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EyesWideOpen

Hartford, CT

#1 Sep 5, 2007
Apparently Geoff Gidman doesn't like being inconvenienced by the firefighters fill the boot campaign. Guess he can't blow the light and speed through the intersection while talking on his hand held cell phone when they are standing there. Just another jerk with nothing better to do than complain about something that happens once a year.
EyesWideOpen

Hartford, CT

#2 Sep 5, 2007
Apparently Geoff doesn't like being inconvenienced by the firefighters and their fill the boot campaign. I guess he can't just blow the light while talking on his hand held cell phone while this once a year worthwhile fundraiser is held.

By the way, the intersection is in all probability safer when the firefighters are standing in the middle of it.
Smarty

Newington, CT

#3 Sep 5, 2007
EyesWideOpen wrote:
Apparently Geoff Gidman doesn't like being inconvenienced by the firefighters fill the boot campaign. Guess he can't blow the light and speed through the intersection while talking on his hand held cell phone when they are standing there. Just another jerk with nothing better to do than complain about something that happens once a year.
If anyone is a jerk it would be you, ewo. The man is totally correct! OK, lets let the Brownies and the Salvation Army set up camp in the middle of a busy intersection, they are good people too, right? Suppose one of these firefighters faints and falls in front of YOUR car?? YOU will be charged with SOMETHING, and You will be sued for SOMETHING! If they want to collect money, set up a card table in front of a store like the rest do. Man you really need to wake up!
true american pete

Newington, CT

#4 Sep 5, 2007
ISREAL=9/11
DJH

Winsted, CT

#5 Sep 5, 2007
From Ms WIlson's letter: "If asked, I bet most students would admit to wondering why they need to master a subject (algebra, for instance); and how this subject can be helpful to them or their future employers."

When I was in school (graduated HS in 1982), we were not only not told why we studied things, the idea that we should be convinced to study things, was laughable.

Why? Because we did what we were told to do. Kids are not in charge of what they are taught; parents and schools are. The idea that children ... who by definition do NOT know what's best for them ... should be consulted as to what they're taught or convinced they should learn it ... is bizarre. It is THIS mentality that's making education worse.

Children need direction, and we should provide it. Wheedling and cajoling them should not be necessary; they should instead be TOLD what they will learn and then learn it.

As for the "Fill the Boot" campaign ... while the MDA is a worthy charity, consider what life at busy intersections would be like, if EVERY charity on earth were allowed to commandeer them. The collections would never stop.

As heartless as it sounds for me to say it, intersections are for vehicles and drivers, not solicitors ... not even solicitors for worthy charities.
Jim

AOL

#6 Sep 5, 2007
Mr. Banbury is right about our children needing support outside the school setting, an area that most educators and politicians tend not to want to mention. Ignoring the role of the family in the education of our children does the children a serious disservice to say the least. Some brave leaders have to stand up and recognize the problem and direct serious attention to ways to get parents, and perhaps surogate parents, to help our children to learn during non-school hours. When that happens the children will be more interested in, and enabled to profit from, the education they are being offered. Courageous leaders please step forward.
rpg

United States

#7 Sep 5, 2007
true american pete wrote:
ISREAL=9/11
Hey Pete, I'm uncertain "true american pete" is quite accurate ... how about "typical american pete"? You're clearly a sound-bite information consumer and your posts reveal a complete lack of in-depth knowledge about anything. There's a strong hint of ADD (on one of your rants recently you belittled a letter-writer for a particular position, and when I re-read the letter, your criticism had no bearing whatsoever on the point the writer made). But hey, I'm not just here as a critic ... I'm here to help too; when the waves of anger come over you, breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Try to read beyond the headlines, and read differing points of view (the truth is usually somewhere between the two extremes). And finally, for the love of God keep on your meds. I know they make you sleepy, upset your tummy and make you drool even more than usual, but they're for your own good. An don't forget the tin-foil hat! It protects you from government mind-rays. TTFN

p.s. Are you referring to Israel? "IsReal" is a proper response to a question about true american pete's paranoia.

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