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Curbing Bad Behavior/The American Red Cross

A word of thanks-American Red Cross - NARA - 5...
A word of thanks-American Red Cross – (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Several weeks ago, I wrote a blog regarding Earthquake Preparedness (EP). After posting my EP blog, I went to the Pasadena Chamber of Commerce (PCC) Monthly Board of Directors Meeting. At the meeting, I sat next to my fellow PCC Board Director Ben Green, CEO of the American Red Cross San Gabriel Pomona Valley Chapter. Ben logged onto his iPad and showed me my EP blog he was about to read. He pointed out to me I had placed a picture of an American Red Cross Rescue Ship in my EP blog post. I told him how much I admired the work the American Red Cross conducts on behalf of communities and individuals whenever disasters occur. Our conversation gave me the idea to write a series of blogs regarding the American Red Cross responsiveness and their invaluable benevolence to the world.

A few weeks later, Ben and I met and spoke about Motown Records (the music company where I began my entertainment industry career), our families, our work and the American Red Cross importance in times of disasters. I will scribe those blogs beginning next week in politeness to the citizens who are currently affected by Hurricane Sandy.

As I observed The United States of America’s Federal Government responsiveness and attentiveness helping the State Governments who were affected by Hurricane Sandy’s destructiveness, I wonder how serious are the individuals who clamored “get government out of our lives.”

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Curbing Bad Behavior/Congestion Reduction Initiative

My good friend and fraternity brother, Dr. Anthony A. Samad, will be hosting one of his Urban Issues Breakfast Forum tomorrow, Wednesday, October 24, 2012, evening at the California African American Museum. This forum will be focused on Southern California‘s Freeways Congestion Reduction Initiative. As you know, I have written several blogs on Transportation. So, I am recommending if you are in the Southern California area tomorrow, you should plan on attending this informative forum. Hopefully, it’s a start in changing the behavior of Southern California’s motorists.  See the flyer below.

 

 

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Curbing Bad Behavior/Malala’s Courage

Literacy Map Pakistan
(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have seen and heard of some horrific acts committed by despicable individuals in my lifetime. The recent assassination attempt on a 14-year-old Pakistani girl makes me mad as you know what. Malala Yousafzai, the school girl whose young life was almost extinguished, is a heroine. She was shot by a Taliban gunman for campaigning for girls’ education in Pakistan. Her courage, hopefully, will serve as an inspiration to other young Muslim girls in Pakistan. Every time an incident – such as Malala’s attempted murder – occurs, I am reminded how blessed it is to be living in the United States of America, a country where everyone has the right to be educated.

Young women grow up to be adult ladies. Their instincts, intellect and commitment to “the family” have throughout the ages saved our sometimes chaotic world from stress, war  and strive. One of my mother’s favorite sayings was “women are the salt of this earth.” I believe her words more so today than when I was a child. I trust Malala’s courage will continue to inspire millions of Pakistani young women to seek and advocate for their right to be educated. My hope is that people all over the world will join these young girls in their advocacy.

And to the man or men who attempted to kill Malala, I say “shame on you.”

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Curbing Bad Behavior/Some Teenagers Are Behaving Appropriately

This past summer, I had an invaluable experience working with several young people. They reinforced my optimism that our country will survive and strive even with all of the dissent currently taking place. It is always refreshing to observe young people working diligently to vanquish the challenges which confront them. My interactions with Marilyn, Jose, Iliana, Stephen and Jeremy will be etched in my memory forever. Also, working for the Pasadena Unified School District (PUSD), Facilities Department and PUSD’s Partners, who participated in the 2012 Architecture Construction Engineering (ACE) Summer Internship Program, I discovered there are many hardworking, generous, conscientious and knowledgeable individuals working for the school district. The link below is a brief video of these amazing individuals.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2HXmK_VBAig

Lucky for me, I have video of over five (5) hours of their unedited remarks. Whenever I feel discouraged, I plan on reflecting on the young people, PUSD staffers and PUSD Partners’ remarks; they were inspiring. I trust you enjoyed the video.

 

 

 

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Curbing Bad Behavior/What Mitt Romney Needs To Do

Congressman Poe and Governor Mitt Romney
Governor Mitt Romney (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I am nauseated by all the political chatter regarding what Mitt Romney needs to do. Mr. Romney, the 2012 Republican candidate running for President of the United States of America, is receiving plenty of unwarranted advice. Over the past two weeks, it seemed to me political analysts, television commentators, advisers and paid strategists all have differing point of views regarding what Mr. Romney needs to do in the upcoming debate with President Barack Obama. Some said he needs to take more risks and be aggressive, others remarked he needs to have more style, several have advised he needs to explain his policies more clearly and many have purported he needs to have more memorable zingers in his responses to President Obama comments. No wonder Mr Romney seemed confused: there are too many so-called strategies being communicated to him by his team members, pundits, commentators and anyone who cares to comment to him their opinions.

I don’t know what Mr Romney needs to do, but this I do know, “he needs to tell the American people the truth.” Only then will he be able to relax and be authentic. If it seems Mr. Romney is flip-flopping on his positions, it could be he is trying too hard to be politically correct by telling his audience what he thinks they would like to hear. I am convinced the American people would like to hear the truth whether it is being remarked by President Obama or Mr. Romney. Truth is the best disinfectant.

As the final months of the presidential elections move towards November 6, 2012 Elections Day, I don’t know how much of the half-truths, downright lies, SPIN and rhetoric I can absorb. The individuals who are spinning one point of view or another should  realize “most” of the American people, especially those of us paying attention, are not stupid. Moreover, such bad behavior is not good for the harmony of our country.

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