Recent comments from 'KenSnyder'
|Brutal killer out of prison today|
Thursday, September 20, 2012: 4:17 pm
|My heart goes out to the family and friends who still carry memories of the victim in their hearts.|
I wish that is all I had to say, but I cannot remain silent in light of the wording of a small portion the article quoted here:
“[J---- C-----],” exclaimed Bloomington resident Marc Haggerty, a friend of Marks’ who discovered parts of her body buried on a wooded lot at the corner of 10th and Summit streets, half a block from the boarding house where Lee lived in a basement room.
“I never expected him to be released,” Haggerty said, “not after that kind of crime, which indicates a permanent disconnection with society, a permanent disconnect with compassion.”
While I take no offense at Mr. Haggerty's freedom of speech, I was shocked--and anyone who knows me knows I am not a prude--that a community newspaper like the Reporter Times would carry the opening of the first paragraph quoted herein.
R-T Staff, if you could only run the article if there were no changes, then you should not have run it in this paper. The two paragraphs I quoted could easily have been condensed and the entire pertinent meaning carried without using anyone's name in vain.
Frankly, it simply makes sense to avoid offending your readership whenever reasonably possible.
I would love to see this reset in the online version.
|Candidates dispute clean campaign pledge|
Saturday, September 8, 2012: 10:09 pm
|Firstly, I have no dog in this fight. I have met both of the Peggys, but know neither of them. Secondly, I am registered as a Republican, but am, in fact, an Independent conservative. (Maybe I should change my registration.) |
With that out of the way, I would simply say this: I respect Ms. Welch and her commitment to a clean campaign. I am not sure why Ms. Mayfield would not sign it (unless it is because of what Annabelle said). If only every candidate would sign such a pledge and live up to it, then we could focus on the issues.
As to the assertion that "In fact there is not one single reference to Peggy Welch positive or nagative in any of them." Sir, I do not doubt you. I believe that what you received is true to the statement you made. However, it would be blatantly false if I was to state it. I have received two pieces. I was really disappointed to see what I did. I believe Ms. Mayfield may not have blessed those, but until she speaks against them she is tacitly approving their content.
I have not made up my mind on my vote yet, but unless Ms. Mayfield rejects anything negative sent on her behalf has been mailed out in support of her, she can't count on my vote.
|Time to change leadership|
Thursday, April 12, 2012: 5:00 pm
|I too applaud the R-T for the public discourse. Regardless of where I stand on the position, or where others stand, we benefit from a conversation related to pursuits of excellence and higher standards for our leaders and local officials.|
As President Truman visually illustrated, the leader must say, "The Buck Stops Here." Yes, Mr. Furniss is not guilty of the actions of everyone under his leadership. However, the culture that serves as an incubator of such actions without commensurate consequences is a culture that must be changed.
I couldn't help but notice that a significant majority of the examples listed in the editorial were directly or indirectly at MHS. While Mr. Furniss may rightfully earn the ire of the paper and public for not a strong enough turn around (for after all, shouldn't we be asking, "is good actually good enough for our kids?"; remembering that "good is the enemy of great"), we need to look at other leaders too who have outlasted their commitment or competency.
Consider the following example and apply them to a school. In baseball, you need to be "strong up the middle." You need a good pitcher and catcher, as well as a strong middle infield (short stop and 2nd base) and centerfielder. Is it possible that—strong multi-level leadership—is what is needed in a school system?
We need a strong Board President, Superintendent, and strong leadership at the Principal level at your High School and at least one Middle School and Grade School, each serving as flagships at those levels of education. If excellence is pursued at each level of education, it can spread throughout all levels. However, if leadership is lacking at the top—as well as the other levels—a strong turn around is highly unlikely. So, do we have strong leadership “up the middle” (i.e. at all levels)?
Instead of seeing mainly negative in these spaces, I would prefer, for a moment, to focus on a positive answer to that questions. I believe we do have that leadership at the Middle School level at East. (I am not saying we do or don't at West. I cannot speak to that.) The Principal is strong in the three C's: Character, Competency and Chemistry. He's a high character man. He is very competent at what he does. He is good to work with and has proven that (unlike his predecessor).
We need strong leaders--men and women--at all levels of leadership who possess Character, Competency and Chemistry.
I applaud the discourse. Let the public AND the School Board pursue further accountability for our leaders. We are at an optimum time for introspection, advancement and innovation. Let the turnaround begin today in our individual lives, in our homes, and in our schools.
|Martinsville board looks at conduct|
Wednesday, March 21, 2012: 11:36 pm
|"The high destiny of the individual is to serve rather than to rule."--Albert Einstein|
I have long wondered why some people act in fear of losing small time positions like city council or school board seats. This fear drives them to avoid serving and leading.
Whether Mr. Costin and the Board understand this or not, this community will owe them an un-payable debt IF they actually do what he said. We need this school board to serve the community by doing the hard things no matter the cost or consequences.
“The philosophy of the school room in one generation will be the philosophy of government in the next.”--Abraham Lincoln
Lincoln's quote doesn't just apply to what is taught (curriculum), but what is caught (examples) as well.
While we do need them to deal with highly inappropriate behavior--and they must do that--we also need them to take seriously the task of dealing with poor management styles and responsiveness to those outside the school system.
Finally, I will add this: I am so thankful for those teachers and administrators, who love the students, love to teach, and love the work necessary that leads to changed lives. Thank you to all of you who are described by those words. You are making a significant contribution in our community and in the nation.
|Board accepts Wolf's resignation; board first heard of possible relationship in May 2011|
Thursday, February 16, 2012: 10:58 pm
|Some of you may find the thoughts of this video (which focuses on the scandal with Mr. Wolf) worth further discussion:|
The video was created earlier today, before this evening's School Board meeting.
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