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DOING COLLEGE

Beyond the Right Fit in College Admissions

Dear Dr. LaScala, We always hear about colleges being the "right fit" or a "good match" for a student. What are specific and concrete ways we can help our son...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 22, 2011
There are no comments yet. 8733 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Religion and Politics, Part 1 (uh-oh)

America is a nation founded in major part by refugees to whom religious expression was important enough to risk the perils of an ocean voyage and brave the challenges...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug. 17, 2011
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Aug 19, 2011 at 8:19 am | 7 comments | 11975 Views

ART SPACE

Danville Artist Exhibits in Madrid

The exhibit Arte + Fe is being held at the Pons Foundation in Madrid on the occasion of World Youth Day and offers a look at Christian contemporary works of...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 12, 2011
There are no comments yet. 3984 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Just who IS this Obama guy, anyway?

It's tempting to begin this week's epistle with an inquiry about whether anybody feels better about last week's DC debacle, from an investor's vantage fully 15%...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Aug. 9, 2011
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Aug 11, 2011 at 5:41 pm | 10 comments | 9554 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Adding Sports to the College Admission Game

Hello Dr. LaScala, My son might want to continue to swim in college. He will be a sophomore this year and we want to get on track early and avoid making mistakes....

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Aug. 8, 2011
There are no comments yet. 8766 Views

ART SPACE

"The Miracle of Turban Boy," a performance piece by Turban Bill

In terms of a Hollywood movie pitch: it's Bollywood meets director Philip Kaufman meets "Beach Blanket Babylon." The following scenario was written by guest contributor...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Aug. 5, 2011
There are no comments yet. 6436 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Ike?s Farewell, Revisited

I recently came across President Eisenhower's Farewell Address to the nation, circa 1961, on a Great Speeches CD. It's impressive in its predictive power and in...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jul. 19, 2011
Last comment by Mark Patrick Brown, on Aug 2, 2011 at 3:57 pm | 7 comments | 9463 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

It?s Not Your Founding Fathers? First Amendment

I have always had profound respect for the First Amendment's genius, considering it the most fundamental expression of America's respect for individual freedom....

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jul. 27, 2011
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Jul 29, 2011 at 4:23 pm | 13 comments | 10154 Views

RAUCOUS CAUCUS

Wealth, unions, the beleaguered middle class and the last cookie

As the story goes, a unionized public employee, a middle manager, and a Wall Street CEO are seated at a table, with a dozen cookies on it. The CEO takes 11 cookies,...

Original post made by Tom Cushing on Jul. 12, 2011
Last comment by Tom Cushing, on Jul 14, 2011 at 3:50 pm | 12 comments | 9674 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Enjoy summer and still keep your child on track for college admission

Dear Dr. LaScala, My son is entering high school in the fall. I have an older daughter who is already in college and I know how much money it costs and how competitive...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jul. 11, 2011
There are no comments yet. 7796 Views

ART SPACE

Fair Attendance Down Again

Attendance at the Danville Fine Arts Faire [sic for the past three years appears to be a reflection of the sour economy that continues to grip the state and...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jun. 22, 2011
Last comment by Roz Rogoff, on Jun 25, 2011 at 2:21 pm | 1 comment | 3931 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Graduate School Admissions: Finding the Right Graduate Program for You

Dear Dr. LaScala: You write a great deal about college admissions, so I wondered what you could tell me about graduate school admissions. I just finished my...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on Jun. 13, 2011
There are no comments yet. 8129 Views

ART SPACE

hARTz Studios

Remember the Pioneer Gallery? If so, you will recall that it was located on the first floor of 524 Hartz Avenue, a venue now occupied by Rakestraw Books. A membership...

Original post made by John A. Barry on Jun. 12, 2011
There are no comments yet. 4007 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Will You Miss Out on Teacher Recommendations for College Admissions?

Hello Dr. LaScala, My daughter is just finishing her junior year and some of her friends are already asking their teachers for letters of recommendation, especially...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on May. 30, 2011
There are no comments yet. 7812 Views

PRESSING ISSUES

'Safe' reporting on suicide

It is important that visitors here understand why portions of comments have been removed from a thread about a teen suspected of taking her own life. Speculating...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on May. 29, 2011
There are no comments yet. 10631 Views

ART SPACE

Masks and the Universal Themes of Art

I'm about to do some traveling. Artist Bill Carmel offered to write a guest column in my absence. He plans to do follow-ups in the future, expanding on the theme...

Original post made by John A. Barry on May. 26, 2011
There are no comments yet. 4523 Views

PRESSING ISSUES

Supporting journalism is an investment in our community

The Pleasanton Weekly staff is humbled by and appreciative of the outpouring of support we have received so far in the Support Local Journalism membership drive....

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on May. 23, 2011
There are no comments yet. 8541 Views

DOING COLLEGE

Exactly What Is A Meaningful Summer in College Admissions?

A Danville resident asks: What exactly is a "meaningful" summer? I have heard this phrase so often, but without any real details. What should high school age...

Original post made by Elizabeth LaScala on May. 16, 2011
There are no comments yet. 8774 Views

ART SPACE

B.B in Benicia

Brigitte Bize is an artist who lives in Danville. But at least three days a week, she pays the toll to drive to Benicia in order to paint from 9:00 a.m. till 7:00...

Original post made by John A. Barry on May. 10, 2011
There are no comments yet. 4660 Views

PRESSING ISSUES

We acknowledge an error in judgment was made

As was noted in a Town Square forum by frequent poster "Stacey," the Society of Professional Journalists' Code of Ethics includes being "honest, fair...

Original post made by Gina Channell-Allen on Apr. 7, 2009
Last comment by Start Afresh, on May 6, 2011 at 8:00 am | 38 comments | 13661 Views
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