Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Tacovore of Eugene, Oregon: Best Taqueria!


 by steven masone

Tacovore is probably the best taqueria in the Northwest. Call it it trendy, call it gourmet, call it innovative, call it fresh, call it anything you want, but you must call it ... second to none! Another reviewer labeled them the best Mexican/Latin Taqueria in Eugene, Oregon. But... Amy, the General Manager said; "they prefer to be called  a  Pacific Northwest Taqueria." When I heard several raves about Tacovore as as one the best places to check out in Eugene for Mexican food, I chose them first when I was was told that they smoke their own Meats. 

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With their own Smokehouse on location, and owner Steve Mertz's  concept for this unique Taqueria, it's out-of-the-box recipes, the ambiance, Tacovore created as much an experience as well as a purveyor of great food! With excellent friendly professional staff, Tacovore made my first visit...a must come back soon to do this review visit. 
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 I could go  into into all of the superlatives about the subtleties and layered flavors and fresh ingredients, and try to paint a picture aimed at achieving a mouth watering desire for my readers, heaping on many more praises, however, just let me tell you the smoked carne asada taco, mole verde chicken taco, would still make them the best taqueria in town if all the rest of their ingredients we're not at par with their Smoked Meats. However, all the rest of their ingredients are on par and Tacovore could be the best Taqueria I have ever had the pleasure to eat at... and review. The wait is a little long at peak hours of course, but well worth the wait. see their website here      http://tacovorepnw.com/

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Thursday, October 12, 2017

Eugene East 18th Street House Fire

 Oregon Bureau Delta News & Review                                        10/12/17                                              7:15 am by Steven Masone

Many residents of the  E. 18th & Ferry St. in Eugene area woke up this morning to a house on fire at 555 E. 18th St., near Ferry St. The fire was pouring smoke out the top area of the home's house, but the Eugene Fire Department had the situation in control very quickly. The house was evacuated and there were no injuries and the lower household area suffered minimal fire damage. However the firefighters had to extinguish the fire in the attic area by breaking through the roof and some water damage will be expected. 


Wednesday, October 11, 2017

Disability Rights In Schools Are Civil Rights Too!

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Disability Rights In Schools Are Civil Rights Too!
Disability Rights In Schools Are Civil Rights Too!Are we still leaving disabled students behind?
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), was signed into law on July 26. 1990. More than fifty million Americans have some kind of physical, cognitive, sensory, or mental disability. The ADA’s extensive provisions for employment, state and local governments, transportation,public accommodations, and telecommunications, has helped end discrimination towards those with disabilities tremendously. Congress' concern to eliminate intentional and benign discrimination against disabled individuals is evident in the findings and purpose of the ADA. 42 U.S.C. § 12101. The purpose of the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act is "to include persons”.The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), was signed into law on July 26. 1990. More than fifty million Americans have some kind of physical, cognitive, sensory, or mental disability. The ADA’s extensive provisions for employment, state and local governments, transportation,public accommodations, and telecommunications, has helped end discrimination towards those with disabilities tremendously.      
However, the fight is far from over, and even in our public schools, we find that faculty and educators are many times, inadequately trained to understand, and conform to the ADA.  In a Northern  California High School, a young student with Asperger's Syndrome (a form of Autism) has developed an aversion to wearing footwear, which is symptomatic to his disability, and has been denied the right to finish and graduate at the public ceremony barefoot. The student had been attending classes barefoot with de facto acceptance from teachers until the Principle discovered him barefoot in the halls one day. The Principle refused to accommodate the student’s symptomatic issue even after the student’s parents requested accommodation.  The Principle and his superiors claim it is a safety issue and the school's financial liability overrides reasonable accommodation. The parents offered to sign a release of liability, which at first was acceptable but then they were told it was not sufficient.           
                                                                                                    The student would not be allowed on campus nor even attend his graduation ceremony barefoot. The ADA states: “no qualified individual with a disability shall, by reason of such disability, be excluded from participation in or be denied the benefits of the services, programs,or activities of a public entity, or be subjected to discrimination by any such entity.” (42 U.S.C. §Section 12132)    There have been many cases where school districts and other public entities waste taxpayers money fighting the ADA, only to lose in federal court because reasonable accommodation is not understood. It is reasonable accommodation to accept a waiver and release of liability from the parents of the student. The school has a football team and other sports activities that require athletes and participants sign such releases.  
It can be argued that many injuries have occurred through those programs. How many times has a barefoot student posed a danger to others, much less injured themselves and the school was harmed?  The student's diagnosis of Asperger’s Syndrome is recent, although the school was aware of the students Attention Deficit Disorder diagnosis earlier and failed to start the Individual Education Plan (IEP) as required by law.  The Principle told the parents that by the time they can redress the ban from campus, the school year will be over. The school is also rejecting the Asperger’s diagnosis until the school’s experts can now evaluate him. Had the evaluation been done in timely fashion as the law prescribes, time would not be against the student to have the resolution completed. 

The ADA utilizes a three-pronged definition of disability. For the purpose of coverage under the ADA, a person with a disability is defined as an individual who: has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities; or has a record or history of such an impairment; or is perceived or regarded as having such an impairment.                                                                                       The phrase "major life activities" means functions such as caring for oneself, performing manual tasks. Whether or not an impairment substantially limits a major life activity is made on an individual basis, and is not based on the existence of a condition or impairment but rather by its impact on the individual. A substantial impairment will be found when the conditions, manner, or duration under which a major life activity can be performed by the individual are limited when compared to most people.
 The school cannot claim a safety issue is not addressed by liability waiver as they have published on a website that all graduates attending the official graduation party hosted by them, have a waiver of liability all students must sign: “By signing the Release and Assumption of Risk Agreement, you are releasing Project Graduation of all liability and accepting responsibility for any action by your son/daughter with respect to bodily injury and property."  There will be dancing and as customary, shoes will come off.  Shoes are not worn in some activities on campus and at sports games and events which come under the jurisdiction of the school and their surrogate agents. 
The school district maintains they have a right to keep their rule on the barefoot issue as an absolute rule.  It has already been decided in one ADA court case that waiving an age requirement and safety claim for a disabled student to participate in football, a contact and dangerous sport, was reasonable accommodation.  JOHNSON v. FLORIDA HIGH SCHOOL ACTIVITIES ASS'N, INC.899 F.Supp. 579 (1995) United States District Court, M.D. Florida, Tampa Division September 6, 1995)   
Also, reasonable accommodation can be made where the student may be restricted to areas deemed threat free from nails, glass and foreign objects avoiding areas beyond  maintenance workers control. 
Swimming area’s are kept free from glass and sharp objects, but in this day and age the entire campus is relatively monitored and policed well where students often go barefoot while in-between classes. 
Twenty seven years after enactment of the ADA, one would think we would be closer to ending discrimination against people with disabilities in education. This writer has experienced it as well in undergraduate institutions because administrators feel it is more important to protect academic standards, and school policy, than civil rights. 
Whether it is lack of empathy, training, or by administrators, who have an "us against them attitude" ...it seems we will always need advocates and organizations that monitor and intervene on behalf of our disabled.  Congress' concern to eliminate intentional and benign discrimination against disabled individuals is evident in the findings and purpose of the ADA. 42 U.S.C. § 12101. The purpose of the ADA and the Rehabilitation Act is "to include persons”.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Football Shaped by Military

The military played a major role in turning football from an elite college sport into an American pastime.

By Emily Sohn 
  • The military both popularized football and developed rules to make it safer.
  • During World War II, West Point's football team recruited athletes with the understanding that they could escape the draft.
  • War-speak pervades football, and military institutions use high school and college games as recruiting opportunities.

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You might want to pause during this year’s Super Bowl half-time show to give a nod to the military, which is closer to your Sunday night viewing experience than you probably realize.
The armed forces, according to recent research, played a major role in turning football from an elitist college sport into an American pastime.
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In the early 20th century, military institutions also helped popularize and develop regulations for the sport. And today, military influences linger in the language used to describe football strategy. As you watch, listen for phrases like "trench warfare" and "field generals." Even terms like "sacking" and "blitzing" have roots in war-speak.
"The study of the history of college football has frequently been focused on particular players and coaches and not on the country's interest in the game as a whole," said Paul Vasquez, a social scientist  at the University of Central Florida in Orlando. "A lot of people don’t realize how it has become the phenomenon it has, and how the military’s role played a part in that story."
In its infancy, football was a violent sport that was played only at elite Northeastern colleges. After the first official college game, between Yale and Harvard in 1869, football began to spread westward and southward.
Football first met the armed forces in 1882, Vasquez reported in the journal Armed Forces & Society. That year, the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., adopted the sport as an important part of a military education. the United States Military Academy at West Point followed in 1890. Both institutions used football to keep cadets fit in and prepare them for the strategies of warfare.
The game proved popular. By 1892, according to Vasquez' research, football was played on at least 19 army bases across the country.
In those early years, military teams often played against college teams, and that occasionally caused problems. In 1894, for example, two separate games were scheduled to be played on Thanksgiving Day in Indiana, even though the tradition was for just the state’s top two teams to play that day.
The president of Purdue University, which was slated for a Thanksgiving game against Depaw University, grew upset when he heard of Butler's scheduled game with the Indianapolis Light Artillery. So, he began sending letters to other college presidents expressing a number of complaints.
Among them, he suggested that maybe college teams should stop playing military teams -- not just because simultaneous games threatened ticket sales, but also because soldiers tended to be bigger, stronger and older than college students. He worried about both the safety of his players and the purity of the college game.
The group that met to address those concerns ended up forming the first collegiate athletic conference, now know as the "Big 10." The NCAA, likewise, emerged from concerns that the game was too violent and caused too many serious injuries and deaths. Captain Palmer Pierce, the coach of the West Point team, became the president of that institution, originally called the Inter Collegiate Athletic Association, which put regulations in place to make the game less brutal and bloody.
Major wars were important turning points in the popularization of the game. During World War I, football turned out to be a great diversion for soldiers, keeping them out of trouble during down times and helping build teamwork. With more men mobilized on military camps and bases, the number of people playing football rose. At the same time, a growing number of civilians gained exposure to football as they visited bases to watch games, and that helped create a national taste for the sport.
"The most striking thing to me was how, in World War I, the military helped democratize football," said Patricia Shields, a political scientist at Texas State University in San Marcos. "Back in the 1800s,  there was a big division in class between people who went to college and people who didn’t, and people who didn’t go to college didn’t necessarily care about college sports."
"As common people throughout the country began to understand the game -- and it's not that easy to understand, but you understand it by playing and enjoying it -- that made it more interesting," she added. "Who knows, maybe football wouldn’t be what it is today without the military."
During World War II, West Point began to recruit athletes with the understanding that they would be exempt from the draft and could delay their service if they played on the football team. The hope for players was that the war would be over before their turns came, or at least that they could serve as officers instead of enlisted men.
Even in the thick of wartime in 1942, when nonessential travel was prohibited and many college games were canceled, the Army-Navy game took place, partly as a military morale-booster and partly as a recruitment tool.
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In just a year or two after the Second World War, the number of teams playing intercollegiate football increased by 66 percent. The development of the GI Bill and athletic scholarships gave veterans the chance to boost the quality of college ball. And the professional game fed off of interest that started at the college level.
It was on military bases that the culture of football emerged, with military bands playing in the stands and all-male cheerleaders rooting for players. (Women began cheering when World War II took so many men away). Even today, the army and other branches of the military use top-level high school and college bowl games as opportunities for recruiting, Vasquez said. The same does not happen with baseball, basketball or other sports.
These days, the military has less influence over football, but there are still connections. The Vince Lombardi Super Bowl trophy, for example, was named for a man who was once an assistant coach at West Point. And, Vasquez pointed out, New England Patriots coach Bill Belichick was raised in Annapolis, where his father worked for more than 30 years as an assistant football coach at the Naval Academy.