Not my president


I did not vote for him, but he said he wanted to be president for all Americans. Turns out that is only for those agreeing with him. Disagree and you are 1) out of a job; 2) demeaned on Twitter, or radio or (gasp) in the news! I disagree.

A friendly animal once said, “If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything at all.” 

 The man in the White House didn’t see that film, or get that lesson, because he says lots of unpleasant, i.e., mean things about immigrants, persons with disabilities, judges, women, all of the other presidential candidates,etc. Saying nothing at all is beyond his character. I disagree with him on this.

He didn’t listen when his mother warned him not to lie. Lots of the man’s sycophants disclaim actual lying and call it by other strategies.  When his lies turn out to be exactly that, he blames the media, makes up another story, or turns it over to said apologists. Again, I disagree with his stance.

He doesn’t talk to us. He only tweets. If you don’t tweet, you are disconnected. A fireside chat doesn’t seem to be his style, but it could reach a lot more people. He doesn’t agree.

The man’s style is to write you off if you disagree with him.  So, he isn’t my president — his choice, and mine.

Marilyn R. Pankey



Read Across America


Celebrate the 19th Annual Read Across America on Thursday, March 2, by reading to your young children and making it something you do with them every day.

Read Across America was created by the National Education Association (NEA) in 1998 as an annual way to celebrate the importance of reading on a most appropriate day — the birthday of Theodore Geisel, better known as the beloved children’s author, Dr. Seuss.

Forty-five million readers, young and old, participated in last year’s celebration, and even more are anticipated to take part this year. 

Reading to young children is one of the most important activities you can do. It is a pillar of First 5 California’s efforts to help California’s youngest succeed in life. According to the National Center for Educational Statistics, less than 60 percent of children between the ages of 3 to 5 are read to on a daily basis.  

Reading to your child, even when they are babies, helps increase their vocabulary, and stimulate brains to grow stronger and smarter.  Studies show kids whose parents read to them frequently have much larger vocabularies by the time they go to school than children who have not been read to on a regular basis.

Reading to your young children also builds a lifelong appreciation for books and reading, expands their knowledge base about the world, and most importantly, promotes a bond and closeness.  

So put on your red and white stripped top hat, find a favorite book, and spend some time reading to your young child.  It’s a treasured moment you can share not just on March 2, but day after day, year after year.

You can find out more about Read Across America at

Diane Levin

First 5 California


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