Comments by cward10@roadrunner.com

CRYSTAL WARD's picture

Social Security and Medicare WELFARE !!

Gov. LePage stated in todays paper that Social Security and Medicare were WELFARE pure and simple. He should be asked to sign a pledge that he will never collect his social security welfare or sign up for his Medicare welfare.
People work and pay for years into social security and Medicare and they have earned these benefits, they are not welfare. THIS IS NOT TALKING SENSE!

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numbers don't work and how was it paid for?

This cost over $120,000-- increasing the Administration team at LHS to 6-- a principal, three Ass't Principals , two deans and 5 support staff for a cost pushing a MILLION dollars for a school of 1300 students. More Admin. per student than any other school in the county . How did $120,000 magically appear after the budget process cuts jobs, programs , LHS athletic budget by $92,000 and passed on an increase in property taxes???? They put in two new jobs when they should have restored some of the items cuts if they had "new" found money -- these positions were not even discussed during the budget process-no money was put in for them. The numbers reported make no sense - 946 detentions would be about 6 student per day 946 divided by 175 days -- why would anyone need to spend $120,000 to deal with 6 students a day when we already pay about $400,000 for the three Ass't.Principals? This Article is missing a lot of information and presents a pretty rosy picture to an expensive item that is not necessary in these hard times for tax papyers

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Teachers can not do worse !

You seem to believe that our schools are full of ineffective teachers -and the evaluation instruments have been made and used by admins for many many years-- so just how could teachers being involved in the process do any worse ?
I have seen Admin use the process outlined in policy and contracts to remove a teacher in less than a year . I have seen at least 35 teachers non renewed /fired.
I have also seen a new teacher NEVER evaluated by the Admin. A union can only protect the contact, which the School Comm. Approved , board policies and state laws. Maine does not have tenure and any admin. can remove an ineffective teacher if they follow the known contact, policies and laws. Right now in Maine for the first three years a teacher can be fired easily .
Lets see if letting teachers be part of the process to develop an evaluation system ONLY but not Administer the system will do better than what we have been using-- Admin. will still remain the only people who can fire an ineffective teacher.

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Secret plans

It looks like the UM system has a secret plan up its sleeve and USM LA has been hit by it. UM system short of money so cut a program that brings in1/2 million and leave the LA area without Art and humanities . what a terrible idea -- I am sure LA students will want to drive to Farmington to get classes ?? and lets see which has more people LA or Farmington ?? Many students commute and driving great distances are a major problem with no bus system in Maine. Making it harder to get and education will no help Maine grow.

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math requirements

Common Core math requirements are Algebra 1 ,geometry and Algebra 2 and some trigonometry for all students-- not just simple math. Most news papers are written for 5-6 grades reading levels --the students for common core must do 12+ reading and writing level-- it is far from easy

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Who approved these deals?

Did the Lewiston School Committee approve, discuss , or have knowledge of the cash deal for Supt. Levesque? Were any other Admin. in Lewiston given the same deal? Are there any "creative" deals going on now in Lewiston?
The most higher paid employees cut deals to increase their pension and see little wrong with it --BUT-did you notice they did not offer the same "legal deal" to all employees in MePers-- IF it was legal why the big secret from everyone else?
Why wouldn't this so called cash in lieu deal be offered to all IF there was nothing "wrong, Shady" going on. MePERS need to investigate completely . There should be a complete investigation done in Lewiston, who know what, when,who was involved, who got the benefit and what is going on now?

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another made up Problem

Almost zero problem with voter fraud but the GOP keeps crying wolf again and again !! In many places it cost people to get a picture ID -- some elderly have no way to prove who they are because their birth certificates do not exist ,never did. But they have voted for 70 years . Should anyone have to pay for a Photo ID to Vote? If someone has voted in the same place for 60 years , but can't present proof of birth -- to get a Photo ID will they be forced to stop voting? Will urban poor without drivers licenses or Photo ID have to get their birth certificate (costing from$25.00-$100.00 in some states) pay to get to the place and then pay for the Photo ID in order to vote?? Is the GOP trying to fix a non- problem or rig elections

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another made up Problem

Almost zero problem with voter fraud but the GOP keeps crying wolf again and again !! In many places it cost people to get a picture ID -- some elderly have no way to prove who they are because their birth certificates do not exist ,never did. But they have voted for 70 years . Should anyone have to pay for a Photo ID to Vote? If someone has voted in the same place for 60 years , but can't present proof of birth -- to get a Photo ID will they be forced to stop voting? Will urban poor without drivers licenses or Photo ID have to get their birth certificate (costing from$25.00-$100.00 in some states) pay to get to the place and then pay for the Photo ID in order to vote?? Is the GOP trying to fix a non- problem or rig elections

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Have the 1% been found?

I have yet to see the report from the Governor saying how he is enforcing the current laws that would "catch" many of the 1% misusing the EBT card. How many have been caught and taken to court by the DHHS? We have 99% of the people using the program correctly . Cutting the education part of TANF will mean the person can not get on their feet -why is this good? Yes, do close any loop cuts in possible use but don't harm the poor in the process.

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WMD's Did you forget ?

WMD'S,WMD'S,WMD'S ---- WE MUST GO TO WAR NOW !!! Here are the pictures and the proof -- ALL " blatant, barefaced, damnable lies" by Bush and Cheney this cost BILLION$ and the impact keeps right on costing BILLION$ and thousands of lives and many injured for life and you think "you can keep your insurance" is a bigger lie than this???