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1. Citizens Of Colorado Petition Against Federal Intrusion

Public Officials must take and Oath of Office in support of the U.S. Constitution and Colorado State Constitution an guarantee a Republican form of government.

Article X of the U. S. Constitution states "the power not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the People."

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2. Bring Back OLD LAYOUT option on Bebo

I am a regular user of Bebo. When they brought in the new profile layout we were able to use the old layout if we wished. But... Last night (Wednesday 2nd September '09) they automatically changed everyones profile to the new one, without the members permission or without a word of warning.

Now they have decided to give us four different options. Four of which not many people like, including myself. One option is similar to the old layout but I still dont like it.

For skin designers, this now makes our skins look all weird. It just destroys them. And for others it is just hard to get used to because the new layout is a mess, everything is all over the place.

Bebo is a handy Social Network to get in touch with your friends and have fun with apps etc. But with this change alot of people are going to delete their accounts and transfer to Facebook or MySpace instead. To be honest, I feel Bebo are digging their own grave here, by not giving us a choice. If they do end up losing alot of members, they only have themselves to blame.

Ok, so I have decided to make a petition to TRY and get an option for the old profile layout back. They might not listen but at least we have tried.

So... If you are a Bebo member and you hate the new layout and you want an option for the old one please sign this petition.

When we get a relatively good amount of signatures we will send it on to Bebo and see if they will do anything.

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3. Continue to Support all People and Care for the Mentally Ill

We have nothing to fear but fear itself, the words of President Roosevelt still outshine those of cowards and ignorant people such as the person or persons who penned the petition --

Stop Hermosa Beach from Becoming a Haven to the Homeless posted on March 06, 2009.

In the petition, the author(s) claims homeless people being drug users is a reason to enact laws to discriminate against the poor.

This is a comment from a person with no financial intelligence. The speculation that homeless people are drug users is mere fear motivated speculation.

Unlikely to be true since illegal drugs or legal drugs are produced by business minded people and organizations like pharmaceticul companies and so called drug lords. This interest in profit leads them to court customers of an income over $1200 every four months (my own income of late). The more likely consumers of these products are the homeowners in the community, and if people are to be removed from the community for being drug users, the city should survey all individuals for taking viagra, cialis, anti-depressants, cocaine, heroine, alcohol, and designer marijuana regardless of how much they spend on sandals, volleyballs, or homes.

Being homeless exposes you to the ignorance and inexperience of police forces and the most ignorant I have met were not in Hermosa, but Palo Alto, and Redondo, where I was threatened by a police officer until I allowed him to search my car. He said he did not believe in the 4th amendment. A pleasant thought, law enforcers who act according to their interpretations of the constitution. Keeping the low level of intelligence that most law enforcers have and the narrow life experience of the people that our country recruits, homeless people, often, the prey of choice for the ignorant, tend to avoid giving any excuse to police officers, also known as people with guns, to suspect them of any illegal behavior. This is an alternative response to terror than the Bush administrations.

These two reasons, a homeless persons exposure to gun toting police and their poverty, narrow the likelihood that any of them use half as many drugs as the homeowners in the community, and those that do are probably in need of time indoors for readjustment to that lifestyle, charity, kindness, and counseling.

So why did the author suggest this possibility? Either ignorance, fear or profit motive. I have never seen so many people so easily threatened by appearances. I have long hair and a beard and those two choices grant me power to silence most people on the sidewalks and streets of Hermosa Beach. I also have a sense of humor which gives me power to make those same people laugh and this is what I prefer.

Lastly, this is for the sake of the hermosa beach community, an ignorant public is easy to endanger with mind control. Don't except my opinions or those of the other person. Educate yourself, meet a homeless person, meet twenty. Inquire about their interests, passions, upbringing. Go home and think about who you know best in your life and how long it took you to know that person, then, go and meet the homeless person or hopefully by now you see her or him, young or old as a person with a name. Find a common interest and exploit it. Now you have a friend, and who needs greed when you have friends, right?

A person may be incurably psychotic and yet retain the dignity of a human being. Victor Frankl wrote this after his time as a detainee in a German concentration camp. It seems absurd to exclude the possibility for those not from Hermosa Beach or without six figure incomes.

Or if you prefer ABBA, take a chance on me. And travel outside your neighborhood, please!!!

The awful daring of a moment's surrender... no age of prudence can ever retract -- T.S. Eliot Be daring people of Hermosa Beach and remain kind (I met a lot of great people while I was there!).

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4. Vegetarian choices in the school lunch program

In school lunch programs across the nation, not many vegetarian choices where provided. more and more people are starting to become a vegetarian now a days.

And at school, i starve from the lack of food because all food has meat. this isn't fair for meat eating children to not go hungry, but vegetarians are because there are no choices that are filling. a bag of very unhealthy chips just won't do it. having more choices is good for all the schools and its children.

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5. Students for Healthy School Options

One of the worst problems facing America today is it's increasing levels of overweight and obesity. "A recent report published by a research team at Johns Hopkins University predicts that if current trends continue, by the year 2015, 75 percent of all Americans, including 24 percent of all children and adolescents, will be overweight or obese" (PCRM).

These numbers are astonishingly high, so health has become a key issue. One main focus has grown on the influence of American schools.

The National School Lunch Program (NSLP), established in 1946, is one of five federally funded child nutrition programs which provide meals to children across the country daily. "Schools participating in the NSLP receive cash subsidies and commodity foods for each meal served and bonus commodities, as they are available from agricultural surplus. In return, schools must serve lunches that meet federal nutrition requirements" (PCRM).

Unfortunately, there are many factors, including financial constraints and outdated federal requirements, which permit schools to serve unhealthful food.

"One of the most significant roadblocks to change is the USDA’s commodity system. Each year, the USDA purchases hundreds of millions of pounds of pork, beef, and other animal products, primarily as an economic benefit to agricultural interests, and donates them to the NSLP and other food assistance programs. Unfortunately, these “entitlement foods” are almost all unhealthful foods. This system makes it easy and inexpensive for food service directors to choose chicken nuggets, hot dogs, and other high-cholesterol, high-fat foods" (PCRM).

The Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine's (PCRM) "Healthy School Lunch Campaign was established in 2001 to help protect children’s health and to reduce childhood obesity rates by increasing the availability of healthful plant-based foods in schools" (PCRM). "To earn a high grade on PCRM’s School Lunch Report Card, school districts must go above and beyond USDA requirements, which many nutrition experts believe are inadequate" (PCRM).

Since the induction of the Healthy School Lunch Campaign, many school districts have begun to increase the availability of healthy vegetarian and vegan entrées. And while a peanut butter and jelly sandwich is an entirely acceptable vegan option, some schools have even begun to offer more creative and tasteful options, such as veggie burgers and extended salad bars. These advances have been highly praised and are the initial steps which will lead today's generations into a more healthy, productive future.

These are changes that we hope to be seen in our own schools and community. We hope that Murrieta Valley High School may take the lead in providing healthful food options which may promote a more successful, healthy future for it’s students. We know that a productive life begins with a positive diet. For those who already choose to eat healthfully, as well as those who have not been given the option, we are for the better availability of food which is nourishing for both our bodies and minds.

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6. Keep Choices Day Service Open

Choices Day Service serves citizens of aberdeen city with a physical or sensory disability and their families.

Aberdeen City Council has decided to close this service in June 2008 as part of it's money saving measures.

WE BELIEVE THIS IS A SHORT-SIGHTED DECISION WHICH TAKES NO ACCOUNT OF THE HUMAN COST.

We intend to send this petition to all Aberdeen City Councillors,all M.S.P's and M.P's and to the Corporate Heads of Service for Neighbourhood Services Central Area,
Neighbourhood South Area and Neighbourhood Services
North Area.

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7. savebabe.com

Support savebabe.com!

All donations to Savebabe.com will be used to help Animals Australia highlight the plight of this intelligent species.

Animals Australia firmly believes that the vast majority of Australians, once fully aware of the suffering of pigs in factory farms, will vote for change through the choices that they make. Informing them is crucial.

Our current advertisements and billboards which have assisted us to launch the savebabe.com campaign have been funded through the donations of caring Australians.

However, this is only the beginning - we need to reach every Australian.

In a recent edition of the British “Guardian Weekly” internationally renowned naturalist Lyall Watson commented about pigs, " I know of no other animals that are more consistently curious, more willing to explore new experiences, more ready to meet the world with open-mouthed enthusiasm".

Savebabe.com will work towards ensuring that these animals are provided with the world that they are meant to live in – not the one devoid of hope and sunshine that they currently endure in Australia.

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8. Licensing to Prevent Parental Incompetence

Attention:

I. We all in this room, as free thinking adults, though diverse in age and circumstance, have at least one thing in common: the ability to choose. But as children our choices were made for us. We depended on and trusted our parents to make the right choices and to provide us with the most basic necessities of life, such as food, shelter, security and most of all love and affection. But some children don’t have parents that are capable of making appropriate choices and who don’t provide those basic necessities, and as a result, might live in poverty.

II. Poverty indirectly, and sometimes directly, influences depression, crime, neglect and abuse: emotional, physical and/or sexual.

BODY:

Need:
I. Every day children are born into this world. Unfortunately, these babies don’t choose to be born. Sometimes they are brought into this world by irresponsible parents, drug addicted parents, teen parents and sometimes, mentally incapable parents.

II. Domestic violence: A mother physically expressing frustration on a child, or a child witnessing his father beat his mother; this is all under the domestic violence umbrella. Reported on the California Department of Justice web site (3), there were a total of 48,000 calls related to domestic violence made to 911 in Los Angeles County in 2004.

III. Children in Los Angeles County and all over the United States face a number of unthinkable issues because of incompetent parenting. On the Los Angeles County Department of Children’s & Family Services web site (2) Fact Sheet of 2005, of all child related emergency care, a staggering 28 % were due to child neglect. Second on that list was physical abuse at 19%.

IV. Sometimes children are born unwanted. According to child abandonment facts in California found on ‘Welcome to California’, California’s Official Governmental website (4), as of October 2006, Updated November 7th, 162 newborns were surrendered in California under the “Safe Haven law”. This law allows the parent to legally surrender custody of a child, within three days of birth, without fear of prosecution. Yet another 139 newborns were found alive after illegal abandonment.

V. Abandonment and rejection go hand in hand. According to the DCFS in 2005, 21,248 children were living in out-of-home placement; in other words- Foster care. Some of the lucky ones were living in relative homes. Every year a larger percentage of children are placed in their grandparents because incompetent parenting, in 2005 it was roughly 45%. But how about the unreported cases. I am an example of an unreported case.

VI. According to the Unites States Census Bureau (1) population estimate of 2005, there where 2,732,000 children (-18) living in Los Angels County alone and of those, 484,000 lived below poverty level. (As an example of what was defined as ‘poverty’, a mother and child with a max income of $13,000 was considered impoverished in that 2005 Census.)

VII. According to the Committee for economic Development (5), children are becoming an ever smaller proportion of the American population. They warn that unless preventative ‘investments’ are made in early childhood; our future labor force will be disproportionately poor, uneducated and untrained. This is evident and can be seen on the California Department of Education website (6). It charts 23,760 teens in Los Angeles County to have dropped out of high school.

Satisfaction:

I. The problem exists in that our society believes that children are the property of their biological parents who have full custody until that child is damaged by abuse or neglect. Once a child is ‘damaged‘, that is when the child is protected under child abuse and neglect laws and warrants an intervention by Social Services. Only then will a child be ward of the state and placed in an alternative home or foster care.

II. The problem lies in that we’re are trying to solve and combat massive established problems rather then preventing them. But what kind of ‘Investments’ must be made?
A. Free of abuse and oppression.
B. Access to equal opportunities to develop their life’s potential.
C. Develop affectionate attachments to their parents and other family members.
D. Biological puberty must not be a mark for parental maturity.

III. A large percentage of biological parents are in the best position to represent the interest of their children and provide the best possible for them. But we need to move beyond that and stop viewing our children as property. Parenthood is a privilege, not a right.

IV. We need to hold parents accountable for being competent parents rather then forcing children to bare incompetence until they show signs of damage. Parental licensing will validate parental rights and refocus public policy in supporting competent parenting. Responsibility will fall on a parent to demonstrate competence in parenting rather then the state proving unfitness after damage to a child occurs (this is how it is now). Because the parent will be responsible for the rearing of their children, there will be little government intervention.

Visualization:

I. Parental licensing will not distinguish between ‘good’ and ‘bad’ parenting or attempt to change parenting styles. It will only exclude those obviously unqualified. It is not a birth control measure.

II. Establishing procedures for parental licensing will entail little more administrative structure then those involving, marriage licensing or birth registration. One might make a comparison to obtaining a drivers license.

III. The criteria for obtaining a parental license would be a basic credentialing process that must be obtained by each parent for each child.
a. Parent must be able to be responsible for one’s own life before being able to care for another. The varied age should be about 18 years with completion if a high school education or equivalent .Provisional licenses are available for those under 18.
b. To pledge to care for and nurture the child and refrain from abuse and neglect. If broken, license will be revoked, fine or punishment.
c. Basic knowledge of child rearing.

IV. Parenting licenses will stimulate the development of family life education, and the mass impact would likely discourage premature pregnancy and marriage because it will reinforce the gravity of child rearing responsibilities.

V. There are many ways of prediction parental competence through evaluations as it is with adoption today.

VI. If the state required all parents to become licensed before or upon the birth of a child, child abuse and neglect could be avoided.

VII. What are some objections to licensing?
a. Restrict individual freedoms: child abuse and neglect are not freedoms. We all have the right to be free of cruel and unusual punishment.
b. Tool for racism: Children and neglect/abuse prevention is the issue, not racism. There will be set criteria, rules and regulations to follow. Anyone wanting to discriminate will not be able to.
c. Lessen governmental aid for needy families: according to ‘The Third Branch’, a news letter of the federal courts cost of incarceration per inmate estimates to be about $46,000 annually. Compare that to the $13000 poverty threshold of a mother and child scenario in my intro. If less money were spent on incarnating adults that are so because of abuse and neglect in their childhood, more money will be available for public assistance, well fare and even social security.

Action:

I. Every day children are abuse neglected, abandoned and rejected. This is currently perpetuated by the way our children and family services are set up. We need to make a change in our views about parent hood and steep up to take responsibility for our actions. Laws, ideologies and values must be changed about child rights. They are not property, but our future.

II. We must petition to change our California legislator. California is a trend setter, and all other states will follow if these changes are made. Soon all of California will be in accordance to these new laws.

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9. Consumer choices and no-compete clauses

January 27, 2006

Consumers are suffering due to no-compete clauses that agencies serving people with disabilities have in the hiring process.

I believe that a no-compete clause is stating ownership of that consumer and their choices to keep their respective providers if they choose.

As an agency we do not ask an employee to sign a no-compete ourselves. All consumers deserve the right to be informed if picking a provider that has to sign a no-compete clause. Where does a no-compete clause help a client that is bonded to a provider that has mental health issues, behavioral issues, major health issues?

What about the consumers and families that have waited years to find a decent provider and loose that provider to a no-compete clause? If you beleive that a no-compete clause is infringing on the rights of the consumers please sign this petition.

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10. FOUR WAY STOP LIGHT AT MOUNT VERNON DRIVE AND PRESCOTT ROAD

TO PUT A FOUR WAY STOP LIGHT
AT THE INTERSECTION OF MOUNT VERNON DRIVE AND PRESCOTT ROAD.IT TAKES ANY WHERE FROM 5-20 MINS TO MAKE A LEFT OR RIGHT HAND TURN ON TO PRESCOTT ROAD. THE TRAFFIC BACKS UP ON MOUNT VERNON DRIVE MAKING THE RESIDENCES UNABLE TO GET IN OR OUT OF THERE DRIVEWAY.
YOU ARE NOT ABLE TO CROSS THE ROAD AT MOUNT VERNON AND PRESCOTT THEIR ARE APTMENTS ACROSS FROM PRESCOTT STILL MAKING IT MOUNT VERNON.

IF YOU WANTED TO CROSS THE STREET YOU NEED TO WALK DOWN TO THE CORNER OF PARKWAY PLAZA AND PRESCOTT ROAD WHERE THE LIGHT IS AND THEN YOU DON'T HAVE ENOUGH TIME TO CROSS THE ROAD.
THERE ARE CHILDREN WHO HAVE TO CROSS PRESCOTT AND IT IS NOT SAFE TO CROSS.
THE NEXT CROSS WALK IS AT PRESCOTT AND SHARON WAY YOU ARE NOT EVEN ABLE TO CROSS THERE.

THEN WE HAVE A 3 WAY STOP LIGHT AT PRESCOTT AND CHESYLER AND IT HAS A CROSS WALK SO THERE ARE CHOICES.
SO WILL YOU PLEASE HELP BY SIGNING THIS PETITION TO HELP MAKE OUR INTERCEPTION SAFE.

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11. Allow EchoStar DirectTV Merger

I am writing to you today as a current satellite TV subscriber who would like to add my voice of support to the pending merger of EchoStar and DIRECTV. The combination of these two satellite providers will provide numerous benefits to consumers like me, including more choices in channels, programming, broadband and new television technologies.

By merging, the combined company will be a much stronger competitor to cable television and can offer more programming choices and, most importantly, all local TV channels in every market in the U.S. By providing local TV channels everywhere, this merger will make satellite television a strong alternative to cable in our community. Throughout the country, people will now be able to turn to satellite TV to access their local news, weather and community information, in addition to a comprehensive package of national video programming. But just as exciting, the merger will bring the availability of affordable high-speed Internet service by satellite to over 40 million Americans who don't have high-speed Internet access. These tremendous benefits to consumers won't happen without the merger. Satellite-delivered Internet service will bring an affordable and competitive alternative to cable modems and DSL to consumers in big cities, small towns and rural areas alike. This will give me a competitive choice for Internet access and will be especially advantageous to rural communities where cable modems and DSL are not likely to be available anytime in the near future.

In the interest of improving our access to competitive television and Internet service, I urge you to lend your support to this merger.

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