Tree controversy shows what the world is coming to

I don't understand the world today sometimes. Case in point being the decision made by Samoset Principal Donna M. Pierce early last week to take down the school's giving tree -- which was used to collect ... Full Story
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dick

Middleboro, MA

#1 Dec 9, 2007
I could not have said it better than Jeff said it. Its good to know that there is another Republican out there who cares about our social future.
BDN

Oakham, MA

#2 Dec 9, 2007
Love the article, and you know, not just Republicans love Christmas! The waste of time on political correctness seems eo put a wedge deeper into our already fragmenting society. By taking a good look around, it seems that the Democrat pary of Harry Truman has been taken over by socialists. They seem to hate everyting just for the sake of causing divisiveness in the community. They have been preaching an "Us against Them" platform instead of a "We're all in this together" one. Where did our unity go? They preach tolerance but where is THEIRS?
Lunenburg Resident

Brookline, MA

#3 Dec 9, 2007
Loved everything you said about the Christmas tree! Merry Christmas!
sickened

Newton Lower Falls, MA

#4 Dec 9, 2007
...by your need to put other people down, while complaining about THEIR complaining. Yes, being overly PC can be annoying, but it's a whole lot better than the opposite extreme.
BDN

Oakham, MA

#5 Dec 9, 2007
sickened wrote:
...by your need to put other people down, while complaining about THEIR complaining. Yes, being overly PC can be annoying, but it's a whole lot better than the opposite extreme.
Well, how long am I going to be insulted by the PC police. Its hard to show tolerance to someone who keeps chiseling away at my traditions and beliefs. These nutcases at the ACLU are the same people who put up a team of lawyers to defend NAMBLA !!! Remember that?? Somehow in their warped thinking , that is OK but a Christmas tree is not! That is one of the reasons I get a little testy around this time of year.
david

AOL

#6 Dec 9, 2007
God Bless America and Merry Christmas.
Terry Hibbert

Worcester, MA

#7 Dec 9, 2007
shame on Principle Pierce! I would expect that the leaders of our community would have much more back bone than she demonstrated to her pupils and the parents of the community. Learn to stand for your convictions Principle Pierce, you'd be a better role model for your students unless you're teaching them to not stand for their beliefs in doing what's right.
Maybe more teacher conferences would help
Beth

Jamaica Plain, MA

#8 Dec 9, 2007
What a horrible and bitter article. The name calling is especially lovely, given the theme of the article. How is someone supposed to take you seriously when you lump all people together under labels they may or may not deserve? This is the type of article that makes me embarrassed to say that I supported the Christmas Tree staying up. Why on earth does this have to break down into Republican vs. Democrat? That kind of thinking is going to doom this country. We'll have another civil war and then our REAL enemies will have a clear shot to remove America from the map. This "us versus them" mentality is sickning. I shall not be reading this newspaper any longer, as the intent is only to cause strife.

Since: Oct 07

Clinton, MA

#9 Dec 9, 2007
BDN wrote:
Love the article, and you know, not just Republicans love Christmas! The waste of time on political correctness seems eo put a wedge deeper into our already fragmenting society. By taking a good look around, it seems that the Democrat pary of Harry Truman has been taken over by socialists. They seem to hate everyting just for the sake of causing divisiveness in the community. They have been preaching an "Us against Them" platform instead of a "We're all in this together" one. Where did our unity go? They preach tolerance but where is THEIRS?
Democrat party?

Never heard of 'em.

Since: Oct 07

Clinton, MA

#10 Dec 9, 2007
Forget the fact that the political leanings of the "complainers" were never established.

That's what Christmas is all about, right Jeff? Bashing the political opposition?

Peace on earth, goodwill toward men (but only those that vote like you)

How sad.
Buddy

Easthampton, MA

#11 Dec 9, 2007
This guy is the editor? No wonder the paper is a disaster...Ever heard of journalistic integrity pal, where the views of the staff stay OUT of the news...Or of a style book perhaps?
Santa Claus

Silver Spring, MD

#12 Dec 10, 2007
Buddy wrote:
This guy is the editor? No wonder the paper is a disaster...Ever heard of journalistic integrity pal, where the views of the staff stay OUT of the news...Or of a style book perhaps?
If this paper is such a disaster, why are you here Buddy?

Also, do you ever read the paper much? Here's a free lesson called "Newspaper 101" for ya smart guy. This article is an editorial. An editorial is where editors and staff are allowed to give their 2 cents on topics in the news. Without a doubt, I can see your Christmas tree has a few lights out.

As for the article, it was well done Jeff. Congrats to Donna Pierce for FINALLY doing the right thing and putting the tree back up where it belongs.
Ken Burgess

Oxford, MA

#13 Dec 10, 2007
Not to be rude, but Principal Pierce needs to get A SPINE and not retreat from these legions of PC people...
Shannon

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#14 Dec 10, 2007
GREAT ARTICLE! I loved it, couldn't have been said any better.

MERRY TO CHRISTMAS TO ALL and GOD BLESS!
Bill From Fitchburg

Mansfield, MA

#15 Dec 10, 2007
A couple simple questions to provide clarity on the issue. If the "giving tree" is a live tree was it purchased on a "giving tree lot" or on a "Christmas tree lot"? If it is an artificial "giving tree" was it purchased in the "giving tree" section of a local store or was it purchased in the "Christmas tree" section of the store. The answer to these simple questions should help establish the way people of other faiths look at these "giving trees".

Interestingly enough the dictionary does not have a definition for "giving tree", but the definition of a "Christmas tree" does include a "decorated evergreen coniferous tree". Since I have not actually seen the giving tree at this school what kind of tree is it? Is it an OAK or MAPLE tree that may be more conducive to hanging mittens from with its open branch structure, or is it a tightly structured evergreen coniferous tree? As a side note I have not seen one "giving tree" lot in Fitchburg. Maybe next year Leominster could use OAK trees in their schools and skip the ugly side of the holiday season!

Also interestingly enough is all the people in here saying it is a "giving tree" NOT a "Christmas tree", yet removal of the "giving tree" is an ugly attack on Christmas. Sounds like these people are trying to butter their bread on both sides, then complain when it is messy to eat.
Grace

Mansfield, MA

#16 Dec 10, 2007
I want to applaud all the people of non-christian faiths who have refrained from contributing to this ugly display of pettiness and childish bickering at such a glorious time of the year. You truly understand the spirit of the holiday season. Thank you.
Daisy

Canton, MA

#17 Dec 10, 2007
The giving tree was never meant to be political. Other religions are represented in the diplay so what did it matter which got put up first. To complain about something so petty is beyond me. This country is going away from positive diversity and tolerance into communities where people are lashing out at each others beliefs? Seems that is a regression of the human race. From the pledge of allegiance being offensive to now the Christmas tree? As a Christian I respect all religions and would also not be offended by other displays. Its time these so called "grown ups" actually grew up. They could learn a thing or two from the children. Good Job Jeff!
Ryan

United States

#18 Dec 10, 2007
I agree with Jeff. Why are people trying to change American tradition so much? This principal set a bad example by giving in and showing that if a few people complain, they can make a difference. I'd like to see a petition of how many people WANT to keep the tree up versus take it down and see who has the majority. I bet it won't be the nay-sayers.
Shannon

Fort Huachuca, AZ

#19 Dec 10, 2007
Ryan wrote:
I agree with Jeff. Why are people trying to change American tradition so much? This principal set a bad example by giving in and showing that if a few people complain, they can make a difference. I'd like to see a petition of how many people WANT to keep the tree up versus take it down and see who has the majority. I bet it won't be the nay-sayers.
Well said Ryan!
Paul from Leominster

Mansfield, MA

#20 Dec 10, 2007
Sorry if this is a repeat.

Ryan, "take it down and see who has the majority"...will you strip away the rights of blacks, Hispanics, Irish, Asians, blonds, little people, the old, the young, the sick, etc. ad nauseam, just because they are not in the majority? As "Americans" do not these people have equality rights? Has America come to "you are white Christians or you are nobody", or at least your version of it? Time that you and your ilk take a good soul searching look in the mirror. The only ones bitching in here about wanting to strip away EQUALITY FOR ALL are the Christians! If you really dislike separation of church and state you might want to try living in a country like Iran.

"This principal set a bad example by giving in and showing that if a few people complain, they can make a difference". Apparently you've never heard of Rosa Parks...important history lesson for you to learn...LOOK IT UP. When the rights of a few are being suppressed by the many it is MORE than just morally wrong!

And that petition you want to take would probably surprise the crap out of you because you would see people of other faiths supporting Christmas! They don't want to suppress any religion, they just don't want YOU suppressing THEIRS because they are a minority.

But in the end you know that you will win. You and your kind will wear down the rest of us with your bigotry, ignorance, and intolerance of other religions, and we will just quit because we will get tired of shoveling crap against the tide. I am embarrassed to call myself a Christian.

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