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Hookerman April 13, 2014 at 09:25 am
The 'responsible studies' show that people who use harder drugs, like heroin and crack, started outRead More using marijuana, thus it gets labeled a 'gateway drug'. Using that logic, if heroin and cracks users started out drinking beer, the we can also conclude that beer is a gateway drug, and should be outlawed the way marijuana is. As far as the driving argument; a total strawman since no one is arguing that dui laws should be repealed.
Scott Neuman April 13, 2014 at 09:42 am
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Mel Sharples April 14, 2014 at 08:03 am
How about milk? Baby formula? Gateways for tequila!
FIMF the ll April 8, 2014 at 04:15 pm
Mac, I called Samson's office to find out for you and he was too tired to take my call...
Mac April 8, 2014 at 04:26 pm
well then I'm just going to have to go rabbit hunting in Crawford Corners and corner the honcho thatRead More gave Christie his real start for the nitty-gritty values
Phil Brooks April 8, 2014 at 08:01 pm
Makemyday, Assuming you're responding to a specific person, it would be nice if you addressed thatRead More person so he knew the post was directed at him. In any case, given the way you phrased your post, I'd guess it was directed my way. // So, I'll respond to you thusly: The deflection argument doesn't work. You know, the one where you didn't receive the proper results from Benghazi, Fast and Furious, etc., therefore Christie is not deserving of the tough questions because Obama, Holder and Clinton apparently got a pass. // My comment was merely a question I'd ask Christie and has nothing to do with anything or anyone who came before him. Hell, the question I'd ask Obama is, "What makes you think you're qualified to be President?" I mean, come on, community activist, two years as a senator, likely never got properly vetted because he was the first somewhat viable black candidate, and maybe a bunch of other things. // But, I've got to tell you that I'm sick and tired of people taking sides and the whole deflection argument. The idea of defending someone who has no idea who you are and who has done nothing for anyone who hasn't contributed to his campaigns and his party (which makes him like ever other politician out there) is something I cannot understand. Maybe you can enlighten me.
dennis giaimo April 6, 2014 at 08:32 am
I was in Kandahar as a civilian in 2012. I saw day to day what our troops do for us all in the causeRead More of Freedom. Arrived in January and it never rained after March. So hot, dusty was a constant. The troops go out on missions like we go to the Mall and thinking some of these kids may not come back. Both young men and women in MRAPs with 100 lbs of gear. We owe them much more that what we recognize them for. I could go on and on. I really feel every American kid like in Israel should serve at least 6 weeks in boot camp to understand and actually feel what it is like to be a solder.
steve fenichel April 6, 2014 at 11:10 pm
The old men lie and the young boys die: War, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing. War isRead More nothing but a heartbreaker, A friend only to the undertaker.
Whoisleadingus?? April 15, 2014 at 08:15 pm
As a 20 year veteran myself, nothing can explain that desire to go back with your brothers andRead More sisters in arms. Having served in Desert Shield, Iraqi Freedom, and Enduring Freedom, my heart hurts when I hear another one has made the ultimate sacrifice. God holds a special place in his kindom for those who give so much, but seek so little in return. May he rest in peace and God bless his family. Thank you for allowing him to serve.
Gov. Chris Chrisitie addresses local at the Herbertsville Fire Company headquarters in Brick Township, April 2, 2014. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Heywood April 6, 2014 at 03:14 pm
Just tough it up and say your "Good-byes" to Junkie Joe or Jane and let them pass onRead More quietly.
Lucio Argento April 8, 2014 at 08:31 am
This is excellent proactive thinking on the part of whomever came up with the idea ( I'm sure itRead More wasn't Christi as he hates addicts and would exterminate them if he could)! It is true though that Narcan throws the addict into instant opiate withdrawal and they are going to be upset (not because there life was just saved) because coming down from a place where you feel safe (addicts turn to drugs because fear drives them) and will instantly be thrown into for lack of a better term "culture shock". Immediate withdrawal is incredibly painful and psychologically devastating. They will become violent, they will rummage the ambulance or hospital for something to stick in their vein and not necessarily because they don't want to stop us in but because addiction is a monster that takes over all rational thought and drives one to insane decisions. If they see a saline injection on a med cart you can bet they will steal it even knowing it won't get then high but to fulfill there ritual of abuse and injecting things into there bodies. I saw a lot when I was a kid, I'm in my 50's now and clean for over 20 years. I'll explain the allure of heroin as simple as possible for those that don't understand. Just please make an honest attempt at feeling the scenario I am about to describe. Imagine being swaddled in a soft blanket like an infant, in perfect grace and comfort dreaming of the most beautiful things your imagination can design. Your warm and filled with love and protection, your warm, the perfect temperature flows throughout your body and the music of the most spiritual nature lulls you in and out that beautiful dream your floating in. You feel what it must be like to love and be loved and then IN ONE INSTANTANEOUS MOMENT IT ALL GETS SUCKED OUT OF YOU and now your lonelier then you've ever felt, your I've cold with goose pimple skin, lights are cutting you like ginsu knives painfully cutting to the bone while voices frantically ask you questions about how you feel but you can't talk...if you open your mouth you'll vomit. You have an overwhelming fear of dread and isolation. You most likely evacuates your bowels and don't even care you just want a blanket and a shot of something to take all this overwhelming anxiety and shut it off. You went from heaven to hell in 3 seconds and within a few minutes if you have a experienced nurse, doctor, or emt they give you a safe shot of liquid valium put a catheter in your urethra and tell you to get some rest. That is what it is like to go from a non fatal overdose to a shot of narcan! If they don't instruct the people (cops, emt workers ) to check vitals and make sure that the person can't be stabilized before administering narcan then yes you will have violent episodes of panic and a addict patient just wanting to get out of the ambulance or wherever they are as fast as possible. I REPEAT MY INITIAL STATEMENT THAT IT IS A GREAT IDEA TO SUPPLY FIRST RESPONDERS WITH THIS MEDICATION BECAUSE IT WILL SAVE LIVES BUT DONT JUST PUT IT IN THE MEDICAL KIT AND THINK IT WORKS AS EASY AS GLUCOSE ON A DIABETIC. They need training on how and when to use it and how to defend themselves so a cop don't shoot an addict attacking him for waking him up from the safest, most comforting place he has ever been able to find. I doubt I got to many people to see the point of view from an addicts mind but in order to save them you need to understand them. I hope for the sake of all the children and older addicts they can make a narcan statewide program work but believe me it's not like giving someone an aspirin, glass of water and sayin see ya in the morning!
Mattie April 8, 2014 at 11:51 am
Thank you Lucio for taking the time and making the effort trying to help people really understand -Read More instead of merely judging. I doubt it will make any difference to the majority of these cruel and narrow minded individuals here who are condemning addicts and refusing to see them as sick human beings.... but your effort is appreciated just the same.
Homes wrecked by Superstorm Sandy tidal surge in Port Monmouth, NJ, photographed on Nov. 26, 2012.
Westfield123 April 2, 2014 at 09:27 am
More wasted money for the low lifes in Newark
Timmytrin Carragann April 2, 2014 at 12:44 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Dif_BrBcfg
Bonnie April 3, 2014 at 11:23 am
Another dishonest, sneaky move on the part of a corrupt few. Sandy relief funds (federal orRead More otherwise) should be exclusive to Sandy-related matters only. Wake up Trenton; see that this misuse of funds is expeditiously reversed.
FIMF the ll April 4, 2014 at 09:08 am
Brilliant!
Heywood April 4, 2014 at 09:12 am
Begone, troll.
FIMF the ll April 4, 2014 at 09:17 am
You begone Jablomey, the contractors just showed up to elevate your house- or, should I say formerRead More house.
Flooding in Brick Township, N.J. during Superstorm Sandy. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Chuck Cumella April 1, 2014 at 06:31 pm
The maps have increased too much Appeal !! STOP FEMA NOW !! Www stop FEMA now ,com One footRead More below. BFE may cost you thousands annually on flood insurance
Ken April 1, 2014 at 08:17 pm
I guess I'm going to get into the business of driving piles, I own the equipment
FIMF the ll April 1, 2014 at 10:47 pm
Try prunes
Mr. History March 31, 2014 at 10:52 am
Answer to all Traffic to The Big Apple. Move many of the Corporations, and Business that are thereRead More to The NJ side of The River, Build what is needed here or use all the empty buildings that exists in all parts of NJ. With all the technology that exists today there is no reason not to. NJ. is missing out on what could be while NY has a Campaign to attract businesses with no taxes going on now, Make NJ a place that they would want to locate not driving them out. how many have left past 20 years, just look at all the empty acres where factory's once stood that moved out, To do this would Save Billions in Tolls, Commuting costs, create Millions of NJ jobs. One only has to look at Huston Texas where they are booming attracting business from may states including NJ I know of 3 right now that are in the works of just that move, with around 1500 jobs going with them some lost forever. Wake up NJ and ask your self why someone wants to go thru the BS every day and travel to NY City. When you can have less hours more money in your pockets. Start The movement to NJ. Final thought that would also end The Bull S%^& of The Port Authority tool hikes transit costs. NY State income tax paid , But but we all know that will never happen with politics as they are Sorry for the soap box speech. Almost forgot where and who are going to fill all that space at the New Freedom Towers. what and how many empty spaces will it create in The City. or will it remain empty as a Monument and Museum for 9-11
Teaneck_Guns March 31, 2014 at 12:33 pm
Oh I agree, there is just so much sexism, Sig - on the side of the Democrats, anyway. Exhibit No. 1Read More is Obama, who as senator hired a majority of men as his senior staffers, while McCain, by contrast, hired a majority of women as his senior staffers. http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2008/09/is-mccains-sena/
BellairBerdan March 31, 2014 at 12:55 pm
Teaneck_Guns are you saying one cannot be sexist if one hires women? Or if one is presented withRead More binders full of women? Or maybe because some of your best friends are women?
Phillyboy April 1, 2014 at 02:32 am
All you Obamaphiles should hang your heads . We are witnessing right before our very eyes theRead More downsizing of the greatest superpower on the planet due to an apologetic passive man who doesn't have a clue what he's doing in the Oval Office . Christie isn't guilty until they get something in writing . The left is trying to discredit him because he will smash Hag Hillary's attempt at the Presidency . Your affirmative action president is attempting to ruin this country . That all ends this November . Party's over libtards !
FIMF the ll April 1, 2014 at 08:44 am
One man's trash is another man's treasure.
Independent Geoff April 2, 2014 at 12:05 am
Christie is a great gov & if most of you would be honest about it you would admit it. VeryRead More tiring listening to the liberal gribble on this blog.
David Samson/Patch file photo
Mr. Happy March 30, 2014 at 12:26 pm
George Costanza said "it's not a lie if you believe it." Perhaps the Guv actually doesRead More believe his own fantasies. The latest - Samson resigned effective immediately, but it' NOT related to Bridgetgate. How does he keep a straight face??
Mac March 30, 2014 at 12:44 pm
yes, I'm comfortable believing Christie could successfully pass a lie detector test - and yes, afterRead More a year of telling Christie he wanted out, Samson decides after lunch he has to be out before dinner - good thing Christie had his daily press conference quickly available to pass that phone chat along to us at - perhaps Fishman has some bite in that whip after all - ouch - maybe the Las Vegas one-armed bandits will be kinder this weekend
Timmytrin Carragann April 2, 2014 at 12:43 pm
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2Dif_BrBcfg
Patch File Photo.
Lydia Lane March 29, 2014 at 02:43 pm
I didn't bother watching the interview because I can't bare to look at the fat "F" andRead More hear one lie after another as well as watch his bad acting. Ms. Kelly has been thrown under the bus so that Christie can continue on with his Presidential aspirations. Let's not fool ourselves she is going to get something in return. We need to follow the money, she or someone close to her will be coming into money. Will she do jail time? If so is there a promise of a pardon. Or will she come into a lucrative job? If anyone believes control freak Christie did not give his approval for this act you are watching too much mainstream media. BTW at this point in time almost all politicians are working for themselves and the their monied peers. We are up the creek without a paddle unless we wake up and band together.
Redpony459 March 29, 2014 at 07:08 pm
MDL... Can't string a sentence together because of your teachers? Classic whiner, crybaby, pass theRead More buck, blame everyone else, but me. No wonder you LOVE Christie!!!
ARCH STANTON March 30, 2014 at 11:36 am
HEY CHRISTIE, A LIE DETECTOR TEST SHOULD ANSWER ALL QUESTIONS.
Mike Mazzucca March 26, 2014 at 08:37 pm
Mine was sarcasm although failed's may be closer to reality.
FIMF the ll March 26, 2014 at 10:13 pm
US GAO
emptybeachchair March 28, 2014 at 09:33 pm
still no home still no word as to when it will be raised or knocked down still living out of boxesRead More - Jersey Strong? Weak as Water
Pad March 26, 2014 at 06:51 pm
These idiot politicians have too much time on their hands if this is all they are worried about.Read More Highest taxes in the nation, state is practically bankrupt, credit rating is in the toilet, bridgegate scandal etc. Wonder who the first politician arrested under this law will be?
Michele Guttenberger March 26, 2014 at 11:40 pm
It's great to see how a few brave senators are tackling the complex problems that New Jersey isRead More facing down under.
Paul March 27, 2014 at 11:40 am
Citizen of America did you err when you wrote that Mr. MaGroin should investigate deeper into theRead More issue? I thought he should investigate deeper into the "tissue" as in skin tissue. I am going to start my own investigation into these web sites right now. I should be back in around 5 minutes with my results.
BellairBerdan March 27, 2014 at 04:41 pm
ah ok suz, you can't even be trusted to end it when you say you want to end it. How typical of you.Read More There is nothing wrong with a stay at home mom or dad, but if you want to try and put yourself on a pedestal (if you were ever a mom at all) in your views, you didn't earn anything. It was given to you. You got a "hand out compared to the free healthcare, free phones, free rent (just about), free groceries, free transit, blah blah blah.." But as you alluded, it's Ok for you to get it, just not for anyone else. Now, how exactly should someone interpret your statement " we supported ourselves since our twenties and saved and worked hard (do you know what that is?) " I think it's pretty clear how you meant it. Want to try and wriggle off the hook or do you just want to admit Christie's property tax relief isn't really relief?
BellairBerdan March 27, 2014 at 05:08 pm
suz, why don't you tell me your views on stay at home moms, specifically poor moms.
Ridgewood Mom March 27, 2014 at 05:10 pm
The indispensable importance of involved parenting is a perfect example of why an "everyone forRead More themselves" financial contest doesn't work as a measure of self worth or societal value. There is nothing wrong with stay at home parenting. There is something wrong with an economic philosophy and system that does not recognize that many stay at home parents contribute more value to society than many big money bread winners.
Chris Christie (Photo: Governor's Office/Tim Larsen).
Tom Maras April 2, 2014 at 01:44 pm
@Timmytrin Carrgann, Okay, I watched your video! What is your point?
grace April 2, 2014 at 01:47 pm
@ failed you have to say it 3x while looking in the mirror..timmytrin carrgann..timmytrin carragranRead More timmytrin carragran
FIMF the ll April 2, 2014 at 01:51 pm
Q. Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who's the fairest , of them all? A. The Supreme Court
The George Washington Bridge as seen from Fort Lee/File photo
BellairBerdan March 21, 2014 at 09:12 pm
That is a side effect of lap band surgery, isn't it?
MoonBeamWatcher March 27, 2014 at 01:20 pm
Sure would be NEATo if the same effort this GW bridge investigation generated was FOCUSED onRead More BENGHAZI. Just saying strikes me as a preemptive hit by Hillary supporters!
John Santaella March 27, 2014 at 01:23 pm
How about just one story about the 12 embassy attacks and 60 killed during the Bush administration.
Jon Corzine/File photo
jerseytomato March 30, 2014 at 05:36 pm
BellairBerdan, 'What difference does it make???' Democrats wrote the rules of rude, crude, andRead More socially unacceptable.
John Santaella March 30, 2014 at 05:58 pm
WTF do Democrats, Republicans, Liberals, Conservatives have to do with anything here. The man lostRead More his son. If you can't have any compassion for him FU and just keep your mouth shut. Didn't your mother teach you that if you have nothing good to say don't say anything?
Linny April 11, 2014 at 09:46 am
What the heck does Gay have to do with any of this???? These people lost their child /son and areRead More greiving him.. and as far as Gay Im so sick of all of this gay stuff in the world.. ok your gay thats your business so why does it have to be shoved in our face?? WE dont need to know if your out or you in .. keep it to yourself!!!! everytime you turn on the TV all you hear and see is this one came out and that one came out. WHO THE HELL CARES.. do your own thing but shut up about it.. Do all the straight people go around saying* GUESS WHAT IM STRAIGHT*** NO they are what they are... but gays have to broadcast it to the world.. We dont need to know what you do in your bedrooms.. So please if you choose this lifestyle the so be it.. but STOP with the bragging about it .. WE DONT CARE .. enough is enough NOW>.
jerseytomato March 13, 2014 at 06:02 pm
All joking aside, I see Ms. Kelley has retained Mr. Critchley, NJ's top crimminal attorney. Hmmmm.
Bryan Cline March 14, 2014 at 09:20 am
I heard if he is forced from office the Feds will bring criminal charges against him....besidesRead More after reading articles on www.nj.com and www.nytimes.com that he "gifted" 9/11 WTC Steel for political endorsements in the election last year, he deserves whatever is coming to him, hopefully years in federal prison.
Karen Bartholomew March 17, 2014 at 08:32 am
Time for some "obstruction of justice" charges.
John Inglesino. Patch File Photo.
Ken Barber March 13, 2014 at 02:15 pm
The media has not reported in many years. The media just beats people up, especially if they areRead More not democrats.
Walter O. March 13, 2014 at 03:28 pm
Funny how Inglesino came in ranting and raving on what an injustice the parents were doing to theirRead More brat daughter, than he hands the court a bill for $12K grand. FF…not a word from this slime bag today! Says he's trying to do his job? Wasn't he doing his job before? If I was Mayor I would get the town another lawyer
Domino March 13, 2014 at 04:48 pm
The Morris County Freeloader Board has, for a very long time, been little more than a politicalRead More stopping off point for arrogant, self-absorbed dirtbags.
Sandy-damaged homes in Surf City, N.J. (Patch File Photo)
Lin Clendenny March 13, 2014 at 01:32 pm
sandy survivors dont need temporary they need permanent,why is fema making landlords rich at theRead More expense of sandy survivors??so unfair to them!
Gordo K March 13, 2014 at 02:15 pm
But those unfortunate people DO have some nice new boardwalks on which to stroll.
A Sandy waterway cleanup barge in Manahawkin. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Martin March 11, 2014 at 11:28 am
That's just water under the Bridgegate... The state diverted millions of federal money to Christie'sRead More cronies' projects in Belleville and New Brunswick.
Holden MaGroin March 11, 2014 at 08:32 pm
I'm Holden MaGroin and while I'm guessing it was unintentional, the name on the barge is priceless.Read More "County Waste Inc". That picture could hang in 21 county seats and no one would argue.
MC March 7, 2014 at 10:15 pm
Well our great big Governor has gone from Washington D.C. because he is now a conservative and noRead More longer a bipartisan champion to Atlanta, Georgia. To heck with the State of New Jersey, the hurricane victims, the scandals, the state deficit, one of the lowest economic growths in the country, the pocket vetoes and David Sampson. So happy he is campaigning, what a role model he is.
Roll Back Our Tax March 8, 2014 at 09:25 am
Hey look....grants you don't have to pay back right? LOL!
MC March 9, 2014 at 05:47 pm
Well, he has left Atlanta but not to come back to all our issues in New Jersey. Just saw a pictureRead More of him smiling ear to ear at a Mets' game in Pt. St. Lucie. Wonder who is paying for all this?
Gordo K March 6, 2014 at 04:30 pm
Politicians crowing and patting themselves on the back at taxpayers' expense. How about puttingRead More forward a plan to gradually get government OUT of the insurance business.
Mike Mazzucca March 7, 2014 at 07:55 am
Gordo.....AMEN!
Rose Garden March 30, 2014 at 10:30 am
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Gov. Chris Christie addresses a crowd of 500 in Berkeley Township, March 4, 2014. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Spooner March 8, 2014 at 11:10 pm
@Ridgewood Mom- I know I could tell you to read some history on how police in this country cameRead More about, but I know you won't! Started as a watch system made up of volunteers...
Social issues in Morristown Blog March 11, 2014 at 03:10 pm
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Roll Back Our Tax March 4, 2014 at 09:46 am
Joe R....China has a record of bailing out banks that are in distress. But with a state controlledRead More press you never get the full details. But interest rate swaps are at a record high there is a big chance of bank failures in China now. Canada on the other hand has had 2 during S&L crisis that I know of and if one more fails, they have a secret plan to confiscate wealth from their depositors for their 6 bank oligopoly which isn't very competitive. As fas as Glass Steagal you're right, "it shouldn't have been repealed".
Mac March 4, 2014 at 02:59 pm
so much for that secret
Roll Back Our Tax March 6, 2014 at 06:11 am
So much for Detroit being only big city in America insolvent...Read More http://chicago.cbslocal.com/2014/03/04/moodys-downgrades-chicagos-credit-rating-lowest-of-any-major-city-except-detroit/
Governor Chris Christie listens to an audience member ask a question at a Long Hill Township town hall meeting.
grace March 10, 2014 at 10:49 am
o boy another agreement i have is that when the pension holders get their nj money and take it toRead More another state...not saying it wasnt earned but their should be an incentive to stay and spend here
grace March 10, 2014 at 12:07 pm
saw the case @ spooner its sad...and not just cause lawyer is another one of them!!! lol seems toRead More me unjust to our state that some retired individuals can earn a new paycheck of 200,000 and bring home a 6000 pension every month from the first job..now working on the next pension,,,i admire those people who were smart enough to get this but it has to stop..i say 1 pension is enough ..imho
Brian March 11, 2014 at 03:51 pm
I agree one pension is enough, but on the flip side, many of these jobs would be filled by someoneRead More anyone. if someone was fortunate enough to get hired at a young enough age and take another job and get a 2nd pension. That job would still be had by someone regardless. Unless it is some made up job that is given to one of CC's buddies. He has 19 double dippers appointed under his watch alone.
Ann Vardeman of Highland Park shows off her sign to 'Impeach the Fleece.'
Roll Back Our Tax March 5, 2014 at 11:57 am
While everyone is fighting over Bengazi and Bridgegate will someone in the public sector tell me whoRead More benefited from the $840B in stimulus money given by us idiot taxpayers to the states when the National Recovery Act was enacted of which NJ received somewhere around $5.6B and was filtered down into the 500 plus municipalities? ... http://www.recovery.gov/Pages/default.aspx ... very little went to stimulate business and it's my conclusion it all went to funding government identities like schools. What got stimulated? The pensions? Sandy recovery funds. Same thing. NJ needs an unbiased outside auditor to look at who got what.
Roll Back Our Tax March 5, 2014 at 12:07 pm
Oh and if you want to be stupid enough to bring up the $609B given the private sector in form ofRead More TARP funds (banks, auto companies, etc) as of March 3, 2014 almost all but $12.5B has been paid back..... http://projects.propublica.org/bailout/list ... he'll many of these banks were forced to take the $ even though they didn't need it.
Roll Back Our Tax March 5, 2014 at 12:16 pm
No wonder this country and NJ are in the financial shape they're in because if they were run like aRead More business they'd be out of business.
Joe Colls March 2, 2014 at 09:32 pm
You know, I was actually astonished, and disappointed in the posts that followed mine. However, inRead More the United States of America, free speech is something that I enjoy. I don't mean my own, but I value everyone's ideas and opinions, and that we are allowed to publicly have them. That being said, I want to apologize if in my speaking my view, I in any way made someone else feel as if their opinion didn't matter or was wrong. Obviously, it is difficult for me to have 20 years of service in a career that I love diminished. For me it truly isn't even as much about income. Contrary to what the media thinks, after all those years, I wasn't making that much. The idea of saying goodbye to those families is painful. As far as our Governor, I really don't dislike him, I find anymore that I am not purely democrat or republican, I choose a candidate. As far as public education, to a degree I see why people have a negative view of us. There are many teachers in my school that I wouldn't let my daughter set foot in the room, but there are a bunch of us that take it very seriously. I do take serious that this country was founded on the idea that everyone is entitled to an education. Public school systems do indeed have way too many extra highly paid positions, but I can guarantee they aren't teachers. Even in our own districts we are the low man on the totem pole. It is what it is. However many charter schools and renaissance schools are the same way, except that their money isn't watched over, or approved by an elected board of people. They can use it however they want. The Governor has spoken out about doing away with salary steps (which police officers and firefighters get as well as a secretary in any state office) and going for merit pay. He'll yes! Bring it on. I would love to be paid on my performance because I work my ass off. I don't really think that we are all that different in our views, except that regardless of my results with uneducated children, or innovations that I have made in my classroom, I am losing my job based solely on someone blindly saying so. My household is only myself and my 7 year old daughter, so as a full time single father, I will be making it work. As far as what you said about unions, I also agree! Teachers unions don't have much say anyway truly. By law we can't strike, when they negotiate it never really works. Over the last three years we had no contract, we didn't get any raises for those years, which some of us might have deserved something, and received a $500 dollar raise for the next three years. I know it's $500 more than some others have, but it comes out to 25 dollars more before taxes. I have often wished we weren't unionized so that I could earn raises. Private schools, if chosen well are amazing in their enrichment programs, but they usually have high tuition rates. I have yet to see a charter school produce any high results or dramatic increases with low performing students. If I did, I would apply myself. There isn't a clear answer here, and truly I have no control over it anyway. I am looking towards the end of the year with a strong push in reading bad writing. I will pack my things in the meantime. My future is uncertain, however until I have proof that these private, public schools produce results, and hired trained certified teachers, I will pay tuition for a private school for my daughter, or we will just leave the state. Again, I apologize if I was combative, that wasn't my intention. However, state workers make a lot more than teachers, and the perks are more frequent. I have enjoyed some of the ideas thrown around on here, but not the low punches. I will miss the students, but something will open up. In the meantime it will be interesting to watch everything un fold. I won't be posting again, the board is your, enjoy.
Joe Colls March 2, 2014 at 09:35 pm
Reading AND writing, not bad. I dislike autocorrect. My apologies.
Robin B March 3, 2014 at 08:55 am
"... after all those years, I wasn't making that much..." That's unfortunate; Welcome toRead More the world of bureaucracies. 2/3 of my astronomically high taxes are for education. THAT is also unacceptable. "... I find anymore that I am not purely democrat or republican...." and yet your union dues supported democrats for 20 years. It's an unholy alliance. Unions have no place government service. Not local, not state, not federal,not the military, and of course not among elected opfficials. "... There are many teachers in my school that I wouldn't let my daughter set foot in the room...." Exactly the problem the public sees. Tenure? seniority? Union rules? Unions in government service? How about pay for performance, no unions. I know that would change my own views of educational expenditures a lot! Then we could hound elected officials directly. "... Public school systems do indeed have way too many extra highly paid positions...." Good point. Other teachers I know usually agree. ".... However many charter schools .... money isn't watched over..." That's a widespread problem in government and why government often has low approval ratings. It's called PORK! "... going for merit pay. .. Bring it on. .." A sure step in the right direction, but not a panacea "".. Teachers unions don't have much say anyway truly...." They obstruct teaching....for one thing union contracts limit the number of classroom evaluations of teachers by supervisors....and virtually assure tenure for mediocre performers. That's not what any responsible educator should want. Also, a recent former head of the AFT union said "WHEN CHILDREN PAY UNION DUES WE'll REPRESENT THEM" "...Over the last three years .... we didn't get any raises for those years...." BUT AT LEAST MOST HAD JOBS, while far too many in the private sector lost theirS! ".... Private schools.... usually have high tuition rates..." Yes, but only for the time a child is being educated there, not my entire life. "... I will pay tuition for a private school for my daughter, or we will just leave the state......" Joe, Why private and not charter? What do YOU think the difference? THAT's likely "the answer!" [I do not know.] Why not consider applying for a supervisory position in a charter school ...or teacher in a private school.....and see what you can do to make a positive change?
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