Paula commented on Sexual and Human Trafficking in the Boston Area and Beyond on 07.30.10
Interesting story , specially how it operates behind the scene right in front of us.... Im sure your story contributes to a greater awareness of the dimension of human trafficking.
Justin commented on Local Voices | Carlo Rotella on 07.28.10
grew up in upstate New York so when transferring from SoCal to Boston area I thought no problem... im east coast. i can handle it. i guess 15years in SoCal will change a person. I have to completely agree with Carlo. im no happygolucky guy but people here seem hell bent on jolting anyone within a 2 block radius to their personal misery. seems to be self perpetuating at that.
Ken commented on Local Voices | Carlo Rotella on 07.28.10
thanks for the warning about Carlo broadcasting every other Wednesday. Ill be sure to be tuned somewhere else. I lived many years in Chicago before moving to Boston, and was there only last month for ten days. Chicago drivers, let me tell you, are FAR ruder than those in Boston. They may not give one the finger as Carlo so crudely states it, but they are ruder in other ways. God help you if youre driving there.
bj commented on Local Voices | Carlo Rotella on 07.26.10
My daughter is one of the oldest Chinese adoptees. She 8 years old at adoption and is now almost 24 years old. We made our first return visit in 2001, with subsequent visits in 2005, and 2009. She also loves being in a place where all the people look like her and I am the odd one out. I arranged our first visit so she could see what China looked like in 2001. Her head was still filled by images of the Institute and the feelings of a small orphan child who was not wanted by anyone. We taught English through Concordia College and she met many Chinese people who affirmed her as the terrific person she has grown to be. We went back to the Institute and looked it over carefully. It was very important in helping her adjust her image of China and her life in America. When asked about this, she said "Before this trip, I was a Chinese person living in America. Now I am an ABC an American Born in China." A huge change that could only have happened by this visit. Last summer, she travelled back to China with a group from Gallaudet University. While my daughter is hearing, she is fluent in American SIgn Language, and wanted the practice. She also loves the opportunity to eat good Chinese food. I am very happy she feels comfortable in her birth country and has many happy memories to temper the less happy times she spent in her earliest years. BJ the mom
Gregory commented on Local Voices | Katherine Perry on 07.22.10
It shouldnt be up to the customer to pay the employees, they work for the business, and the business should pay them. In the interest of fulldisclosure, I put myself through college as a waiter and certainly appreciated the tips, but now realize that tipping is a way for the *owner* to avoid paying employees, and for the employees to avoid paying taxes. Restaurant owners should be forced to pay real competitive wages and withhold appropriate taxes as would any other business. If a restaurant wants good people, it will need to pay good wages for both front *and* back of house. That way the customer just pays the bill like any other business, the waiter gets whats due him/her as a reliable wage and isn’t subject to the mood of the customer, and the IRS gets its due.