Editorial

 

I’ll be honest, until Sunday’s game seven of the NBA Finals I was a bandwagon fan. I started watching the Golden State Warriors regularly last year when I came home from my first year of college. The second I landed in Oakland in late May 2015, I turned on the TV and was swept up in Dub Nation hysteria as the Warriors faced the Rockets in the Western Conference finals. 

 

Like many parents, you may be concerned that your son or daughter is departing the region of cool and losing his or her grip on both an anesthetizing sense of entitlement and their debilitating faith in exceptionalism. Without your consent, your child may be setting a tentative foot on the freeway to Geekville.

 

The article by Messrs. Garwood and O’Rourke (“Westmont has done its homework,” June 16) states that “no active bird nests, and other endangered species were observed within the zone of the project site during the May 4 study.” I strongly disagree with their premise and urge them to notice that within this so-called zone of the project site on that week, there was major construction going on — and still not completed — right next door, on the same parcel of land. 

 

It’s just like listening to politicians who don’t believe in climate change. They have rebuttals to global warming like “It snowed today” or “Then why am I still wearing a jacket.” Just like some facts are skewed to represent their points of view as valid, those of us who actually look at the increased hurricanes, drought and rising global temperatures aka “facts.” know better than to align with their ideology. 

 

A poignant obituary for a 29-year-old high school English teacher who died of breast cancer tells the tale of a generous, unguarded person who shared her end-of-life journey with students and colleagues, while holding out great hope for a reprieve from her disease. Her courage in facing the disease and in sharing her challenges moved and inspired hundreds — probably even thousands, if you consider the ripple effect.

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