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"The Bus" Connection

February 10, 2006

Dylan Snyder
13-year-old son of Mike Snyder, a graduate of Dearborn High School, and grandson of Tom and Sallie Snyder, now of Indian River, Michigan; recently made a national TV commercial with detroiter/Steeler's Jerome Bettis "The Bus" for asthma control.
Take a peek:

http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-8713135749360800084&pr=goog-sl

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male bovine defecation

February 12, 2006

Remember the ultra liberal media i.e. the NY times, the LA times, the Boston Globe, CNN etc. etc., and how they played up the story of the brave, but naive Iraqi American student going to Iraq on a journalistic "immersion" assignment for his Florida High School???
Could it be liberal media puffery? Well here is another point of view.
Take a look and click here:
http://www.homelandsecurityus.com/site/modules/news/article.php?storyid=38

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How Sad

February 13, 2006

Julian Bond, president of National Association of Colored People, has lost it! Julian Bond has himself become a Democratic Party black racist. Recently he called the Republican Party a Nazi party, and secretary of state Condoleezza Rice and her predecessor Colin Powell "tokens". Seems Julian can't stand the fact that some blacks refuse to stay on the Democratic Party plantation. How sad; how sad.

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Jerks

February 15, 2006

Speaking of jerks NBC chief White House correspondent, David Gregory, came off as the real jerk when he called White House press secretary Scott McClellan a jerk.

NBC television should get rid of the pompous, arrogant, self-important, full of himself David Gregory.

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Weapons of Mass Destruction

February 15, 2006

If you are a Democrat, and our liberal media has convinced you that Saddam did not have Weapons of mass destruction you, may want to read "other side of the story":

http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewNation.asp?Page=\Nation\archive\200602\NAT20060215a.html

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A Hunting we will go

February 17, 2006

With regards to the liberal media overkill and the Democratic Party's blood scent about vice president Dick Cheney’s hunting accident,
Mr. Roger Goodtime, from Texas, sent me this bumper sticker, which says it all:
“I would rather be hunting with Dick Cheney than riding in a car with Ted Kennedy.�

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A Reader Writes

February 17, 2006

Dear Mrs. Dulmage:

I applaud your intent. In a time of political correctness and dancing around issues and half truths to avoid having to take a position on things, rarely do I see anyone who will go out on a limb and write from the heart regardless of who gets hurt feelings.

I will take your comments for what they seem to me to be. A cry for civility and help in no uncertain terms. Some folks need to get over themselves and look at the message, not who it insulted or upset. You keep twisting the stick until you get the answers you are looking for. If you do something I don’t like, I am not going to sugar coat it, you shouldn’t either!

Sometimes the system has to be turned on its ear to change it. If we continue with all the obscene pleasantries, noting will change, we will wither and die. What would have happened if our founding fathers decided to have a tea party to discuss our differences with the king of England? We would still be wearing powered wigs! We had to go to war, we had to fight for what was right. YOU FIGHT FOR WHAT IS RIGHT!

It doesn’t matter as to my agreement or disagreement, do what you have to do! Board members continue to pull the covers over their heads and nothing changes, no one gets dragged into the light of day and people are not held responsible for their improper actions and somehow this becomes acceptable. Speaking your mind and calling people out on their decisions is not wrong. That’s why we elected you!

I am going to lose my job, but we put big screen TV in every class room. Pretty soon those TV’s will be teaching our kids because the teachers will be gone. I drove my kids across town and changed my life to put them in the best Dearborn schools, but apparently some administrators are above all of that. I gave up thousands of dollars of income to serve my community, others leverage our district to get huge pay raises while applying for jobs in other districts.

Disgusted Dearborn Resident

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Said Deep Writes

February 19, 2006

I am often accused by friends of being a glass half-full kind of guy, particularly when it comes to things near and dear to me. Being a hometown boy, naturally the city of Dearborn falls into that category. Same goes for Dearborn schools, namely Duvall Elementary, Adams Jr. High (now an office building) and Dearborn High.

Lately, my glass has been half-empty, the result of watching too many Dearborn Board of Education meetings on Dearborn cable TV. It is here we get to listen and watch as seven trustees grandstand for the television cameras and the special interest groups that helped each of them get elected in the first place.

I am sure some trustees think they are drawing strength from their constituency with this kind of drama, but they are not. In the long run, the Dearborn School district looks bad. The cameras have turned board meetings into stages for name calling and political gain. If you think that is an exaggeration, drop in on a Henry Ford Community College board meeting where there are no cameras and the same group of people get more done by accident in half the amount of time. Dearborn’s taped-for-TV-meetings are beneficial for those unable to attend, but they are being abused.

And this abuse casts an ugly shadow on our school district. Instead of trying to find ways to handle a $12 million deficit, we get meetings that resemble elementary playground fights; we get websites calling for the firing of Supt. John Artis; we get letters from trustees -- chock full of grammar errors – posted to Russ Gibb’s website, www.russgibbatrandom.com

Now I’m not ready to jump on the Artis bandwagon. He has brought some of the criticism on himself, particularly by choosing not to live in Dearborn, searching for another position with Grand Rapids schools and not being comfortable speaking or engaging people in one-on-one conversations. However, some of the high profile bad news stories that have become headlines really aren’t the fault of Artis.

The reality is that teachers who have been in trouble with the law were hired before he became superintendent, underwent criminal background checks and passed. Short of watching our teachers at home, I’m not sure there is much more we can do. Neither can we blame him for poor homes sales in Dearborn, despite the desire by one person to make such a link.

These criticisms, although entertaining to debate, derail the real work needed to improve our already good schools, each filled with dedicated teachers, principals and custodial staffs.

For those new to Dearborn, trustee trash talking isn’t a new sport. It is merely history repeating itself. It wasn’t too many years ago that one of today’s current trustees took target practice on the former superintendent, Dr. Jeremy Hughes. Her actions were a factor in his decision to leave. Hughes has since ascended to become Michigan’s deputy chief academic officer.

At the end of the day, our elected trustees need to do what is best for the entire district. That means making tough decisions rather than countless delays. Dearborn desperately needs to maintain a strong school system if it hopes to continue to successfully prepare our graduates for the future, sustain property values and attract new residents.

Last Monday, newly-elected President James Schoolmaster took the first step in trying to bring some order to these meetings and get trustees focused on the real tasks at hand: teaching and learning and grappling with how to tackle the ugly and painful task of erasing the district’s $12 million deficit.

“This Board faces many difficult and emotional decisions,� Schoolmaster said at the start of Monday’s meeting. “Decisions about the budget, contracts, programs, staffing, and capital expenses, all of which will impact every student, staff member, and parent in this district . . . Our position as individual Board Trustees does not give us the authority to make decisions. Only when we act as a collective unit can we approve policies and actions that drive the business of the district.�

In other words, he put trustees on notice that in order to do what is right for the district, it’s imperative they work together as a group. That doesn’t mean rubber stamping the wishes of Supt. Artis or not debating issues. But it does mean making some tough decisions as a group.

The Internet gossip, rumors and innuendos are far from gone, but perhaps, once again, the glass is starting to look half full.

http://www.deepsaidwhat.com/

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Crunchy Conservatives

February 21, 2006

When you start becoming aware of the new "hip" Crunchy Cons, they are conservatives into granola and sandals, which are detailed in Rod Drehers new book.
Do your homework first and read Michiganders Russell Kirks, The Conservative Mind, it will fortify you against attacks of Democratic Party liberal feel-gooders.

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He's Back!

February 21, 2006

http://www.fireartis.com/ is back on-line.
It has a great School Wars opening, so check it out. You'll love it.
And, no, I don't own or host the site, but I think it's interesting.

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