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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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Carl

United States

#21 Sep 14, 2007
Bootboyrick wrote:
Why don't they cancel board meetings on Good Friday? Can you say "Double Standard?" I'm getting sick and tired of Christian bashing.
Because the meetings are on Wednesdays...Dee, Dee, Dee
Looking Out For My Wallet

Milford, CT

#22 Sep 14, 2007
Time to stop looking out for my wallet and time to start looking out for MORONS and IDIOTS in my town.

Sir, are you out of your mind with this screed? Have you procreated? Are there more at home like you?

Thank God that birth control limits the amount of these types of racists.
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!
Looking Out For My Wallet

Milford, CT

#23 Sep 14, 2007
Another dope who hasn't lived in town in decades and doesn't know meetings aren't on Fridays.

Doesn't anyone care that this is a basic issue of human decency — a Jew wanted to observe a Hebrew holiday and is being pilloried for it? My esteemed friend "Citizen" is correct — it's an ugly sign in our community.
Bootboyrick wrote:
Why don't they cancel board meetings on Good Friday? Can you say "Double Standard?" I'm getting sick and tired of Christian bashing.
Hoodsie Cup

Shelton, CT

#24 Sep 14, 2007
Dave wrote:
I think Ms. Block is looking more like a candidate for re-election then a school board member.
Minor clarification: She'll be running for election, as she lost at her last attempt. The voters knew her well enough last time, and she'll fare no better this go round. She has a seat on the board only due to the democrats appointing her to fill a vacancy. Shallow pool indeed.
Hoodsie Cup

Shelton, CT

#25 Sep 14, 2007
Looking Out For My Wallet wrote:
a Jew wanted to observe a Hebrew holiday and is being pilloried for it? My esteemed friend "Citizen" is correct — it's an ugly sign in our community.
I must disagree with this analysis. Nobody is pillorying anyone for wanting to observe their personal religious holiday. Some of us just deplore her tactic of branding anyone who chooses not to allow her choice of holidays to impact the community at large as racist bigot homophobes in need of some serious gulag time.

The Balkanization of our culture continues.....
Tolland Resident

Ellington, CT

#26 Sep 14, 2007
I'll refer to her quote: "We on the board of education should be in the forefront of educating our children on diversity. And Judaism is just a piece of that - there's also religion, ethnicity, sexual orientation and color."

She has an agenda and I don't want it. No need for schools to teach the children about sexual orientation....teach more math, proper english, and US HISTORY. NOt getting my vote.
Where to begin-

Higganum, CT

#27 Sep 15, 2007
Herrold wrote:
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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!
Um, Herrold? I'm more than a little embarassed for you -- but did you know that (and I say this as delicately as possible) that Jewish people are American?
For your own sake, you should value a good education more than you do...
Peter Joseph

Northford, CT

#28 Sep 15, 2007
Where to begin- wrote:
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Um, Herrold? I'm more than a little embarassed for you -- but did you know that (and I say this as delicately as possible) that Jewish people are American?
For your own sake, you should value a good education more than you do...
I think you missed the word "FIRST" in that quote. Minority groups of every stripe love to claim that they're as American as anyone else, and don't dare question their patriotism! Until a conflict arises, and they need to establish which of their multiple identities ranks higher for them. Typically, as in this case, the American culture is subverted in favor of one or another fractious entity which magically bestows extra rights and priviliges.

Do you get the point yet? If not, bone up on the reading comprehension. Some of us are American first, and proud of our heritage and culture. If that bothers you that's too bad.
Looking Out For My Wallet

Milford, CT

#29 Sep 16, 2007
So I suppose, under this line of thinking, that I should kick and scream up a tornado because I'm an American first and, because the nation is so incalculably attached to consumer spending, with an economy that couldn't stand a reduction or cessation in it, every store in the nation should be open on Christmas Day instead of having them all closed to cater to a bunch of Christians.

Get the point, dingbats?
Peter Joseph wrote:
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I think you missed the word "FIRST" in that quote. Minority groups of every stripe love to claim that they're as American as anyone else, and don't dare question their patriotism! Until a conflict arises, and they need to establish which of their multiple identities ranks higher for them. Typically, as in this case, the American culture is subverted in favor of one or another fractious entity which magically bestows extra rights and priviliges.
Do you get the point yet? If not, bone up on the reading comprehension. Some of us are American first, and proud of our heritage and culture. If that bothers you that's too bad.
NoReligionInPoli tics

Ellington, CT

#30 Sep 16, 2007
Let's assume the following premise still holds true that, "Church and State must be separate." Let's also assume that 99% of us believe you can be what you want, feel what you want, love what you want, believe what you want, just don't ram it down our throats. If something is offensive to us whether we are in the majority or the minority we have the right to say it is "Offensive" to us.

Goverment, including state and municipal governments already have provisions in place that allow business to work around religious holidays. Every employee gets (X) holidays,(Y) vacation days, and (Z) personal and sick days. Do what you must but don't exceed (XYZ) days allotted.

The town counsel several years back reduced the number of members from (9) to (7). Whatever the reasons are irrelevant except it made it easier to hold a meeting and conduct business. Public meetings require an attendance of a QUORUM of members. A QUORUM is a majority of voting members or in this case 4. So, if the town charter/code is setup this way, up to (3) members can miss each meeting.

Let's assume the TC works like other committees, the agenda is published and distributed at least a week in advance. If a person is unable to attend (e.g. last minute illness, religious holiday) they should still be able to Vote by PROXY. In other words, they can cast a signed ballot on paper and submit before the TC meeting.

So why is this being blown out of proportion? And, if our committee meeting procedures need refinement, we should not have to bring religion into it.

Politics...
Mr Strickland

AOL

#31 Sep 16, 2007
We all seem to be missing something here. This conversation should stay with the fact the Mrs. Block is using her religous beliefs as a way to get a political point across. If she is as religious as she appears to be, she should know her religious calendar MONTHS ahead. She is being a politician first and a religious person second. Very, very loow.
Whats a Jew to do

United States

#32 Sep 16, 2007
Mr Strickland wrote:
We all seem to be missing something here. This conversation should stay with the fact the Mrs. Block is using her religous beliefs as a way to get a political point across. If she is as religious as she appears to be, she should know her religious calendar MONTHS ahead. She is being a politician first and a religious person second. Very, very loow.
as a American person, who happenes to be Jewish, I must say that Dr. Block is wrong. This needed to be addressed before the school year even began.

As an employee, each year, around oct/nov we are all handed a vacation/request off sheet with our top 3 choices. Then depending on seniority, the weeks were granted. With out fail, for the last 20 years at the same company, I have scheduled my personal days off for the high holy days. Which means I had to know when those days were about 10 months in advance when they were. No problems with having my holidays off. Just like the people of color had to schedule MLK off for a personal day, if they wanted to. We all have priorities. This day did not just come up and bite her in the rear, it happens every year for goodness sake.
Lokai

Huntington Beach, CA

#33 Sep 23, 2007
There is a lot of beating up on Carmody and Block. Don't think for one moment that anyone other than the BOE members knows who said what when. Certainly we don't know all the facts! I have a better suggestion, stop sitting in your comfortable chair at home and go to a BOE meeting and be part of the solution or better yet run for office. Certainly the BOE could use all of the brain power that is wasted here.
Carl

United States

#34 Sep 24, 2007
BLOCK, Block from re-election !!
billy bob

Derby, UK

#35 Sep 27, 2007
yeh i now the meetings are shit
Doubter

Londonderry, VT

#36 Sep 27, 2007
NoReligionInPolitics wrote:
Let's assume the following premise still holds true that, "Church and State must be separate." Let's also assume that 99% of us believe you can be what you want, feel what you want, love what you want, believe what you want, just don't ram it down our throats. If something is offensive to us whether we are in the majority or the minority we have the right to say it is "Offensive" to us.
Goverment, including state and municipal governments already have provisions in place that allow business to work around religious holidays. Every employee gets (X) holidays,(Y) vacation days, and (Z) personal and sick days. Do what you must but don't exceed (XYZ) days allotted.
The town counsel several years back reduced the number of members from (9) to (7). Whatever the reasons are irrelevant except it made it easier to hold a meeting and conduct business. Public meetings require an attendance of a QUORUM of members. A QUORUM is a majority of voting members or in this case 4. So, if the town charter/code is setup this way, up to (3) members can miss each meeting.
Let's assume the TC works like other committees, the agenda is published and distributed at least a week in advance. If a person is unable to attend (e.g. last minute illness, religious holiday) they should still be able to Vote by PROXY. In other words, they can cast a signed ballot on paper and submit before the TC meeting.
So why is this being blown out of proportion? And, if our committee meeting procedures need refinement, we should not have to bring religion into it.
Politics...
What does the Town Council got to do with this. They never had 9 members. The current Councils attendance recored is not very good when it comes to important votes but it has nothing to do with this subject.This is not about religion this is about people saying and doing things without completely thinking them through. This is not about religion, this is about pride and unwillingness to admit error. This is not politics this is about personal weakness that comes to the surface under stress. This is not about either religion or politics this is about self-esteme, pride and lack of humility. An unwillingness to admit error and learn from it. This is not about good public policy or elections. This is about some of the people we have elected and they have changed when elected. Been there, done that. Get over it.

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