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Fire Restrictions in effect for the Town of Payson & Rim Country May 22, 2013
Over a long period I read the remarks on the Blog and in the Roundup. There were many defenders of the Obama Administration and its actions. Those who obviously were of a conservative bent were refuted and remarks were often made regarding G. Bush's Administration. Forward to today : the IRS has been discriminating against Tea Party applications for Tax Free status and the leader was notified over a year ago that this was happening. Libya: the Administration clearly altered "Talking Points", although we still do not know who did so. The A.P.: The Associated Press announced that the Justice Department had taken telephone records from AP ; even some from private telephones. The IRS has admitted that the descrimination took place. The Justice Department has not owned up. The Administration, and specifically Obama/Clinton, have not declared who is responsible for the Talking Points alterations. Now, Democrats, lets look at remarks made about G. Bush and the Bush Administration responses to questions of ethics. Ole' George is looking better and better, isn't he! Politics is politics and neither party is saintly, but Bush is gone and Obama's people are seemingly out of hand. Is it not high time that we citizens forget the rhetoric and the obfuscation? Should we not demand quality, morality and intellect in public servants, no matter what the Party? Is it not time to awaken and realize that the US has a problem with values? Why are so many of us reticent or unable to stake a moral position? Really people, it is not that difficult to say, "That is wrong.", or ,"That is right.".
Tom: Ashland, Oregon, is at the foot of the Siskiyou Mountains along the Cal.-Oregon border. It is used as an area for winter/ summer sports and contributes to the economy. Mr. Dempsy appears to be a case illustrative of some old adages about acquiring the traits of those with whom you associate. You know, "If you lay with dogs you are bound to pick up fleas", etc. It is shades of the ecoterrorist acts and should be treated accordingly. As aside, how would you like to find that your child was being treated by this fellow?
Kim, Pardon me for not responding sooner. I think that your remarks are well considered and well written. Most certainly I agree with your thoughts on negativism, haters, and racists. I am awed by the singularly inappropriate and inaccurate remarks by Mr. Paulk. I also know Mr. Evans and would never describe him in the terms used. Mr. Evans has a wealth of experiences that allow him to see events from an aspect somewhat different than mine. So what ! Especially when done without personal denigration, is that not part of what I understand to be freedom of speech? As regards Mr. Rappaport : by using town letterhead when dealing with personal opinion he ventured into the territory of a lot of people nowadays. Bad judgment. Aditionally, he does not recognize his error.
Ater thinking about the topic for several days : why is Ms. Van Zile not assigned at least in part to the Middle School ? It is RCMS that has had such poor state ratings. Yes, I know that she is a high school person who has familiarity with the curriculum, teaching methods, personnel, etc. Even so, if the public is to receive the greatest return for money invested....
Ater thinking about the topic for several days : why is Ms. Van Zile not assigned at least in part to the Middle School ? It is RCMS that has had such poor state ratings. Yes, I know that she is a high school person who has familiarity with the curriculum, teaching methods, personnel, etc. Even so, if the public is to receive the greatest reurn for money invested....
In today's Roundup there is a brief of what Ms. Van Zile will be assigned to do. The article states that 70% of a day will be devoted to working with teachers who "request" aid. Ms. Van Zile will be working to improve the use of testing results , teaching methods, new programs and alignment with new standards. Some of my questions remain unanswered and may be so because the position is new. Perhaps a more complete job description will be available as we move onward? Still, since the job is described in the newspaper article as a teacher position, I wonder if Ms. Van Zile's pay is aligned with the teacher salary schedule? If the position is not "Administrative" and the pay is, I have an issue. I remain curious as to why the position is full-time and serves only one school? If the job description states that 70% will be devoted to interaction with school staff, what about the remaining 30%? If Ms. Van Zile is to tutor staff, will there be required meetings that will necessitate Substitute Teachers? There are additional questions in my mind but I will wait and see what further descriptions of the job come forward.
I read the article in the Roundup relating to administrative tranfers and am peplexed by the new assignment for Ms. Van Zile. Achievement team leader or coordinator (or whatever) has not been explained in the Roundup. Such a nebulous title engenders several questions in my mind. Since such a job has not existed prior to this time, what will she do? Will such a job need a full-time person at one school? Why such a position at only one school? Will Ms. Zan Zile be paid on a salary schedule as an Administrator or as a Teacher? To whom will Ms. Van Zile report and be responsible? Was the assignment created as a "sop" because of the ties that Ms. Van Zile has with at least one member of the Board? Why was the position not designed as part-time teacher, part-time coordinator? In my mind there are some questions that the Roundup should explore.
Tom; Very interesting case. It seems to me that it is acceptable to Patent a process used to find, examine, re-combine ( and so on) a Gene or DNA. I do not think is reasonable to issue a Patent on the Gene or DNA, which are natural parts of the human body. It is a slippery slope if parts of a human body become objects to be owned or controlled for profit. I don't know if anyone would want a clone of my Liver, as example, but I feel ownership, title and control over those sorts of things :)
"Conduct Unbecoming an Officer" Slam him and any other like him because it shows a significant flaw in character which could reflect on the persons performance.
Mrs. Rohner, Thank you for taking the time to present an in-depth response to questioners. You obviously considered your remarks very carefully and presented them in a well organized way. As you are aware, the educational systems are being examined and critiqed regularly by all sorts of people. Some of those people really know little about how things work and react strongly to things that they see or read or hear, although the real facts may be hidden. Your effort to improve lines of communication and clarify information is laudible.
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