"bad business decision"...comments most likely ruffled some feathers, thusly prompting this 'business' decision to further restrict 'free speech'...we cannot gauge the results of this decision, yet it seems that again the media is dropping the ball as regards its responsibility to a free and open society.
" If we don’t get it right, we lose our credibility. " Most newspapers, TFP included have been losing credibility over recent decades. This action will do nothing to help you regain it. Whatever happened to real investigative journalism? Oh yes...it went the way of corporate, media consolidation...
Jwalidea...if you cannot figure out if you are in the 1% or the 99%, then that is a whole other issue...
Evolutionary theory is a widely accepted scientific theory on how we and all of the planet's biota came to be what we see today. True, there are some unanswered gaps in this theory, and none of it can be proven beyond a shadow of a doubt. In fairness neither intelligent design or creationist theories can be proven. Evolution is not an attack on religion. Many evolutionary biologists are Christian, just as many Christians accept Evolutionary Theory as a plausible way by which we became human. Not all Christians view our world similarly, or take the Bible with similar interpretation. I personally believe that neither evolution, creationism, intelligent design has it 'right'. The truth may be far simpler or beyond our wildest sci-fi imaginations. I have spent my life seeking truths. It is what makes life bearable. I think I can safely say that what is known as truths is far outweighed by those yet to be discovered. Also, I think we can safely agree that we are here together on this wonderful planet, and instead of arguing about the unprovable points of life, let us work together towards a more peaceful and sustainable life. I can find no suggestion in the Bible to the contrary.
Well stated Terry Stulce!!
Most of these comments offer no real suggestions, just derogatory remarks. Some slam David Cook because of where he works? Give me a break. He offers up some suggestions, some of which, with fine tuning might be doable. Where he works is irrelevant. The health and success of our public school system is of paramount importance to everyone in this community, especially the students. I am all for empowering students to have a say in the process.
As for Ms. Thurman...she is difficult to read. When she is on task as per school finances, I cannot argue with reasonable intent to wisely balance budgets. Her recent remarks seemed to indicate that she has an issue with urban, primarily black schools receiving added monies. According to the HCDE website, 5 of 9 schools in her district receive federal Title 1 money...and some 25 additional suburban schools outside her district receive Title 1 money. These 30 or so schools represent about 37% of all county schools. I cannot say that I understand her 'beef' about the efforts to teach those impoverished children in our urban schools.
First, I would have to admit that I have difficulty interpreting Ms. Thurman's recent remarks. Given what I read and the context, and coupled with past remarks, it appears that she is expressing some angst over her perceived notion that 1) extra monies spent on "urban", primarily black schools is wasted money, and 2) that these "urban" schools receive more monies than suburban schools. This editorial piece makes a serious attempt to ferret out and make sense of her remarks, which, lets face it, sound eerily reminiscent of some of the nonsensical remarks made by Sarah Palin and Michelle Bachman. It draws attention to the fact that urban schools receive the same local and state, per pupal dollars as the suburban schools, and that additional dollars received by urban schools are Federal Title 1 monies, and private foundation monies. All that aside, there remains what I think is a very important point to make...that 5 of the 9 schools in Ms. Thurman's district receive Federal Title 1 monies. I would think that any reasonable person could rightly assume that schools in her district would be the very "suburban" schools to which she speaks. Furthermore, a search of the HCDE(Ham. Co. Dept. of Ed.) website shows that an additional 25 of the 80 or so public schools in our system...schools mind you that could be reasonably considered suburban...receive Federal Title 1 monies. Couple with the 5 schools in her district, that would be 30 suburban schools out of some 80 schools receiving Federal Title 1 monies. My question is this...after spending a number of years on the school board, should we really believe that Ms. Thurman is unaware of this, or as I firmly believe, she is nothing more than a rabble rousing, divisive politician?
@ Francis...I would implore you to not read more into my letter concerning the spreading of fear than what is there. You assume way to much about me and how I feel about things that I do not address in my letter...incorrectly I might add...Peace and blessings