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Board Meeting Canceled For Rosh Hashana -- Courant.com

There are 36 comments on the Hartford Courant story from Sep 12, 2007, titled Board Meeting Canceled For Rosh Hashana -- Courant.com. In it, Hartford Courant reports that:

While school board member Gayle Block is pleased the board canceled its Wednesday meeting in recognition of the Jewish holiday Rosh Hashana, she said the delay in doing so highlights a need for diversity ...

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Bob

Enfield, CT

#1 Sep 13, 2007
Hey Gayle, my children aren't YOUR children. This is NOT for the school to teach. It is for the parents to teach (IF they choose to do so).
Mike in Holiday

Brockton, MA

#2 Sep 13, 2007
Yeah, scheduling meetings can be a hassle and a half.
Bob

Enfield, CT

#3 Sep 13, 2007
This wasn't a personal request. She has an agenda: "And Judaism is just a piece of that - there's also religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation and color."

The Board of Ed has no business teaching my children about ANY of this. They are YOUR views Gayle. NOT MINE.
Bob

Enfield, CT

#4 Sep 13, 2007
Cowardly move by Daniel Carmody. I'll remember this come election day. Gayle agreed to the schedule, didn't mind missing a meeting while on vacation...NOW she has a problem and her argument is "diversity sensitivity"? Very cowardly.
Citizen

United States

#5 Sep 13, 2007
She making an issue out of a non issue. She agreed to the schedule. To say we need diversity training is an insult. She was appointed to the BOE, and should not be considered for election on her own right. All I see is trouble, and others have agreed, if she gets elected. Best for the town would be to not have her serve on this important Board.
Don't vote for her.
Election Time

United States

#6 Sep 13, 2007
You can tell that election time is rapidly approaching. Time to get your name out there and bash your opponents however possible.
Civilized Citizen

Southbridge, MA

#7 Sep 13, 2007
After reading these posts, I feel like I must be in some neo-Nazi time warp! Are you going to burn crosses and walk around in a white cape soon?
Are you really serious in suggesting that Dr. Block was interested in changing the meeting schedule for a political purpose? Dr. Block is Jewish. The meeting that was scheduled fell on a high holy day on the Jewish calendar. She asked that the meeting be rescheduled. I cannot understand why there was even hesitation. The Board of Education is responsible for setting the tone for our schools. Schools are often closed for this holiday in other states and in towns within Connecticut. Tests, quizzes and other assessments cannot be administered during these holidays because part of the population is Jewish, and everyone, no matter what their religion, race, orientation, etc. deserves the RIGHT TO A PUBLIC EDUCATION. Why would the BOE be so stubborn and narrow-minded to suggest that the meeting could not be rescheduled??? Do they meet on Christmas? Easter?
I say that the decision should have come earlier.
Tolland is a town that could use some diversity training.
And, if you are going to vote Carmody out of office, do so because, under his watch, the schools have gone to hell in a handbasket, not because he reluctantly agreed to something that should have been a no-brainer.
Herrold

South Glastonbury, CT

#8 Sep 13, 2007
Civilized Citizen wrote:
After reading these posts, I feel like I must be in some neo-Nazi time warp! Are you going to burn crosses and walk around in a white cape soon?
After reading your post I think you are a pinko leftist Kerry voter in need of a wake-up call! We're sick of special days and rights for minority groups who refuse to be AMERICANS first! What are you going to do, stage a sit-in at Town Hall to show your anger? Diversity training? What stupidity!

Ms. Block ("doctor" my left cheek, she takes dog's temperatures for a living) is running for Board of Ed in November.

Please keep her ethnic antics in mind when casting your ballots. I know I will!
Civilized Citizen

Southbridge, MA

#9 Sep 13, 2007
Herrold wrote:
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After reading your post I think you are a pinko leftist Kerry voter in need of a wake-up call! We're sick of special days and rights for minority groups who refuse to be AMERICANS first! What are you going to do, stage a sit-in at Town Hall to show your anger? Diversity training? What stupidity!
Ms. Block ("doctor" my left cheek, she takes dog's temperatures for a living) is running for Board of Ed in November.
Please keep her ethnic antics in mind when casting your ballots. I know I will!
Jewish people are Americans. Is there a swastika hanging from your flagpole, Adolf????
Truly scary!
Dale G

United States

#10 Sep 13, 2007
I think when they made the schedule it should have been addressed. Not now. If there is going to be enough members present..HAVE THE SCHEDULED MEETING
Intolerance Abounds

South Glastonbury, CT

#11 Sep 13, 2007
Civilized Citizen wrote:
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Jewish people are Americans. Is there a swastika hanging from your flagpole, Adolf????
Truly scary!
What hateful intolerance from an alleged "civilized citizen." How smug and snobbish you appear. How base and vile your namecalling tactics truly are. You are not civilized, but disgusting.

A real American would never be so intolerant!
Confused

Morris, CT

#12 Sep 13, 2007
I think cancelling the meeting was the right thing to do, not because one BoE member couldn't make it (as someone noted, she missed an earlier meeting because of a vacation) but out of respect for Jewish members of our community. I am concerned, though, about statements that don't match. Ms. Block had submitted a letter to be read into the record at the Sept. 12 meeting that she was going to miss.(See pages 34 and 35 of the Sept. 12 agenda at http://www.tolland.k12.ct.us/boe/agendas/2007...

She states in the letter that she wrote to other Board of Ed members asking for their support. Yet in the article above, Steve Clark says that she never contacted him. Who is telling the truth? Did she knowingly sign her name to a letter containing untruths? She says "numerous" people wrote to the supt. and the chair, but they said one or two did. Who is telling the truth? And if Rosh Hashana is so important to her, how is it she just noticed it was upon us? I have Ash Wednesday and Good Friday marked on my calendar well in advance.

I'm afraid Ms. Block is doing some damage to her credibility here. Can she clarify?
Citizen

United States

#13 Sep 13, 2007
Cilvilized Citizen: I think you are taking this off the deep end even suggesting neo-nazi thoughts here. We are quite sensitive to the diverse cultural latitudes we have before us and most are respectful of same. Per the news articles printed on this subject there are governing rules that applied, and after researching and checking the legality of going about how to change that meeting date, it was accomplished. Further, even if the meeting had taken place, matters of significance were to be tabled until Ms. Block could be present.
The schools are run in the same fashion, no significant subject matter is covered, and there are not any tests or quizzes given.
This lady has made a mountain out of a mole hill, and I just don't feel she should be a member of the BOE.
Citizen

United States

#14 Sep 13, 2007
Another thought on this past Jewish Holiday: It's Happy New Year time! This is a time we wish our Jewish friends Happy New Year and best wishes.
Now let's be mindful that the real High Holy Jewish Holy Day is coming up in a week or so, and make sure we give them all due respect, as this a sorrowful time in the Jewish religion.
Paul

Ellington, CT

#15 Sep 14, 2007
When you cannot win an argument, start calling names and bring out those leftist labels like: neo-nazi, homophobe, racist, etc... you can do better than that, can't you? Carmody was indeed cowardly for doing this...and judging by her comments, it certainly does seem like Gayle has an agenda...and I don't want it. Hence, I will NOT be voting for her or Carmody.
Practicle

United States

#16 Sep 14, 2007
It must have been a slow news day for this matter to be news worthy. In my view, both Gale and Dan had defensible positions for their actions, and way too much is being made of this issue. Time to move on to more important issues facing the town of Tolland.
TollandRes

Newington, CT

#17 Sep 14, 2007
As a Jewish member of the community, here's my view: who cares if she can't be at the meeting. I don't ask my work to shut down for the day--I'm the supervisor but expect that just because I'm off observing the holiday the rest of the world goes on. If this had been brought up at the scheduling meeting then no problem. But postponing the BOE because one member couldn't make it? Are they going to postpone it when someone else is off because they're ill?
TollandRes

Newington, CT

#18 Sep 14, 2007
Citizen wrote:
Another thought on this past Jewish Holiday: It's Happy New Year time! This is a time we wish our Jewish friends Happy New Year and best wishes.
Now let's be mindful that the real High Holy Jewish Holy Day is coming up in a week or so, and make sure we give them all due respect, as this a sorrowful time in the Jewish religion.
Thank you for your kind words.
Dave

United States

#19 Sep 14, 2007
Yes, after reading this article, I think Ms. Block is looking more like a candidate for re-election then a school board member. She has used this to be a way to be political, not sensible. As Dale said earlier. You should have had the meeting if there was a quorum present. She knew this date months ago. She is complaining during election season as opposed to November 2006 when I am sure she was aware of the Jewish Holiday. I respect the Jewish Holiday, but I can read between the lines. I cannot support, nor trust, this person. She has lost my vote.

Since: Aug 07

United States

#20 Sep 14, 2007
Why don't they cancel board meetings on Good Friday? Can you say "Double Standard?" I'm getting sick and tired of Christian bashing.

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