Boy Rescued from Fall down Cliff
Original post made by nancy s. on Aug 1, 2011
on Aug 1, 2011 at 11:05 pm
Not only did the PW fail to state the trespassing information, they also deleted comments about the article and locked the thread. Apparently, it is not allowed to criticize an entitled Pleasanton kid whose parents allow them to trespass and be rescued at taxpayer expense.
on Aug 2, 2011 at 12:21 am
Fact is, Pleasanton is a bad town for kids to grow up in. Their parents are for the most part either first-generation wealthy or wealthy wannabe's. Their lives have been spent fetishizing money, and other aspects of their lives have suffered. When they're not obsessing how to become rich, they're obsessing about how the state is taking their money away from them.
You can see it downtown where I live. The restaurant/bars are classless. The streets are filled with bored and alienated youth who have not been taught the value of reading and writing. They're into drugs, hanging out, fantasizing about what they'll do once they become rich - and save for some inheritance, that ain't going to happen.
Parents in Ptown brag about baseball player sons, or their kids being accountants, or their kids going to Alabam or Colorado. Parents complain about education without knowing anything about it other than that it puts a dent in their income earnings. Right-wing self-professed know-it-alls try to steer the workings of school administration without ever having read classic treatises on bureaucratic systems and structures; confronted with a concept like 'ideology' or 'morality' they freeze up like deer caught in headlights.
The city suffers because it has no university center -- e.g., UW in Seattle, UPenn or Temple in Philly, UM in Mpls, Columbia in NY. In fact, so many of Ptown's denizens moved to Pleasanton to escape urban life, which often includes at least a half-way decent university. Mention university in Ptown and you'll likely start up a conversation about what it would take to start up a golf college.
Not enough professors living in the neighborhoods; not enough serious and slightly older 'peers' who are hitting the books every night at the college/univ library; not enough cafes and coffee houses where kids are talking about how to save the world. Nope, their parents can only think about money and then fob that "value" upon their children. Well, kids are smart and recognize the hollowness of such a "value." But the community, beset by sickness of acquisitiveness from every which direction, is unable to offer the kids any constructive alternative beyond "try to become rich like me."
These threads are highly indicative of the problem. Local yokel richy wannabe's who can't even spell furlough (furlow), collared by mind-numbing ideologies that tell them that which feeds their biases against people of color who they've spent their lives trying to escape out of fear and ignorance. Their pursuit of money left then apparently no time to read and reflect on the beauties and potentials of diversity. No, only ignorance and hate. And the unfortunate sons and daughters we all see shuffling down the streets at night see through it all but, because of bad parenting and the lack of a college/univ anchor in the city, don't know where to turn.
So, first poster opines that parents of the kid with the broken leg
must be fined for the rescue. Nice. A fiscal conservative, no doubt. Real community values at work, yes? No, unfortunately not. Like I say. To live in Ptown is to be surrounded by sickness. Too bad for the kids.
on Aug 2, 2011 at 12:25 am
There was a SF couple that were killed in Yosemite in part because they went beyond the safety warnings. People responded with "Don't be unsafe" type response. Phil Bronstein, the publisher of the SF Chronicle blew a gasket about the responses. Evidently he was a personal friend of the victims. I'm not sure why editors react to situations that would ordinarily be normal news, but it seems they do.
I'm just trying to make heads or tails out of the sensitive nature to a criminal act that resulted in near catastrophe.