Comments by 1ofakindlady

Laurrel Chute's picture

A much needed project.

I have personally traveled this stretch of road nearly every day throughout much of my life and have watched the rivers edge wear away the embankment to the point of collapse. This was a long time coming and greatly needed. It may be a pain to wait for that light and it does cut into travel times, but I would rather a few minutes inconvenience than fall into the river. The jobs keeping people working on bettering our infrastructure is always a good thing too:)

Laurrel Chute's picture

Thank you Megan.

Thank you Megan for your thoughtful and informative response. Sadly McMahon is where he used to go before custody disputes arupted into scenes there and my son became an outcast by his peers who could not understand that his father was to blame and there was nothing wrong with Mom(me) who was being attacked in front of students and family daily. The other problem is our in district school is Martel and that is where the abuse happened:( My son wishes to go back to McMahon, but fears the teasing of his old friends and is terrified to go back to Martel for understandable reasons. I hate the idea of him changing schools again and if it was possible to put him back to McMahon and he would be accepted there we would do that in a heartbeat, but the Superintendant refuses to allow any child to attend an out of district school stating all schools are over populated in his grade other than Longley so that is my only choice:( I currently am getting help from Learning Works to assist in special education testing with a posibility of a referral to a different school, but the process is long and daunting with no promise of help or options. I will talk to my son about McMahon again and see if Learning Works can help with negotiations with the Superintendant to place him back there using the information you gave. Thank you again and good luck to you^j^

Laurrel Chute's picture

How could any PARENT Disagree with my statement?

What on earth is there to disagree with about my statement? How is it in this society that it is ok for someone to blame a child for their abuse by a teacher? That is like someone blaming an 11 year old girl for her gang rape by 18 young men! Disgusting!~

Laurrel Chute's picture

FYI

My son is not a behavior problem other than writing as it causes him pain and the only reason for the punishment he received was that he did not read the correct genre of book for that month every single day of that month. I own over 2,500 books and he can complete 2-3 books a day. How many mystery books can a 9 year old read in a row? How many books on animals? How many biography books? When did homework become so strict to force kids to re-read the same books over and over just to fail them because of that? My son is testing at far beyond his peers with the exception of writing and that has been a huge problem because schools have yet to allow computer use for those with hand coordination issues. I asked repeatedly for explanations why my son was coming home in pain and in tears, but was told it was simply school policy that a teacher can keep the child from any class activity they choose due to unfinished work. How does any child deserve to sit silent at a desk with their head down for sometimes hours get his work done? How does any child deserve to be ridiculed by a teacher in front of their peers simply for not completing homework to their exact specification? They DON"T! It wasn't until another adult witnessed this abuse that I was notified of the actual extent of it and I cried for him. He tried to tell me and I made calls, but when nothing changed my son felt like there was no help for him. He sat quietly with his head on his desk not causing any problems or fighting it because he felt he had no choice. I cry for him! I cried with him that day and several times since then because he feels helpless and hopeless to find a school he can learn in without abuse. I can only hope that those I have reached out to actually do as they believe they can and give my son the help he needs in a school that will love him for the wonderful, peaceful young man he is^j^

Laurrel Chute's picture

Thank you Stephen Bowen!

I have been in a battle against a school system that allowed the ongoing abuse of my son by his teacher in a system that fights against parent involvement unless they are forcing kids to do massive amounts of homework. If that homework is done incorrectly(not reading the correct genre of book every day of the month) the student is penalized by not just a bad grade, but forced to put his head on his desk for extended periods of time while the other kids are at recess, eventually progressing to during special activities then during all class work. This went on for months! Thankfully it was witnessed by the guidance counselor who contacted me to come remove my son from the school. I have begged the superintendent to allow his transfer and was denied repeatedly no matter what the reason. I have had to homeschool my son the remainder of last school year(since March 2012) and now to start the new school year because the superintendents office refuses to allow transfer to any different school other than Longley(downtown slum school) which is NOT an option. I was referred to Learning Works by Advocates for Children and they all agree that my son should never have to go back to that school. Learning Works will be helping my son to get into Special Education testing and giving recommendations to placement, but I had no idea there was anyone I could appeal to. Thank you Sun Journal for showing me there is another option for parents in similar situations! Thank you Stephen Bowen for standing up for what is right for the CHILD not simply what the system approves of!

Laurrel Chute's picture

I do not feed Trolls

First, I refuse to reply or correspond with anyone who would belittle, condemn, minimize and or outright twist my words in an attempt to demonize me, my letter or my comments, ie "Trolls". All trolls will be reported as abuse and I will consider those comments as invisible. I suggest those of you wishing to discuss the issues mentioned in the letter with respect, please do the same.

Second, anyone wishing to have an intellegent dialogue of ideas that would actually help our economy is welcome and I look forward to hearing from you.

Third, I do want to make clear that I do not hate or have distain for the wealthy. The wealthy have just as much value as the poor. The difference is that the wealthy can do something about it. It is the duty of those of means to assist those with none. Children understand this concept. Most people of little means donate to those who have none in one way or another. Many people of wealth feel this way as well, but sadly their opinions are overshadowed by those who scream "Class Warfare" as a way to criminalize those who would fight for what is right and good in this nation. What I do have "distain" for are those who attack others for being honest and sharing ideas on how to help our society instead of take from it. Please don't feed the Trolls.

Thank you to those who read my letter and found it worth respectfully discussing.

Laurrel Chute's picture

I see a lot of complaints

I see a lot of complaints about a so called bias toward wind power, but I see nothing in this article that in any way promotes wind. I would not say that the emense wind turbines that are currently being promoted by many are good for our environment, but to say that the sun journal is simply promoting that agenda is wrong at least in this case. If you are against the wind agenda because it is destructive to our environment then you should be "against" hydro for the same reasons. If you are against wind because your personal quality of life is disrupted by the noise and "for" hydro because it would be less disruptive to your personal quality of life then that is simply selfish. We should all be getting behind truly "green" energy alternatives. If you want to promote something that will give us not only green energy, but will also greatly help our economy then fight for HEMP.~

Laurrel Chute's picture

It never ceases to amaze me

It never ceases to amaze me just how little polititians understand the true meaning of "clean(waste free), renewable(quickly naturally replenished), sustainable (capacity to endure with little maintenance), safe (free from danger or dangerous side effects in both the short and long term), environmentally responcible (little to no impact on the environment and its' inhabitants) and efficient (most output for the least input) energy". We have a chance to give a major boost to our economy. HEMP would be one great resource for jobs in such categories as energy, textiles, building supplies, construction and so many more. I would like to see the home heating program pay 10-20% (dependant on the amount of energy shared with the grid)of the cost of adding solar panels on homes with loan guarantees to homeowners instead of the mere 5% currently only a rebate that you have to jump through hoops for. Our future depends on a truly "Green" energy plan for an economy that is able to adapt to the changing needs of its' citizens and earth.

Laurrel Chute's picture

No Kill Shelter

The Lewiston ASPCA is a NO KILL SHELTER! The only reason they kill any animal is if it is in such a health crisis that it is inhumane to allow the animal to continue to suffer. There are times when there is no way to help an animal, but if there is a way to help it with medical measures they will do everything possible for the animal no matter what the cost. Educate yourself and Adopt a Shelter Pet:)
Also, if you can not afford to pay the drop off fee they will waive it if you ask. They may have you fill out a form, but they will work with anyone. Yes, you can have a friend bring it in saying they removed it from a home that was unable to apropriately care for it, but that is better than dumping it off with NO information.
Maine has one of the strictest animal cruelty laws in the Nation. Anyone that is found guilty of animal cruelty in Maine will pay a $1,000.00 fine and up to 1 year in jail for every offense. It is considered a Federal Crime and will be placed on your permanent record. There is NO excuse for abandoning any animal in such a cruel mannor~

Laurrel Chute's picture

No Kill Shelter

The Lewiston ASPCA is a NO KILL SHELTER! The only reason they kill any animal is if it is in such a health crisis that it is inhumane to allow the animal to continue to suffer. There are times when there is no way to help an animal, but if there is a way to help it with medical measures they will do everything possible for the animal no matter what the cost. Educate yourself and Adopt a Shelter Pet:)