John Lemon

John Lemon 3 months, 1 week ago on 128 The Question Is... Powers of the SLE

Tom, From the information that you provided, it seems that the SLE can do what it is chartered to do. Also , it seems that the two bodies that formed the SLE can by mutual agreement decide what the SLE should do. Should the SLE decide that it is independent and can do as it wishes it would appear that the bodies that formed could (in unison) alter, amend or cancel the duties of SLE. It only seems reasonable....

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John Lemon 3 months, 1 week ago on 979 The Question Is... When will we get peace in the Middle East?

Tom, Sorry to say that I disagree. A person can not talk to a rock in good faith.Most of the Islamists want to annihilate and obliterate Israel. Period. One Palestinian leader recently asked if he could live Jews He said "yes". He was then asked if he could live with a Jewish state. He said, "No'.

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John Lemon 4 months ago on 107 The Question Is... Domestic abuse.

It seems that our society has come to the point where many believe that each person is qualified to be the arbiter and judge of his/her own actions. The corollaries to that are that 1. Society has little or no right to establish and maintain moral codes. 2. Each/most person(s ) have the capacity to know what is best for the individual and for others. 3. Norms and folkways have no overriding value, because they are simply the product of those in power. To paraphrase: My body and mind are mine and I can do with them what I wish to do. The foolishness of that philosophy is clear to some of us and impossible for some of us to accept unless something changes our mind. Most of us "elders" have had events that changed our points of view on a good many things, but speaking to "youngers" often is like speaking to a rock.

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John Lemon 4 months ago on 101 The Question Is.... The punishment and...

Tom, I would want to know more about the circumstances before taking final action. However, I would charge the man with the crime in order to make certain that he was investigated and not running away. My friend, who was raised in New Hampshire, told me about a town in which a local resident had no permanent residence. Each and every fall the old fellow threw a rock through a window of some local business in order to be sent to the nice, warm jail. Apparently the local police became very accommodating and expected the old man's "crime spree" each year. The old man, after all, was a part of the population :)

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John Lemon 4 months, 2 weeks ago on 968 The Question Is... Satanic worship.

Tom, I suggest that we help him pack his ditty bag and send him to Syria. I think that the home of Devil worship and its practical applications must be there. I do try to be helpful.

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John Lemon 4 months, 3 weeks ago on 988 The Question Is... Override election

All of the remarks made above hold truths to one degree or another. Roy's remarks are particularly poignant given his knowledge and experiences. After some thinking about the issues I, too, will vote "Yes". It is somewhat difficult when I see one sitting Board member who has been deeply involved in egregious acts that deeply hurt very good people. In the end, students may have been harmed by poor decisions that appear to have no consequences to the then Administration and Board members. I suppose that I will have to wait for Karma to hit those involved in nefarious decisions and actions. Meanwhile I will support the teachers and students of our community.

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John Lemon 5 months, 1 week ago on Override

The usual " do it for the students" campaign is gearing up. While I would like to help the students , I have been forced to ask myself several questions. One is : why should I feel guilty for holding the School Board and administration accountable for poor decision making and poor management? Over the past years I have observed the Board making decisions which were both stupid and unethical. I point to the riffing of staff and the firing of PHS administration, the promotion of friends of Board members to teaching and administration jobs, the spending of about 1 million dollars over budget by a Superintendent who was supposedly supervised by the Board, and so on. Two is: if the public does not boldly proclaim that the "bosses" are accountable, when will the second-class leadership stop? Truly will feel sorry for the results of non-passage of the override. The point is that Payson has tolerated inferior leadership for too long and it has to stop. Some short-term negatives might just lead to some long-term improvements. A sad corollary is that the people that made the poor decisions and approved of horrid decisions are gone or are still hanging around pretending that all has been "for the good of the kids".

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