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Parking Lot theft during holiday party

The worst thing that happened is that a relative of a member came and left valuables visible on the seat of the car.  A window got smashed and the stuff was stolen in the dark, rainy night.  There have been a number of crimes of opportunity in our parking lot this past year, and even thefts from inside rooms during the bustle after Sunday services.  Let us remind one another not to leave any opportunity for theft.

Save the Internet from Corporate Ownership–write to the FCC

I just sent an easy email letter to the FCC. My letter is a revision of the one they provided, with a typo to make it natural and authentic. For info and sample letter,


Here’s mine…

Ms. Marlene H. Dortch, Secretary
Federal Communications Commission
445 12th Street SW
Washington, DC 20554

Re: A National Broadband Plan for Our Future, GN Docket No. 09-51

Dear Ms. Dortch,
I am writing to ask you to maintain an open and accessible Internet. It was
developed by DARPA, a government agency, for the indirect benefit of the
nation at large. It should not be sold off, given away, or leased to
corporations. Thanks to the contributions of the federal government,
state-supported research universitites like Cal-Berkeley, and government
research grants to private universities, the Internet has been a great
money-making platform for businesses large and small. A free and open
Internet will help revitalize our economy, improve our education and health
care, engage millions more people in our democracy and give new meaning to
freedom of speech.

In crafting the national broadband plan, the Federal Communications
Commission must protect Internet users from corporate gatekeepers who seek to
keep prices high and speeds slow, limit access to content and stifle
innovation and market choice. Net Neutrality must be a basic and enforceable
rule of the Internet. The plan must also ensure that every American —
regardless of race, income or location — can connect to broadband at prices
everyone can afford.

Allowing powerful corporate interests to dictate the future of modern
communications is a mistake that cannot be repeated. Our nation’s health in
the 21st century requires that the FCC puts a people-powered Internet first.