Comments by reader1
Posted on January 19 at 4:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Credibility is up to the reader to decide. If you do not want to believe what I am writing -don't.
And, I am not certain that you know what your point is. First, you are critical because I do not identify myself and any potential connection to HHAC. Now, while I am still remaining anonymous but have acknowledged some form of relationship with HHAC - you say that relationship calls into question my credibility? Which is it?
Moore has a history of inaccurate reporting. I'm certainly not the first person or reader to complain about it. And, I don't make that criticism of all their reporters.
Posted on January 18 at 2:52 p.m. (Suggest removal)
Clearly, if I have inside info then there is some connection.
No one is hiding anything. If I choose to not identify myself - that's my choice. Believe what I post or don't believe - that's entirely up to you. I could identify myself and the info still not be accurate.
Posted on January 18 at 12:36 p.m. (Suggest removal)
AC's plans are not vague. They are operating under a new mission statement a broader more inclusive vision.
The issue is funding. It is a small non-profit and does not have a major benefactors. Again, there is a financial crisis but it is all based on funding.
It has specific programs in place, held on a regularly scheduled basis. It also has plans for renovating the building, but, again funding is an issue. They are currently working on grants and with some other non-profit agencies to obtain the funding.
HHAC has volunteers as do many non-profits. It also has paid staff. The article leads the reader to believe that because a volunteer did not show up the programs were cancelled. HHAC is not like the school district with a pool of substitute teachers. Unfortunately, on this rare occasion when a paid instructor had to take a day off, there was no available replacement. The report was unnecessarily inaccurate because the correct information was readily available. And it was thoroughly inaccurate to categorize the programs as sporadic. In fact, they have programming being held this morning and every Saturday morning.
RE: the program in Troy. The non-profit agency in Troy was the recipient of the grant. A few of the HHAC adult instructors give lessons there and they are compensated by means of the grant.
The vagueness of the article is not the problem, the inaccuracies are. But, that is typical for Kathleen Moore. And, you really have to wonder why the status of a non-profit with an annual budget of well under $200,000 is front page news.
And, on a side note - she spelled the Board President's name wrong.
Posted on January 18 at 10:18 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Kathleen: Made a quick call - The Arts Center was closed yesterday because the Arts Reach instructor had to take a rare day off for personal reasons. She is paid employee, not a volunteer. I learned that by making a phone call. Do you have phones in your office?
Posted on January 18 at 9:20 a.m. (Suggest removal)
A few points:
CDBG funds were frozen because HHAC's Board of Directors did not meet the requirement that 51% of its members come from within a certain geographical area of the City. That was a result of a significant Board turnover. Simply put, the Board needed members with different skill sets (e.g., artists, musicians, business backgrounds, higher profile & credibility within the Hamilton Hill neighborhood). So, there was a concerted effort to recruit and bring people on Board who could really help the Center. The transition resulted in the Board not meeting the 51% requirement. While it was challenging to operate without the funds for a time, in the long run it will be better for HHAC because the Board members will be better able to assist HHAC.
Given its' size, HHAC can operate without an Executive Director. HHAC can operate with a Program Coordinator at the helm, duties split between administration and assisting with programming. And, HHAC has known since October that the former Director was leaving at the end of the year.
Biggest error was the assertion that there is no plan at HHAC. It revised its' mission statement. It retained the cultural component of its' previous mission but expanded on it, the new focus being on "healthy development and academic success of youth" and it is also expanding its' curriculum to meet the needs of its' customers - in that it will feature a literacy component.
Programs are not sporadically run. HHAC operates the following programs on a fixed schedule: Artreach (visual arts), steel drumming, Umoja (African dancing and drumming), and a brass band (program has grant funding available). It has three planned programs pending, awaiting either funding or available staff. To my mind, it looks like Moore took the cancellation of one day of programming to paint a picture of sporadic programming and this is simply wrong.
Clearly, HHAC needs funding but that has been a struggle for some time. Inaccurate hatchet job articles like this are certainly unhelpful.
Posted on January 18 at 8:48 a.m. (Suggest removal)
HHAC is in need of money. That was one of the few things Moore got right in this article. Letter is being drafted to Gazette to correct these errors.
Posted on January 15 at 3:09 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Common core has nothing to do with liberal politics.
Perhaps, reading something about education will inform your opinion - a good start would be "The Smartest Kids in the World" by Amanda Ripley.
Posted on January 12 at 2:07 a.m. (Suggest removal)
Agreed, the idea is sound - the implementation was flawed. That's fixable.
Posted on January 10 at 8:13 a.m. (Suggest removal)
"Pretty hard to believe.." is basically saying the writer thinks the Governor was at least complicit in this - based on the evidence so far, I see no proof that he did. These are serious charges and I would think the writer would need more than a hunch or predisposition to throw out such an accusation. I doubt the writer knows the content of his colleagues' or subordinates' EMails.
Not necessarily a Christie fan, I'm ambivalent because his decisions do not impact my life directly, but fair is fair.
Posted on December 28 at 10:39 a.m. (Suggest removal)
It's not the typical situation. You have a governmental entity housed within a private institution. Unless the Library personnel had access to all of the Carver's administrative records, particularly the financials - they would only know what Carver shared with them. The point being, they might have been caught totally off guard by the reality of Carver's situation.
RE: the City Council member who resides on the Hill. They may have been caught off guard, as well. This was only made public yesterday, so, you have to give them time to assess what happened. And, why is the assumption that "outcry or outrage" is the proper reaction?
This is far from over and may actually create some opportunities.