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Linking to the beyond

Original post made on Mar 7, 2008

Irma Slage considers herself to be a human telephone--connecting the living to departed spirits.
It all began one day when she was cleaning the bathroom. Then in her 20s and newly married to Ted Slage, she saw her friend Rose standing in the room, speaking to her.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, March 7, 2008, 12:27 PM

Comments (22)

Posted by Hocus Pocus, a resident of Lydiksen Elementary School
on Mar 7, 2008 at 7:03 pm

Oh wait...I thought I was reading the Pleasanton Weekly, not the National Inquirer or Star Magazine. How bogus is this? I'm very surprised that you have included this type of story in your family newspaper; next we'll be reading about flying saucer sightings and magic carpet rides.

Posted by MB, a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Mar 7, 2008 at 8:25 pm

Aren't these things always supposed to say something like "for entertainment purposes only"? Not that it stops the foolish or desperate ones from spending thousands of dollars on some of these folks.

Maybe this lady is doing it for fun and keeping it light, but how do we know when she is presented in an article as something other than an entertainer?

Posted by frank, a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Mar 8, 2008 at 5:08 pm

As a kid I grew up used to the funnies and the horoscopes put at the back of the paper so we knew where to look for this kind of stuff.

Posted by KF, a resident of Livermore
on Mar 8, 2008 at 10:23 pm

There's so much more out there that we don't know about. I can't wait to see her on Wed. Not everyone is a believer and that's alright, that's what makes the world go around. But at least it's out there for those of us who do believe or want to learn more.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Mar 9, 2008 at 5:57 pm

Now let me see....hmmmmmmmm....there's a pork tamale in your future KFC!

Posted by Mojo, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 9, 2008 at 6:31 pm

Open comment to the editor:
What's next on your front page, links to eBay or PayPal frauds?
Better yet, get Irma to channel via your Town Square forum…

Posted by Jerry, a resident of Oak Hill
on Mar 9, 2008 at 11:02 pm

Anyone planning to shell out 25 bucks to hear this lady.

Some time ago the lady that has/had the business in the old Kottinger Barn/old Pleasanton Jail spoke on one of the TV 30 channels about seeing and communicating with ghost in that building. Said she's seen and spoken to several from time to time. According to her, they don't present a danger to anyone. Her presentation was interesting. Who knows, I'm certainly not qualified to say she's wrong.

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Mar 10, 2008 at 10:40 am

Irma? Did somebody say Irma? Sheeeeeeeesh...

Posted by Concerned Christian, a resident of Country Fair
on Mar 11, 2008 at 2:46 pm


You need to repent and follow Jesus are being controlled by Satan...and you are leading people astray which you will answer for when you die. Jesus says that every knee with bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus is Lord....repent before it is too late.

Consider this scripture in John 3:16 "For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of God's one and only Son.

Posted by MB, a resident of Pheasant Ridge
on Mar 11, 2008 at 6:42 pm

Concerned Christian- I respect Christianity as a religion equal to all others held in our community and this world, but did I just read your posting on this public forum that non Christians are condemned people?

Posted by Concerned Christian, a resident of another community
on Mar 12, 2008 at 10:40 am

MB - This is correct. Christianity is not a "religion" it is a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Please read below....I'm concerned that Irma is leading people astray. If you have a Bible please look up these scripture verses.

The Need for Salvation
READ | Ephesians 2:1-3

Those who don't have a personal relationship with God through His Son, Jesus Christ, are: spiritually dead. Many people don't realize there are three kinds of death—physical, eternal, and spiritual. Eternal death comes at the end of the age, when all those who have refused Jesus as Savior are cast away from God permanently. (Matthew 25:41) Spiritual death occurred in the Garden of Eden. Disobedience severed Adam and Eve's intimate connection to God and caused all of their descendants to be spiritually detached from Him. (Romans 5:12) We're born as "dead" people in need of new life.

Those who don't have a personal relationship with God through His Son are also: living a life of sin. Our nature is to rebel against God. That's called sin. Over and over, we choose what pleases us, not Him. Our efforts to free ourselves from the power of sin are in vain. (John 8:34) Enslaved to sin, we need someone to rescue us.

Finally, those who don't have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ are: under divine wrath. Because of our disobedience, we are under God's judgment, awaiting punishment. All efforts to earn His approval and escape our sentence are insufficient. Sinful man has nothing acceptable to offer holy God. Our only hope of escape is for someone else to take our penalty.

The good news is… the Lord has provided a way for everyone to pass from spiritual death to life, from the bondage of sin into freedom, and from condemnation to intimacy with Him. Jesus Christ alone is the way, and He meets every need. (John 14:6)

Posted by Stacey, a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 12, 2008 at 11:03 am

How do we know that Irma is not a Christian. Who are we to decide that Irma is being controlled by Satan? I don't believe it is up to us to pass judgement upon Irma. I don't believe "Concerned Christian" is a very good proselytizer. It seems rude to tell people what they "need" to do instead of asking people to listen to a message.

Posted by Janna, a resident of Mission Park
on Mar 12, 2008 at 11:13 am

Concerned Christian-

It's nice that you believe all that, but I think you should speak only for yourself. What makes you think that anyone else cares or should care what you think will happen to them after they're dead? This is the biggest problem with your religion, trying to force it on others who don't believe as you do. Why don't you keep your relationship with Jesus between you and him and let everyone else live in peace? Is that too much to ask?

Posted by Concerned Christian, a resident of another community
on Mar 12, 2008 at 12:37 pm

God is the judge, it isn't me personally. Sorry you took such and offense to the comments....I wasn't telling you to believe or not to believe just passing on the truth to you. Janna, you don't have to believe it have a choice to reject Christ or follow him.

Posted by Janna, a resident of Mission Park
on Mar 12, 2008 at 1:38 pm

I love that! You say that everyone who doesn't believe is going to hell for sinning. Then you say..."God is the judge, it isn't me personally." You are the one speaking for god here so that would be you judging. Isn't that convenient?

"I wasn't telling you to believe or not to believe just passing on the truth to you." Yeah, the you see it. Not the actual truth because you have no way of knowing what the truth is and neither does anyone else. And your truth cannot be applied to everyone. Are you even reading what you wrote? You are contradicting yourself.

Don't worry, I always reject delusions that cannot be proven. That's just common sense and logic.

Tell me something, if you're not telling others how to live their lives, then why are you quoting passages from a book known for telling people how to live their lives?

Don't worry, CC, I'm not offended as much as amused by your rantings.

Posted by Concerned Christian, a resident of another community
on Mar 12, 2008 at 1:57 pm

Are you going to see Irma tonight? You seem like a very angry person....Have you ever actually researched the Bible?

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Mar 12, 2008 at 2:29 pm


Posted by Concerned Christian, a resident of another community
on Mar 12, 2008 at 2:32 pm are troubled.....and very immature....I feel sorry for you....

Posted by Cholo, a resident of Livermore
on Mar 12, 2008 at 4:28 pm




Posted by PJC, a resident of Ponderosa
on Mar 12, 2008 at 5:16 pm

An outstanding and insigtful article. Having a long history of local decedents and friends, sorry to miss your lecture at the Pleasanton Hotel. I am certain some of those characters, I know personally. I hope you are planning another one in the future that I can attend.

I am absolutely appalled at the cruel negativity and outlandish comments by some of the Christian responders. Sadly, their ignorance turned this into a religious spectacle. Not once, in the entire Pleasanton Weekly article, on Page 21, was there a single reference to "RELIGION". From a fellow Christian, your ignorant comments speak for themselves.

I commend the Pleasanton Weekly for an outstanding job. Would love to see a follow-up story about Irma Slage: How she assists police and detectives in criminal invetigations, missing people, and of course, more ghosts stories.

I heard Ghost Busters is currently making a movie on Pleasanton's ghosts. Perhaps you could write about this, too.

For the ghost lovers, the Pleasanton Museum 603 Main St., Pleasanton conducts walking tours of haunted buildings in the downtown area.

Thank you for listening.

Posted by Nancy, a resident of another community
on Mar 12, 2008 at 7:01 pm

I personally know Irma and find it sad that anyone who doesn't know her would spent their valuable time on earth criticizing her. If you're not interested in what she has to offer, pass her by, don't criticize her.
At least she is doing something to help her fellow man. She doesn't criticize you for not believing.

Posted by Jeb Bing, editor of the Pleasanton Weekly
on Mar 13, 2008 at 8:53 am

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