No Friend of History

DENNY LAWHERN, president of the Belmont HistoricalSociety, looks through images that willpotentially be hung in City Hall.

DENNY LAWHERN, president of the Belmont Historical Society, looks through images that will potentially be hung in City Hall.

Denny Lawhern died on March 8, 2022. You can say the History of Belmont – IS HIS BABY – that was passed down to him when senior members of the historical society – DIED! This history suggests there is a legacy to be passed down, like my family legacy that has amazing roots in Belmont that go back to 1848. We are a – PREMIERE FAMILY!

“When I got started I was kind of a junior member and now a lot of the older members have passed away and now I find myself being up there as one of the senior members,” Lawhern said.”

I found out Denny IS DEAD last night. I debated about showing him some respect, but, when I read what Cynthia McCarthy had written on his memorial site, about Denny and his sister going to England to research his family roots, I wondered why he did not ask for my phone number – BECAUSE HE IS THE CARETAKER OF MUCH OF MY FAMILY HISTORY! He had much to tell me. Now, it is too late. THIS IS A CRIME.

McCarthy stakes a claim to images of my family – on the memorial. How come she was not happy TO KNOW descendants of Cark Janke EXIST, and one of them is a world famous woman artist, who signs her work by her middles name – ROSAMOND! I informed Cynthia dn Denny that our cousin is Elizabeth ROSEMOND Taylor. I got no response. Surely Facbook notices were sent to all the members. Three days passed before I heard from someone. There is a Belmont Quiz that posts old photographs, and it is suggested this is part of a historic service. Why wasn’t I shown pics of my kin?

I now get to guess what kind of person Denny WAS – and his family. He fashions himself a Patriot. WAS he a Republican? His wife was a church-goer. Did Denny start combing through my blog ‘Royal Rosamond Press – to see if I was HIS KIND of person. He did not like my posts on Kamala Harris, John Fremont, the Forty-eighters, and Turnverein Germans. Does Denny believe Trump – WON! Did Denny make any rude remarks about the history of LGBTQ People? Did he fear they wanted – in? Did Denny see himself as – A MORAL GUARDIAN? Denny painted American Flags on fire hydrants. Was he Anti-Hippie? Like a dog lifting its leg – DID DENNY MARK HIS TERRITORY? Did he hate my hippie history – and Liz’s too? Did he hate my German ancestors?

In one historic article on Cark Janke, it is suggested my great grandfather owned and ran California’s FIRST THEME PARK. This put’s Belmont’s History next to the history of Governor DeSantis who went after Disneyland for commenting on LGBTQ Rights. How much of my family history did Denny hide – and destroy? Did he have help? My run to be the Governor of Oregon puts me in a special category of Belmont History. I believe Denny was a political animal that enjoyed being in the limelight, and getting strokes from elected officials. He sure didn’t want me to get any strokes. Denny Lawhern is ….


John Presco

Together with his two sons, Carl also formed the Belmont Park outside the grounds of the soda works. It became a rather popular beer garden, and it also might be considered the first California amusement park.

Denny was excited in recent years about trips he planned to take with his sister Abbie, especially the trip to England to trace their ancestors.

Belmont Historical Society, Belmont, CA sent Today at 8:03 AM

One of the photos and captions is from the book I wrote. I am not certain if you think much of this information is new to us.

Belmont Historical Society, Belmont, CA

March 14  · 

It is with deep sadness that the members of the Belmont Historical Society say goodbye to Denny Lawhern, who passed away on March 8, 2022. Denny was a founding member of the Belmont Historical Society and remained active for over thirty-five years. He was the Society president for ten years and the historian for eight years.

Denny was instrumental in keeping the Historical Society running and the History Room open as a community resource. He was a familiar and friendly docent to countless visitors, led tours for hundreds of Belmont school children at the Belmont History Room and was a resource for city government and the community for all things related to Belmont history.

Denny also worked tirelessly to preserve the Emmett House, now a local landmark, the Ross House and the Belmont Firehouse façade.

Denny’s contributions will continue to live on in the History Room. He will be deeply missed.

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Born and raised on a farm in Weeping Water, Nebraska, Toni began collecting stamps as a young girl which she said gave her a window to the world. As a young woman, Toni made her way to California where she met her husband Denny. Toni and Denny moved to Belmont in 1966 to raise their family; they have lived in Belmont for 40 years. She possessed an abiding faith in the Lord, and raised her children in the First Congregationalist Church of Belmont.

John Ambrose <>

Wed, Mar 24, 2021 at 1:34 PM

I tried to post my family history on the BHS facebook and encountered a very rude Cynthia McCarthy who wrote a book on Belmont and failed to tell me this. She did not greet me warmly, and mentioned a copyright. I descend from Carl Janke, one of the founders of Belmont. My posts were taken down. Cynthia said she was to blame, and gave me her e-mail. I didn’t trust her and posted on Davina Hurt’s facebook.  Here is my blog.

John Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press

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On Monday, March 1, 2021, 12:54:42 AM PST, Mark Gall <> wrote:

I looked at your post. It’s rather complex and about matters that only insiders are likely to be able to follow. It seems to me that the woman should not be deleting your posts.

I noticed the Images of America cover in your post. This is a wonderful series of books. I have 3 of them about San Francisco: Visitacion Valley where I spent my childhood, Portola Valley where I went to parochial school, and The Theatres of San Francisco. I bought the one about Eugene Oregon and another one about Summit Illinois where Joy grew up.

On Mar 1, 2021, at 12:17 AM, John Ambrose <> wrote:

I began promoting myself on the Belmont history page and this woman is giving me a hard time and deleting my posts. Three days later I discover she has written a book with my family in it. I think she is trying to rip off my info. She should have told me.- and been happy to meet me!


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M. D. “Mark” Gall
Professor Emeritus
University of Oregon
College of Education

Email: mgall@u

Cipriani describes himself as Florentine in his diaries even though he was from Corsica. He recounts meeting another Italian speaker in Nevada and tells him he’s “Florentine, thank God!”

Belmont Historical Society, Belmont, CA sent Today at 8:03 AM

One of the photos and captions is from the book I wrote. I am not certain if you think much of this information is new to us.

You sent Today at 8:44 AM

What are you suggesting? Who is us? The Janke family is MY family not your family. Millions of families brag on their family history no matter how mundane. This is all I am doing. I did not come to battle with volenteers who I thought would be glad to hear from descendants of the Founder of Belmont. I thought MY history was being rejected as it was twenty years ago by kin of your famous cop who controlled the city history. I never encountered the way you set up your facebook group and assumed the worst and appologised. I even removed post to show I am not at war with a group of volunteers who may be working on books and have written books. I know being related to historic people gives me an advantage. The Benton’s are kin to the Bonaparte family that Cipriani had extensive relationship with.

Belmont Historical Society, Belmont, CA sent Today at 8:44 AM

Greeting! Thanks Greg for your message. We are not here right now, but we’ll get back to you as soon as we can. We are a small organization with a handful of volunteers. Thank you for your patience.

You sent Today at 8:53 AM

New to us? I don’t get this statement. I can get the opinion of a professional writer as to what he makes of this. You may be treating me as a outsider a author who thinks he is in competition with you

You sent Today at 9:00 AM

Here is my good friend, Mark Gall. For 25 years we have discussed out family history. He grew up in Hunter’s Point and will be in my book. Our mutual friend also went to Harvard and wrote a Eisenhower bio. He was an editor for Double Day. How long has each member of the Belmont Society been volunteering to gather my family history? Thank you for the good job you have done.

We are related to historic people somewhere.

Belmont Historical Society, Belmont, CA sent Today at 9:39 AM

There’s no competition, for Pete’s sake.

Belmont Historical Society, Belmont, CA sent Today at 9:39 AM

Maybe your friend the editor can explain copyright to you.

Belmont Historical Society, Belmont, CA sent Today at 9:39 AM

Everyone is related to “historic people.”

You sent Today at 9:50 AM

Are you suggesting I am violating YOUR copyright, or, a group’s copyright? I just want to make sure. There is strong evidence that MY family has been collecting OUR history for hundreds of years. Here is the proof the Benton family is kin to the Bonaparte family who were close friends of Cipriani. My famous artist sister married the artist, Garth Benton, the cousin of the artist Thomas Hart Benton. My niece Drew Benton is an artist, and so am I. This constitutes a artistic dynasty – when you include my mother’s cousin, the actress Elizabeth Rosemond

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Belmont History Scandal

Posted on March 23, 2021 by Royal Rosamond Press

Here is the come-on. The City of Belmont offers free membership to THE Belmont Historical Society IF POTENTIAL BUYERS ATTEND the book signing ceremony for the book CYNTHIA KARPA McCARTHY wrote 2014. Why didn’t the city, the society, and Cynthia, get on google to see if anyone had copyrighted some of this history – before they singed off on it, gave their signature and O.K.? I have every reason to suspect they went into my archives via the search, and found my copyrighted material. THEY knew what was going on, and kept me in the dark. Then THEY threatened me and GASLIGHTED me. Never in the annals of History Keeping, has such an outrage occurred. I am actively seeking an attorney. I have a right to affix my name to my family history and have it publicly displayed with other history pertinent to my family. How did McCarthy come to own – MY HISTORY? Who sold it to her?

Here is Cynthia saying my family history is not – that important. Then she says there is no competition – after I sensed there was. Finally, she mentions a copyright which causes me to google her, and discover she wrote a book on Belmont that THE CITY helped promote.

“We are related to historic people somewhere.

Belmont Historian Denny Lawhern with Bay Curious listener Ben Hilmer.

Belmont Historian Denny Lawhern with Bay Curious listener Ben Hilmer. (Suzie Racho/KQED)

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In the albums are a few designs that definitely wouldn’t get the OK today, including a Chinese man in a coolie hat with a Fu Manchu mustache, and a Native American character called “Chief Running Water.” But Denny says, for the most part, the designs focused on the patriotic.

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April 1, 2020  · 

Belmont Casino’s elegant owner, Charley Malaspina, featured in an article in Peninsula, January 11, 1946. Peninsula appears to have been a weekly newspaper that started publication in 1945 to cover the burgeoning peninsula.

The Belmont Casino, at 635 Old County Road half a mile from Bay Meadows Race Track, was billed as “Le Rendez-vous des Gourmets.” Host Charles Malaspina’s son Tom recalls the Belmont Casino from the late 1930s through the early 1960s as seating almost 150 people around a dance floor with a bandstand and two bars, the smaller bar being known as “Charley’s corner. Today, the Madison Apartments is on the site.

Belmont History Quiz: What Can You Identify in This Photo?

Test your Belmont history knowledge by answering a many of the following questions as possible.

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Once again, our thanks to Belmont historian Denny Lawhern for providing this wonderful old photo and the story behind it.

But before we tell you too much about the scene above, let’s see how much you can tell us. He/She with the most correct answers will receive an “I Love Belmont” bumper sticker.

  • During what time period was this shot taken?
  • What is the location of this photo? (be as specific as possible)
  • What is the Bella Monti Country Club known as today?
  • What is the significance of the bell on the left side of the photo?

Please enter your answers in the comment section below. The winner(s) will be announced on Monday.

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The Soda Works and the Country Club

In 1876, a German immigrant named Carl Augustus Janke founded The Belmont Soda Works, which manufactured one thousand bottles of sarsaparilla and other drinks per month.

Together with his two sons, Carl also formed the Belmont Park outside the grounds of the soda works. It became a rather popular beer garden, and it also might be considered the first California amusement park. This park, along with its carousel rides, restaurants, ice cream parlors, and bars, drew rowdy crowds from San Francisco all the way to San Jose. The rambunctious crowds are what eventually shut the park down. Today it’s known as Twin Pines Park.

From the Daily Journal archives

Belmont park has history of sun, libations, mystery and disasters

  • By Paul D. BuchananDaily Journal Feature Writer
  • Oct 22, 2001 Updated Jul 13, 2017

The most popular daytime excursion destination on the Peninsula during the late 19th century once occupied the area in Belmont now known as Twin Pines Park. The Belmont Picnic Grounds proved so popular, in fact, that scores of picnickers would travel regularly from San Jose and San Francisco for sun, fresh air and libations.

The size of the crowds and the fondness for libation, however, eventually led to the attraction’s demise.

According to Belmont Historical Society records, Dorothea and Carl August Janke sailed around Cape Horn from Hamburg, Germany, in 1848. After landing in San Francisco, they settled in Belmont in 1860. Industrious and entrepreneurial, Carl Janke purchased land in the vicinity of 6th and Ralston. Janke set out to create a site for leisure activities, modeled after the biergarten in his native Hamburg. His creation became Belmont Park.

Janke’s park offered all the necessary provisions for an outdoor holiday, which included a dance pavilion to accommodate 300 large glassless windows, a conical roof and a dance floor situated around a large spreading tree. The pavilion was also equipped with a bar, an ice cream parlor and a restaurant.

Outside the pavilion, the park provided a carousel for children, footpath bridges crossing the meandering of creeks, and a shooting gallery, with picnic benches and lathe houses situated about the shady grounds. Brass bands performing from bandstands could be heard all around the woodland.

In 1876, Janke opened Belmont Soda Works, located north of Ralston along Old County Road. Janke’s sons, Gus and Charlie, operated the soda works, which offered a variety of sarsaparillas. Within two years, the Soda Works produced more than 1,000 bottles a month

I met Denny in 2012 or so about doing a book about Belmont. The publisher had been kinda hounding him to do it. He had already scanned hundreds of historical photos of Belmont as JPEGs but the publisher wanted TIFFs. He said he wasn’t keen to redo all the scans. Denny showed me around the Belmont History Room and the files and set me loose to do the book we all worked on together about Belmont.

Denny knew everything and everyone pertaining to Belmont, and he was a joy to work with. Denny was excited in recent years about trips he planned to take with his sister Abbie, especially the trip to England to trace their ancestors.

Denny was absolutely THE nicest human being I have ever met. I’m grateful to have known him.

Cynthia McCArthy – March 14 at 06:35 PM

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From the Daily Journal archives

Lawhern a friend of history

  • By Colleen Watson
  • Apr 30, 2007 Updated Jul 12, 2017
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Lawhern a friend of history
Denny Lawhern was one of the founding members of the Belmont Historical Society, created in the 1987.

Surrounded by walls covered in pictures of old buildings, yellowing photographs and peeling signs Denny Lawhern points to a water color of a bright red building.

“It’s called the landmark, one day it was there and the next day it was demolished.” he said, explaining why the Belmont Historical Society got started.

Since the loss of “The Landmark,” the Belmont Historical Society has helped the city of Belmont create ordinances regarding the preservation of historic buildings in the area. In 1991 the society did a survey of all of the buildings that had been built before 1941 and then designated some as historic local, state or potential federal designations.

One of the big projects the society is working on right now is the preservation of the Emmett house.

“If we can preserve a few buildings like the Emmett House, which we’re working on now, its not so much its going to be a beautiful building today but its also going to be a beautiful building 200 years from now,” Lawhern said. “We want to preserve the building but at the same time maximize the use of it for affordable housing.”

Lawhern was one of the founding members of the Belmont Historical Society, created in the 1987.

“When I got started I was kind of a junior member and now a lot of the older members have passed away and now I find myself being up there as one of the senior members,” Lawhern said.

He loves history but that isn’t his favorite part of working with the Belmont Historical Society.

“I think the part I love most is interacting with different people.” Lawhern said. “And right now my most enjoyable part about it is working with the residents in senior facilities. When I go there my goal is to spark an interest.”

He works part time as manager at Superior Body Shop, and in his spare time creates historic slideshows of Belmont, the Peninsula and the Sierras.

He often visits senior care facilities to show them the 30-minute slide shows.

Now the society’s president, Lawhern has lived in Belmont for 43 years. When he first moved into the community he started to give back. He served 12 years on the Planning Commission and many years with the homeowners association, the PTA and the scouts. He won the Ralston award in 1997 for citizenship for his community contributions. A California native, Lawhern and his wife Toni moved to Belmont to raise their family. He is still dealing with the pain of losing his wife last year, but he has had a lot of family and community support. He has a daughter Toni Lyn, a son Jason and a foster child Dwight.

Lawhern has been a driving force in the community for 40 years. He is as much a part of Belmont’s history as any of the buildings he loves. And his work in the Belmont Historical Society has helped preserve the treasures of Belmont’s past.

The Belmont Historical Society’s History Room is located in Twin Pines Park and is open on the second and fourth Saturday of the month at 1225 Ralston Ave., Belmont, Calif., 94002. The phone number is (650) 593-

Twin Pines Park’s shady past

  • By Jim Clifford
  • Jul 30, 2018
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Twin Pines Park in Belmont is a respite of nature, but its past wasn’t always that way.Dan Wadleigh

The Belmont City Council recently approved funding for a master plan to upgrade Twin Pines Park, a bucolic oasis where people can escape the push and pull of modern life by simply listening to the sound of a creek as it flows in the shade of towering trees. It is hard to believe this pastoral setting has a violent history that includes murder, rape and kidnapping.

The unsavory history took place a long time ago when the park was known as the Belmont Picnic Grounds as well as Belmont Park. The present park is a remnant of the original 12-acre, wildly popular venue that opened shortly after the train came to the Peninsula in the 1860s.

Belmont Park was the work of Carl Janke, who wanted to replicate a beer garden from his native Germany. The trains brought party goers from throughout the Bay Area to Belmont where they spent the day meandering through the woods or attending the many picnics hosted by immigrant groups and fraternal organizations, events that drew people by the thousands. Ships also brought park-bound passengers to the Belmont pier.

Today’s 10-acre Twin Pines Park is located on Ralston Avenue a few blocks west of El Camino Real in the same spot once occupied by the Belmont Picnic Grounds, according to the Belmont Historical Society. The society maintains a museum in Twin Pines, which is also home to popular summer concerts as well as picnickers.

Janke’s park featured a dance pavilion large enough to hold 300 dancers, a bandstand and, of course, a beer garden. Eventually, a jail cell was built under the bandstand to hold rowdy patrons, of which there were plenty.

Special trains carried passengers to the park for huge events, such as an 1868 picnic held by the Fenian Brotherhood, a group of Irish nationalists who wanted to free their native land from the English. The picnic drew 10,000 people, but such sizeable gatherings were not unusual for the times. Two years earlier, 15,000 turned out for a Fenian picnic in San Mateo. In 1870, 12,000 Fenians and their supporters converged on Redwood City, overwhelming a city of less than 2,000. The Irish group was not the only organization to hold massive picnics. In 1876, 8,000 people showed up at Belmont for an Odd Fellows picnic.

Belmont picnics often ended in drunken brawls and at least one escalated to gun play when a San Francisco hoodlum was shot to death. Drunks smashed out train windows with such frequency and people along the line complained so often that by 1900 Southern Pacific canceled charter trains to the park. Belmont Park deteriorated rapidly and was subdivided for other uses. In 1972, voters approved buying land for today’s Twin Pines Park, an area that then was the site of the Twin Pines Sanitarium.

According to Roy’s Clouds history of San Mateo County, 4-year-old Annie Mooney vanished from the park in 1883, never to be seen again in what he called “the most celebrated kidnapping case of California.” The most infamous and sensational episode at Belmont Park, however, was the rape of 15-year-old Annie Sullivan on May 10, 1884, allegedly by Henry Casey, described in the San Mateo County Times and Gazette as “a bad character, especially among the female sex.”

Casey had his day in court, but it was a brief one. Annie’s father, Daniel Sullivan, was about 6 feet away from Casey during a court hearing when, without warning, he pulled out a pistol and fired three shots. Casey staggered toward the jury box, straightened up and fell backwards near the front door of the courtroom, mortally wounded. A newspaper reported that Sullivan “felt he did nothing wrong and that he would do the same thing if it happened again.” If letters to the editors are evidence, public sympathy was with the father. Several writers said they would have killed anyone who assaulted their child while others said they would have been driven crazy by such a crime. Sullivan was acquitted on grounds of insanity

Long Description:
Twin Pines Park is the hub of Blemont Parks & Recreation. From Geocache GC1JB51, titled Sarsaparilla Park:

In the 1870s, Belmont was a whistle stop on the Southern Pacific railroad, an aspiring suburb to San Francisco and a base for tycoons like William Ralston who had built country mansions in the canyons and hills to the west. In 1876, two German immigrants brought some industry to town. Carl Augustus Janke and his son Carl Ferdinand founded the Belmont Soda Works just north of The Corners (now Ralston and El Camino). The Jankes manufactured a variety of fizzy drinks, most notably sarsaparilla, and delivered them to San Francisco and points south along the railroad.

The Jankes turned out to be entertainment entrepreneurs as well. They bought up a dozen acres on the south side of Belmont Creek and established Belmont Park and picnic grounds. Patterned after the beer gardens of their German heritage, it offered a 300 person dance pavilion, a carousel, a running track and walking trails, an ice cream parlor, plenty of picnicking space and of course drinks – beer and plenty of sarsaparilla (which might have been spiked with cocaine in that era). The Jankes made a mutually profitable deal with the Southern Pacific to run weekend picnic special trains from the city to Belmont Park. The place often hosted large crowds, with one notable affair being 8,000 people for an Odd Fellows fraternal gathering.

With drink and crowds came trouble. Drunken brawls were not uncommon, and on one occasion a shoot-out between gangs left a man dead (some modern problems are not new.) A private jail was installed at the park, beneath the dance hall floor, and the Southern Pacific put special police on its excursion trains. But as Belmont and other Peninsula settlements grew, the weekly influx of rowdies was seen as a problem that outweighed their commercial benefits. Under pressure from the locals, the railroad cancelled its party train specials by 1900. Belmont Park went into a quick decline, and was mostly subdivided for other uses. The present park and the civic center are part of its remains, with little to show of its checkered past.

Some features of Twin Pines Park are a children’s playground and the Buckeye, Redwood, or the Meadow picnic areas. Facility rentals include the Lodge, Cottage, Manor, or Twin Pines Senior & Community Center.

Belmont Theme Park – A First

Posted on November 7, 2018 by Royal Rosamond Press

I conclude Carl Janke is the founder of the city of Belmont, and perhaps the first Theme Park in California. Pre-fab homes were built back east and brought to Benicia in order to make it the first Capital of California. I suspect Belmont was a rival city.

William August Janke, the son of Carl August Janke of Belmont, lived in a Victorian house at 320 Haight St. a a block and a half from Fillmore St. Carl founded what may be the oldest theme park in America that catered to members of the Odd Fellows who lived in San Francisco. Carl Janke hired a special train to bring people to his theme park modeled after a German folk town and beergarten. Carl owned the Belmont soda works and sold a drink that may have contained cocaine. Carl made a jail for his town because folks got out of hand. Consider the Haight-Ashbury that was the haven for the Hippie Movement, that got out of hand. It became a theme-park that attracted folks from all over the world, and was the focal point of the war on drugs.

John Presco

1864-1910, page 133).
Records from Tombstones in Laurel Hill Cemetery, 1853-1927 – Janke
– Stuttmeister
Mina Maria Janke, daughter of William A, & Cornelia Janke, born
February 2, 1869, died March 1902.
William August Janke, native of Hamburg, Germany, born Dec. 25,
1842, died Nov. 22, 1902, son of Carl August & Dorette Catherine Janke. Frederick William R. Stuttmeister, native of Berlin, Germany, born
1812, died January 29, 1877.
Mrs. Matilda Stuttmeister, wife of Frederick W.R. Stuttmeister, born
1829, died March 17, 1875, native of New York.
Victor Rudolph Stuttmeister, son of Frederick W.R. & Matilda
Stuttmeister, born May 29, 1846, died Jan. 19, 1893, native of New

Capturing Sleeping Beauty At Rosamond Gallery

Posted on June 8, 2017 by Royal Rosamond Press

The work of Disney Artist, Eyvind Earle, hung in the Rosamond Gallery in Carmel. Eyvind illustrated ‘Sleeping Beauty’.

When I was eleven I read all the Grimm’s Fairytales in a month. When my sixteen year old daughter came into my life, I compared her to Sleeping Beauty, who was name ‘Rosamond’. I soon realized she was ‘The Family Sleeper’ who was fresh and untainted. When Heather Hanson came into my life for the first time, I offered to teach her Rosamond’s Style. After giving birth to my grandson, Tyler, she had to focus on being a good mother. Hoping to leave a creative legacy to my grandson, I founded this company just hours ago.

Jon Presco

Copyright 2017

TONI LEE LAWHERN, R.N. LNC August 12, 1942- July 6, 2006 Entered into peaceful rest after a brief illness, surrounded by those she loved. A beloved wife, mother, sister and aunt, she is survived by her husband of 43 years Denny; Son Jason Lawhern of Belmont; Daughter Toni Lynn Lawhern of San Mateo; Foster Son Dwight Pederson, Valerie and Madison Pederson of Redwood City; Family in Weeping Water, Nebraska includes Sister Neva and Brent Stubbs, Brother Neil and Jackie Chambers, and cousin Meredith Dietl. Brothers- and sisters-in-law include Richard and Maren Lawhern of Fort Mill, South Carolina; Arthur and Elizabeth Lawhern of Austin, Texas; Paul and Cathy Smith of Quincy, CA; Abbie Hull and Richard Vaught of Belmont, CA; Glenda and David Laird of Redlands, CA. Nieces Melissa Vaught of Belmont, CA, Michelle Dudley of Cor d’Alene Idaho, Amanda Bohm of Austin, Texas and Helene Kiddie of San Francisco, CA and their families; Nephew Matt and Veronica Hull of Oakley, CA. Through her welcoming arms was the heart and soul of our family. She will be deeply missed by all. Born and raised on a farm in Weeping Water, Nebraska, Toni began collecting stamps as a young girl which she said gave her a window to the world. As a young woman, Toni made her way to California where she met her husband Denny. Toni and Denny moved to Belmont in 1966 to raise their family; they have lived in Belmont for 40 years. She possessed an abiding faith in the Lord, and raised her children in the First Congregationalist Church of Belmont. While raising their family, Toni attended Chabot College, San Francisco State University and the College of San Mateo earning a degree in Nursing. Throughout her successful and fulfilling career as a Registered Nurse, Toni worked at Peninsula Hospital, San Mateo County Hospital and Sequoia Hospital providing compassionate comfort and professional nursing to all people entrusted to her care. Later, seeking personal and professional growth, Toni obtained certification as a Legal Nurse Consultant and in recent years owned and operated her own successful business providing consultation and advocacy to clients who may have been wronged by medical service providers. She was an active member of the Bay Area Chapter of Legal Nurse Consultants. She is remembered by her colleagues for her intelligence, strength, radiance, professionalism and optimism, as well as being a generous mentor and friend. Toni actively pursued a full life, enjoying sewing, cooking, reading, fine dining and the theater with friends and family alike. Toni loved flying and in 1976 earned her pilots license so she could fly copilot with her husband, who is also a pilot. Toni loved music, and from an early age played clarinet and piano. As a young mother in the 1970’s she became enamored of the ancient Japanese instrument Koto. Applying herself with a dedication that would become the hallmark of all her endeavors both personal and professional, she studied Koto under the instruction of Mrs. Shiamoka of San Francisco. After years of striving for excellence in Koto, Toni was humbly honored to be the first Caucasian women in the U.S. to be awarded a rank of Master for this instrument. Toni was a licensed foster care provider, for many years providing loving care and guidance to children in need; she was also a welcoming hostess to international exchange students. Friends and family were always secure in the knowledge that her door was open to any who sought companionship, comfort, guidance or refuge. The Lawhern Family humbly thanks and would like to acknowledge the extraordinary care Toni received from the Medical, Nursing and Respiratory staff during her stay at Kaiser Hospital Redwood City Intensive Care Unit. We deeply appreciate their ongoing professionalism, extraordinary dedication and unrelenting efforts towards sustaining our Beloved’s life. In her final days she painlessly enjoyed the company of those she loved and for this we will always be grateful. Memorial Services are pending and will be announced at a future date. The Family requests that donations in her memory are made to the American Cancer Society.

Published by San Mateo County Times on Jul. 14, 2006.

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Disney Degraded – Bad Love Match

My family history has been degraded.

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Russia threatened to use Atomic Bombs. What Governor DeSantis to Gays and Disney, replicates what the law firm of Buck Morris and Rose did to my families artistic and literary legacy, What if I am the End Time Catalyst….The End of Days Weathercock?

John ‘The Prophet’

Acatalystis an event or person causing a change. Getting kicked out of your parents’ house might be acatalystfor becoming more independent.

The nouncatalystis something or someone that causes a change and is derived from the Greek wordkatalύein, meaning “to dissolve.” It can be somewhat ordinary, like when moving to a warmer climate was the catalyst for getting a short, sporty haircut. Or it can be major, like how the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of the Austro-Hungarian Empire is said to be a catalyst of World War I.

Explained: DeSantis’s effort to end Disney’s self-government power…

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Capturing Beauty – The Long Con

My history has been kidnapped.

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Capturing Beauty


John Presco

Copyright 2021


The Long Con

No one likes to admit they have been conned. This is true of millions of Trump followers who can’t accept the truth HE LOST and is A LOSER, because they got to look at him way down the line. The mist – has cleared! The big sucker, has been licked down to the stick.

Yesterday was Father’s Day, and, alas – I WENT ALL THE WAY! I accepted the truth my daughter was conning me – from the get! She rehearsed her role in THE LONG CON – since she was a child. Her mother and aunt and uncle identified me to her as….THE MARK! When Patrice approached me at the Kerry House, she was not wearing a wedding ring. She was hunting. Her two boys, and her Lover Boy – who looks like Bob Weir – are out…

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France Withdraws Ambassadors Over Warships

Will Stanford fund a College of Spies in Belmont
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I need to author a book and promote myself as the Greatest Seer since Nostradamus. i have talked about forming a College of Spies and Diplomats in Belmont California. i believe Ian Fleming and his kin, Sea Lord Caspar John, are speaking through me and my muse I now identify as….My Martian Muse!

Where is the prophet Jesus of Christianity? He has been assigned to Donald Trump to be his personal muse, and somehow, get the ex-Commander-in-Chief back in the White House because our fair Democratic elections – were fake? Are you serious! Millions of Christians are traitors to their country. They refuse to back our President in perilous times. In the name of Jesus – they don’t believe in Democracy!

Seer John

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Stanford Buys Dame de Namur

Notre Dame De Namur University is a Private 4 Year university located in Belmont, California. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 718.

The past, present, and future is mine.

John Presco  

Dame de Namur University plans to sell its Belmont campus to Stanford University following an agreement between the two to work toward a purchase arrangement, benefiting both in the long term.

“This agreement between NDNU and Stanford gives NDNU the flexibility to grow again in new and exciting ways,” NDNU President Beth Martin said in a press release. “We will be able to continue the programs for which we are so well known, and to add new programs directly targeted to changing student needs, including a mix of in-person, hybrid, and fully online programs.”

The Catholic, nonprofit university based in Belmont announced the decision Tuesday afternoon. It decided to sell because it was confident that a sale to a compatible organization would lead to long-term sustainability. The signed agreement announced Tuesday is an exclusive option for Stanford to purchase the NDNU campus for the duration of the agreement, which lasts until June 15, 2025, said Melissa McAlexander, special assistant to the president. NDNU course offerings are not expected to be affected, with normal operations to continue until the sale is complete. Once the sale happens, NDNU will be able to lease back space on campus for its operations, with both universities remaining independent. The site totals 46.3 acres and 24 buildings, with more than 320,000 square feet of office and classrooms.

NDNU officials in previous years had floated the possibility of permanent closure of the school due to enrollment and financial challenges, with uncertainty about its future. However, the NDNU Board of Trustees in January approved operating beyond the spring semester of 2021 and transitioning from an undergraduate school into a primarily graduate institution, offering master’s degree programs in business, clinical psychology and education, in addition to teaching credentials. The transition also was a part of the school’s decision to sell its campus. NDNU was established in 1851 and is the third oldest college in California.

Stanford said the agreement would help support its educational mission and long-range vision. It said an important consideration in trying to buy the property was its existing use as a residential academic campus and its location on the Peninsula to public transit and Stanford’s existing and Redwood City campuses. The school noted a Stanford campus in Belmont could provide needed space for programs and lead to more continuing studies courses for Bay Area residents.

“While we do not anticipate moving existing teaching and research activities off of the main campus, adding a campus in Belmont will provide us with additional space and facilities to enhance those activities through more regionally-focused work,” Stanford Provost Persis Drell said in a press release.

Stanford will develop a plan for the campus with help from stakeholders at Stanford, NDNU, Belmont and local residents. The process is expected to take several years and would require Stanford to submit applications for site improvements that require city approval.

“Stanford is committed to engaging all stakeholders throughout the process of planning for the Belmont campus’ future,” Joel Berman, Stanford Community Engagement Communications director, said by email. “We hope to begin engaging with local residents and other stakeholders over the coming weeks. We welcome the opportunity to hear from the community as we work toward reimagining this beautiful campus.”

Berman noted Stanford and NDNU began discussions about a purchase agreement during late summer 2020.

As for the future of NDNU, the university expects to offer new class options for in-person, hybrid and online in the coming years. The business school in 2022 will launch a tech track geared toward training MBA students to work and manage tech workers. The business school also is looking at an MBA STEM option due to the enormous demand for managers who can work in biotech. The business school is planning a degree completion program for students who have finished an associate’s degree and want to major in business. NDNU also entered into a partnership with Dominican University of California to move its Art Therapy program to Dominican. NDNU is still offering online class options for students during the pandemic.

Belmont Mayor Charles Stone was thrilled Belmont would potentially keep NDNU long term and bring some form of northern Stanford Campus to the city.

“I am extraordinarily happy that this ensures the continuation of NDNU. If this deal goes through, it will ensure NDNU continues to exist to offer degree completion and post-grad work. NDNU is an incredibly important part of Belmont and its history,” Stone said.

He noted Stanford would be reaching out to Belmont and its residents about the vision for the campus, although it would probably take a couple of years before a final plan was decided.

“I’m keeping a super open mind. It’s early in the process. I’m not sure what their vision is yet,” Stone said.

While there might be a more extensive presence in the area, he believes the site can handle the project. There are plans for a roundabout near the entrance of NDNU, and the Ralston Avenue corridor is a key area for future housing development and public transit, with a Caltrain station nearby.

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Belmont Soda Works – Reborn

My families past – and future!

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Capturing Beauty


John Presco

Capturing The Beautiful Hill

At 1:38 A.M. on April 13, 2021, I founded the new Belmont Soda Works. An hour later I found a branch of the Janke family, born of Elizabeth Janke, the daughter of Carl. Her children and grandchild lived and worked in many places in Belmont. I also found proof that my great, great, grandfather brought six portable houses around the Cape and erected them in Belmont, a city that means ‘Beautiful Hill’. This makes Janke a premiere pioneer builder in the Bay Area, and the owner of one of California’s first Theme Parks. Cark and his family are business peers of Walt Disney. I also found the copyrighted post of my families achievements, that precedes all copyrights by anyone who had written about this very important and historic family. Elizabeth and Melba Broderick, my father’s mother, look alike. This post remains…

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Savior of Norte Dame Belmont

I see the future.

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Yesterday I got on Zillow and looked for a house for my niece, Shannon Rosamond, who wants to live on the Oregon Coast. I looked at homes in Coos Bay and Alameda where I lived with Dottie Witherspoon. There is a photograph of my grandmother on a beach. This gave me the idea of looking in Belmont co-founded by my kin, Carl Janke. There was a Stuttmeister wedding at Ralston Hall that is now the College of Norte Dame de Namur. I found a house for sale a couple of blocks away. Then, I looked at the Catholic College on satellite. Then, I looked at the history of this college and – am blown away! It was founded by Marie Louise Francoise Blin de Bourbon, a kin of Virginia Hambley who proposed married to me in 2013, and, I returned the loving gesture.

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Wandering Star Studio of Belmont

I see a school of spies.

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I am going to try and contact Meg Whitman about acquiring the grounds upon which the College of Norte Dame de Namur is now occupying. I just got off the phone with Casey Farrell and we did another radio show that did not get broadcast. I’m going to contact Clint Eastwood that has Susan Locke as an artist in Pebble Beach. Our first show will be…The Many Portraits of Susan Locke.

Today is my birthday! I am 75 years of age. Three days I found this home while looking for a home to rent for my niece, Shannon Rosamond, who is going to come to Oregon in a couple of weeks. I am going to make her my Heir. This is when I looked at the College of Norte Dame de Namur. I am going to aske this college to purchase this home (that could be in Carmel) for my…

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Ghost Fleet Dream

The Lee Line Battleship

Posted on June 8, 2020 by Royal Rosamond Press

The Royal Janitor


John Presco

Copyright 2020

John von John heaved a sigh of relief when Starfish reluctantly obeyed orders to go sit in the car.

“I never saw anyone get so drunk on one beer!” John said.

I saw it coming.

Seer John

On March 9, 1862, the Union warship Monitor met its Confederate counterpart, Virginia. After a four-hour exchange of fire, the two fought to a draw. It was the first battle of ironclads. In one day, every wooden ship of the line of every naval power became immediately obsolete.

© Twitter / AlamyA Whole Age of Warfare Sank With the Moskva

On December 7, 1941, the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. If the battle of the ironclads settled once and for all the wood-versus-iron debate, Japanese carrier-based aircraft settled the battleship-versus-carrier debate by sinking the cream of America’s battleship fleet in a single morning.

On April 14, 2022, the Ukrainians sank the Russian cruiser Moskva with a pair of Neptune anti-ship missiles. And that success posed an urgent question to the world’s major militaries: Has another age of warfare just begun? After 20 years spent fighting the post-9/11 wars, the United States military’s attention is again focused on a peer-level adversary. The Pentagon hasn’t been thinking this way since the Cold War, and it is attempting a profound transformation. Today, fierce debate attends this transformation, and nowhere more acutely than in the Marine Corps.

[Phillips Payson O’Brien and Edward Stringer: The overlooked reason Russia’s invasion is floundering]

In March 2020, the Marine commandant, General David Berger, published “Force Design 2030.” This controversial paper announced a significant restructuring based on the belief that “the Marine Corps is not organized, trained, equipped or postured to meet the demands of the rapidly evolving future operating environment.” That “future operating environment” is an imagined war with China in the South Pacific—but in many ways, that hypothetical conflict resembles the real war in Ukraine.

The military we have—an army built around tanks, a navy built around ships, and an air force built around planes, all of which are technologically advanced and astronomically expensive—is platform-centric. So far, in Ukraine, the signature land weapon hasn’t been a tank, but an anti-tank missile: the Javelin. The signature air weapon hasn’t been an aircraft, but an anti-air missile: the Stinger. And as the sinking of the Moskva showed, the signature maritime weapon hasn’t been a ship, but an anti-ship missile: the Neptune.

Berger believes a new age of war is upon us. In “Force Design 2030,” he puts the following sentence in bold: “We must acknowledge the impacts of proliferated precision long-range fires, mines, and other smart weapons, and seek innovative ways to overcome these threat capabilities.” The weapons General Berger refers to include the same family of anti-platform weapons Ukrainians are using to incinerate Russian tanks, shoot down Russian helicopters, and sink Russian warships. The successes against a platform-centric Russian Goliath by an anti-platform-centric Ukrainian David have elicited cheers in the West, but what we are witnessing in Ukraine may well be a prelude to the besting of our own American Goliath.

Like its Russian counterpart, the American military has long been built around platforms. To pivot away from a platform-centric view of warfare is both a cultural challenge—what does it mean to be a fighter pilot without a jet, a tanker without a tank, or a sailor without a ship?—and a resource challenge. It asks the U.S. military, as well as the U.S. defense industry, to divest itself of legacy capabilities like, for example, a $13 billion Ford-class aircraft carrier, in order to invest in new, potentially less profitable technologies like, say, $6,000 Switchblade drones that can kill tanks.

[From the June 2019 issue: At work, expertise is falling out of favor]

Divestment is central to Berger’s strategic vision. Several months ago, he announced that the Marine Corps would reduce its size. Several of its infantry battalions, aircraft squadrons, artillery batteries, and every last one of its tanks would go. According to Berger, the Marine Corps is “operating under the assumption that we will not receive additional resources” and “must divest certain existing capabilities to free resources for essential new capabilities.”

As divest to invest has become the new Marine Corps catchphrase, a bevy of retired generals have spoken out publicly against Berger, in an unprecedented display of disunity among senior commanders. One of the dissenters is a former commandant, retired General Charles Krulak. “You’re divesting yourself of huge capability to buy capability that’s still on the drawing boards,” Krulak told me. “We’re being painted as a bunch of old farts who want the Marine Corps to remain as it was and don’t understand the impact of technology on warfare. Nothing could be further from the truth.”

To discount Krulak’s views would be a mistake. His tenure as commandant ushered in significant innovations for the Corps. He laid the intellectual groundwork that allowed the Corps to fight in the post-9/11 world. He also acquired the V-22 for the Marine Corps, a first-of-its-kind tilt-rotor aircraft that is both a plane and a helicopter. Berger’s strategic vision is also first-of-its-kind; in the event of a war with China, it imagines a 21st-century island-hopping campaign in which bands of 60 to 70 highly trained, lethally equipped Marines would infiltrate onto islands in the South Pacific to target the Chinese navy with advanced missile systems and other long-range weapons. The war at sea, in Berger’s vision, would be decided by a slew of Moskva-like engagements.

Berger’s critics don’t buy it. “The assumption that Marines can get on contested islands without being detected and conduct resupply missions is unrealistic,” Krulak said. “Plus, you’re underestimating the capability of the Chinese. The belief that these forces will shoot and scoot counts on Marines moving faster than a Chinese missile flies. You’re going to lose Marines and be unable to evacuate our wounded and dead. The Navy won’t sail in to get our wounded.”

Admiral James Stavridis, who spent much of his 40-plus-year Navy career in the South China Sea, is a believer in Berger’s vision. “The Army of tomorrow will look like the Marine Corps of today,” Stavridis told me. “What General Berger is doing is critical.” A truism among Marines is that the Corps must be at its most ready when America is at its least. In the 1930s, the Marine Corps pioneered the amphibious doctrine that would pave the way not only for the island-hopping campaigns in the Pacific, but also the amphibious landings that allowed the Army to liberate Europe. Innovation, according to Stavridis, remains a core Marine mission.

The debate in the Marine Corps is more profound than the internecine politics of one service branch; it’s a debate about which form of warfare will dominate in the next decades of the 21st century, a platform-centric one or an anti-platform-centric one. Historical precedent abounds for these types of debates. Before the First World War, in the opening years of the 20th century, many militaries adhered to the cult of the offense, a then-stale belief that well-trained, determined troops would always carry the day over a defending force. In the Napoleonic Wars 100 years before, this had often proved true. But up against the 20th century’s breech-loading rifles and machine guns, the offense had become the weaker form of warfare. Tragically, it took the Marne, the Somme, and countless other bayonet charges into the teeth of chattering machine guns for the generals of that era to accept that their understanding of warfare was dated.

Representative Seth Moulton, a former Marine and Iraq War veteran who sits on the House Armed Services Committee, believes that today’s dissenting generals are failing to comprehend how much technology is changing the battlefield and how quickly the services must adapt. “When you look at what weapons are on top of the Ukrainians’ wish list,” Moulton told me, “it isn’t towed howitzers. Top of their list are armed drones, anti-tank missiles, and anti-ship missiles.”

But what if Berger is wrong? What if his “divest to invest” strategy winds up overinvesting the Marine Corps in a highly specific vision of warfare that never comes to pass? According to Moulton, much of this comes down to the role the Marine Corps has traditionally played as an incubator for new ideas as the smallest, most nimble of the services. “Our country can afford to have the Marine Corps overinvested in a new type of warfare that never comes to pass,” Moulton explained. “What our country cannot afford is to have the Marine Corps underinvested in a new type of warfare that does come to pass.”

[Phillips Payson O’Brien: Why Ukraine is winning]

Events in Ukraine seem to validate Berger’s anti-platform-centric view of warfare, in much the same way that World War I validated those who had argued that defense had become stronger than offense. Of course, no form of warfare maintains primacy forever. Krulak made this point as we finished our conversation. “We need to be careful we don’t learn the wrong lessons from Ukraine. You have a great measure. The next thing you know they come up with a countermeasure. So you come up with a counter-countermeasure.”

One of the most famous countermeasures developed after the end of the First World War was France’s Maginot Line, a physical shrine to the primacy of defense. What the French failed to account for was that in two short decades, certain developments—more advanced tanks, aircraft, and combined-arms doctrine—had once again swung the balance, allowing offense to reassume its role as the dominant form of warfare. The result was a German blitzkrieg in June 1940 that simply maneuvered around the Maginot Line.

The wager that Berger and the Marine Corps are making is that anti-platform systems won’t be an American Maginot Line, but the best way to save a generation of Americans from their own Somme or Moskva.

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Christian Fanatics Should Leave Republican Party

In January 1865, Marx wrote to Lincoln on behalf of the International Workingmen’s Association, a group for socialists, communists, anarchists and trade unions, to “congratulate the American people upon your reelection.”

House Bills 616 and 327 would bar teachers from discussing racism — a national sickness that officials say led to the massacre of Roberta A. DruryMargus D. Morrison, Andre Mackneil, Aaron SalterGeraldine TalleyCelestine ChaneyHeyward PattersonKatherine MasseyPearl Young and Ruth Whitfield May 14 at a Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo.

House Bill 327 would also restrict how public colleges and other public entities such as police departments and libraries offer training or instructions to employees, contractors or outside groups about so-deemed “divisive concepts” such as racism, sexism, inequality and religious intolerance.

Abolition Party and Fremont

Posted on February 9, 2019 by Royal Rosamond Press

Christians claim God – IS TRUTH – and they uphold this and most family and political traditions. They claim they follow the Bible and it is the pure word of God. They insist secular government and secular culture must be destroyed so they can construct the delusional kingdom of God – here on earth. Millions of Christian lunatics claim – TRUMP WON! If John Fremont and the founders of the Republican party – were alive – they would order these lunatics out of THIER PARTY, and insist they form THEIR OWN PARTY that would resemble A CHURCH.

Consider the Parable of the Sower. There were Marxists and Socialists in the first Republican Party. Most Christian leaders, and Fox News – hate Socialists! Build the Party of Jesus – on good ground! Followers of Prosperity Gospel may be wondering why they have been having – BAD LUCK!

John Presco

Abraham Lincoln: Karl Marx influenced his opposition to slavery and ideas about capitalism – The Washington Post

It was December 1861, a Tuesday at noon, when President Abraham Lincoln sent his first annual message ⁠ — what later became the State of the Union ⁠— to the House and Senate.

By the next day, all 7,000 words of the manuscript were published in newspapers across the country, including the Confederate South. This was Lincoln’s first chance to speak to the nation at length since his inaugural address.

He railed against the “disloyal citizens” rebelling against the Union, touted the strength of the Army and Navy, and updated Congress on the budget.

For his eloquent closer, he chose not a soliloquy on unity or freedom but an 800-word meditation on what the Chicago Tribune subtitled “Capital Versus Labor:”

“Labor is prior to and independent of capital,” the country’s 16th president said. “Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.”

Our view: Proposed laws open Ohio kids up to hateful ideology, racist conspiracies

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As history has shown time and time again, racism is real and causes real harm to real people.

If two sets of GOP lawmakers have their way, Ohio’s children would be shielded from that horrible, but necessary fact and made more vulnerable to believing hateful ideology that is often easier to find online than truth. 

House Bills 616 and 327 would bar teachers from discussing racism — a national sickness that officials say led to the massacre of Roberta A. DruryMargus D. Morrison, Andre Mackneil, Aaron SalterGeraldine TalleyCelestine ChaneyHeyward PattersonKatherine MasseyPearl Young and Ruth Whitfield May 14 at a Tops Friendly Market in Buffalo.

House Bill 327 would also restrict how public colleges and other public entities such as police departments and libraries offer training or instructions to employees, contractors or outside groups about so-deemed “divisive concepts” such as racism, sexism, inequality and religious intolerance.

Authorities say it is clear why an 18-year-old man from a small rural town in New York injured three people and murdered Roberta, Margus, Andre, Aaron, Geraldine, Celestine, Heyward, Katherine, Pearl and Ruth — mothers, fathers, sons, daughters, sisters, brothers and friends who ranged in age from ages 32 to 86.   

The suspect allegedly hates Black people and drafted a 180-page racist  inspired by the Great Replacement Theory – a racist and anti-Semitic lie that there is an orchestrated plan to replace white people through immigration and interracial marriage.  

‘Minority communities are under attack’: Bill clears way for racism in Ohio advocate says

Eleven of the 13 human beings law enforcement say he shot at the Tops supermarket located more than three hours away from his home were Black.   

© SubmittedAaron Salter Jr. with his daughter, Latisha Slaughter on a 2016 trip to Stone Mountain, Georgia. Salter, a security guard at Tops Friendly Markets in Buffalo, was slain in a mass shooting on May 14, 2022.

The N-word was written on the barrel modified assault rifle the shooter used in a Twitch livestream of the slaughter.

White youths left open to absorb lies about race

Last week, the News Literacy Project — a nonpartisan national education nonprofit — called on educators to help students understand racist conspiracy theories — something that would be impossible to do if House Bills 616 and 327 are approved.

“Our education system must teach young people about conspiracy theories that can lead individuals to fall for false narratives that have violent, real-world consequences. News literacy education helps people learn to think critically and gain the skills to be smart, active consumers of news and other information and engaged participants in a democracy,” the organization said as part of a statement. 

Aside from restricting what kids can learn about gender and sexuality, House Bill 616  would also specifically ban Critical Race Theory, intersectional theoryThe 1619 Project, diversity, equity, and inclusion and so-called inherited racial guilt from public and private schools. 

Tennessee banned critical race theory in K-12 schools a year ago. 

More: Our view: Let Ohio teachers teach truth. Educators, kids casualties of raging culture war

© Tina MacIntyre-Yee/USA Today Network10 people were killed and three others injured in a shooting at a Buffalo, NY grocery store on May 14, 2022. The 18-year-old from Conklin, NY allegedly shot people inside and outside of the Tops Friendly Market and was motivated by hate, authorities said. 11 of the 13 people shot were Black. A bouquet of flowers with candles was left across the street from the Tops.

As Tonyaa Weathersbee points out for a piece for the Memphis Commercial Appeal, Tennessee lawmakers should be more concerned with Great Replacement Theory than Critical Race Theory which is not even taught in schools there or here. 

She writes: “Sadly, (the Buffalo) tragedy isn’t solely the result of racism and xenophobia polluting the online and social media sphere, but the effect of GOP-led culture wars that have, among other things, painted teaching about race as racism, and white students as victims of the lessons, and not the reality, of racism.

Problem is, by restricting teaching truths about race in schools under the flimsy excuse of it potentially traumatizing white students, these lawmakers leave an opening for white youths to absorb lies about race online.”

White supremacy, the true divisive concept

Teaching kids the truths of racism is not about making them feel guilty.

It is partly about informing them so they can help prevent the sins of the past from repeating and  protecting them from falling for the true divisive concept — white supremacy.

© Tina MacIntyre-Yee/Rochester Democrat and ChronicleA sign with hands around each person’s name who died in the mass shooting was left across from the Tops Friendly Market on Jefferson Ave. in Buffalo, NY with a message on May 16, 2022

It is about building a future where people are not targeted in a grocery store because they are Black. 

More: ‘Minority communities are under attack.’ Bill clears way for racism in Ohio| advocate says

This is not an overreaction.

There are racists, homophobes and other bigots among us, and we do not just mean members of the 20 Ohio hate groups the Southern Poverty Law Center has identified. 

Unscrupulous media personalities and politicians are pushing a false narrative that white people should be afraid of the other. 

© providedGeraldine Talley, 62, of Buffalo was one of 10 people killed at Tops Friendly Markets on Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo on May 14, 2022.

Hate crimes targeting Black people jumped to 2,871 in 2020 from 1,972 the prior year, according to the FBI’s hate crime statistics report released in August. The number of such crimes against Asians increased to 279 from 161, a statistic advocates say is low due to under reporting. 

More: Opinion: ‘There are those who benefit from divide-and-conquer policies that see Asians as “forever foreigners’

Bills such as House Bill 327 and 616 make it more likely that more human beings will get caught in the cross hairs. 

They must be stopped. 

This piece was penned by the Dispatch Opinion Editor Amelia Robinson on behalf of The Dispatch Editorial Board. Editorials are our board’s fact-based assessment of issues of importance to the communities we serve. These are not the opinions of our reporting staff members, who strive for neutrality in their reporting.

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