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Posted on July 30 at 10:57 a.m. (Suggest removal)

The private/public school distinction is useless. ALL schools are public. They serve the public interests. They attend to the public will. They take money from individuals and turn it into services for students. It's all the same on essential matters.

Private schools are far more accountable than public schools. If they don't produce the results the customers want, they go out of business. Public schools never go out of business. They constantly clamor for more money, yet customers still don't get the results they want. It takes a decade to make significant changes in public schools, unless you have a social agenda related to sex, in which case, you can get immediate accommodation.

Anthony thinks "choice" is code for making you pay for special interests, I suppose in the same way that "public school" is code for the special interests of the education juggernaut. Public school teachers charge twice the annual salary and benefits as private school teachers. Those big salaries are used partly to buy government influence, and even control. They get special laws that protect their special interests. The public school sector is hundreds of times larger than the private school sector. It is many times more powerful. Public schools are the consummate special interest group.

From: School ‘choice’ robs from public education

Posted on July 29 at 3:28 p.m. (Suggest removal)

PFS, I have visited the park. You should be grateful he didn't put in a pig farm. Then you'd really know what rural life is about. All those people who built their $400,000 homes out there -- THEY are the ones who took away the rural nature of the area. Cellini is preserving it.

From: Glenville ropes course case heading to court

Posted on July 29 at 3:22 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Done. Thanks for the editorial.

From: Should legislators get a pay raise?

Posted on July 28 at 5:35 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Glenville ought to be doing everything it can to HELP Cellini. He's running an "undocumented" business. So what? It's not a felony. It's not even a misdemeanor.

The town says this is about safety. Balderdash. There is no inspection beyond what the state has already done that the town will do. There is no further inspection needed to assure the safety of the course.

All the town has to do to settle this suit is tell Cellini that it will matter of factly, with no further conditions or review, issue the permit upon receipt of the fee and documents. Get it done, Glenville. Stop suing the people who are working to make Glenville a better place.

From: Glenville ropes course case heading to court

Posted on July 26 at 11:56 p.m. (Suggest removal)

No. No. No. The persons most qualified to decide whether a child should be left alone in a car, and for how long, are the parents and close relatives. Almost all parents have a strong interest in keeping their children alive and healthy. We do not need more laws to make parents criminals. We do not need more laws requiring people to take zero risks. Our nation has way too many laws. This has got to stop.

From: Time for a law on leaving kids in cars?

Posted on July 24 at 10:37 a.m. (Suggest removal)

I like it. It treats everyone the same and promotes consistency. The only downside is people from other states may not be aware of our law. I don't believe they should be ticketed. In fact, I think the first offense should be about educating the offender. The name and offense can be added to a database, and if s/he is caught again for the same offense, it's a ticket.

From: Move-over law should apply to all

Posted on July 17 at 10:52 a.m. (Suggest removal)

By the way, religious rights and states' rights are real rights--long-established rights--not pretend rights or faddish rights.

From: Duke boycott scores point for civil rights

Posted on July 17 at 10:40 a.m. (Suggest removal)

What about religious rights? What about states' rights? The only point scored here is for meddling in the affairs of other people. You want to believe in non-genetic-based bathroom rights, have at it. Other people get to have their beliefs, too.

From: Duke boycott scores point for civil rights

Posted on July 16 at 1:48 p.m. (Suggest removal)

Why can't we count on people in public office to follow the law? It's an epidemic.

From: Excess funds belong to the taxpayers

Posted on July 14 at 7:15 p.m. (Suggest removal)

As the Gazette points out in yesterday's story at
"At the new Bornt branch, access is limited to hours of operations, Bradley said, but the rural Quaker branch in Delanson still has 24-hour access. Bradley said they plan to maintain the 24-hour access at that branch, which has limited hours and serves a rural population with fewer internet access options."

That kind of undermines the Gazette's position that when it's closed, it's closed. In fact, the disparate policies between Central and Quaker could be evidence of disparate impact discrimination. If more minority members are downtown than near Quaker, the policy is indirectly discriminatory.

From: Why the fuss over limiting Wi-Fi hours?

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