Middletown’s Seven Arrows Farm: More than Just Growing Produce

first_imgBy John BurtonMIDDLETOWN – Mike Meier and Megan Paska are in the business of farming organically, raising fruit and vegetables, some livestock and honeybees on a portion of a 20-acre estate in Locust.But there is a bigger picture and message to what these two young farmers/ business partners are doing.Mike Meier, left, with intern Amy Portman, is co-owner of Seven Arrows East Homestead in Middletown, and raises organic fruit, vegetables and honeybees in Locust.“It’s really about homesteading,” Meier said. “Sure this is our livelihood, how we pay our bills … but it’s about how we live.”Seven Arrows East Home­stead at 160 Hart­shorne Road sits on a sprawling estate overlooking the Navesink River that has been owned by the Knipscher family since 1959.Meier and Paska, who are working to grow sustainably and organically for themselves and others, began their first planting season this spring on the approximately 3 acres using a format called “community supported agriculture” or CSA. That is “a common business model” in the industry and means that their “mini-farm” is one that benefits all who participate, Meier said.“Your neighbors buy a share,” he said, though in this case, it extends to more than those who live in the immediate vicinity of the rustic neighborhood.Seven Arrows – the name was taken from the title of a book by Hyemeyohsts Storm – has about 30 shareholders right now. A share costs $660 for the season – 22 weeks at $30 a week. Seven Arrows already has a waiting list of people who want shares for next season.“It’s a shared risk, shared benefit,” Meier said. But more importantly, the shareholders “also feel very connected to what’s happening out here on the farm.”Megan Paska, co-owner of Seven Arrows, a mini-farm on Hartshorne Road, raises about 50 varieties of fruits and vegetables.Right now about 50 different varieties of fruits and vegetables – including tomatoes, kale, cabbage, cucumbers, green peppers, apples “and the most amazing garlic” – are being raised on about three-quarters of an acre. Along with the produce, they raise chickens, ducks, turkeys and goats.Paska, who is an expert on urban beekeeping and has a book being published on the subject, tends to about 10 hives on site and sells the honey.The farm is “also about fostering the romantic relationship with food,” Paska said.By that she meant, people get to see what is grown, how it’s grown and get to know who is growing it, something they are finding many are interested in. The business partners note that people are buying what is grown locally and want really good ingredients for those recipes they’re getting while watching The Food Network.“We’re focused on growing really dynamite food,” Meier said.“We don’t make a lot of money but we eat better than anyone we know,” Paska said.Seven Arrows East also operates a small farm market, open to the public on Sunday afternoons, where Meier and Paska sell the remainder of what they grow.Some livestock is raised on the farm.Marie Jackson, a CSA member who owns and operates the Flaky Tart bakery in Atlantic Highlands, isn’t only interested in getting fresh produce from the farm for her family. “Whatever they have, I try to snag for the bakery,” she said.She is especially partial to tomatoes and uses them in the bakery’s tomato tarts, which “have a cult following.“I’m so in awe that they came here, working the land, raising these beautiful things that we’re privileged to enjoy,” Jackson said. “That’s what we’re looking to do, aren’t we? We’re looking to grow healthier things, grow it locally, support our neighbors and create a community – and they’re doing it.”That community they have created also includes a yoga retreat, operated in a cottage on the farm property by friend Summer Quashie.“We’re trying to be living examples of sustainability,” said Quashie, as customers and clients also look to sustain mind and body.“The farm and the yoga are intertwined and will continue to be so as long as we grow here,” Meier said.For Paska it’s all connected in what she calls “living aesthetically … living your life, growing your food, helping people feel more connected.”Seven Arrows is East Homestead is located on a portion of a 20-acre estate in Locust.Meier, 26, who is originally from South Florida, and Paska, 33, who hails from Baltimore, Md., got to know each other when they were living in Brooklyn. Quashie, 37, who grew up in Middle­town, was also living in Brooklyn, operating a yoga studio. Paska and Meier were involved in urban farming there, with Paska beekeeping and Meier running a rooftop farm for a company called Brooklyn Grange.“I knew after that experience I wanted to continue growing and farming,” he said.The three relocated after finding out about the property from mutual friends who said the owners might be interested in leasing land for farming. Paska and Quashie live on the property in separate cottages. Quashie operates her yoga retreat there, catering mostly to weekenders from New York, and conducts yoga lessons a few evenings a week. Meier lives in Middletown, where he also works with Impact Oasis, a not-for-profit organization that works with autistic adults. Meier is helping that organization establish its own small farm, he said.Meier and Paska hope that the CSA model catches on in the area.“If we could crank out a few new farmers who can do this,” Meier said, “that would be great.”last_img read more

Hazard, symbol of Chelsea’s decline

first_img READING-CRYSTAL PALACE Reading are the last remaining lower-league team in the competition. And Reading manager Brian McDermott owes his managerial career to Crystal Palace counterpart Alan Pardew. As Reading manager in 2000, Pardew appointed McDermott as coach of the Under-17s and chief scout. “He must have seen something in me,” McDermott said. “I’ll always be grateful.” Palace’s FA Cup win at Tottenham in the fifth round was a rare bright moment, with the London club enduring a 12-game winless run in the league. Second-tier club Reading are unbeaten at home in 2016. “We know they have threats,” McDermott said, “we know it wasn’t long ago they were winning lots of games and don’t forget they went to White Hart Lane, played one of the top teams, and won.” ARSENAL-WATFORD MAN UNITED-WEST HAM West Ham travel to Old Trafford on Sunday having the better season, sitting two points above United in fifth place in the Premier League. While West Ham have enjoyed a complete week off, United will be coming of a Europa League game against Liverpool last night. In the quest for a third successive FA Cup title, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is concerned about an injury list that lengthened during Tuesday’s win at Hull in a fifth-round replay. Aaron Ramsey has a thigh injury that could also keep him out of next week’s Champions League game at Barcelona when Arsenal seek to overturn a 2-0 deficit. “There is a small alert, we don’t know how bad it is,” Wenger said. Defenders Per Mertesacker and Gabriel were also injured in the 4-0 win at Hull but Wenger reported yesterday: “There is nothing wrong there, they are both good.” LONDON (AP): From being voted player of the year to being booed by his own fans, Eden Hazard is the symbol of Chelsea’s rapid regression and the upheaval engulfing a fallen power. Hazard and his demoralised teammates will end the season without medals unless they win the FA Cup in May. Lose at Everton in the quarter finals tomorrow and it will effectively be the end of a season that began with so much optimism, defending a Premier League trophy won by eight points. As the dressing room fractured, Jose Mourinho was fired in December and the champions are currently sitting in 10th place. The FA Cup is Chelsea’s last route back into Europe, albeit in the inferior Europa League, after being eliminated from the Champions League. Hazard, who was being touted as a future Ballon d’Or contender a year ago, was jeered while being substituted during Wednesday’s 2-1 loss to Paris Saint-Germain. “They had the right to do what they think,” Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink said of the booing. “You can express always your feelings.” Swapping shirts with PSG rival Angel Di Maria on the field at half-time maybe wasn’t the wisest move for reputed PSG-target Hazard. Not during a season when the winger has scored only twice both in the FA Cup after a 19-goal haul last season. “It’s not an excuse, but people have to think about the fact he started the game injured,” Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic said in defence of Hazard. “Did that show how committed he is? Yes. Of course when you lose a game the fans are not happy and they have to be like that. “But in my opinion it was one of his best performances so far. He was very strong and quick. He wanted to score and had a couple of actions where he looked like last season.” Hazard is a doubt for Sunday’s game at Goodison Park after limping off in the second half against PSG. Striker Diego Costa is also being assessed.last_img read more

PAHO should release data on “Impact Goals” for 2014-2019

first_imgDear Editor,There has been much discussion in the press recently on the factors that would have hindered the attainment of the “Impact Goals” in the PAHO Strategic Plan 2014-2019 for the Guyana health sector. Could the Head of PAHO, Dr William Adu-Krow, release the data on how Guyana performed in terms of achievement of the “Impact Goals” set out by PAHO for 2014-2019?This information must be in the public domain and should be of interest to all Guyanese, especially those in the health sector.Sincerely,Dr Madhu Pandey SinghMD (Obstetrics and Gynaecology), DCPCEO, Dr Balwant Singh’s Hospitallast_img

Ministry of Justice Suffers Crippling Blow, As Justice Minister and Attorney General Resigned, …

first_imgThe Ministry of Justice has responsibility for different parts of the justice system – the courts, prisons and probation services and legal aid. It works in partnership with the other government departments and agencies to reform the criminal justice system, to serve the public and support the victims of crime. It is also responsible for making new laws, strengthening democracy, and safeguarding human rights.But, within the past days the Ministry has suffered a crippling blow, which started with President Ellen Johnson  Sirleaf’s dismissal of key deputy ministers, Cllr. Wheatonia Dixon-Barnes, Deputy Minister for Administration, and Public Safety; Ms. Victoria Sherman-Lang, Deputy Minister for Economic Affairs.The President also dismissed   Hilary Sirleaf-Siakor, Assistant Minister for Prisons.When she dismissed the officials, President Sirleaf contended that she was doing it because of their failure to return home to help in the fight against the Ebola virus disease.Her action, she said, was a follow-up to her directive regarding restrictions on travel of government officials, including their return within a week for those who were out of the country without an excuse. According to the Executive Mansion, these government officials “showed insensitivity to our national tragedy and disregard for authority.”Unfortunately, Justice Minister and Attorney General Cllr. Christiana Tah resigned her post on Monday, October 6.In her resignation statement,  she argued that she was doing it because President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf blocked her investigation into fraud allegations against the country’s National Security Agency (NSA), which is headed by the president’s son.Announcing her resignation in a statement dated Oct. 6, Justice Minister Christiana Tah said she could not remain in office “and not supervise the operations of the security agencies under the Ministry of Justice.”  “What is the ‘rule of law’ if the president asserts that she does not trust the Ministry of Justice to independently investigate allegations of fraud against the National Security Agency?” Minister Tah added.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Advanced ICT training school to open soon

first_imgThe Centre of Excellence in Information Technology, an advanced Information and Communications Technology (ICT) training school is expected to be commissioned March 2018 at the University of Guyana, Turkeyen campus.The Centre will provide training that “bridges the gap between the Public and Private Sector,” Public Telecommunications Minister Cathy Hughes explained in a recent interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI). “We have several individuals in the Public Sector that need retraining and constant upgrading to skills, but also it provides training that the Private Sector needs.”Public Telecommunication Minister, Catherine HughesAccording to the Minister, the agreement for Technical Cooperation signed between UG and the Ministry involves educational development, which this centre is ideally designed to deliver.The sum of $144 million of $4.696 billion of the National Budget will see this project being established, with assistance from the Government of India and the eGovernment Agency.The National Data Management Authority (NDMA)/eGovernment Unit and UG will share educational resources, especially in Computer Science and Electrical Engineering.  The University will share its teaching resources while NDMA will provide the necessary expertise when needed. ICT-based research, Operations Research, Ideas to keep the ICT Legal and Regulatory Framework up to date, ICT Project Management, and Data and Communications Networks and Enterprise Solutions in support of courses on the curricula will be shared.Minister Hughes disclosed that there would be two trainers from India on one-year contracts who would be instructing the students and sharing their knowledge with local trainers. The Centre, the Minister explained, is one step closer to preparing Guyanese to deal with the training issues. “It will be from a basic introductory level up to programming, to the development of apps.”The objective is to “prepare citizens and the Public Sector for training that is relevant to the services that we are talking about providing”, Minister Hughes said.last_img read more

Indigenous communities develop protocol to address forest monitoring

first_imgPromoting sustainable forestsThe Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) with funding from the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) developed a Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) protocol to monitor all activities conducted on their traditional lands.The project stemmed from prior engagement with communities, who asked for assistance to set up systems to monitor their own forests and the parts of the wood tracking system that were associated with their land and/or community. The APA received US$70,000 from the FAO to execute the project “Supporting priorityFAO’s Country Representative, Reuben Robertsonactions for Amerindian Communities to participate in the Guyana VPA” and the process commenced in November 2016.The primary objective of the project was to enable Amerindian villages in Guyana to design, develop and test approaches to community-based independent monitoring of legality compliance in timber supply chains under the European Union Forest Law Enforcement Governance and Trade Voluntary Partnership Agreement (EU-FLEGT VPA) initiative.Following the consultation phase, the FPIC protocol was developed after it was decided that Bethany Village in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) would be used as the pilot village.In presenting an overview of the project, Forest Policy Officer Michael McGarrell said that the project was necessary since there was a problem. He identified the problem as Amerindian communities still being unaware as it related to their land rights. He added that they have also discovered that the legal titles only covered a section or none of their traditional lands; hence, making it legal for outsiders toForest Policy Officer Michael McGarrellderive benefits from those lands.FPIC ProtocolBethany resident Roel Wilson, while presenting an overview of the FPIC protocol said that it was understandable that certain Government or Private Sector projects may have good intentions behind them, but without full consultation, such initiatives could have unexpected negative impacts on the communities.He said that they must be able to make their decisions freely – without any external or internal pressure, intimidation or bribery.“Consultations must be held and FPIC obtained from our village in relation to any proposed activity, decision, project, legislation, policy and research that may affect our rights, interests, lands, territories, resources and livelihoods. This includes activities that may not take place directly on our lands, but that could have an indirect impact on our village immediately or in the future. Roads and forest concessions close to our land or mining concessions in the source of the rivers we depend on are examples of such activities,” he explained.Wilson said that any outside organisation or individual with a proposition for the implementation of any project would be required to obtain an FPIC agreement.In order to obtain a FPIC agreement, one must write to the Toshao and Village Council seeking permission to consult with them, then the leaders would organise two General Village Meetings to inform of the project and seek consensus, after which the village representatives would meet with the project proponent; they would then conduct an impact assessment and if the need arises, technical and legal services from an outsider may be contracted.After the impact assessment, the leaders would then schedule another general meeting where the decision would be made. If yes, then the agreement would be signed.FAO’s roleFAO’s country representative, Reuben Robertson, said that the Organisation has established special ways to work with the Indigenous community.He explained that the forests play a great role in alleviating poverty and to address this, the FAO has collaborated with the EU to establish the FLEGT programme. He said that the FAO has agreed to provide the technical and financial resources to allow for capacity building.He stressed that the system to extract resources from the forest should be sustainable and transparent, adding that illegal extraction only hurt the community.“We want to ensure that we keep a forest sustained for now and for future generations. By achieving that goal, we have to stamp out forest illegality by reducing and totally eliminating illegal logging and that is what FAO is really all about,” Robertson added.He also urged the communities to ensure that there is gender equality in their proposition since that is one of the core values of the FAO.The next step for the APA is to approach the FAO for funding for round two of the process which would see the implementation and monitoring of the FPIC Protocol.The EU FLEGT system mandates countries to use the wood tracking system to tag logs and their stumps so that when they reach the point of export it could be traced backed to the origin to ensure its legality. The system is not new to Guyana since they have been mandating loggers to tag their produce so they can track them to ensure it is within their licensed agreement.last_img read more

Commodores no Gator bait

first_img“We don’t want one to lead to two,” Donovan said. This was the fourth time this season the Gators trailed by double digits. They came from 18 down Wednesday night before beating Alabama. Ross Neltner scored 15 points for the Commodores. Joakim Noah led Florida with 15, and Corey Brewer and Al Horford each had 13 as the Gators had a season-high 22 turnovers. Vanderbilt led 35-27 at halftime, the second-fewest first-half points scored by Florida this season. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! “This is one for the ages,” Byars said. “Twenty years from now, I’ll be able to tell my little kids this. This is special. You can’t explain it.” Florida (24-3, 11-1) had won 17 consecutive games and needed a victory to clinch at least a share of the SEC’s Eastern Division and the overall league title. The Gators also had won seven consecutive against the Commodores. NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Forget all that talk about the top-ranked Florida Gators rolling through the Southeastern Conference undefeated. Derrick Byars and Shan Foster each scored 24 points, and Vanderbilt snapped the nation’s longest winning streak by upsetting the Gators 83-70 after they finally fell into a hole they couldn’t dig themselves out of Saturday. center_img But Vanderbilt (18-8, 8-4) has been one of the country’s best against ranked opponents this season. It was the Commodores’ first victory over a top-ranked team since Jan. 13, 1993, when they beat then-No. 1 Kentucky, and their sixth win over a ranked team this season. “A lot of people don’t ever get the opportunity to play the No. 1 team in the country,” Foster said. “We got the opportunity and seized the moment.” The Commodores won for the seventh time in nine games by beating the nation’s best shooting team at its own game, outshooting the Gators 57.1 percent to 44 percent from the field. They took the lead in the first half and led by as much as 16 points late. “We caught them on an afternoon where they missed shots they normally make,” Vandy coach Kevin Stallings said. Florida coach Billy Donovan tried to put the loss into perspective by pointing out his Gators, the defending national champs, had won 35 of their past 37 games and had not lost a game since Dec. 3 to Florida State. That said, he didn’t want this to be the start of a trend. last_img read more

Arsenal have £48million Benzema bid accepted by Real Madrid, talkSPORT told

first_imgArsenal have been handed a huge boost in their pursuit of Karim Benzema, with Real Madrid accepting an offer of £48million for the France striker, according to Rodney Marsh.Arsene Wenger is on the hunt for a top class frontman as he looks to build a side capable of challenging for Premier League titles.Many believe a striker is the missing piece in an otherwise strong Gunners team, with club legend Thierry Henry telling talkSPORT Arsenal can end their wait for a top flight title by signing Benzema this summer.And, having monitored the 27-year-old all summer, Wenger may have finally landed his man, a reliable source has told Sports Bar regular Marsh.He said: “I had a phone call from a mate of mine, and he’s been right on many things, and he said that he believes Real Madrid have accepted a bid somewhere in the region of £48million for Benzema from Arsenal.“In the past this guy has always been right, he’s never been wrong yet, so we’ll have to wait and see.”last_img read more

MURPHY AND CO TO STRUTT THEIR STUFF FOR LORETO LETTERKENNY TONIGHT

first_imgThe Loreto Secondary School Parent’s Association in Letterkenny will host a Fashion Show tonight (Wed) in the school at 7.30pm.The very special guest models include GAA’s Michael Murphy, Neil Gallagher and Rory Kavanagh.The clothes by M&S and Evolve and tickets at only €5.00 available on the door Refreshments included!Lots of fantastic raffle prizes!!! MURPHY AND CO TO STRUTT THEIR STUFF FOR LORETO LETTERKENNY TONIGHT was last modified: March 26th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:fashion schoolLoreto Secondary Schoollast_img read more

Sore loser

first_imgRe: “Us or them” (Nov. 10): Front page article “Us or them” is a typical sore loser headline. To quote: “A sweeping rejection of all eight measures. And that leaves California and its people right back in the same old quagmire and political paralysis.” Actually, the propositions were rejected because they did not address genuine problems but were discriminatory and granted dictatorial powers to an egocentric, unqualified politician. This was an unnecessary showdown deliberately engineered by an overly ambitious individual. It is obvious that not only were the propositions rejected, but the governor received a kick in his muscle-bound gluteus maximus. – David Pine Northridge AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Shooting off toes Re: “Arnold losing big” (Nov. 9): Our government employees just spent about $165 million to shoot themselves in the foot. It never seems to have occurred to them that one of the things our governor was trying to protect was their pensions. It’s not hard to see that not changing our legislators’ fiscal irresponsibility will drive this state into bankruptcy. Government union workers can have all the laws and contracts they want, but when (not if) we go bankrupt, their own pensions will be on the table. I’d also like to comment on college students who vote in favor of bonds, such as yesterday’s school bond. That bond will probably take 30 years to pay off, so those students are the ones who will actually pay for it. – Wilma Bennett Reseda Beyond a doubt Re: “Arnold losing big” (Nov. 9): Congratulations to the teachers and politicians who have now proven beyond a doubt that dumbing down the people in California will result in their keeping their jobs no matter how incompetent they are. To add insult to injury, they are paid extra to do this through yet another property tax increase. – Barney Klinger Santa Clarita Come a cropper Re: “Arnold losing big” (Nov. 9): Our muscle-brained governor seems to have come a cropper with his ill-advised $60 million special election. The myriad film fanatics whose monumental ignorance elected him to a position that he had absolutely no qualifications for can now go back to playing video games. – Zachary Charles Burbank School bond issue It is mind-boggling that these bond issues keep passing. I can’t imagine homeowners wanting to pay $540 more per year by 2009. It eventually bites renters also. LAUSD has not been able to spend the last bond issues, except, of course, for the quarter-billion dollars spent on their Taj Mahal headquarters. No wonder people are moving to Nevada. – Bill Rice Winnetka Educating owners Re: “Mayor’s animal problem” (Nov. 8): Until you educate more pet owners on the importance of spaying, neutering and licensing their pets, the problem of euthanizing at the city shelters will never stop. That’s the bottom line. Without the education, we’ll continue to have unwanted animals being killed by the thousands. And in my humble opinion, “backyard breeding” should be illegal. It just adds to the problem. – Amy Laskavy Studio City Desires and needs Re: “Mayor’s animal problem” (Nov. 7): L.A. Animal Services is obligated to accept all stray and unwanted animals, many impounded because they are a threat to innocent pets and humans. Mayor Villaraigosa must balance his desire to reduce euthanasia with the mandate to ensure safety in a city where there are daily attacks by dangerous dogs and where socially responsible decisions must be made for the animals and public welfare. Everyone wants a decrease in euthanasia of animals that are suited for adoption. However, the deceptive “no-kill” myth was long-ago rejected by mainstream animal-welfare organizations because it misleads the public to believe that unwanted pets can be stockpiled endlessly and that euthanasia is merely an arbitrary decision by the shelter. – Phyllis M. Daugherty Director Animal Issues Movement Casino use questioned Re: “Sheriff’s casino use questioned” (Nov. 8): Why did the L.A. County sheriff spend more than $4,300 tax dollars to have a management seminar at the Commerce Casino? There are plenty of places to have such meetings at a fraction of the cost – county-owned buildings, DWP facilities, schools and the sheriff’s academy. Instead of having a catered affair in a casino owned by one of Sheriff Baca’s major campaign contributors, they can do as the rest of us do, bring their lunches. This is a perfect example of the arrogance of public officials and a slap in the face to the people who have to pay for it – the taxpayers. Baca has a lot of nerve asking for tax and DMV fee increases when he wastes the taxpayers’ money like this. – John R. Schlank Granada Hills Don’t blame conservatives Re: “Silencing opposition” (Your Opinions, Nov. 9): The main reason why there are lots of conservative talk shows and almost no liberal ones is simple: Conservative talk shows have high ratings while liberal talk shows don’t. Sponsors want their ads heard by the most people possible. Evidently, liberal radio talk shows don’t get high enough ratings to make sponsors want to put them on the air. Instead of blaming conservatives for the problem, Irving Leemon should be either beefing up the liberal shows for ratings or beating the bushes for liberal sponsors who don’t care about ratings. – John R. Schlank Granada Hills Transportation wonder Has it occurred to any one that the new Orange Line has been built to serve less than 2 percent of the Valley population at its max usage (35,000 riders per day). At its current rate of 7,500 riders per day, it is serving less than 1 percent. Anyone who is a serious student of mass transit will look at this Orange Line and laugh. Already its shortcomings are surfacing via the two accidents that have occurred injuring 12 people. So let’s see – the Orange Line serves less than 1 percent of the Valley population and it’s dangerous. Who should we Valley folk thank for this wonder of wonders in transportation? – Lawrence A. Calabro Northridge Life destroying lie Re: “He’s a disaster” (Your Opinions, Nov. 9): Thinking that President Clinton’s lie only hurt his family is a fallacy. How many teenagers have destroyed their lives thinking oral sex is not sex because the president of the United States, one of the greatest role models our country has, said so? The diseases that have been contracted because they misunderstand, the innocence lost because of such a selfish act, and the concepts of commitment, loyalty and devotion have lost their meaning in today’s society because of one man’s example. – Karen Rowe Palmdale Would you believe? There was a time when a personal phone conversation in a public place was a private thing. You actually stepped into a big glass booth, closed the door, and made your call. Well, I’d like to propose to all you cell phone zombies the Personal Cone of Silence. Carry it with you at all times and just place over your head whenever the urge to jabber incessantly overtakes you. Oh, and if you find that the Personal Cone of Silence performs like its famous namesake … sorry about that. – Bruce W. Mecchi Panorama City Last laugh Re: “Intelligent design wins at Kansas State school board” (Nov. 9): When I was in my high school science class and the teacher asked for my homework, I told her that I was waiting for it to evolve. That was 10 years ago. Needless to say, she had no choice but to give me an A even though I never did my homework. – Jonathan Reynolds Reseda160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more