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BellairBerdan April 23, 2014 at 03:16 pm
lunasee, you can still say it, but the government shouldn't be making you say it. How would you feelRead More if the word God was replaced by Allah?
Daniella Ruiz April 23, 2014 at 03:23 pm
taking the 5th and simply NOT murmuring it when it doesnt apply to yourself, is no crime, only anRead More expression of personal belief. causing others to refrain from saying it IS A VIOLATION OF THEIR CONSTITUTIONAL RIGHTS OF FREE SPEECH. and that IS a crime, a very serious crime against ALL americans. at least those who call america their country. i say toss these simpletons into the street, along with their agnostic terrorist lawyers. next thing, these folks will want the word allah put in place of the word god. if on the other hand the school were to demand students recite the phrase per se, with possibility of some penalty or punishment if not done, then there's a far bigger problem. most grownups know that 'god' just isn't really there, except in peoples minds, like a crutch, a hope or a a bet in a casino, false hope that disguises the reality of lifes real uncertainty.
John Santaella April 23, 2014 at 03:30 pm
Daniella, don't lose sleep over this. Not worth it. People pray when they want something. How manyRead More emails per week do you get to pray for a cure for cancer. If prayer were to do it a cure would have been here long ago.
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Max April 13, 2014 at 10:40 am
. . . .and a hearty congratulations to Mr McGill for his outstanding achievement! A visit to eachRead More offering university, keeping a critical eye on culture, values, and goals, as well as on individuals and opportunities, should facilitate your decision.
Larry Cohen April 13, 2014 at 05:47 pm
AWESOME!!
Mike April 17, 2014 at 04:07 pm
Yes, ED, college acceptance rates must be a conspiracy against womyn. But when it comes to the factRead More that well over 90% of K-5 teachers are female, it's ok to represent the applicant pool. And that the prison population does not reflect the demographics of the country is also a conspiracy and has nothing to do with who commits crimes. Keep treating people like victims and they'll keep acting like victims.
Parent April 7, 2014 at 06:40 am
Grow up and become an adult!
Edubb April 7, 2014 at 11:43 pm
The real news is if she's going to prom and what her dress looks like...
Mrgrumpass April 16, 2014 at 09:19 am
She will drop out and become a pol dancer!
Meredith Mascitello April 23, 2014 at 11:21 am
Only about 20% identify themselves as liberal. More identify as conservative or moderate.Read More http://www.gallup.com/poll/166787/liberal-self-identification-edges-new-high-2013.aspx IMO, those who identify as liberal or progressive are some of the least liberally minded when it comes to diversity of thought.
Pete Mock April 23, 2014 at 12:19 pm
"what is wrong with teaching from the Bible?" - You do realize that not everybody isRead More Christian, right?
Andy Schmidt April 23, 2014 at 12:53 pm
There is absolutely nothing wrong with teaching from the bible, as long as it's Sunday school, orRead More it's a theology class, a philosophy class, etc. But the ancient human authors of the various texts that MANY hundreds of years later were compiled (or not) into what we know as "the" bible, were not writing a manual in English Language Arts, Math, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, etc. Consequently, you choose the appropriate source for each topic. You don't teach morality from the Biology-101 book, or "Christian Religion" from the "Applied Chemistry" text book, naturally you don't use the ancient scriptures to teach Calculus, Physics, Bio-Chemistry, etc. (Heck, given all the translation errors, you wouldn't even teach Greek or English from the bible. <g>)
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk April 22, 2014 at 04:12 pm
Marie, why are you conditioned to think that someone that needs pay more taxes because they have aRead More larger house? Why do you think that is fair? Why do you think that if someone spends money keeping their house nice, they need to be penalized with higher taxes? Shouldn't someone should be allowed to keep their house nice? So according to you, it is fair if I buy a house and let the paint go and let the place degenerate and I can have my taxes lowered. you are brilliant.
John Santaella April 22, 2014 at 04:16 pm
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk it doesn't work that way. Ask your town assessor about that.
Marie Intili April 22, 2014 at 05:49 pm
I didnt say you have to pay more taxes if you have a bigger house! Or a nicer house...you areRead More taking my words out of context! A two family home that is zoned for two families should only have two families living in it! Not 10 families! Thats all I said...I said nothing about letting your paint go or getting penelized with a higher tax because of size.....only what its zoned for!
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Betty Boop March 13, 2014 at 09:34 pm
That is why most colleges award Merit Money based upon SAT scores.
Legion March 13, 2014 at 11:46 pm
If this is true my dog could probably be eligible if he went through the Brick school system.
Rick Ricky March 15, 2014 at 02:05 pm
Schools in general is nothing but fakes. Not even close to accurate. To many reasons to list. YouRead More have to many dishonest people involved in the outcome in changes that shouldn't be. Yes, schools play to make it look one way that is not even close to what it should be. They rig the outcome to make their school look good for certain students who they might have a connection with in some way. You can have students who rank higher in lower level classes that are not even close in comparison that has no business being 2 or 3 in a class.
SH Resident March 15, 2014 at 12:22 am
Hey Joe-90% tax rate existed with a number of signifigant loopholes that resulted in a nominal taxRead More rate in the mid 40s for the highest earners...stop getting your talking points from MSNBC and think for yourself. and even if you took every dollar from the top 10% of earners in this nation, we would still have a deficit...spending is the issue, not revenue....do you get that fact or does your hatred for the wealthy cloud your ability to digest reality...
Joe R March 15, 2014 at 08:51 am
Hey SH, in the 1950s, the top marginal tax rate was 91% and the effective tax rate was about 51%Read More after the loopholes. Oh, so we don't have loopholes today??!? Ha, ha, ha. The current top marginal tax rate is 39.6% but that's before all the loopholes. The effective tax rate is even lower than 39.6%. JFK eliminated many of the loopholes and reduced the top marginal tax rate to 74%. That works for me.
SH Resident March 15, 2014 at 07:02 pm
Joe-I will agree to raise the marginal tax rate to 50%...what programs other than defense do youRead More propose to cut? Exactly none is probably your answer...cutting defense and raising taxes does not get us to a balanced budget...we need to cut spending...you socialists never seem to get that point...and moreover, how about EVERYONE has some skin in the game and has to pay some income tax.... you will never want to cut spending on social programs because then how will you bribe low information voters to win elections?
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Bob Roberts April 21, 2014 at 10:30 am
Don't stop at snow days; replace the entire mess with online learning.
Bob Roberts April 21, 2014 at 10:37 am
@ Kristin DiStefano - Your grammar is atrocious and have you heard of paragraphs? P.S. you are aRead More teacher, not a counselor - stay in your own lane. That is the biggest problem with the façade that is today's "teaching profession". Today's schools are nothing but codependent social engineering facilities.
Emily February 14, 2014 at 11:57 am
Who wants to listen to that at 5:a.m. in the morning. I would have hung up. Not cute. Save your soRead More called talent for the school talent show.
anonymous February 15, 2014 at 01:13 am
I thought this was very funny. I even played it back for friends as we danced around the room. IRead More believe it is the quirky stuff in life that makes it all worth it. We all need a giggle every now and then and this passed dumb and went 180 degrees back to funny. If you want to see serious meet us in Washington DC March 16th 2014 for a mass protest against corruption when the mace and flashbangs start being thrown by police you will have a new respect for the little giggles in life. anonymous
Social issues in Morristown Blog March 2, 2014 at 10:19 am
http://socialissuesinmotown.blogspot.com/ please visit our blog on illegal immigration!
Rick Ricky February 13, 2014 at 09:52 am
Jim, Geez you are the one who can't be that ignorant yourself. You couldn't be more wrong and inRead More denial. Nothing jives with any of these tests. They compare SAT's and some schools average 1535 total and think that is good. I think that score is unacceptable. Just a little over what the state requires. The H.S. do little or just enough to get by. Just passing is good enough for them. You have schools who some considered top schools bragging how great they are getting average sat's at 1545. @Speedz..You are right on and I agree it is hard to figure out what makes sense versus real.
esther March 3, 2014 at 12:02 am
Here's what I measure when considering schools- and this applies directly to Montclair and allRead More districts- Has my child been taught to be an independent thinker, an active problem solver, willing to take on challenges, work as part of a team, and the confidence to work independently? Has my child met a teacher who has motivated him/her to be their best academic self and created a lifelong learner? That's how success is measured. Numbers/statistic can be tugged, pulled, hidden, adjusted, and manipulated. The cold hard facts that your child has the attributes previously listed above is the true measure. That's done here in Montclair and other districts in New Jersey and beyond- or at least it was true before the core curriculum standards and the broads invaded.
ED April 12, 2014 at 11:54 am
esther, You have a few things right. Numbers/Statistics can be tugged, pulled, hidden, adjusted andRead More manipulated. By Who? The same people who are running the schools and handing in these reports. Everything in NJ is corrupted.
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Eliot W. Collins January 29, 2014 at 02:27 pm
The 2% cap must not be exceeded for any reason.
JP Bridgewater January 29, 2014 at 02:54 pm
Change is hard- I don't doubt that the process will be challenging. But we owe it to futureRead More generations to come together to discuss options. Refusing to engage in a conversation, without having full knowledge of all aspects of the issue (I'd like to learn as well!) will not serve our district well.
Christen Spirocostas Heiden January 29, 2014 at 07:49 pm
Thank you for running this poll. There are many opinions on this thread and it will be nice to seeRead More the results of a community poll. As a parent of three children who all will be entering into kindergarten over the next couple of years, I am hopeful that we as a community recognize the need for supporting our children. Thanks again for running this!
Parents working to keep pressure on the Bridgewater-Raritan Regional Board of Education to expand kindergarten classes have launched a Change.org petition. Credit: Getty
Stacey Friedlander January 26, 2014 at 08:14 pm
JP and Marissa - please know that your concerns are in touch with reality. Unfortunately Jane andRead More Gerianne are not aware of the realities of Kindergarten and from what I'm reading, I bet they haven't a child in the elementary system, especially Kindergarten in a long time. If they did, they would know that many of the things they've mentioned do not exist in the Kindergarten of the new Millenium (rest time etc.). The demands placed on our teachers AND children in the age of the Common Core ARE the reality AND the age of having two working parents is. I think the links that JP posted are crucial for understanding and discussion. I believe her posts were ignored and not read, if they had been, this could be a discussion based more on facts and realities and not the Kndergarten of yesteryear.
M R January 27, 2014 at 03:02 pm
I had a child in half day kindergarten 40 years ago. At that time the economy was such that I couldRead More be a stay at home mommy. But still, we had to live on a tight budget in a very modest house with a lower end used car. My parents had a clothing store and helped us immensely by supplying my husband and child with most of their clothing. My child had a wonderful teacher but could have benefited from a full day program. I had been a teacher, so I was able to help her learn to read when she found herself ready and was almost self taught at age 4. Now I would never have been able to stay home even living frugally with the tight economy and outrageous taxes. And my child would have needed more schooling to gain the skills she would need in today's competitive job market. I am sad for today's families that moms do not have that one on one time to spend doing crafts, cooking, shopping, and all those fun and educational activities my child and I shared. But we have to admit to the realities and do what we have to do to provide children with the most effective tools to move into their adult years. Stacey, thank you for opening this forum, and as an older parent, I see where you are coming from. I do not begrudge one penny of my taxes that go to improving our schools. Kudos to parents like you, JP and Marissa for voicing your concerns and hopefully influencing other young parents to be as active advocates for their children.
Stacey Friedlander January 29, 2014 at 08:31 am
Take the poll: http://bridgewater.patch.com/groups/schools/p/hot-topic-fullday-kindergarten