Tuesday, December 1, 2015

The president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University has some straight talk for protesting students, and a Facebook page is devoted to local crime

 * ... STRAIGHT TALK: Dr. Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, had some straight talk for some of the college students across the country who have been demanding a "safe place" to live and study, often at the expense of a civil dialogue of opposing views. Said Piper in a blog post: "This is not a 'safe place,' but rather, a place to learn: to learn that life isn’t about you, but about others; that the bad feeling you have while listening to a sermon is called guilt; that the way to address it is to repent of everything that’s wrong with you rather than blame others for everything that’s wrong with them. This is a place where you will quickly learn that you need to grow up. This is not a day care. This is a university!"

 * ... CRIME: There are yet more reports across town of thieves siphoning gas from parked cars. Two people recently reported waking up to find their gas tanks completely empty? What to do? Consider a new gas cap that locks with a key.

 * ... BAKERSFIELD THIEVES: And speaking of crime, did you know there was a Facebook page devoted to posting pictures of petty thieves in town? A few minutes scrolling through the pictures on the "Bakersfield Thieves" Facebook page is a depressing experience, but nonetheless educational. There are pictures of thieves stealing packages off front porches, people riding bicycles carrying big screen TVs, shoplifters and just about anything else that will ruin your day.

 * ... SPOTTED ON TWITTER: "The difference between pizza and your opinion is that I asked for pizza."

 * ... CHIMNEY DEATH: The death of a suspected burglar who died of thermal burns after he got stuck in a fireplace in Fresno County has a familiar - and odd - ring to it. In this latest case, the homeowner didn't know the would-be burglar was in the fireplace when he started the fire, leading to the predictable consequences. In was in August of 2010 when a local doctor, Jacquelyn Kotarac, died she she got stuck in the chimney of her boyfriend's house in southwest Bakersfield. In that case, she took to the chimney after she failed to break into the house in a more conventional sense.

 * ... CHIPS FOR KIDS: I hope all of you get a chance to swing by The Californian Wednesday to donate an unwrapped toy for the CHIPs for Kids toy drive. We will be set up at the corner of H and 18th streets from 5 a.m. to 6 p.m.

 * ... BAKERSFIELD WINDS: And there was this shout-out from reader Gerhard Schmidt: "A week ago, there was a musical event by the outstanding Bakersfield Winds. They were able to return to the Olive Drive campus after renovations of the church building. This appeared to improve the acoustics, so that the performance was indeed 'ear candy.' This ensemble of 50 musicians, many of them music educators, produces what is no doubt an unbelievable value for a suggested $5 donation. The quality is close to that of professional wind ensembles. Look up their schedule online. Especially not to be missed is their patriotic concert."

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