was wanted by police for threatening the life of his ex-girlfriend and for vandalizing a car she was riding in on Jan. 26.

Campus police attempted to apprehend Cannon after the incident was reported, but were unable to locate him.

Officer Leif Nelson was investigating the case and was responsible for locating the suspect. Cannon was arrested in Lot C around 9:12 a.m. after being spotted by Officer Nelson. Officer Frank Rocha along with Asst. Chief Jim McMahon assisted in the arrest.

“It’s sad to see boyfriend-girlfriend relationships deteriorate to this point,” said Ron Levine, Chief of the Foothill-De Anza Police Department. “Threats and violence are not tolerated under any circumstances. We’re glad that the victim is safe and no longer in danger.”

Cannon is being charged with one felony count of violating Penal Code 422 (criminal threat).

Published for La Voz Weekly
2/5/2010
Original Link: Student threatens girlfriend, police arrest on campus

Why gun control is a threat to democracy – 2/8/2010

With people having no trust in their government and in the last 35 years, government having done very little to nothing to rebuild or gain the trust, its no surprise that any talk of “gun control” is seen as the first step in the war against democracy.

With government that has been ineffective and sneaky with laws like the Patriot Act all while raising taxes to fund Wall Streets flamboyant life style, its no wonder the American Government has no real trust among the people.

It has been our right to bare arms that has protected America’s Democracy. But in the last 50 years “peaceful protests” have become a more popular way to fight any attack against individual freedom.

Peaceful protests were effective back during the Civil Rights Movement, but now it has become an excuse for any radical socialists to scream like a lunatic on college campuses.

The images of citizens protesting has the government tried to silence them was once a shocking act during the 60’s and 70’s. However now all a politician has to do to silence the protesters is turn of the television and make their residency sound proof.

This should explain why so many political and business leaders have been playing the same old dance despite how the American public feels. William Kostric may have set wheels in motion were citizens break away form pointless screaming and becoming people of action.

If politicians fail to uphold their civic duty while the political mood remains the same and the status quo continues, then one should not be surprised when the gun has returned to American politics with in the next 15 -25 years.

Written for Examiner.com
2/8/2010
Original Story: Why gun control is a threat to democracy