Reaction: Collective relief, but now ...

Reaction: Collective relief, but now what?

There are 6 comments on the Nashoba Publishing story from Apr 30, 2010, titled Reaction: Collective relief, but now what?. In it, Nashoba Publishing reports that:

Harvard School Supt. Thomas Jefferson expressed sentiments of relief Wednesday despite the news that he'd been fined for breaching the state's Conflict of Interest Laws following an Ethics Commission investigation.

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SklarPartyCatere dbyVIPs

Berlin, MA

#1 Apr 30, 2010
Marie Stu & Willie> inviting the Cheshire Barn pre-K?..for those who opt out of the public pre-K program!
Think those Cheshire parents provided the school with their email addresses so the list could be used by local politicians? The PTO book of public school students frowns on such abuse, though,doesn't it?

Hey Stu,
I want you to take a look at the email before I send it out. Should I make any changes? Also could you forward it to Willie, she said that she could help out with baked goods? What's the protocol on using email lists (i.e. forwarding the Cheshire Barn parents#.
Thanks
chris
From: Chris Morrison
Sent: Tuesday, April 27, 2010
To:'sasklar; 'Charlotte Winchell'
Subject: Coffee
Oops, I thought that I mailed this yesterday to you…left it in drafts. I'm going to email folks tonight¦
Thanks chris
SklarPartyCatere dbyVIPs

Berlin, MA

#2 Apr 30, 2010
From: Chris Morrison
Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2010
To:'Marie Sobalvarro'
Subject: FW: Coffee
On Wed, Apr 28, 2010 at 2:49 PM, Marie Sobalvarro wrote:
Hi I'd just make a slight change in the order. Also not sure if the closing should be ‘I hope you can join us’ or ‘Please join us’ or ‘I look forward to seeing you on Friday.’
You are super-duper to be doing this. I’ve cc’d Willie, based on your request to forward to her and to take her up on the offer of baked goods. J
-M.
My version:
Hi Friends,
We are hosting a coffee for School Committee member Stu Sklar this Friday, April 30th from 9:30 - 11 am at 115 Slough Road.
If you are undecided or support the other candidate, this is an opportunity to ask Stu the hard questions, to clarify his past, current and future positions on School Committee issues, and to set the record straight.#If you can, bring a friend who is undecided or a supporter of Stu’s opponent. Likewise, if you support Stu, great!-- we would also like to see you.
Both of us sincerely believe that getting the facts and the truth of matters will only make our schools and town stronger.
If you have little ones, feel free to bring them along. There is a place for them to play, and if they need supervision Chris would be happy to watch them.
I hope you can join us on Friday! The most informed vote is your best vote.
Thanks!
Chris Morrison and Charlotte Winchell
From: willie wickman [mailto:williewickman@______]
Sent: Wednesday, April 28, 2010 X:XXPM
To: Marie Sobalvarro
Cc: Chris Morrison
Subject: Re: Coffee
Hi Chris,
I will definitely take care of the baked goods! I will check with Charlotte to see if she would like them delivered Thursday pm or Friday am. Thanks for doing this!
I totally enjoyed speaking with you at the dump! Harvard's loss that you will be moving, but hopefully you'll be back in a few years! The town needs your interest, enthusiasm and willingness to get involved!
Cheers, Willie
On 4/28/2010 X:XX PM, Marie Sobalvarro wrote:
Hi – just passing along, as it sounds like fun – and what could be better? Coffee at 9:30 on Thursday with free pastries and (for those who’d like it# free childcare!
-M.
Hi Friends,
We are hosting a coffee for School Committee member Stu Sklar this Friday, April 30th from 9:30 - 11 am at 115 Slough Road.
If you are undecided or support the other candidate, this is an opportunity to ask Stu the hard questions, to clarify his past, current and future positions on School Committee issues, and to set the record straight. If you can, bring a friend who is also undecided or a supporter of Stu’s opponent. Likewise, if you already support Stu -- we would also like to see you!
Both of us sincerely believe that getting the facts and the truth of matters will only make our schools and town stronger.
If you have little ones, feel free to bring them along. There is a place for them to play, and if they need supervision Chris would be happy to watch them.
We hope to see you on Friday!
Chris Morrison and Charlotte W
Prix Fixe

Berlin, MA

#3 Apr 30, 2010
Marie, Stu, Willie and all ** good times indeed! Was there a meal tax on that partie? Fee? Override? Or was it prix fixe? Let them eat cake!
Marie Sobalvarro

Harvard, MA

#4 Apr 30, 2010
Prix Fixe wrote:
Marie, Stu, Willie and all ** good times indeed! Was there a meal tax on that partie? Fee? Override? Or was it prix fixe? Let them eat cake!
No meals tax -- but sales tax (pre-rollback; I grow concerned w/r/t the 3% rollback per Widmer, as I can see the local aid impact on police, DPW, and schools) likely on the component goods. I appreciate your asking -- were you present? The coffee was great!
Bill Barton

United States

#5 May 2, 2010
Here is how I replied to an invitation to this coffee and pastry event event.
- Bill Barton, Prospect Hill Rd
*****
Thanks for thinking of me, but I'm 100% decided in favor of Kirsten Wright, for reasons exemplified by Stu's unwavering support for Thomas Jefferson, who circumvented procedures and obvious conflict-of-interest concerns to funnel $30K in taxpayer money to a school committee member in rather malodorous fashion. Even the State Ethics Comission could not ignore the smell:
"The State Ethics Commission has fined the superintendent of the Harvard public schools and a former School Committee member $4,000 each for violating the conflict-of-interest law nearly four years ago."
Both as a parent with two children in kindergarten this year, and as a taxpayer (in the new Fruitlands Entertainment District), I think the town deserves a School Committee which is composed solely of members who are more respectful of how to spend local taxes in the best educational interests of our local children, and more respectful of transparent and above-board transactions with our superintendent. We will all certainly benefit from having at least one school committee member who has actually been an educator. I am confident that Kirsten will not let down her fellow parents, her fellow educators, her fellow taxpayers, or, most importantly, the students of Harvard.
Enjoy your "free" pastries, which, in a very real sense, can be said to have cost the town $30,000.
Bill Barton

United States

#6 May 2, 2010
And, here is a follow-up message, when my first reply triggered concern that I had been offended by the invitation.

- Bill Barton, Prospect Hill Rd

*****

I was not offended at all, and am gratified to have been given cause to share my thoughts on the matter. The more individuals (such as former school committee member Paul Wormser) and towns learn to pay their own way, relying less on magical sources of revenue whose real origins are, of course, individual taxpayers, the better off everyone will be. The game of taking money from one place, augmenting it with public debt, and then shuffling the illusory wealth around to another, is one of which Big Government enthusiasts are quite fond. It is natural that Stu's fellow enthusiasts will be enthusiastic about him, but those who are less enthralled with the wisdom of governments are finding their voice. For many of us, speaking out does not come naturally -- we are at a disadvantage due to our tendency to want to be left alone. But, as was made clear on January 19, there comes a point where our natural tendency to avoid activism is overcome by the need to counter its unilateral projection.

But, in the end, we are all neighbors, in many cases friends, and whatever the outcome on Tuesday, we will all do our best to work together towards a better, and financially sustainable, future, particularly when it comes to our children.

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