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Happy New Year!

Hope everyone had a happy and safe celebration last night. Charlotte and I stayed home, popped open a bottle of bubbly and snuggled up in front of the TV and watched Marx Brothers movies on TCM. Heading back to the radio Tuesday. No more days off until the Big Adventure on the 19th.

Meanwhile, I would just like to echo my closing monologue from Friday and once again point out what a great year 2006 was for KVEC and Hometown Radio.

2006 was the year we finally started streaming on the Internet and began podcasting. There is a complete inventory of our shows dating back to August 1 available at http://www.920kvec.com. I think it’s fantastic to finally have that 21st century technology available in such a small radio market. Obviously another big plus for me was the addition of this blog, allowing us to continue the debate 24/7. I look forward to making this blog even better this year.

Tom and I remain thrilled to have King Harris back in the KVEC family. He and Ben are doing a bang-up job in the mornings from 6 to 9 with First News. Speaking of news directors, Suzan Vaughn, a KVEC stalwart from the ’90s just emailed me to announce that she and her hubby hope to move back to the Central Coast from Washington in about six months. Looking forward to having Suzan back in the guest pool.

Looking back, I’m very pleased with how our show did this last year — we spotlighted important community events and nonprofit organizations, found homes for needy dogs and cats and gave voice to people like Marilyn Farhat about Lebanon and Carrie Burton, the housewife trying to build a fence in Morro Bay to protect school children. We tried to provide in-depth election coverage and I thought we played a role in the defeat of those “good old boy” candidates up in Atascadero. Al Brill, the Consumer Guy, did a great job in showcasing shoddy housing developments in the county and we held Cuesta’s feet to the fire in trying to figure out the msytery behind their bond measure. I’m very proud of all those segments, and more.

So on to a new year, new voices and new topics. On Tuesday, Bob Sachs discusses the growing anti-American sentiment he finds in Europe. On Wednesday, Guy Murray and Mike Eisner address incorporation for Nipomo and Frank Kassak proposed an alcohol tax to pay for cops in SLO. And Friday is the big 15th anniversary broadcast with John Lindsey from PG&E, a visit from Miss Etiquette and live music from Bob and Wendy.

Happy 2007 to us all!

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  1. JerryDinAZ
    January 2, 2007 at 2:31 pm

    DAVE,
    THE IMPORTANCE OF YOUR SHOW GOES WITHOUT MENTIONING. BUT I WILL ANYWAY. YOU HAVE DONE A FINE JOB FOR 15 YEARS AND I CONGRATULATE YOU. GIVEN THE TENDENCIES OF TODAY’S LISTENERS I CAUTION TO NOT LEAN TO FAR TO THE LEFT.

    LIBERAL “DRIVE-BY” NEWSPAPERS FAILING DUE TO DECLINING SUBSCRIPTIONS, LIBERAL TALK SHOWS FAILING AT AN ALARMING RATE…THE LIST GOES ON.

    ON THE OTHER HAND THE DOMINANCE OF BOTH LOCAL AND CABLE FOX NEWS IS REFRESHING. YOU FOLLOW TWO OF THE MOST CONSERVATIVE AND SUCCESSFUL TALK RADIO HOSTS IN THE HISTORY OF RADIO! YOUR OWN NEW TIMES HAS TURNED TO THE CONSERVATIVE FAITHFUL RIGHT BECAUSE THEY FAILED AT SPEWING HATE AND TRYING TO KEEP ADVERTISERS HAPPY.

    SO AGAIN, AS A FRIEND, I CAUTION YOU TO NOT LEAN INTO THE FIRE PIT OF THE FAILURE OF THE LEFT. YOUR MENTIONING BY NAME MARILYN FARHAT IS EGREGIOUS AND INIQUITOUS! MOST OF YOUR CALLERS CAN’T STAND THE ISLAMOFACISIST PROPAGANDA SHE SPEWS. MOST AMERICANS CAN’T EITHER! I WOULD NEVER HANG MY HAT ON THAT PEG WHEN THERE ARE VOLUMES OF SUCCESSES YOU COULD HAVE MENTIONED THAT WOULD RESONATE WITH THE MAJORITY OF YOUR LISTENERS!

    I TAKE GREAT PRIDE IN BEING INTRODUCED AT YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTY AT THE PALMS THEATER AS THE ONLY CONSERVATIVE. YOU HAVE COME SO FAR FROM THEN. YOU HAVE DELICATELY BALANCED YOUR DEEP PERSONAL BELIEFS WITH A SENSE OF FAIRNESS. I ENCOURAGE YOU TO CONTINUE THAT POLICY.

    AS ALWAYS I WISH YOU ALL THE SUCCESS IN 2007. AS A FRIEND I AM COMMITTED TO YOUR PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL SUCCESS BEYOND WHAT I CAN DESCRIBE HERE.

  2. Marilyn Farhat
    January 3, 2007 at 8:29 am

    Hello Dave and Happy New Year,

    If I may suggest a few topics for 2007 that you or your listeners may be interested in. Maybe your audience can also pitch in.

    1- The health care crisis in California and the country in general.

    2- The foster care situation in SLO County. I know a number of people who volunteer through CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates). There are too many kids in SLO who are not able to find foster homes in the community and are “farmed out” to other counties.

    3- Domestic violence (child and spousal abuse).

    4- Homelessness.

    5- The mental health crisis in California and overcrowding and short-staffing in prisons and state hospitals.

    6- Unethical practices of drug companies (advertising tactics, pushing unneeded drugs on people).

    7- Corporate monopoly of most things in our lives and ways to circumvent it.

    8- The difficulties faced by the families of deployed soldiers, especially the children. There are a couple of ladies through Camp SLO and Camp Roberts who have been active in a teen program to address such issues. The focus is on emotional support and positive self-image and the sense of sharing and community. Children act as mentors for each other (this is a state-wide program).

    9- PTSD and other emotional and mental manifestations of trauma (a very common problem), especially in traumatized families and returning soldiers.

    10- Community building and sustainable living.

    11- Cultural diversity versus integration (melting pot).

    12- The Latino Outreach Program in SLO County (mental Health). Dr. Silvia Ortiz is a good contact. They need help. Any Spanish speaking mental health nurses or psychiatric technicians out there, please apply. They need you.

    There are many more and I am sure you have discussed some of them over the years, but all the above are local issues that require attention.

    Best wishes.

  3. Dave Congalton
    January 3, 2007 at 5:18 pm

    Marilyn,

    These are all excellent topics. Thank you! Hmmmm. Maybe I should have you produce the show!

    Dave

  4. JerryDinAZ
    January 3, 2007 at 5:51 pm

    DAVE!
    THOSE TOPICS CAME RIGHT FROM “MOVEON.ORG”! MAYBE LOCALIZED, YET STILL LEFTY TALKING POINTS!
    TRY A FEW DECENT TOPICS!
    1) SECULAR PROGRESSIVE TEACHERS RAPING STUDENTS AT AN ALRMING RATE
    2) ACTIVIST JUDGES REFUSE TO PUT PEDOFILE TEACHERS IN JAIL

    MORE LATER

  5. Anonymous
    January 4, 2007 at 7:12 pm

    “You know, one of the hardest parts of my job is to connect Iraq to the war on terror.”—Presiden George Bush, interview with CBS News, Washington D.C., Sept. 6, 2006

    And for this, thousands of Americans and Iraqis have died. In the meantime, where is Osama?!?

    For more “wise” comments by the leader of the free world most likely to butcher the English language, check it out here: http://www.slate.com/id/76886/

  6. Brett
    January 6, 2007 at 6:41 pm

    TRY A FEW DECENT TOPICS!
    1) SECULAR PROGRESSIVE TEACHERS RAPING STUDENTS AT AN ALRMING RATE
    2) ACTIVIST JUDGES REFUSE TO PUT PEDOFILE TEACHERS IN JAIL

    Jerry (you ignorant slut), oh hold on. Jerry (you ignorant cracker slut) I think you meant christians raping students at an alarming rate.

    Again Jerry what is that big mouth of yours spewing about anyway.

  7. JerryDinAZ
    January 7, 2007 at 6:26 pm

    BRENT,
    HERE IS WHAT MY “BIG MOUTH IS SPEWING”! SINCE YOU WON’T FIND THIS INFO ON MOVEON.ORG I WILL POST IT HERE FOR YOU. ALWAYS GLAD TO HELP ENLIGHTEN THE SCHLEMIELS OF THIS BLOG.

    I DID NOT PUBLISH THE ENTIRE LIST…BE SURE TO READ FAR ENOUGH TO NOTICE THE SENTENCES FOR THSE DEPRAVED SECULAR PROGRESSIVES!

    Teacher ‘sexpidemic’

    The phenomenon of teachers accused or convicted of having sex with their students has not come to the forefront of national and international news because of the left leaning liberal main stream media’s biased coverage of the news!

    Here is the short list! the first 80!

    Adrianne Hockett: Accused of having sex with a 16-year-old special-needs student in a Houston apartment she rented for the get-togethers. The boy has testified the pair would “have sex, drink beer and smoke weed.”

    Amber Jennings, 31: Though Jennings was initially charged with having sex with a 16-year-old, the counts against the Sturbridge, Mass., woman were reduced to a single charge of disseminating harmful materials to a minor. She reportedly admitted e-mailing naked photos of herself to a former student. She received no jail time, only two years of probation after pleading guilty.

    Amber Marshall, 23: Northwest Indiana woman allegedly had sexual contact, including intercourse, with several students at Hebron High School, and turned herself into authorities, telling police she knew what she did was illegal.

    Amira Sa’Di, 30: Clayton County, Ga., woman remarked she didn’t think her relationship was inappropriate based on her Internet research, learning the Peach State’s age of consent is 16.

    Amy Gail Lilley, 36: Inverness, Fla., woman and softball coach at Lecanto High School charged with a lesbian relationship with a 15-year-old girl. She received no prison time, being sentenced to two years of house arrest and eight more years of probation.

    Amy McElhenney, 25: Charged with having a sexual relationship with an 18-year-old male student, the 25-year-old Hebron High School Spanish teacher and former Miss Texas contestant will not be serving any jail time after a Denton County, Texas, grand jury refused to issue an indictment. While the age of consent in Texas is 17 years, a state law bans sexual relationships between educators and students even if the student is of legal age and the relationship is consensual. She could have faced 20 years in prison if indicted and convicted.

    Angela Comer, 26: Middle-school teacher from Tompkinsville, Ky., fled with her alleged lover, her 14-year-old male student, before being tracked down in Mexico where she reportedly planned to marry the boy. She was indicted for illegal sex acts with a minor and returned to Kentucky. Charges include felony custodial interference, two counts of third-degree sodomy and four counts of unlawful transaction with a minor relating to sexual acts.

    Angela Stellwag, 24: Delran, N.J., woman accused of having sex in her apartment with a 14-year-old boy she met in school. She was charged with sexual assault for activity that allegedly took place in August 2004. She pleaded not guilty in August 2006.

    Beth Raymond, 31: Private-school employee from Pownal, Maine, charged with risk of injury to a minor and second-degree sexual assault of a juvenile male at Eagle Hill School in Greenwich, Conn. In July 2006, she was sentenced to 18 months prison.

    Bethany Sherrill, 24: Daughter-in-law of school-board president charged with molesting a 15-year-old middle-school student. Reports state Sherill allegedly had oral sex with the boy and sent him coded text messages. She resigned her position at Jefferson Elementary School in Farmington, Mo., and eventually received 90 days in jail and two years probation, and was forced to register as a sex offender.

    Brandy Lynn Gonzales, 27:The Houston-area teacher and her husband were arrested in December 2006 for sexually assaulting students at an elementary school two years earlier. Prosecutors allege that Gonzales met a student at a local movie theater, where she performed oral sex on the boy as well as another student at the theater. Husband Johnny Gonzales is also charged with having performed sex acts with one teen. Prosecutors told the judge they have sufficient evidence to file further charges.

    Cameo Patch, 29: Substitute teacher at Tooele High School in Tooele, Utah, arrested for allegedly performing oral sex on a 17-year-old male student. The sexual activity was allegedly consensual, and reportedly took place off school grounds after the pair had exchanged phone numbers in a restaurant. She was sentenced to no jail time, despite comments from the judge that a man would have likely gone to prison.

    Carol Flannigan, 50: Boca Raton, Fla., music teacher reportedly slept with 11-year-old former student, and also had a simultaneous sexual relationship with the boy’s father. In a deposition, the boy’s father said he had the same sort of sexual relationship with Flannigan that ex-President Bill Clinton had with Monica Lewinsky. In February 2006, Flannigan was sentenced to five years prison as part of a plea deal.

    Carrie McCandless, 29: The former Colorado social-studies teacher, who also happens to be married to the principal, was charged in November 2006 with having had sexual contact with a 17-year-old male student during an overnight school camping trip. The instructor, who also coaches cheerleading, could be sentenced to up to 12 years in prison for sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust and contributing to the delinquency of a minor.

    Cathy Heminghaus, 46: Special-education teacher from Ferguson, Mo., charged with statutory sodomy involving at least three of her students at Ferguson Middle School. She reportedly told friends she had performed oral sex on the children on several occasions.

    Celeste Emerick, 32: Police in Huber Heights, Ohio, say the Wayne High School teacher hosted a party where students were shown pornography. Prosecutors charged her with one count of sexual battery, a felony in Ohio.

    Christina Gallagher, 26: Jersey City, N.J., woman received no jail time, but was ordered to pay more than $1,000 in fines, sentenced to a lifetime registration as a convicted sex offender and ordered to attend therapy for having sex with a 17-year-old student in late 2004. The former Rahway High School instructor was banned from teaching and seeing the student with whom she had sex.

    Christine Duda, 39: Teacher at the Normandy Alternative School in St. Louis County, Mo., allegedly took a 16-year-old hearing-impaired male student to her home for sex in December 2005. She was charged with two counts of felony statutory rape and fired by the school district.

    Christine Scarlett, 36: English teacher at Strongsville High School in Ohio began a sexual relationship with the 17-year-old captain of the football team, Steven Bradigan, in November 2002 and eventually gave birth to Bradigan’s son. Scarlett was fired from her teaching job, but insists nothing improper happened during the time she was Bradigan’s teacher. She was never charged with any criminal wrongdoing.

    Darcie Esson, 32: Parker, Colo., English teacher at Elizabeth High School was arrested in December 2006 for having sex with a 17-year-old football player the day after her divorce was finalized. According to the arrest affidavit, Esson and the teen allegedly had sex on the floor of her hotel room while her two children, ages 4 and 8, and their 17-year-old babysitter slept on beds in the same room. Esson was charged with sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust, a Class IV felony.

    Deanna Bobo, 37: Special-education teacher at Raymond E. Wells Junior High School in Greenwood, Ark., allegedly had sex twice in 2005 with a 14-year-old boy in his own bed while his parents were not home. She denied the charge, but was convicted in September 2006 of two counts of first-degree sexual assault and sentenced to 12 years in prison.

    Deborah Reeder, 45: Substitute teacher from Coral Springs, Fla., arrested in December 2006, charged with having sex at least four times with a 17-year-old boy who was a friend of one of her own three children. The victim told police they had sex multiple times in her car, her bed, on the floor of her bedroom and in the master bedroom shower.

    Debra LaFave, 25: Tampa, Fla., area teacher received no jail time despite having sex with her 14-year-old male student in a classroom and her Hillsborough County home. In another county, Marion, she was accused of having sex with the boy in an SUV. LaFave claimed at a March 2006 news conference she had a bipolar disorder. The boy’s father said LaFave should have received prison time in her plea deal, noting, “It’s a horrible, ugly thing that she’s done.”

    Diane DeMartini-Scully, 45: Mattituck, N.Y., woman was the school psychologist at East Hampton Middle School on Long Island when she was accused of having sex with the 16-year-old boyfriend of her own 13-year-old daughter. She allegedly had intercourse and oral sex with the boy on a number of occasions in May 2005 in her home and car. She was arrested after allegedly secretly visiting her young paramour at his new home in North Carolina.

    Donna Carr Galloway, 33: Married mother of two found naked in a car with a 17-year-old student.

    Elisa Kawasaki, 25: Biology teacher from Fresno, Calif., area, pleaded no contest to sex with a teen boy, and prosecutors dropped four other counts.

    Elizabeth Miklosovic, 36: Grand Rapids, Mich., teacher at South Haven’s Baseline Middle School pleaded no contest to sexually assaulting a 14-year-old female student she “married” in a pagan ritual in June 2004. Miklosovic is also accused of touching the girl’s genitals while camping in public parks. She told the judge before sentencing, “The entire ordeal has been blown totally out of proportion for something that was innocent, kind and nurturing in nature.” She was sentenced to five to 25 years.

    Elizabeth Stow, 26: Tulare Western High School teacher from Fresno, Calif., area convicted of having sex with three of her students was sentenced to nine years, but the judge suspended that sentence and gave her one year, followed by five years of probation. She was also ordered to register as a sex offender.

    Ellen Garfield, 43: Former student at Solomon Schecter School in Newton, Mass., said his music teacher took him into an empty classroom where she worked, partially disrobed, and coaxed him into having sex with her in 1998. Garfield was acquitted of all charges in September 2005.

    Emily Morris, 28: Teacher at Leeds High School in St. Clair County, Ala., faced a possible 20-year sentence, but received one year in jail for having consensual sex with a 15-year-old student.

    Erica Rutters, 29: Teacher at Oxford Christian Academy in New Oxford, Pa., allegedly wrote erotic messages to a 16-year-old student and had sexual intercourse with him four times in her apartment. She pleaded guilty to corruption of a minor, and received no jail time, just three years of probation in March 2006.

    Franca and Antonia Munoz-Juvera, 26: These twin sisters – both teachers – were arrested in Southern California in December 2006 in connection with alleged lewd acts with an underage female student. Only Franca was charged with “unlawful contact” – Antonia was charged with being aware of the incident and failing to report it as required under California law. An 18-year-old female roommate was also arrested because she “facilitated the crime.”

    Georgianne Harrell, 24: Teacher at Holley Elementary School in Sylvester, Ga., charged with performing oral sex on a 9-year-old boy in April 2005, allowing students to gaze down her blouse and slashing her wrists with glass in front of her students. Though she originally pleaded not guilty, she changed her plea to guilty just before trial, and was sentenced to 25 years in prison for aggravated child molestation.

    Gwen Cardozo, 33: Teacher at Wasson High School in Colorado Springs, Colo., accused of having sex with a 17-year-old male student. Police charged her with sexual assault on a child by one in a position of trust, and Cardozo resigned her position in March 2005. She pleaded guilty in July 2005 and received a deferred sentence, meaning no jail time if she remains trouble-free for four years.

    Heather Ingram, 30: Mathematics, science and business teacher at Chatelech Secondary School in Sechelt, British Columbia, had sex with a 17-year-old student. The relationship cost Ingram her job and reportedly led to the breakup of her 12-year common-law marriage to a man four years her senior.

    Jacquelyn Faith Garrison, 19: Substitute teacher at South Central High School in Winterville, N.C., was indicted in January 2006 on charges she was having an improper relationship with a 15-year-old student. The case involves some 50 phone calls and text messages exchanged between Garrison and the boy, who reportedly became uncomfortable when things of a sexual nature came up.

    Janelle Marie Bird, 24: Accused of having a two-year affair with a 15-year-old student from East Hill Christian School, in Pensacola, Fla. Declaring her love for the boy, she was charged with two counts of lewd and lascivious battery and two counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor. Though Bird could have received 30 years upon conviction, she was sentenced in 2006 to two years in state prison.

    Jaymee Wallace, 28: Basketball coach in Tampa, Fla., charged with having an 18-month lesbian relationship with a student. Authorities say the student, who was 15 when she met Wallace, voluntarily had sex with the coach more than 50 times, in a parking lot at Busch Gardens and often at Wallace’s own apartment while a fellow classmate was in an adjacent room. According to the police report, the sexual relationship reportedly began in early 2003, after the student received a note from Wallace saying she “found her attractive and wanted to know if she felt the same way.”

    Joan Marie Sladky, 28: Redwood City, Calif., woman sentenced to six months in county jail for having sex with a 16-year-old student after pleading no contest to four counts of unlawful sexual intercourse, oral copulation and penetration with a foreign object. The Spanish teacher’s relationship with the boy spanned six months, as she reportedly had sex with him once at his home and three times at her residence, which was on the property of the private Baptist church and school where she taught.

    Julia Lund, 28: Language teacher at Chaska High School in Minnesota, arrested in December 2006, charged with third-degree sexual assault for allegedly performing oral sex on a 17-year-old male student. The victim told police he first noticed Lund staring at him in the school hallway, before she asked him to contact her. Lund allegedly told the boy her husband was away and she was lonely.

    Katherine Tew, 30: Married English teacher from Greenville, N.C., arrested for having sex with a 17-year-old boy. She taught at South Central High School in Winterville, N.C., and was convicted of taking indecent liberties with a child, but found not guilty of the more serious sex charge. She was not given prison time, and lost her teaching license for at least two years.

    Kathy White, 39: Teacher at Lumberton High School in Lumberton, Texas, charged with having sex with a 17-year-old student. The victim, Michael Ferguson, alleges: “She just started grabbing me and hormones were on and it just happened.” Ferguson provided KBTV-TV with an e-mail allegedly sent by White, in which the teacher told him, “I get these cravings for YOU and that’s not NORMAL! If I had it my way, I’d do you once a week just because it’s good.”

    Kelly Lynn Dalecki, 28: Elementary-school teacher from St. Augustine, Fla., pleaded no contest to charges she had sex with a 13-year-old boy in 2003. The boy’s parents reportedly found more than 50 sexually explicit e-mails and pornographic pictures allegedly sent by Dalecki on his computer. Dalecki was sentenced to nearly a year in prison.

    Kristen Margrif, 27: Mayville, Mich., teacher accused of having sex with a 16-year-old male student in her car or at his summer workplace in June and July 2005. She was given a one-year delayed sentence in June 2006 on three felony counts of second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a student, meaning she’ll only have to serve probation if she remains trouble-free for a year.

    Kristi Dance Oakes, 32: Teacher allegedly had sex with a 16-year-old boy who was in her biology class the previous year. Oakes resigned from her post at Seymour High School in Sevierville, Tenn., and reportedly lost her home and even the job she took at a grocery store after resigning from the school system because of the charges. In July 2006, she pleaded guilty and was sentenced to six months in jail.

    Lakina Stutts, 40: School-bus driver admitted to cops she had sex with a 14-year-old student in her home and in a car outside the boy’s home.

    Laura-Anne Brownlee, 26: Former music mistress at a top private school in Belfast, N. Ireland, was given a six-month suspended sentence on charges of indecently assaulting a 15-year-old boy.

    Laura Lynn Findlay, 30: Band teacher at Ricker Middle School in Buena Vista Township, Mich., charged with having sex with at least 5 students, one as young as 14. She was sentenced in August 2006 to at least seven and as much as 25 years in prison.

    Lynn Saunders, 38: A former basketball star at the College of Staten Island, the gym teacher at St. Paul’s School in New Brighton, N.Y., was arrested in March 2005 for allegedly molesting a 12-year-old girl whose family she had befriended. Saunders admitted to touching the girl’s breasts and genital area on several dates in February 2005. She received no jail time, only probation and registration as a sex offender. The family is now suing Saunders and the Archdiocese of New York, claiming the girl became suicidal and still suffers from “severe emotional shock, trauma, embarrassment, anxiety and other psychological injuries.”

    Margaret De Barraicua, 30: Sacramento, Calif., area woman arrested after police found her having sex with a 16-year-old male student in her car while the woman’s toddler was strapped into a seat in the back. She pleaded guilty to four felony counts of statutory rape and was sentenced to a year in jail and five years formal probation.

    Maria Saco, 28: Math teacher at Lincoln Middle School in Passaic, N.J., sentenced in 2005 to a year in jail for an intimate relationship with a teen student who was 14 when they first met. Saco reportedly gave the boy a key to her apartment.

    Mary Kay Letourneau, 34: Des Moines, Wash., teacher did prison time after having sex with a sixth-grade student, Vili Fualaau, in 1996 and eventually had two children by him. She originally had Fualaau in her second-grade class at Shorewood Elementary School in Burien, Wash. The couple has since married.

    Melissa Michelle Deel, 32: Bristol, Tenn., teacher at Virginia Middle School pleaded guilty to crossing the state line into Virginia to have oral sex with a 13-year-old male student. As part of her plea agreement, Deel agreed never to profit from the crime, as well as have no contact with the boy and his family without court permission. She was sentenced to a year and two months prison.

    Michelle Kush, 29: Substitute teacher at Boone County High School in Florence, Ky., allegedly had sex with a 15-year-old boy several times during summer break. She was charged with two counts of rape and one sodomy count. In August 2006, Kush was sentenced to 60 days in jail, 30 days on house arrest and five years probation.

    Nicola Prentice, 22: British woman from Sheffield, England, given a 12-month suspended jail sentence after she seduced a 16-year-old student and began a 19-month affair.

    Nicole Andrea Barnhart, 35: Highlands Ranch, Colo., woman reportedly told police she loves the 16-year-old boy with whom she was having sex. A teacher at Ponderosa High School, she pleaded guilty to felony sexual assault on a child, resulting in a two-year prison sentence and a minimum of 10 years in a sex-offender probation program.

    Nicole Long, 29: English teacher at Ayersville High School in Ohio resigned her teaching post after being accused of raping a 17-year-old boy. She pleaded guilty in January 2005 to a charge of sexual battery, and was sentenced in March to three months in jail.

    Nicole Pomerleau, 31: English teacher at Olympic High School in Charlotte, N.C., arrested in March 2004 for allegedly having a sexual relationship with her 16-year-old student. The age of consent in North Carolina is 16, but teachers having sex with students is an exception to the law. Though Pomerleau admitted the affair, she got no prison time and did not have to register as a sex offender.

    Pamela Balogh, 39: Gym teacher and coach at a Somerset, N.J. Catholic high school was charged in December 2006 with sexually assaulting a 15-year-old female student over a period of 10 months. Authorities say the assaults happened mainly in Balogh’s office.

    Pamela Smart, 22: Media-services director at Winnacunnet High School in Hampton, N.H., had convinced her 15-year-old lover to murder her husband. She was arrested in 1993 and is now serving a life sentence. The Nicole Kidman film “To Die For” is based on her story.

    Pamela Rogers Turner, 27: Former model and beauty-pageant contestant also taught at Centertown Elementary School in McMinnville, Tenn. She was arrested in February 2005 for allegedly having a three-month sexual relationship with a 13-year-old boy. She resigned her teaching position and was charged with 15 counts of sexual battery and 13 counts of statutory rape. Originally sentenced to 270 days in August 2005, she got in additional trouble in April 2006 for sending text messages, nude photos, and sex videos of herself to the same boy while using her father’s cellphone. In July 2006, she was sentenced to seven years for violating her probation.

    Rachelle Vantucci, 32: Ex-substitute teacher from Geneseo, N.Y., admitted having sex with a 16-year-old boy she met at a local riding stable. After pleading guilty, Vantucci agreed to surrender her teaching license and register as a sex offender.

    Rebecca Boicelli, 33: Redwood City, Calif., woman gave birth to a baby last year and DNA test results gave prosecutors enough evidence to prove the father is Boicelli’s former student, who was 16 at the time of conception. She was sentenced to two years in prison.

    Rhianna Ellis, 24: Social-studies teacher at the High School for Health Professions and Human Services in Manhattan, N.Y., allegedly began a 10-month sexual relationship with an 17-year-old player on the school’s basketball team, and reportedly gave birth to his baby. The teen boy even introduced Ellis to his parents, never indicating she was his teacher.

    Robin Gialanella, 26: Teacher at Silver Bay Elementary School in Toms River, N.J., engaged in kissing, and inappropriate conduct and conversations with two sixth-grade boys, ages 11 and 12, in 2003 and 2004. She was sentenced to 364 days in jail with psychotherapy, must register as a sex offender, will be under lifetime supervision and must surrender her New Jersey teaching certificate.

    Robin Winkis, 29: English teacher at Central York High School in York, Pa., allegedly had sex with a 17-year-old boy after giving him alcohol. Authorties accused her of five alleged sex acts during October and November 2005. She pleaded guilty as part of a deal, and was sentenced to two to 23 months in jail.

    Samantha Solomon, 29: Guidance counselor at the High School for Health Professions and Human Services in Manhattan, N.Y. was fired after school bosses learned she was having sex with a teenage boy. She denies the allegations, attributing them to rumors gone wild.

    Sandra “Beth” Geisel, 42: English teacher at Christian Brothers Academy, an all-boys school in Albany, N.Y., allegedly had sex three times with a 16-year-old male student in May 2005, including once on school grounds in the football stadium’s press box. Originally indicted in September for three counts of third degree rape, she pleaded guilty to a single count of rape and was sentenced to six months in jail, and ranked as a Level 1 sex offender, the lowest risk.

    Shelley Allen, 35: Teacher’s aide from Cherokee County, Texas, was arrested in June 2005. Allen was charged with sexual assault of a child and faces a possible 20 years behind bars.

    Shelley White, 24: Geography teacher in Britain had been engaged to be married before she kissed a 15-year-old student on at least three occasions. She avoided jail, but received 12 months community service.

    Sherry Brians, 41: Middle-school language-arts instructor in Buttonwillow, Calif., originally arrested in January 2006 on suspicion of engaging in lewd acts with a 12-year-old male student, a felony that involves sexual contact. She pleaded not guilty to two counts of annoying or molesting a child under 18.

    Stephanie Burleson: Volleyball coach and teacher at Floresville High School in Texas six years ago, pleaded guilty to all charges for molesting a 16-year-old female student. She was sentenced to 10 years probation, and required to register as a sex offender.

    Susan Clickner, 47: The eighth-grade science teacher at Blanchard Middle School in Lowell, Mass., was sentenced to serve 18 months for having sex with one of her students in the back seat of her car. Clickner had been accused of luring the 14-year-old during the summer of 2005 into the back seat of her car and molesting him. He later told his parents, who notified police. She also was ordered to register as a sex offender.

    Susan Eble, 35: Former teacher’s aide is accused of having a sexual relationship with a 14-year-old boy.

    Tara Lynn Crisp, 29: Police allege she had sex with a student at least three times beginning when he was 14.

    Toni Lynn Woods, 37: Middle-school teacher in Braxton County, W.Va., confessed in 2005 to having sexual intercourse with three juveniles a total of four times and oral sex with one of those juveniles and another juvenile a total of four times. She reportedly described herself as a “monster” when she pleaded guilty. She resigned, surrendered her teaching certificate, and was given consecutive sentences of one-to-five years on four counts of third-degree sexual assault.

    Traci Tapp, 28: Gym teacher at Hammonton High School in New Jersey accused of sexual contact with three male students, including having sex in her home multiple times in one night with a 16-year-old. In January 2006, she avoided any jail or probation time by admitting inappropriate touching, but she lost her teaching license.

  8. marilyn farhat
    January 7, 2007 at 7:18 pm

    I do not see anything in the examples provided that sex with students or minors is a “liberal” or “progressive” prerogative. All I see is an attack on teachers in general.

    Pedophilia is a problem that cuts across political, social, racial, gender and religious lines. To make a blanket statement that “progressive teachers” are doing the molesting is dishonest. It implies that all progressives are child molesters.

    It also implies that all teachers are progressive and, since the intent is to vilify progressives, the conclusion is that all teachers are to be vilified.

    Providing examples of teachers only is an attack on all teachers. I wonder if there are any teachers on this blog and how they would care to respond to this bordering on evil prejudice.

    Piece of trivia about pedophilia:

    - Many pedophiles usually seek professions that bring them close to the children they want to molest. That is why pedophiles seek jobs such as priests, clergy, teachers, cub scout leaders, camp organizers, counselors or any organized or private activity that gets them close to children. Political leaning has nothing to do with it.

    Pedophilia is a problem that has existed since the beginning of human history; it includes incest too, a common problem and the forbidden topic of many families, liberal or conservative.

  9. marilyn farhat
    January 7, 2007 at 9:13 pm

    I forgot to mention too that all the examples that the poster with racist and sexist leanings provided are on female teachers only.

    What contempt racists must have for the women who bear the children that racists would like to slaughter in war.

  10. JerryDinAZ
    January 7, 2007 at 10:08 pm

    MARILYN…I SEE YOU POSTING, YET YOU REFUSE TO EXPLAIN WHY YOUR RELIGION IS TOTALLY COMMITTED TO KILLING…NOT ONLY JEWS & CHRISTIANS BUT WHY ON EARTH ARE THE SECTS WARRING AGAINST EACH OTHER?

    BOTTOM LINE IS…WE ALL WANT TO KNOW WHY MUSLIMS DO A WHOLE LOT OF KILLING? ESPECIALLY OF INNOCENT WOMEN AND CHILDREN!

    IF YOU FINALLY DECIDE TO ADDRESS THE ISSUE PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR REASONING WHY FEMALE GENITAL MUTILATION (CUTTING OFF THE CLITORIS) IS MOSTLY PRACTICED NOW ONLY IN MUSLIM SOCIETIES.

    “LUCY, YOU GOT SOME SPLAININ TO DO!”

    C’MON MARILYN…FACE THE TOUGH QUESTIONS…PROVIDE ANSWERS…

  11. marilyn farhat
    January 7, 2007 at 10:35 pm

    Female genital mutilation is an African custom, not a Muslim one.

  12. marilyn farhat
    January 7, 2007 at 10:54 pm

    Refer to the following link from the World Health Organization on female genital mutilation and its prevalence. It is not a religion based practice, but a cultural one.

    http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs241/en/

    Please study history and the Kuran before you ask the questions. As I said, I never discuss religion in public with people whose motive is only a racist one. It is disrespectful to use the religion of any people in such a disrespectful and racist way. I am sure many of your fellow Christians would agree with me.

    I repeat my earlier suggestion. Please educate yourself on the history of ancient Arabia and read the Koran within the context of the time it was recited and then maybe, maybe, I will take the time and discuss it with you.

    Happy dreams Jerry. Bye bye.

  13. marilyn farhat
    January 7, 2007 at 11:15 pm

    A more detailed look at the practice of female genital mutilation from the Center of Religious Tolerance in Canada.

    http://www.religioustolerance.org/fem_cirm1.htm

    I am done with the this topic and the the topic of religion.

  14. anotheronebitesthedust
    January 8, 2007 at 12:02 am

    So, Marilyn does the big dodge! Proving she is a caitiff! A pusillanimous malingerer!
    Seems all Islam has is fear and hate and killing. I guess the koran forgot to mention curage, aplomb and rectitude.

    Well my fellow Americans, this is why were are in Iraq and need to stay untill we win.

    These muslims, (aka: terrorists) are gutless and don’t a shread of integrity to stand on. They want you dead at any cost!

    They hate, kill, mame, destroy all in the name of a dead and very wrong god…allah.

    You saw it here! You read it here.

  15. mikey ray
    January 8, 2007 at 12:46 am

    wow, I’m shocked!!

    I didn’t know that Jerry even knew what a clitoris was!!

  16. marilyn farhat
    January 8, 2007 at 1:09 am

    Hello Dave,

    To go to the original topic of this post, may I suggest another topic for your radio program:

    Since there are so many people who are really interested in Islam (for good or bad motives), would it be possible to invite religious scholars onto the Congalton show, scholars from all religions, and have them explain the positive and negative aspects of their religions and how they see the role of those religions in relation to each other and in the 21st century. I think people would benefit more from hearing from the religious experts as opposed to the bickering and taunting that goes on on this blog, especially by the babes from Grover Beach and dust-biting people who do their drive by nasty comments from behind an anonymous or made-up name.

    These blogs are not the appropriate forum for decent discussion because such people are allowed to continue to come on and level their hatred on others, and people are so racist and intolerant that the taunting questions are usually based on erroneous information and a need to lash out as opposed to discuss.

    I know you have to give certain leeway to posters and I know that ratings are an important factor in allowing the small-minded to enlighten us with their repetitive dogmas and mantras, but their presence is contributing to the absence of posts by decent and intelligent people our there. Most political blogs also lack the female presence because of behavior that turns nasty and personal. Women from the Middle East make a good target (in the minds of some). But they really have no understanding of women or other cultures, really. Just look at the drivel that they put onto the pages of these blogs.

    I do not know if you are aware how important your program is to the community of SLO. You are the only program really that gives the opportunity to all points of view to come on. It would be a shame to have this blog hijacked by the ignorant racists who give a bad name to Christianity and the conservative spirit. They contribute to the rift that needs to be bridged between those on the right and those on the left. Ultimately, we are all human beings. We just look at things differently. Right or left, Democrat or Republican, or any other group, it is the poor and hardworking people of this country who are impacted by what is going on politically, militarily and economically. The American children who are dying in Iraq are the children of both and it is the shrinking middle class that is paying for this disastrous adventure in the Middle East.

    The issues that impact prejudice against and ridicule of women are so ignored on this board. But it is so apt that people will gang up on women who refuse to engage in the racism. I have once again become the focus of the racists. It has nothing to do with my religion, since I do not really consider myself a Muslim or an affiliate to any religion. It is about the racists and THEIR own needs, to the point where the suffering of anyone else is deemed unimportant or even encouraged.

    There have been forums conducted in SLO about such topics in the past. I think your show would be a great area to bring it up again. Religion is a sticky subject to many. It is better done in a collaborative way as opposed to “us versus them” way. Taunting does not bring out the best in people. It only makes the racists feel good from behind a computer screen. It is easy to taunt people from the safety of anonymity. Such taunting is the hallmark of cowardice, poor character, and low self-esteem.

    The Muslim community in SLO is very small but if you call the mosque, they can suggest a scholar. Other religions, Jewish, Christian, Buddhist, Hindu, Sikh, Pagan, Atheist, Agnostic, Wicca, Native American, etc. also have their representatives who would love to come on your show and discuss things in a civilized manner.

    I would also hope that the many decent, informed, and articulate people who do read this blog and choose not to post do decide to post. We do not have to agree on everything, but you have as much right as all the frequent flyers who entertain us with their usual venom.

    Dave, there are ways to encourage more decent people to post and not feel frustrated; one of them is not to let those with nothing positive to offer hijack this blog.

    Please give it some thought.

  17. JerryDinAZ
    January 8, 2007 at 1:40 am

    ASKING MOM TO CONTROL WHO GETS TO PLAY IN THE SAND BOX AND WHEN AND WHY IS SUCH A TYPICAL COP OUT FOR THOSE KIDS THAT DON’T KNOW HOW TO PLAY WELL WITH OTHERS…THAT WAS A METAPHOR. LET ME MAKE IT REAL WORLD.

    THOSE WHO PROCLAIM THAT ISLAM IS A PEACEFUL RELIGION HAVE BEEN REMARKABLY QUIET SINCE 9-11 IN BLASTING THE RADICAL ISLAMO-FACISTS FOR HIJACKING THEIR SO CALLED “PEACEFUL RELIGION”. AND DO YOU WANT TO KNOW WHY? BECAUSE THEY LIVE IN FEAR OF REPRISAL OR EVEN DEATH TO ATTACK THE TERRORISTS! I CAN UNDERSTAND HOW MARILYN WOULD BE SCARED OUT OF HER BOOTS IF SHE SAID ONE WORD AGAINST RADICAL ISLAM!

    THAT’S HOW SADDAM STAYED IN POWER FOR SO LONG…AS HE TRIED TO KILL OFF THE KURDS AND OTHER SECTS OF ISLAM NOT SUNNI!

    THERE MAY BE A “SCHOLAR” THAT CAN EXPLAIN ISLAM…FINE! BUT WHAT I ASKED THE MUSLIM WAS WHY HER RELIGION WAS SO HATEFUL AND WHY THEY WERE SO COMMITTED TO REMOVING ALL JEWS FROM THE FACE OF THE EARTH AND BRING ALL WESTERN CIVILIZATIONS TO THEIR KNEES. THAT’S ALL I ASKED.

    DID I GET AN ANSWER? NO. WHY? BECAUSE THERE IS NO ANSWER. ALL MUSLIMS FROM BIRTH ARE TRAINED TO BE MARTYRS FOR ALLAH. MARTYRS THAT DIE KILLING JEWS AND CHRISTIANS…THE “INFIDELS”.

    SO YOU CAN WHINE ON ABOUT A BLOG AND WHO OR WHO DOES NOT GET TO COMMENT ALL YOU WANT. THAT DOES NOT ANSWER A VERY SIMPLE QUESTION THAT HAS BEEN AVOIDED FOR OVER 5 YEARS SINCE 9-11…AND STILL GOES AVOIDED.

    WHAT MARILYN IS AFRAID TO SAY (AND FOR GOOD CAUSE, GIVEN WHAT THE TERRORISTS ARE DOING IN IRAQ TO THEIR OWN PEOPLE) IS…ISLAM IS A RELIGION OF KILLING, AND HATE. PERIOD! SCHOLAR ME ALL YOU WANT! I WATCH THE NEWS AND READ THE VOLUMES OF INFO OUT THERE AND I SEE EVERY DAY HOW THEY ARE KILLING THEIR OWN PEOPLE IN THE NAME OF ALLAH. AND THE WORLD WATCHED FOR 25 YEARS AS SADDAM TRIED TO KILL EVERY KURD! ESTIMATES ARE DIFFERENT BUT THE DEATH TOLL OF SADDAM LIES BETWEEN 1.5 AND 2 MILLION!

    AND YOU WONDER WHY WE CANNOT ALLOW AQUAVELVESHJAD DEVELOP NUKES?

    THERE IS THE ANSWER SO MANY ARE AFRAID TO TYPE.

  18. groverbeachbabe
    January 8, 2007 at 2:50 am

    Somehow I thought Marilyn would side step the questions about the hate and killing of her religion. What I can’t understand is why?
    Are the terrorist islamics so powerful they can even shut someone up in America? Looks like we really have something to be deeply concerned about in the world today.
    Thank God we have the right commander and chief at the helm.

  19. rob in los osos
    January 8, 2007 at 4:06 am

    Dave
    I think Marilyn has an excellent idea. Not to exclude anyone, but I think a three way discussion (Christian, Jew, and Islamic) between people who have a scholarly background in their respective religions could serve to dispell some of the misconceptions we all have. (although bomb-throwing Jerry is probably beyond hope)

  20. Anonymous
    January 8, 2007 at 4:43 am

    “DID I GET AN ANSWER? NO. WHY? BECAUSE THERE IS NO ANSWER. ALL MUSLIMS FROM BIRTH ARE TRAINED TO BE MARTYRS FOR ALLAH. MARTYRS THAT DIE KILLING JEWS AND CHRISTIANS…THE “INFIDELS”.”

    Jeez Jerry you’ve once again out done yourself.

    Let’s see, bigot-check, racist-check, homophobe-check, religous zealot-check. Gawd where will it end?.

  21. JerryDinAZ
    January 8, 2007 at 4:48 am

    NEWS FLASH!
    MISCONCEPTIONS WERE DISPELLED ON 9-11.
    HOW SOON YOU ALL FORGET!
    DID YOU FORGET THE AIRLINE THREAT? BOMBINGS IN SPAIN…AND THE OTHER ALMOST 6000 TERRORIST ATTACKS IN THE PAST 15 YEARS?
    WAKE UP! SCHOLARS THINK…TERRORIST KILL.
    NEXT?

  22. JerryDinAZ
    January 9, 2007 at 3:03 pm

    IF YOU WANT TO KNOW ABOUT HOW ISLAM HAS BEEN THE ORIGINAL SOURCE OF ANTI SEMATISM AND THE SUSTAINING FORCE BEHIND IT TODAY, YOU MUST SEE THIS NEW DOCUMENTARY ON PBS.

    IT WILL SHOW IN YOUR AREA TONIGHT!

    “Anti-Semitism in the 21st Century: The Resurgence”

    DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW! IT WILL SET YOU STRAIGHT ON ISLAM AND WHAT THEIR AGENDA HAS BEEN SINCE THEY MADE A DEAL WITH HITLER IN 1934.

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