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Chris May 28, 2013 at 05:36 pm
You are right that BSA is NOT a sexual or political organization. So, there is no need toRead More discriminate on the basis of sexual preferences. Whether someone is gay, straight, etc. should be a non-issue. BSA is now becoming less of a "sexual or political organization" by focusing more on what they do so well - Scouting! "Traditional values" as you perceive them are not necessarily moral values. If all traditional values were continued there would be no evolution of values. This inclusion is a part of that evolution to include rather than exclude people for what is now seen for what it is - arbitrary discrimination on the basis of such preference.
Denise Hamilton May 29, 2013 at 09:48 am
Some traditional values are moral values. It's okay with me that the BSA is allowing in boys whoRead More claim to be tempted by same gender attraction. The BSA does not allow any sexual activity in their events, so the boys should be able to avoid getting into trouble with each other. However, I would not want leaders who admit to engaging in same gender sexual activities. The boys looking at their 'leader' and knowing he engages in same gender sexual activity would be a bad influence from a position of power as a leader. That would be one point they could not respect him about. My two Eagle Scout sons were able to fully respect all their scoutmasters, etc. and they were all good influences, in every way. I appreciate that immensely.
Chris May 29, 2013 at 09:52 pm
I agree that some traditional values are moral. You make good sense in your statements that there isRead More not to be any sexual activity at their events so it shouldn't be an issue. Should it become an issue, it should be dealt with appropriately. I suppose some may think that if they have policies against gay participation that there will be no gays in the scouts. I think we all know that there are many gays in the scouts now. Some of them are aware of it and others may not yet be aware. As far as leaders go, I don't have a problem with that either. To say that gay leaders would be a bad influence on the scouts presupposes that gay is "bad". Even though I am an older straight male with a family myself, I do not see a gay person as bad or engaging in bad behavior just because the are gay. I would much rather have them be open about it. I am much more concerned about people who are unable to accept themselves and/or unable to bring it out in the open (whether they are a scout or a leader). Those whom I know that are gay and accepting of it, are usually very healthy individuals to the same extent that I see straight people as healthy individuals. Some seem healthy and others are not so healthy. We are all human.
Julietta Williams September 17, 2012 at 07:30 pm
Hi MarieSam. Again thanks to Patch for providing the comunity with information about localRead More organizations, events and programs. Julietta Williams .
MarieSam Sanchez September 17, 2012 at 07:37 pm
My pleasure Mrs. Williams -- the best 3rd grade teacher ever!! :) (PS she was my 3rd grade teacherRead More at Leal Elementary!!!)
MarieSam Sanchez September 17, 2012 at 07:38 pm
Gail, you're so very welcome! What day/time are the meetings? I hope to make it one of them in theRead More near future and perhaps bring my mom along too, so I can meet all you wonderful ladies in person!!
Gail Grossman August 21, 2012 at 12:49 pm
The Ride Your Horse program is one of the greatest programs to exist in the Cerritos Area. TheRead More things that Darlene and her staff do to help people that have challenges is incredible. I was there at the beginning of the program and only hope more people care about it. A special thanks to Bob and Mary Buell for all that they do to promote and support the program, without their love we would not have this program in Cerritos. Cheyenne was a beautiful horse inside and out and will be missed, but Darlene and all will keep this going. RIde Your Horse in Cerritos should be seen by all
Jeff C. August 21, 2012 at 10:55 pm
Cheyenne was a very sweet horse. It was an easy decision to put her in this service as a therapeuticRead More aid. She was not only sweet but a quick learner. Her sire, Cheyenne Knox, was a world champ quarter horse with over 100 lifetime points in various Western Pleasure Classes. It was sad to hear of her passing but we were very happy with the organization that had her and grateful that we had the chance to work with her. Jeff - dinor
mmfbab August 22, 2012 at 03:22 am
You may love horses,right??At horse_dates^o^rg,you can not only find wonderful stories,helpful tipsRead More about horses but also friends you have hobbies and interests in common.looking for your only mate.
Kristen March 26, 2012 at 01:50 am
Coach Joe Pacheco was my first high school basketball coach. He always coached with such enthusiasmRead More and his passion for not only the game, but for his team would always shine. Whether it be during practices or games. Coach Pacheco has made such a huge and special impact in my life. During my junior year of high school, I was diagnosed with cancer. He went above and beyond his duties of a high school basketball coach by helping with fundraisers, checking up on me and my family throughout my treatment and visits to the hospitals. He even generously donated his own blood and platelets that were essential to my recovery. Coach Joe Pacheco is more than simply a coach. He is an admirable person with such a big heart. I will never forget all the amazing deeds he has done for me, and I am forever grateful for having the honor to have met such a kind and compassionate person. Kristen Tuason
Imee March 29, 2012 at 05:44 pm
Coach Joe Pacheco was my basketball coach at Saint Joseph High School for four years. By havingRead More Pacheco as my coach I have seen major improvements in my skills as a basketball player. He taught me to work hard ,play with heart and to be a team player. Coach Pacheco had always pushed me to be the best I can be, whether it was on the court,in the classroom or even in everyday life. I have never had a coach with so much passion for the game and confidence in all of his players. I am so thankful to have had the pleasure of being one of his players because he helped mold me into the person I am today. Imee
MarieSam Sanchez March 29, 2012 at 05:49 pm
Hey everyone!! Please make sure you lodge your votes in the official poll here:Read More http://patch.com/A-rWnM Voting ends on Friday morning!!
Michael Brown March 13, 2012 at 12:53 pm
Another great video. I especialy love the end with the mother and daughter. Props to the folks atRead More the Starlight Children's Foundation and Forever 21. Philanthrophy + corporate responsibility to communities= good times for all.
Nancy Wride March 13, 2012 at 10:59 pm
A lovely video and event. I agree with Michael on the ending. A happy one.
MarieSam Sanchez March 14, 2012 at 04:11 pm
The ending never fails to make me smile, no matter how many times I've had to watch the video :)
Jane Reynolds January 22, 2012 at 07:26 pm
The information regarding Sunday, the 22nd recruitment drive in San Diego was incorrect. I droveRead More there today and the address for the Chinese bible church on 5754 Ferber street was a residence. I was disappointed but plan to request a home kit instead. Thank you.
MarieSam Sanchez January 22, 2012 at 08:34 pm
Hi Janet, so sorry that ended up being the wrong address. We received a press release from A3M and IRead More just double checked to make sure that's the exact address they listed. I will make sure to send a message over to the organization to let them know it was incorrect. I know your efforts are much appreciated and I'm glad to hear you'll be asking for a home kit instead!
nela January 27, 2012 at 07:16 pm
I have added you and your plead to my prayers....I'm a Colon Cancer Stage III Survivor so I wouldRead More not qualify for any donor wishes? But, God bless you!!! Nela
Connie Raub January 4, 2012 at 03:36 am
Cora is always an inspiration to me! What a great way to live life to it's fullest, by helping andRead More encouraging others. I fully support Donate Life and will do what I can to keep all the Legacy Alive. Connie Raub
MarieSam Sanchez January 6, 2012 at 09:02 am
Thanks Katherine, Cerritos and Artesia have the most awesome residents! So glad we could shine someRead More light on the impact of organ and tissue donation :)
MarieSam Sanchez January 6, 2012 at 09:03 am
Connie, so glad you like this article. I had the pleasure to speak with Cora and in just a fewRead More minutes knew she was a special lady!
Fabi December 20, 2011 at 03:05 am
I don't understand why they don't ask all the schools in the district to help out! I love donating!
MarieSam Sanchez December 20, 2011 at 01:25 pm
Fabi, that's a great idea! Perhaps the club will consider asking families at the schools to donateRead More next year. We're so lucky to have a community that is so giving and helpful to those in need! :)
Kathy Lovell December 20, 2011 at 08:02 pm
Thanks to the Patch for covering the story! We truly are blessed with a wonderful community. IRead More would also like to recognize the office of Senator Alan Lowenthal and the ESOP employees at Lefiell Manufacturing Co. for their generous financial support! And extra kudos to the Cerritos HS Octagon members for helping us collect food at the markets and to the Whitney HS Key Club for their time spent at the collection center. Merry Christmas to all... Ray Lovell - Cerritos Optimist Club
David DeKriek December 2, 2011 at 12:36 pm
If you want to know more about the Needy Families program, or are interested in joining the CerritosRead More Optimist Club, shoot me an email at dr.dekriek@fidelityhearing.com or call me at 562.926.6066. David
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