A few days ago, I was reading this news story in a local newspaper and it was a story about a young girl in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania who got bullied and ridiculed from her high school Geometry teacher for wearing a pink colored support “Romney-Ryan 2012” campaign t-shirt there was nothing rude, indecent or dirty about it, it was just a regular t-shirt with the “Romney-Ryan 2012” campaign logo on it. The high school instructor yelled and screamed at the young lady to get out of her classroom and change clothing while at the same time making such ridiculous and idiotic remarks like comparing Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan to the Klu Klux Klan, sorry I do not see any connection or collaboration there. The young lady did not budge or move at all and stood her ground it is her God given right to freedom of expression and no one and I strongly repeat no one has any right to tell you and/or force you to think differently. The father of this sixteen year old high school student is filing a formal protest and both he and his daughter want the high school geometry teacher fired for such immature and bullied behavior, in my point of view I hope that teacher does get fired we do not immature teachers and/or instructors that do not accept the freedom of expression from people in general but especially from young people. We need teacher and instructors that are open-minded and also listen, respect and accept different thoughts and points of view we all do not have to think the same way as well we do not have to look the same way. The high school geometry teacher when confronted by school officials about her immature and sporatic behavior just said “This was just a joke and I meant nothing by it” that is a line that every immature bully uses. My message to the immature high school geometry teacher would be this; grow up and stop pushing and bullying people because of the clothes they wear the joking and bullying are over. I think this should be a universal message leave people alone with the clothes they are wearing if they want to wear Obama-Biden 2012 campaign clothing attire or Romney-Ryan 2012 campaign clothing attire it is their right in this beautiful country of ours to do so and they can wearing their selected clothing attire with my blessing.
I for one thought that United States President, Barack Obama plan for reforming the overall Health Care System or as it was called “Obamacare” was going to be something different and something cheaper than what we currently have as a Healthcare system now. Wow, was I ever wrong, Obamacare which just happen to pass through the United States Congress and just barely got by the United States Senate is going to cost the American taxpayers more money than expected and as an unfortunate result the taxes of all the citizens in the United States are going to be raised and go up in order to make and force all Americans to pay for a Healthcare system that does not appear to be working properly and that has little or no support from not only health insurance companies and/or plans or as they are called HMO’s, from many Medical Doctors, Hospitals and/or clinics but by also many Americans do not trust the new Obamacare Health Plan System and the raising of fees and taxes to pay for a healthcare system that appears to be doomed for failure. In my point of view, I think President Obama needs to strongly concentrate on creating more jobs and/or employment in this country so the United States Economy can get in better shape than what it currently is right now. I know and understand that it is still a little early before the 2012 United States Presidential Election but it now formally appears that the entire country is fed-up and tired with the lack of Leadership and broken promises of Barack Obama so in other words this is probably going to be President Obama’s last act in office and it appears the people of the United States and/or the American Voter are ready for some fresh new Leadership in Mitt Romney and I have said this before and I will say it again, the Republicans need to make sure that three items must be faced when they get in the White House, Jobs, the Economy and bring back all our United States military from those battles that some we really should not be in, without any hesitation our country must continue and move forward with new and renewed leadership. I do understand that we do need to tighten our financial belt and save money but we should continue to keep and maintain our system of Democracy and Capitalism because that is how we became the great nation that we are today.
As I was sitting in the Menlo Park Presbyterian Church during the Memorial Services for former College of San Mateo football, women’s basketball and softball head coach and Physical Education Instructor, Thomas Albert Martinez or as it was properly titled “Celebrating the Life of Thomas Albert Martinez,” I was not surprised by how crowded the church was in his honor or by the message that was repeated over and over that Tom Martinez was a wonderful coach, a wonderful person and a genuine individual that loved not only his own family but everybody else as well. I guess what did surprise me was by how many people’s lives Coach Martinez touched and helped during his career and lifetime even when he was very sick and ill he would still go to his football training camp and/or quarterback camp in a wheelchair and still work out and train committed athletes like a Tom Brady or a John Elway. The other thing that surprised me about Tom Martinez how long his career was let me put it this way, he started teaching and coaching in 1966 that is three years before I was born and I am now 42 years old so that would make it close to 45 years of commitment and devotion to not only athletes, fans, coaches and friends but to the State of California and the California Community College System how about that. Coach Martinez had a very special and unique love for the College of San Mateo and the Bulldogs where his coaching career in Junior college and/or Community college began and why not he led all three teams that he was the head coach of to successful season(s) never a losing season especially in Women’s Basketball where he has led the Lady Bulldogs to four Northern California Titles and let us not forget all the success he had in both the Golden Gate Conference as well as the Coast Conference. He was also a kind of person that would always be there if you needed him and/or his help and he was training and coaching you but the secret there is you would need to call and contact him he did not call or contact any of the athletes he was training he would wait for them to call him which gave him the message that they now need his help, knowledge and expertise. If there is one sad note and/or regret regarding the Memorial Services is that Coach Tom Martinez did not get the Kidney transplant operation that probably could have saved his life so he could keep teaching and touching lives like he has always done. As I was listening to his son, Thomas Alan Martinez comment on his father and his coaching style; “No excuses, just get the job done,” it does not get any simpler than that “Do what you love to do and take great pride in what you do” Mr. Martinez took great pride in his teams, his athletes and of course his greatest team his loving and close family. I remember when I was a student at College of San Mateo in 2000 I believe and I went to visit Coach Tom Martinez in his office he would be returning telephone calls from his voice mail and we just changed our area code from 415 to 650 this was six to eight months after the change and he would dial a telephone number then in a spur of the moment look at me and say “so it is 650 now not 415?” I responded yes coach that is correct. I still though will always remember the conversation I had with him a few days he found out that he had only a year to live, being the idiot that I was I thought he was joking or making a joke his response “No I am dead serious!” that immediately gave me chills and nerves I took my hat off to him he was extremely brave and that I will never ever forget that about Tom Martinez, but Coach Martinez did have a lighter and funny side one time when I was at Foothill College I offered to get him a Foothill College athletics sweatshirt as a gift his response was “you know what I am going to do with it” wear it I answered he just smiled and said “no I am going to place over the bathroom stall and/or toilet get the picture.” That was the kind of person Thomas Albert Martinez was a great leader, a great coach with also a great sense of humor. I guess I will also agree with the comment and/or remark that the Pastor made close to the end of the Memorial Services, “Tom Martinez was a great and unique individual that loved and cared for everybody, this world needs more people like Tom Martinez,” I could not agree more with that statement. I cannot say this enough thank you Coach Martinez for all the great memories and exciting games you have given us may God Bless You and may you Rest In Peace.
Donations can be made in Thomas Albert Martinez’s name to one of the following organizations: Tom Martinez Appreciation Award c/o San Mateo County Community College District Foundation, 3401 CSM Drive, San Mateo, California 94402, www.TomMartinezFund.com or Matching Donors www.matchingdonors.com or the National Kidney Foundation www.kidney.org
Some time ago I said that Republican Presidential candidate, Mitt Romney was looking pretty good to win the GOP candidate spot in the upcoming United States Presidential Election 2012, then the Iowa Caucus took place and Rick Santorum came out on top by 13 or 18 votes to win the Iowa Caucus. Mitt Romney took second but was not worried because he took the New Hampshire Primary by a landslide, so Romney looked like the sure candidate right not quite, the South Carolina Primary took place and guess who joined the top spot for the Republicans, former U.S. House Speaker, Newt Gingrich he took South Carolina by storm with Mitt Romney in second place. I know and understand that this is still way to early in the 2012 Presidential Campaign to worry but to the Republican Party, I would start worrying a lot this is just a prime example of how divided the Republican Party is as well as our country. The Grand Old Party (GOP) lacks stability as well as leadership for who will be the prime candidate to take on Barack Obama in the 2012 General Presidential Election. Some say that Newt Gingrich has the power and ability to defeat Obama but others think that Romney has a better chance and just for the record some people think Rick Santorum still has an outside chance to win the Republican Party nomination for President. Not to be completely negative but this is now officially a disaster waiting to happen. The Republican Party needs to get their act together put all their differences aside and together as a whole select unanimously a strong and powerful Presidential candidate and Vice Presidential candidate that can defeat Barack Obama in November 2012. The 2012 Presidential Campaign now focuses on the Florida Primary and Mitt Romney must come out on top and win Florida if he is to be the top GOP Presidential candidate because if Newt Gingrich wins the Florida Primary that gives him some power and resurgence to put him as the top Republican contender which is not a bad choice because he does have a lot of political leadership and experience in government that can help lead our country out of this economic crisis and deficit as well as maybe bring back all our United States military soldiers and troops that are still fighting in wars in other countries risking their precious lives for us to be free. I cannot say this enough, the Republican Party (aka: GOP) needs to get their act together in selecting a Presidential candidate that will beat Barack Obama but soundly or else as I mentioned previously this is just a blue print for disaster and the Democratic Party will take full advantage of it. The GOP can only hope that they can have their Presidential candidate and Vice Presidential candidate before the 2012 Republican National Convention so the United States voters can see that this is a strong and unified political party with a strong Presidential and Vice Presidential candidate that the United States can be proud to elect to the White House.
A few days ago, I went with my friend to the Department of Social Services (aka: the Welfare, Medi-Cal, Food Stamps and General Assistance office) located in the County of San Mateo. I was totally amazed and blown away by how many people were waiting in line to get help and assistance for probably themselves and/or their families. These were people of very low-income and living in a low-income close to poverty part of the County of San Mateo, how shall I put this delicately, lets just say the complete opposite of people living in Hillsborough, Portola Valley and/or Atherton. I saw one woman sign up and ask for Medi-Cal benefits for her and her young children that was her number one priority to see a Doctor and just have the Medi-Cal benefits just in case something happens. Another person was just asking for General Assistance and Food Stamps to help both pay his rent and get something to eat at the same time. My friend was there just to drop off their monthly income report needed to continue receiving his Food Stamps and Medi-Cal benefits, someone told me that the State of California as well as all the counties were getting much more people requesting and/or asking for help and assistance with not only the loss of jobs and income but with the high deficit that we are encountering. I am personally very happy to see that the State of California does not neglect and abandon there constituents and their residents and that they can go to their Department of Social Services (Human Services Agency) in any county (i.e. County of San Mateo) to get help and assistance with Food Stamps, Medi-Cal, General Assistance as well as other help and information like Family Planning and Family Budgeting. I do understand that the State of California would prefer to see all these people finding steady and full-time jobs and working instead of being unemployed and receiving help and assistance but until more jobs are available all these very low-income people just do not have a choice and if they have a family with young children to help and support their need is more urgent and dior than anyone else.
As the month of January and the new year of 2012 is in full swing, after all the holiday parties and New Years Day celebrations that we endured and enjoyed and are now behind us, we need to start to concentrate on the year 2012 but seriously. We have two important events that our country, first the United States is facing the 2012 Presidential Election, right now is the time to start and begin communicating with everybody including friends, family, loved-ones, co-workers and just about any and every stranger that is of legal voting age and start campaigning for the 2012 Republican Party and/or GOP candidate whoever it might be. I will be honest, I thought Mitt Romney was going to automatically run away with it because that is the only name that everybody mentions then comes the Iowa Caucuses the first real test for all the Republican candidates and Romney only wins the Iowa Caucus by a mere eight votes, Rick Santorum gets much needed momentum and believe it or not pulls into second place now making it a brand new race for the White House. The Republican Party and/or GOP has shown that they are divided by the final results in the Iowa Caucuses and the Democratic Party loves and enjoys when the GOP is divided because they can move, convince and/or sway good GOP voters for their candidates and especially in the upcoming 2012 Presidential election that is just too big of a risk to take because we can end up with the same unfortunate and terrible results as the 2008 Presidential election where Barack Obama won and the people of the United States were not happy with the ultimate selection. So as members of the Republican Party, we need to work very hard and start to be united and/or unified to the choice we are going for President of the United States including for upcoming Primaries and Caucuses and push the candidate as much as you can so we can bring the United States back to its proper place and return the United States Constitution as our legal system and our ways of government the way our founding fathers wanted to begin with, remember the old saying “united we stand, divided we fall” there is no further proof of real evidence than a Presidential election where as always each and every vote counts. Second the large deficit that we are facing both for the State of California and for the United States, we need to also work hard and tighten our spending belts and not waste any money if possible the deficit was not made in one day but if we all work hard by making cutbacks and reductions year after year we can lower the deficit sooner than you know it. Lets make the year 2012 a positive year as well as a financially productive year and get our country the United States moving and going towards the right direction with the right person for President of the United States.
The war in Iraq is officially over and all the United States military, soldiers and troops are coming home, I would like to say thank you to them for all their hard work and sacrifice fighting for our country that is the good news. Now the bad news, how long will the peace and quiet last in Iraq and the Middle East in general without the American soldiers being there to keep the peace and not to add salt to the wound but I believe the war in Afghanistan is basically the same problem. My question is why does the United States have to get involved in other countries to help keep the peace, is it possible that the other countries can get along without any problem or the U.S. being there. My point is the recent war in Iraq and the war in Afghanistan is mainly between two group(s) that have different religious customs and beliefs and they do not accept one another at all which leads to conflict and war ultimately. I personally believe that we should accept and respect each others beliefs and ideas (religious and other things) and just live in peace. Now if that does not work, I say we start using a strong session of Mediation and/or Conflict Resolution if it works here in the United States then I say we formally introduce it to the world anything that will help keep the United States troops, soldiers and military home is worth investigating not only for the United States sake but for the worlds sake as well. This upcoming new year, I think we should all start using our hearts in addition to our heads.