As a district, we have taken a cautious and conservative approach to our budgeting over the years, balancing the needs of children with the community’s ability to pay.
My wife and I don’t have a computer. If we want to use one, we go to the public library. We don’t have cell phones, smart or otherwise, and we don’t own any gadgets whose names begin with a lower-case “i.” We don’t have cable or satellite TV.
Prom season brings me much worry. I go to bed at night and hope my phone doesn’t ring in the early hours. When it does, what comes next is the worst part of my job.
Steve’s knowledge, research, expertise and fiscal conservancy served all of us well over the years.
Paul would be an unequivocal asset to this community by holding a seat on the Webster Board of Education. He has our vote.
I personally lost count of the number of times Tom has gone to Albany to advocate for the children, our school district and the Webster community as a whole, using his personal time to do so.
In a time when the reform agenda is at the forefront and education in New York state is ever changing, Paul is the type of person who would be a steady and calming presence for our district.
Paul Benz will always put the needs of students first.
Knowing him for many years, we find Mike knowledgeable, enthusiastic, and interested in his community.
My remarks are not aimed at the wonderful public school teachers who serve our students daily, but at a system that many of them deplore as well (but fear to confront) because of the changes made over the last several decades by big unions and compliant politicians, who covet their support for re-election.
The scandal isn’t that some were wrongly investigated, but that almost none were busted. Political consultants and party hacks (of any party) shouldn’t get to pretend that all the dirt they throw is nutritious. Lobbying is not in the “public good” any more than shopping or kayaking.
Quiet hens or a 170,000-square-foot monster store? What would you choose to live next to?
I am humbled to have had the chance to work with the young men and women of this town for over 25 years. We tried our best to master the “X’s and the 0’s,” and be proficient at our ski racing. Along the way, however, we learned that sportsmanship is the foundation for all sports.
Do we screen for illegals coming into America enough? This writer believes that officials interviewing incoming foreigners are too politically correct to keep our homeland safe from people like the Boston Marathon bombers!
The district asked the community, and the answer was overwhelmingly: “Protect the excellence of our schools.” This budget gives the community what the community said it wants.
National Nursing Home Week, which began on Mother’s Day, May 12, and ends May 18, is a special week to recognize the theme “Team Care: Everyone Pitches In!”
A few Sunday Messengers back, an article from outdoors writer Len Lisenbee caught my attention. It was about how hard it has become to get any information from the DEC on upcoming events, changes in regulations and even how the fishing is in New York state. He goes on to say this is strange since Cuomo makes a big deal out of pushing tourism.
Of course, muzzling the DEC prevents any possible leaks on hydrofracking.
We were struck this week by one response to our broadcast last week on gun violence and the Newtown school killings. A visitor to the website wrote, “It is interesting to me that Bill Moyers, who every week describes the massive levels of corruption in our government… (and) the advocates for gun control, don't understand that we who own guns in part own them to be sure that when our government becomes so corrupt we have guns to do something about it.”
The memorial at the Copley Square finish line reflects the best of our values. But some of the sentiments being expressed these days aren’t so noble.