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Re: “Woodland Hills and the problems of running a detention center like a learning facility — or is it the other way around?

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Posted by baihehuao on 09/13/2014 at 10:37 AM

Re: “Woodland Hills and the problems of running a detention center like a learning facility — or is it the other way around?

My thing is What in the Hell is going on.. There at Woodland Hills.. It is not Learning...... Be Accountable... This should't have not Happen.. If Woodland Hills.. was about Safety & Security .. 1 .. At 11:pm at night No students should not be out.. of the Cells..at that time .. Everyone Down for the night at 9:00 pm... Be Accountable. Safety & Security should Always Come 1st Before Any Thing!

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Posted by J.T on 09/12/2014 at 7:35 AM

Re: “Woodland Hills and the problems of running a detention center like a learning facility — or is it the other way around?

I worked at Woodland Hills (WH) as a mental health therapist through the contractor the state utilizes for mental health services. A few thoughts:
1. These are not "troubled children": one must have THREE FELONIES to get into WH.
2. There remain significant gang issues at WH that DCS does not appreciate as part of the problem.
3. The loss of Taft is a major issue. It was the "harder core" Youth Development Center that caused fear in some residents if threatened to go there, and a place to send those youth who were definitely dangerous to staff and population. Without Taft, WH and the other two YDCs have no place to send difficult youth who have no intention of changing.
4. Youth are savvy . . . most learn what they must do to play the game and "work their program" to get out . . . without really amending their thinking and acting.
5. Former commissioner Viola Miller did not help the YDCs by closing group homes that were used to step kids down from the YDCs. Going from most to least restrictive facilities before being released gave the youth a tangible goal.

I am confused by local news reports stating that the youth cannot be locked up in their rooms. When I worked there, it was a standard practice for each resident to be placed in his room at "lights out" behind a door with an electrically operated lock controlled by a CSO (Children Services Officer) in an office on the dorm. Once in a room, no youth could come out without the CSO opening the door. If the situation has changed and this mechanism for keeping youth in their rooms no longer exists, then there is little possibility for safety.

Finally, the facility has almost always been understaffed, staff is paid abysmally for what they have to do, and it is a "corrections environment." You cannot have therapeutic change in a prison-like setting, thus, WH is a "junior prison" for those up to age 19.

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Posted by Luckyforward on 09/12/2014 at 7:33 AM

Re: “Woodland Hills and the problems of running a detention center like a learning facility — or is it the other way around?

A few years ago I had a friend that taught English at the state prison. He remarked one day that, "teach a rapist to read and you still have a rapist, only now he can read". He never thought there was any positive "changing" going on out there. I had some experience with the facility when it was "Jordonia"and never saw any thing that would make me think a kid getting out was any better suited to citizenship than when he entered.

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Re: “Can little-known Democrat Lenda Sherrell succeed where Jim Tracy failed against Scott DesJarlais?

For me Tracy lost it in his commercial.....His make-up was clearly two toned. kind of like a ole Stubaker...Integrity, was his message.....A Statesman should look long and hard before applying his wax seal.......to the WORD integrity. it is clear Tracy didn't look himself in the mirror.Ingretity was not emitted in the ad..

Posted by check it low on 09/09/2014 at 5:55 PM

Re: “Riding the Amp route with MTA regulars puts the need for the project — and its drawbacks — in perspective

Here is the answer that would be greener, cheaper, and not impede on street traffic. TEDx also has other great ideas that will be never be considered by the likes of knuckle dragger Dean.

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Posted by Smarter than Dean on 09/09/2014 at 1:08 PM

Re: “After a local group's failed purchase attempt, the daily looks to be with Gannett for a while

Bezos bought the Washington Post for a little over $200 million. The Gannett properties here aren't worth anything like that. Gannett should have taken the money because the next offer will be for a lot less. They will eventually sell because the jig's up, the writing's on the wall, the fat lady is a hollerin', plus a few more similar cliches.

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Posted by Print Junkie on 09/04/2014 at 2:57 PM

Re: “After a local group's failed purchase attempt, the daily looks to be with Gannett for a while

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Posted by FU TN'N on 09/04/2014 at 1:51 PM

Re: “After a local group's failed purchase attempt, the daily looks to be with Gannett for a while

Since Miss Gruntled has yet to make an appearance ...

Fuck Gannett for screwing the best chance to save what's left of the Tennessean.

As for the Tennessean, it's fucked.

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Posted by The Truth Teller on 09/04/2014 at 11:45 AM

Re: “The real drama at ABC's Nashville starts as the season stops

Love the show. Can't wait for it to start again. I have lyrics for a song for Rayne and Deacon to sing when their daughter graduates. If interested email me.

Posted by Ann Johns Lehew on 09/02/2014 at 10:54 PM

Re: “By punting on its own policy, MNPS opens Metro to a likely damburst of charters

Are you saying that where people Are allowed to live should be dictated by how crowded the schools are?

Your priorities are seriously f-d up.

I hesitate to be the guy that sticks it to you.

Posted by Ghost of Steve McNairs Hunchback on 08/29/2014 at 10:23 PM

Re: “By punting on its own policy, MNPS opens Metro to a likely damburst of charters

A serious problem that needs to be addressed is growth in certain areas. Why is the metro planning commission allowing growth in areas where schools are already overcrowded?.....wait, I know ....MONEY! Children again take the back seat because tax revenue is more important.

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Posted by Julie Williams on 08/28/2014 at 5:48 PM

Re: “Can little-known Democrat Lenda Sherrell succeed where Jim Tracy failed against Scott DesJarlais?

Seeing as almost half of the Republicans in his district voted against him,
I would surmise that the incumbent representative is somewhat vulnerable.
Whether or not Lenda Sherrell, and the local Democratic party, can capitalize
on this dissatisfaction against the districts gerrymandered R++ advantage
remains to be seen. It's not like Tracy was going to vote substantially different
on any major policy, issue wise, than DesJarlais, at least according to the primary
political mailers I had received from both of them. My district, so I am already engaged.

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Posted by 'boroindependent on 08/28/2014 at 2:41 PM

Re: “By punting on its own policy, MNPS opens Metro to a likely damburst of charters

When Metro is full of charters, it will be fun to watch the charters who kick problem students out right before TCAP receive the problem students that other charters kick out right before TCAP.

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Posted by TennesseeJed on 08/28/2014 at 2:08 PM

Re: “Can cars, bikes and pedestrians share Nashville's roadways without someone ending up in the hospital?

I cycle to work regularly from East Nashville to downtown. In the 2 years I've been doing so regularly, I've only had one driver yell at me ("Get on the sidewalk!" on Greenwood Ave, right next to the "Share the Road" sign).

However, I have noticed that the city has a blatant disregard for cyclists when it comes to enforcing rules and setting up for events. I had a wreck last summer that was the direct result of fencing alongside the pedestrian bridge. Here is a photo:

https://www.evernote.com/shard/s39/sh/0d5da198-fd28-4d3b-a230-27e894d97cb6/465bdb82bd094df28a4317e2f4dd30f7/deep/0/Photos---Google+.png

In addition, I have yet to see a car ticketed for parking in a bike lane on Porter Ave, Eastland Ave, or elsewhere. I have a friend who was injured by running into a dumpster set up in a bike lane on West End. The private company responsible paid his medical costs, thankfully, but the dumpster had been sitting there for days, possibly weeks, with no notice.

Ultimately, it's a cultural problem that can only be addressed with raising awareness.

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Posted by BrianDailey on 08/28/2014 at 1:49 PM

Re: “By punting on its own policy, MNPS opens Metro to a likely damburst of charters

not sure about others, but i find it a bit off-putting that "students", "kids", or "children" were not mentioned once in this article. not to say that the school board has done an exceptionally good job of a child-first orientation. but what, again, is the purpose of schooling & education?

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Posted by person man on 08/28/2014 at 12:19 PM

Re: “Can little-known Democrat Lenda Sherrell succeed where Jim Tracy failed against Scott DesJarlais?

I agree with Sherrell relative to personal decisions, but to have affairs with patients and to only receive an unprofessional conduct "slap on the hand" from the Tennessee Board of Medical Examiners is unacceptable by this Board. It's an integrity hit to the medical community and clearly demonstrates this Board cannot support and police it's own. And the good doctor's reward? We elected him to congress. Apparently, a good place to be if you're void in integrity.

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Posted by skb68322 on 08/28/2014 at 11:24 AM

Re: “Can little-known Democrat Lenda Sherrell succeed where Jim Tracy failed against Scott DesJarlais?

Forrester, who has completely failed Democrats in this state, is quoted "If they really understood exactly what kind of guy Scott DesJarlais was, particularly moderate Republican women, they'd just be aghast." and "You just couldn't write a better scenario for somebody who has dirty hands, with Scott DesJarlais."

Chip Forrester would bring up an 8th grade school yard remark made by someone if he thought it would further his cause. Sherrell has it right, "You know, all of us — if we live long enough — we have some personal decisions that we've made that we regret, and I think that he has said that. I think he is interested in moving on with his life, as would any of us."

She will go further with that attitude than she possibly could with an attitude like Forrester's.

I think Tracy's biggest problem was he jumped in the race almost immediately after DesJarlais was elected to his second term and basically took the approach of 'if I'm the first and biggest challenger, then I can't not win against him.' He forgot to campaign and make himself the better candidate, and for that reason, he lost the primary.

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Posted by Patrick Keohane on 08/28/2014 at 8:58 AM

Re: “Where to have fun if you're not 21 in Music City

The Belcourt is indeed a living wonder of fine arts eclecticism. It officially (re)-opened in Hillsboro Village when I was both a Music City and neighborhood resident, and I proceeded to spend a SERIOUS amount of recreational time within its hallowed red carpeted environs.

A sample week: three-day film retrospective of Kurosawa's modern dramatic police procedurals (Stray Dog, High and Low, etc.), a one-night showing/on-stage panel discussion on the remembrances of Robert Altman's 'Nashville' when it was being filmed locally on Music Row, and, finally, a Sunday evening live concert from the original 'Basher' himself, Nick Lowe.

Wash, rinse, and repeat again: GodInHeaven, I reaaaaallly miss Nashville.

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Posted by Conslor on 08/28/2014 at 5:41 AM

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