Keeping the Wild Things alive, always
There have been many articles, radio programs and TV commentators remarking on the death of Maurice Sendak (Tuesday, May 8, 2012). This was indeed a remarkable man, who, in his many interviews, denied his own vulnerability when it came to the consideration of children. However, although you may find it in almost all of his books, I believe his inherent sweetness shown through most strongly in his most famous book. At the end of Where the Wild Things Are, when Max “sails” back home to his room, he finds his supper waiting for him … and it is hot. In other words, his mother, who in anger sent him to his room without supper, made certain that he did have a hot supper before going to bed. Contrary to some interpretations, Max found that he was not alone.
That vision is so tender, so dear, so loving, that one has to wonder about Sendak’s own denial of writing for children. After all, what he is telling them is that (among other things), no matter how much your mother gets angry with you, she loves you and will always take care of you … and make sure that you are OK. The first time I read those last words (as I was reading it to my grandson, whom I raised), my voice choked up and I was covered in goose bumps. To this day, so many years later, it still gets me. There is so much love in that ending, and there is so much love in all of his books. I cannot help but recommend that parents and grandparents and aunts and uncles get these books for their young children and read them aloud. It will be a wonderful experience for all concerned. Maurice Sendak was raised in a time when he knew he had lost many of his relatives to the horrors of the Holocaust; and he was gay and grew up in a culture that was not ready to accept him for who he truly was. For all of his resistance to sentimentality, I have to believe that he was a true sentimentalist at heart, in a heart that was very full of love. His writing and his drawings display this so clearly. Rest in peace, Mr. Sendak. We parents and our children will never forget you.
We are Westside Ventura
The Westside of Ventura would like to thank our City Council. Thank you for recognizing that the Westside has a critical need for open space/park space …, people and nature space! We thank you for your support and commitment to Kellogg Park, and for your continued support and commitment for the Westside pool.
On the Westside, we have been dreaming of parks and pools for too many years. Now is the time to make those dreams come true. Our common dream of a healthy, vibrant, connected Westside cannot be put off any longer. We are energized. We are watching. We are ready to work with you.
We’re not asking for the world. We’re asking for more parks and open space that we can safely walk, ride our bikes or skate to. We want these places to be family-friendly, environmentally sustainable, easy to operate and inexpensive to maintain. We want places where adults, children and nature can come together. We want places where we can be active, coexist, explore and interact. This will increase neighborhood vitality. It will promote health. It will decrease obesity and other health problems in both children and adults. With more of us spending time outdoors and interacting with our community, crime and negative behaviors will decrease. Parks, pools and open natural spaces promote community. We love where we live, but we want it to be even better. We want to build community. We know this can be done. We are the Westside. We are diverse and eclectic. We are ready, we are willing, and we are watching.
Thanks for sharing
I’d like to commend you (Jan Schulman) for your Mother’s Day offering. Sentimentality so often dominates these yearly remembrances. Frankly, I didn’t expect to be drawn into the story, but ended up reading it all, marveling at the principled woman, caring woman denied so much by a poor choice of mate.
Please pass on to Ms. Schulman my appreciation of her candor, her “like it is” sharing.
The image of the four siblings together touched me, my profoundest wish being that Ms. Schulman’s broad smile reflects her having experienced a life her mother never found!
Being accountable when politics get ugly
In a conversation with Julia Brownley at the close of a recent candidates’ forum, she claimed to be ignorant of anything the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee put out to smear a fellow candidate, saying it was the first time she had seen the material.
Several people posted it on her campaign website days before, with questions about her stand. The questions were taken down and not answered.
She is endorsed and funded by the party of Harry Truman, who said, “The buck stops here!” She is also supported by the DCCC, a group that makes big expenditures to fund smear ads, behind the cloak of anonymity. Without transparency, we must hold each candidate accountable for the actions of their devious support groups!
Ms. Brownley, it’s your campaign, and the buck stops with you! Please be accountable for, or denounce, all the misinformation disseminated on your behalf by the DCCC. The voting public demands and deserves that respect!
And the same applies to the Republican Party, whose past attack ads are still fresh in our memories.
Getting the facts, firsthand
When you vote for someone, do you vote based on merit, qualifications and experience, or is your vote based on NASTY THINGS. The Democratic Party is now following the Republican Party’s lead in saying NASTY THINGS so as to disqualify the opposition. It seems that merit has had its day. Apparently, the idea that someone like Linda Parks who is running on her experience, merits and qualifications is not as profitable as the NASTY THINGS approach. Can you think for yourself or are you comfortable letting some political machine alter your brain? Find out the truth about my friend Linda Parks, and tell the Ventura County Reporter how may lies it took before they fooled you. Or stick them in the trash where they belong. Just make sure your facts are firsthand and not second. Funny things happen as the information passes from record to claim.
Send Linda to Congress.
Political tactics at their worst . . . again.
I am a lifelong Democrat who deplores the highly partisan nature of both parties, where the welfare of the party has replaced working for the good of the electorate. Now my party has taken the low road to advance its agenda. I refer to its mailer that vilifies Linda Parks, the only independent in the 26th Congressional District primary, by saying that she’s really a Republican trying to give the Republicans two candidates in the election and, worse, that she is a “Tea Partier.” The mailer stoops to featuring photos of Palin and a Bush/Cheney sticker, alleging that Linda Parks’ election would end Medicare and benefit the Tea Party. This is far from the truth. The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee PAC and her opponent’s separate mailers conveniently ignore Linda Parks’ Web page, which clearly states her positions on Medicare and other issues. The committee banks on most voters believing its big lie. In politics, if you repeat a lie often enough (e.g., she’s really a Tea Party Republican masquerading as an independent for convenience), people will believe it. Big lies count on people not gathering facts themselves but voting on what the self-serving parties tell them is true. Charging that Linda Parks is not what she professes is ironic since the Democrats’ hand-chosen candidate, Julia Brownley, claims 26th District residency though she rented an apartment in Oak Park when they selected her to run, and she claims to represent much of Ventura County in the state Assembly. (She represents only a sliver of the county from her Santa Monica base.) At a recent candidates’ forum, Linda Parks asked the Democratic Party’s candidate about her misleading attack mailer but Julia was mute, showing that she condones the misinformation. The attack mailer and Julia’s tacit approval give us further cause to seriously consider someone who is independent of crushing partisanship.
Distinguished research professor emeritus
Northern Illinois University
Linda Parks needed in D.C.
Ever since Linda Parks began her community service as a city of Thousand Oaks planning commissioner in 1993, followed by her election to the City Council in 1996 in which she received the highest number of votes in that city’s history, Linda has demonstrated her selfless dedication to her community and the constituents she serves.
Ever since her successful run for Ventura County supervisor in 2002, she has voluntarily limited her campaign contributions to $500 per person at a time when there were no limits on how much a candidate could accept. To this day, unlike her opponents, she remains steadfast in refusing to accept any PAC, special interest or party contributions.
Re-elected in 2006, Supervisor Parks established a Fire Safe Council, and began a series of Senior Summits that assist senior citizens in need, in addition to creating a Veterans Services office. As a committed environmentalist and protector of our local mountains, Linda continues to serve on the board of the Santa Monica Mountains Conservancy.
For as long as I can remember, I have been a nonpartisan voter, believing that party affiliation does not necessarily represent the best candidate for the job. As a result of recent redistricting, her Democratic opponent relocated to run against her. Can you say “carpetbagger”?
I am thrilled to support Linda Parks in her run for Congress. Her strong, independent voice is desperately needed in Washington, D.C., to stand up for what is best for all Americans, and help break down the walls of gridlock surrounding special-interest politics and work toward a greater bipartisan effort to move the national decision-making process forward.
Independent to the extreme
Linda is the most independent political figure that I have ever known. Those phony ads to depict her as a crony of the right wing only reflect on the moral decay of the left wing, which is afraid of the independents who represent the majority of our country. We need representatives who represent us, not the “core.”
Ethics is a word that does not carry much weight in Washington, D.C. Send Linda to help change that.
Linda Parks stands for integrity
I am sitting here looking at two fliers that arrived today. At first glance, I thought, hmmm, must be from the Republican PACs – but no, one is from Julia Brownley and the other from the Democratic Congress. The one thing they have in common is their slamming of Linda Parks, who apparently had the effrontery to run as an independent in the coming primary election in the race for the new 26th Congressional District seat. No acknowledgment that perhaps Ms. Parks is operating from a position of principle and has a point. Ms. Parks’ biggest crime in the eyes of small minds seems to be that of changing her party affiliation from Republican to independent. Unlike Ms. Brownley, Ms. Parks didn’t change her residence in order to run for election, merely her party – a party which in recent years has become synonymous with partisan logjam and from whom, sad to say, one doesn’t hear compromise or conciliation. Be that as it may, the warring has to end and people are needed in place to make it so. The issues should no longer fall on deaf ears in hallowed halls but should be tackled earnestly, by the best and brightest of both sides sitting side by side, trying to work it out and persevering. I want people who care to be in charge, people who will make things happen, people who will listen to each other, who will recognize a good idea when they hear it, no matter from whom it originates. Those in government who have a fiduciary duty to do so need to chart this country’s course. Let us elect those who have the right mind and ability to undertake this enormous task. Linda Parks is such a person. She has integrity, intellect and honor. Please follow the lead of the Los Angeles Times and this Democrat, and vote for Linda Parks for the 26th Congressional District.