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Just a thought by Judith Martin-Straw

Just a Thought – Visioning a Billboard District

Just a Thought – Visioning a Billboard District

It's a great moment when I learn something from my children, but sometimes seeing what they see is so daunting it can feel overwhelming. The City has announced an evening of 'Visioning a Hospitality and Entertainment District' tonight at 6 pm at the Vets Building. This will be a presentation from PlaceWorks, a company representing other corporate interests, who are looking to create a district [...]

Just a Thought – The Upward Spiral

Just a Thought – The Upward Spiral

It's a very good feeling when people who are big in your business affirm that your philosophy is the way to go. Focusing on what's good - is good. While I don't agree with Ariana Huffington's business strategy, it's incontestable that she has presence. She sent out a memo last month that at the HuffPost "... we will continue to cover the stories of what's not working—political dysfunction, [...]

Just a Thought – Talking About Rape

Just a Thought – Talking About Rape

After the story of the 2013 rape on the high school campus came out yesterday, it’s been everywhere. While this is bad news, this is good news. Rape has been all over the news for much of last year – Woody Allen accused of raping his stepdaughter Dylan Farrow, the charges against Bill Cosby regarding decades of drugging women and then raping them, even the Rolling Stone’s story of campus [...]

Just a Thought – Resolution Free

Just a Thought – Resolution Free

The tradition of New Year's resolutions feels as if it's bound together with the American ideal of self-improvement. A new calendar can be the beginning of some great new stuff, but it seems as if our culture puts it into a frame of punishment. How to make things better?  First, get angry with yourself about everything you like but somehow feel that you shouldn't; smoking, drinking, [...]

Just a Thought – Sony’s Silver Lining

Just a Thought – Sony’s Silver Lining

I've started to write about Sony many times in the last few weeks, and I've been unable to get to the end of the page before some other breaking news changed the story yet again. It would be funny if it were not so serious. In all honesty, had this hack attack been inflicted on Paramount or Universal, it would scarcely have attracted my attention. We are not a one company town, and yet we are [...]

Just a Thought – Council To Discuss How to Discuss Affordable Housing

Just a Thought – Council To Discuss How to Discuss Affordable Housing

Action Item 4-A for the the City Council's meeting tonight on Monday Dec. 8, 2014 reads like a line from a comedy sketch -     "Discussion on the Process and Format to Facilitate A Community Dialogue on Rental Housing Shortage and Rental Rates." So, if you are interested in having a discussion on affordable housing, tonight is important, but according to the agenda seemingly not yet the [...]

Just a Thought – Susan G. Komen Foundation Drills Down for a New Low

Just a Thought – Susan G. Komen Foundation Drills Down for a New Low

Susan G. Komen is not just the name of a huge non-profit foundation - it's the name of a women who died from breast cancer. If she knew what was being done in her name, she might well be spinning in her grave. I wrote a column about this a few years ago, when the leadership at Susan G. Komen chose to stop supporting the mammography work done by Planned Parenthood. That year saw a 22 percent [...]

Just a Thought – Rick and Robin

Just a Thought – Rick and Robin

When I got a message about the sudden death of Rick Hudson, it took me a few moments to connect the name with the face. We weren't friends, but the kind of folks who cross paths a few times a year because we were interested in the same things; civic life, schools, community. It was the suddenness of his end that people kept commenting on - "But I just saw him last week," and "He seemed to be [...]

Just A Thought – Idle Iydll

Just A Thought – Idle Iydll

When I was out of town in July, off at my favorite place, I gave a lot of thought to the idea of idleness. It's not popular, and a recent study showed that people seem to find being alone with their thoughts so uncomfortable, they chose to self-administer electric shocks. I think of free time as a gift, not a punishment, but perhaps I'm in the minority. I come from a tradition of workaholics, [...]

Just a Thought – Dancing About Architecture

Just a Thought – Dancing About Architecture

As the wise Frank Zappa once noted, "Writing about music is like dancing about architecture." As the City Council discussed last Monday, one more time, putting a mechanism in place to open up the possibility of having a different producer for the Summer Concert Series, I was reminded that music is as important to us as architecture, and yes, we do need to discuss this again. Last Monday night [...]

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