Comments by yeoman1979

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So sad...

It kills me that sexual orientation is even an issue still. It doesn't have any effect on his ability to lead and steer Maine back in the right direction. People afraid he's gonna redecorate the Blaine and State House? Oh shucks! Not like they don't need a facelift!

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Would love to see Lepage squirm!

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Apples to rocks...

Sorry, but that is a horrible comparison. Most towns have rules in regards to the allowable operational hours of lawnmowers and chainsaws. A car is generally operated on public roads and can be driven 24 hours a day. If a car has a loud exhaust and stays on private property it doesn't even need to have a muffler. As soon as it rolls onto public roads it needs to be in compliance withe the law as its volume affects the many.

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Why not?

Everybody else seems to, why bother? It's a fun intersection! If you are in the left lane (with your kids in the vehicle) staying on Sabattus Street, you get to dodge people that try to cut in from the right lane while you just try to get home safely. Just once I'd love to see someone get pulled over and receive a ticket attempting to play bumper cars with me!

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Sabattus Rd?

When did they change the name of the road? Last time I check Grove St. intersected Sabattus STREET. There would be less "ACCIDENTS" at that intersection if it was actually patrolled. I live up the hill and nearly get hit at least once a week. I have actually seen LPD waiting at the light while cars drive through the intersection making the right while the light is red and they totally ignore the offenders.

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Way to go!

Way to go Dan! It's nice to see a brother move on to great things and support such a worthy cause!

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What scares...

...and irritates me the most are the parents ignorantly claiming that McMahon parents are racist. There is a Somali population at our school as well as an Asian population and even of other African decent. It may not be a large one, but it’s there. As a parent who just happens to be a “person of color” (still don’t recall receiving an invite to THAT meeting where our ethnicity was clumped together,) I find it interesting that it’s the CAUCASIAN parents that love to scream racist when it benefits them. My daughter has never been discriminated against by anyone at McMahon, (aside from her teacher having to be repeatedly reminded the correct pronunciation of her name, which is of Greek decent.) My mother who is OBVIOUSLY not of Caucasian decent has never been ostracized by the other parents’ or slighted in even the most infinitesimal way when she picks up my children and quite frankly; the McMahon parents have been kind as can be to her.

We’ve established that changes need to be made and that there are problems with our system and all the schools are failing. We’ve all agreed that no matter what we do, finding and implementing ANY solution is going to be difficult and let’s face it, a bitter pill to swallow. Ms. Jodi Wolverton has been an amazing advocate for McMahon and every parent I’ve spoken with at our school feels darn lucky to have her on our side. All this pandering and positioning needs to stop; the racist/elitist card needs to be put down and we need to take an objective approach and do what we can to come to a consensus. My family of 5 is far from rich or upper class. I work 2 jobs and my wife works 2 jobs and we barely make ends meet. We chose our home in our neighborhood because of the school district and have done everything we can to remain in it. We value our children’s education and that is why we work so hard; we hope that because of our hard work, they won’t have to work so hard when they have their children and can take the time to enjoy them.

McMahon is being put on a pedestal, academically speaking, and as a McMahon parent; I’m not satisfied with that. We may be the best in the city, but honestly, I don’t see why we being the best of the worst is something to be proud of. It is great to know that we’ve discovered something that has kept our head above the water and helped us stand out, but we need to expand on that to meet and beat state standards and compete nationally. We need to look at what it is that makes our school so special and see if we can apply it to the rest of the district. If that means redistricting, then maybe that’s what we need to do. If it comes to that, it would be nice if ALL schools are able to have parents that are included in the process and it’s not done all cloak and dagger like; kind of like this current plan. The way the plan sits now, is bunk. (For lack of a more appropriate word in this medium.) I think at this time we need to take a step back and revaluate the situation and let it breathe a bit. We have come up with various “Alternate Proposals” and what we’ve ended up with is a Frankenstein plan that no one can truly make heads nor tails of. The one thing that does seem to stand out; we are hedging our bets on money that may or may not become available to build a new school which would result in potentially even more redistricting down the road. I was raised to live within my means and by spending money we don’t have and planning on money that may or may not come, is certainly not living within our means. If we keep up this kind of childish and Cavalier attitude in regards to our fiscal future and keep passing bond after bond to pay for everything; our grandkids won’t have a public school worth going to and their great grandchildren’s grandchildren will still be paying for our fiscal mistakes and since they won’t be able to read, they won’t have the slightest clue as to why.

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McMahon parents...

...are lucky to have an advocate like you on our side. Conservatively, I don't think we'd have half the parental involvement at our school if it wasn't for your hard work and tenacity. I can't thank you enough; my schedule makes it difficult to be as involved as I wish I could be and things like the re-districiting facebook page and regular PTO e-mails are a huge help. I actually feel like I'm in the loop because of your hard work.

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I mostly agree with you, the tests do seem to be part of the problem. They are a real catch 22 when you get right down to it. We need to have an across the board standard to acertain that the teachers are teaching and that the students are learning at a sufficient rate and level. But, it seems my kids come home every other week talking about this test or that test. It makes me wonder when the heck they have time to actually learn anything!

I remember growing up we had the MEA's (Maine Educational Assessment Test) which was administered to 4th, 8th and 11th graders. I know it changed a few times over the years but it didn't seem like we were always testing. The system is in fact broken; both fiscally and functionally, and we need to do something. I think if we scale back a bit on the testing, as you mentioned, the teachers will actually have an oppurtunity to teach!

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Not a fan of recruiters...

I won't lie; I'm not now, nor was I a fan of the recruiters. I was fortunate enough to have the benefit of friends and family that had served so I knew what to look out for and was able to dodge the good 'ole "Seamen Apprenticeship" program and I didn't end up scraping paint. That being said, I don't see the point in arguing how Ms. Tremblay could defend herself or how it could be viewed. What should have happened in the first place; the Marines should have done the right thing and started discharge paperwork and allowed her to leave on an administrative discharge, which basically would have been like never having served.
I served as a Yeoman in the Navy and I had to handle lots of legal paperwork and honestly, I learned you have to cover yourself. Ms. Tremblay may have been a, "dumb kid" at the time but regardless; she should have followed proper procedure and things would have most likely worked out. You simply don't say, “I quit” and go home. As a uniformed military member when we sign our contracts we agree to follow and adhere to a certain set of rules of conduct and the UCMJ (Uniformed Code of Military Justice.) What Ms. Tremblay did is simply not acceptable and whether they push for a desertion charge or an UA charge (I was glad to see someone else know the difference, thanks for that by the way) she needs to face the consequences and accept them, whatever they are. My personal opinion; I hope that they throw the book at her and give her the maximum punishment that is allowed. On the other hand, having waited this long to catch up with her, I don’t think that easing up a bit for "time served" is too much to ask for. Both side screwed up so a little give and take wouldn’t be such a bad thing. Regardless, it’s up to the Judge Advocate General to decide.