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in Xi Alpha Nu Food Drive at Albertson's on College Hills
Wow, more community sharing. People helping people all over town. Collecting food for those in need. Collecting trash for conservation and beautification. Collecting colors for an awareness fun run go RiverFest. Separate events that all scream Community.
in ACT’s Sabrina Fair a Collaborative Effort
Sabrina, Sabrina , and our Sabrina Fair. Third time is the charmer. Sounds like another great community effort that has succeeded !!
in Concerned Citizens Cleanup Red Arroyo For World Water Day
Cudo's to all. Great effort in making our area beautiful. ThankYou for saving water.
in Head of Tom Green County Juvenile Probation Warns About the Influence of Violent Video Games
I appreciate that the article did acknowledge that there are many studies showing no correlation between video game violence and actual violence. It could have been emphasized a bit more, but still nice that the reality of actual scientific research was shoe-horned into an article about anecdotal experience.
in San Angelo Police Recover Stolen Hummer H3 Quickly
need to hang some of these on the fence like coyotes!
in Apartment Residents Saved in Early Morning Apartment Fire in San Angelo
This a great example of the types of things our law enforcement folks do everyday sometimes they don't get enough recognition for their services.
Thanks to SAPD and TGCSD.
in 7-11 at Ave. N and Pierce St. Near Angelo State University Robbed at Gunpoint, Shots Fired
I bet this punk is hiding out at apts. close to 7-11. Got away to easy.
Leave your car running/unlocked?? How clueless can someone get?? Police should prosecute the H3 owner for public endangerment.
Honestly, do they think they have invisibility cloaks, these morons? It's a RED HUMMER, you are GOING TO BE SEEN!
Since this article is obviously pointing fingers at so called influences of violence to our youth....so what about the violence in Rap music...the "gangster' mentality, the demeaning of women and murderous hate speech that Rap promotes....? No one seems to ever link the influence of music and music idols on the youth is far greater then the influence of video games. Probably because of denial or unwillingness to face or accept it as a possibility? Or is it out of benign neglect or intentional neglect?. But how many of you out there have been at the gas station filling up your gas tank, when a car pulls up to the other side of the pump and is blaring out some Rap at over 200 decibels? Did the lyrics not sound violent and offensive? Personally I think video games turn kids into wimps that are afraid to stand up for themselves when being bullied by the violent kid who doesn't even play video games but does listen to Rap. Behavior is taught through experience and observation. This is why they say kids are a direct reflection of the parents. So if the kids are violent in their behavior, its obvious where to start looking for the influence. Also I can say out of my own life experience, when it wasn't parental influence being the contributor, it was peer influence being the major contributor. For Example: The less popular kid who sees the "cool kids" listening to Rap and dressing thuggish and acting intimidating by behaving belligerently, see's that and thinks, gosh if only I were like that and accepted by that group, people would respect and not haze me. So what does the kid do? I'm pretty sure many SAISD employees have made this observation in their career. At least I'd assume they were intelligent enough to notice considering all teachers are college educated. I'm not trying to start some pitchfork mob against Rap. I'm just pointing out that the influence of music is OBVIOUSLY greater then that of video games. And in the field of Juvenile Judiciary Probation, this observation of influences to youth, should have been a publication over a decade ago.
I'm not meaning to sound like I'm just demonizing Rap. There is such a thing as good talented Rap Artists out there. And they have a message behind them meant to better an individual, not degrade them. If we want to point out violence in media being an influence on our kinds, lets look at cartoons for the last 80 years. Yea definately no violence there... Violence doesn't necessarily mean graphic blood and gore. Martial Arts is violence. Sex is violence. A Domestic Dispute is violence. The carnage in the aftermath of a disaster or terrorist attack on the news is violence. How do you stop kids from getting glimpses of these images on a daily basis without being a total tyrannical content nazi towards what kids look at every second of their lives until they are 18 without being an overbearing over restrictive parent? Most parents I'm sure will say it can't be done. So if video games are contributing or influencing violence in kids, What Video game has humanity been playing for the last 5000 years that is influencing all this violence?
So yeah, to stand up and so narrowly say Video games are a major contributor to violent behavior, is like saying "my obesity is because of billboard advertising of food."
Its just a campaign of shifting the blame away from the real root of the problem. There are studies out there that prove FPS (first person shooter) video games actually increases the brains ability to concentrate on one particular thing amidst a bunch of chaos around them and they have better and quicker reaction time to sudden surprises in their environment. And less likely to panic under sudden pressure. Its no wonder why the US Military encourages the playing of FPS video games.
Another thing that is being overlooked is the fact that video games don't grow out of the ground being violent. Videos games are created in a studio like most other forms of media entertainment. Its violent minded individuals that incorporate the violence into the game. I'm still confused as to why there are those out there who sadistically desire to watch violence. You know those kind that "get off" on watch the most violent content they can find. Marylin Manson said it best when it came to people trying to blame his music for violence. Manson said, (and I may not be quoting him exactly) "Music doesn't make people do what they do, People make the music do what it does" That does not just apply to music, it can apply with movies and video games can it not? But then again Marilyn Manson is a "devil worshiping crazy guy" as they say so why should anyone listen to something so logical coming from some one who appears so illogical? (Why I never...)
Honestly, resistance of anything that degenerates a society begins simply with the teaching of RESPONSIBILITY at a young age. Sadly enough modern day society is an example of the lack there of. The truth is (many don't like to face it) too many parents turn their kids over the the TV to be baby sat, and let the public school system and society raise them. Children should not be made out to be a crutch as it seem to be the mentality pushing more and more. Children are a blessing. LOVE and RESPONSIBILITY is the only solution.
Thats my two cents for what its worth...
Jo N Ard (the town blacksheep)
in Runaway 9-Year-Old Found Near Train Tracks
If it were my kid I would want every detail I could get put out there in hopes of finding him.
in Local Man Seeks to Harvest Rain Via Curb Cutting
Well, they need to be cited for lack of smoke detection capabilities. Residents were lucky. THIS time. Also lucky there was a fire Dept literally across the street...
Williams is right! It is too common to see these so called mother/fathers/baby daddy/baby momma letting their children listen to the cRap and play these types of violent video games and run wild either out of convenice or ignorance. TRUTH, just because two people can produce a child does not make them Parents. Being a parent is probably the hardest thing a person will do in their life. I know it has been for me. Society is surrounded by clueless people (children) raising children today. Not really the games fault or cRap fault, this all starts at mom and or dad stepping up and being a parent not a friend.
It makes a big difference when you sit down with your children and explain that a game is just a game and doesn't negate real life. If parents would explain that there are consequences, real life consequences. There was a girl that burned down her house because she saw Beavis and Butthead do it. She said she didn't know that it would actually burn down or that she could have actually been hurt. The parents should have explained ....... From the time I was 5 my mother always let me watch horror flicks with her and they never scared me or made me fearful of the dark because she always explained that it was just someone silly in a costume pretending to be scary so we could have fun and cuddle and eat popcorn. From an early age I knew that it was ENTERTAINMENT and not reality. People just need to talk to their kids.
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