Christmas lyrics unwrapped
EDITOR: Like most people, I was shocked by the news that the Christmas standard, “Baby, It’s Cold Outside,” was actually a subliminal “rape song.” This got me thinking about others that might be out there that are even more subliminal, maybe to the point that we don’t even realize it yet. And with most things, if you look hard enough, you’ll find it. So that being said, here’s a short list of the suspects I feel bare further scrutiny:
“Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” - A celebration of bullying and conditional friendship.
“Santa Claus Is Coming to Town” - He sees you when you’re sleeping… he knows when you’re awake. Ask any law enforcement professional; a classic stalker profile.
What about “I saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus”? An innocent child witnesses either a felony assault or an encounter between Mommy and “New Daddy” Santa. Either way, it’s not a good look.
Add to that the 1950s Kardashian anthem “Santa Baby” and just about anything Dean Martin ever sang and, well, you get the picture.
So fellow carolers be vigilant if you must, but as Sigmund Freud famously said, “Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar.”
Editor’s note: Thanks for writing D.L., we like your canny interpretations of these Christmas standards. We’d add “Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer” to the list which, for some reason, lets Santa off the hook on a clear case of hit-and-run manslaughter.
It takes ‘one-on-one’ to know one
EDITOR: For many a decade I have been a substitute teacher in our Valley. In all that time, I must admit that day after week, I would go into classes, walk through halls, and not truly take the time to observe what our “one-on-one” aides do in our Valley schools.
At the start of this school year I accepted several one-on-one jobs. These jobs lasted several weeks. In that time I came to clearly see and understand how stressful and challenging it is to be working each day with a student possessing complicated emotional long-term issues.
One-on-one aides get laughably-low compensation, minimal support and no curriculum to help them adjust to the daily lessons. And when the school day is done, the rigor of dealing with emotional, as well as physical issues, leaves one drained and searching for a better tomorrow.
So, I would like to thank our aides for showing up every day, always present, always strong. Doing what you do. Your strength, compassion and commitment to the most challenging students in our school community fills a vital need that deserves to be honored.
Follow the money!
EDITOR: Regarding David Wildmon’s letter-to-the-editor remarks from last month (“Water District Chose Most Costly Solution,” Nov. 30).
Hooray to his assessment of the Valley of the Moon water back-flow debacle upon us.
David’s comments are well received in this flank. “Someone is surely making a lot of money from this boondoggle. If a back-flow device is necessary then why were they not put on VOM’s side of the supply line, before they are split and attached to meters? No, instead someone came up with the most costly and inefficient solution possible.”
“Boondoggle,” indeed, is shaping up as the appropriate descriptive. The approval legislation team is beginning to smell familiar... foul.