Plus Letters To the Editor
When you look in the mirror, what do you see? In this week’s cover story, local LMFT counselor Andrea Wachter explores a topic that many individuals deal with: body image issues. Wachter is co-founder of InnerSolutions Counseling Services and co-author of “The Don’t Diet, Live-It Workbook.” In her article (page 14), Wachter steers locals toward understanding more about food and body obsession, how to thwart the “body image blues” and why healing through feeling is vital. There’s more, but the work draws attention to a significant issue—an estimated 8 million Americans suffer from a diagnosed eating disorder.
I became increasingly aware of these issues when I delved into co-writing a book more than a year ago dubbed “Shut Up, Skinny Bitches! The Common Sense Guide To Following Your Hunger and Your Heart.” Since that time, I have been amazed by the valiant people, in and out of recovery circles, who are raising the level of awareness about body image and eating disorders. More recently, 17-year-old Cali Linstrom of Glen Ellyn, Ill., and documentary filmmaker Darryl Roberts (America the Beautiful), garnered attention by taking on Abercrombie & Fitch executives in person to discuss CEO Mike Jeffries’ resurfaced quotes that revolved around what kind of young people he felt belong in A&F’s clothing. In a meeting, Linstrom and others brought up the company’s questionable marketing campaigns, suggesting that some tactics border on bullying. The result was surprising as A&F agreed to pursue an anti-bullying campaign and alter some of its advertising images. Good news.
But locally, these issues can still lie hidden. Last year, I was asked to speak to middle-school children about journalism, but commas, apostrophes and periods were the farthest thing from the minds of the students. When I asked them what they were most concerned about, the scales tilted toward one prominent issue—body image, with peer pressure and bullying close behind. Read on ... and keep the conversation going.
Greg Archer | Editor-in-Chief
The Occupation: Let Go
Regarding the article on the 75 River St. occupation, court records posted on Indybay show the prosecution's legal theories are ridiculous. These cases should have died an early death—the prosecution's hand is empty. Their legal theories have been debunked. Court justices deferring to prosecutorial privilege have allowed this buffoonery to continue.
I suggest Bob Lee be more attentive to the Mission Gardens Apartments terrorized by resident criminals. Bob Lee won't explain why his office refused to prosecute a violent criminal there.
John Colby | Santa Cruz
About That Letter ...
What is it with letter writer Gil Stein? Why this perverted reverence for a political shill whose frequent LTTE seem to garner him instant recognition in print media as the authority on Israel, giving him free reign in his one-man campaign to spread one-sided diatribes and misinformation about their conflict with the Arabs?
Far be it for me to demand the exclusion of his voice and opinions here, or to, uh, boycott anyone who publishes his highly misleading renditions of Israel's virtues. It's just that one has to take what he has to say with a huge grain of salt in order to get a clear picture of the proverbial situation on the ground in the Holy-Land-turned-upside-down these days. Stein uses, at his convenience, the words of Finkelstein (whom he admits is a fierce critic of the Jewish state) to frame him as a hypocrite and to confuse issues. Stein takes some of Finkelstein's statements, puts together a mish mash of them, around which he wraps quotation marks after making subtle changes to the exact wording from an interview to intensify his chosen emphasis, such as "selectively enforce the law," and "the destruction of Israel." Finkelstein says in the interview "I support the BDS ..." then goes on to clarify that his gripe is with the current BDS movement which, unfortunately, includes the influence of a few Israel delegitimizers, and maybe some anti-Semites—not terribly unusual for a number of genuine campaigns to inform the public of that nation's misdeeds. It is a sad infestation of coattail grabbers; they only sabotage the effectiveness of reasonable critics.
Mr. Stein cites how Caterpillar is useful in removing mines originally planted in 1967 by Jordan, which occupied the West Bank until it was wrested from them by invading Israelis. Not a word from him about the far more common practice of the IDF deploying armored versions of their bulldozers to demolish Palestinian homes and orchards, mostly in illegal actions of land confiscation; or about how one of them killed unarmed American activist Rachel Corrie some 10 years ago.
Apartheid is apartheid, regardless of who perpetrates it; likewise for censorship, ethnic cleansing and murder. Two wrongs don't make a right. If anyone loves Israel and everything it's supposed to stand for, they must stop pretending that it's the absolute polarity of Arabs and Islam, and start acknowledging its heretofore unapologetic sins. Deflecting your own criminality onto the oppressed and genuine victims doesn't entitle you to sainthood.
Lawrence A. Tawil | Scotts Valley
Thank you so much for writing this fine piece on Craig Harwood’s book, “Quest for Flight.” It's cool to know that we had an aviation pioneer in our very own neck of the woods.
Dyane Leshin | Santa Cruz
Oh, That Preston Boomer
Fifty-six years after he first began teaching at San Lorenzo Valley High School, Preston Boomer is setting down the chalk and calling it a (long) day. But a good, rewarding “day” at that. Boomer, who taught several generations of locals physics and chemistry in his classroom—more than 8,000 students in fact—is officially retired at 81. Locals took to social media to praise Boomer’s dedication after his retirement was announced. As for the future, Boomer may enjoy his pipe organ, which has generated buzz, too. It’s good to end on such a positive note.
Here’s something that could shift your summer. Mark Wolynn, director of The Hellinger Institute of Northern California, will help participants resolve the effects of inherited family trauma in a workshop dubbed Family Constellation. It takes place in Mill Valley June 22-23. The thrust of the work revolves around the idea that people inherit more than eye color, bone structure or height, but also inherit their family’s emotional patterns. Uncovering the emotional legacy is where illumination comes in. Learn more about Wolynn’s work, and the workshop, at markwolynn.com or www2.hellinger.com.
“Four years ago, I knew nothing about zombies, wasn't really interested. Now I'm an expert."
—Brad Pitt on World War Z
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