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Lowell Sun

Help fight to improve our children's education

Money is not the answer. You seem to be of a mind that if we just spent another $1000 per kid they'd all be engineers. Supporting the same old tired failed programs with more money is a waste. Plenty of money is spent already. Look at Detroit. With all the money spent less than 25% of the freshman graduate. If you truly cared about kids and not your career in education you'd support vouchers so that families trapped in failing schools( only in schools deemed to be failing) can escape. The competition, which is one cornerstone of America's greatness, should certainly inspire innovation leading to better productivity and educational results in the public schools in order to keep their place. If you cared you would support an evaluation system for teachers so that it is not nearly impossible to let them go for their lack of results after they achieve professional status. Voters are tired of the lack of accountability in education. Look at the Chelmsford override results. This may surprise you, but even the people who voted no care about education for the kids. The difference is you look at all the money spent and say give us more. They look at all the money spent and say why isn't that enough. We can't afford more. Why don't we look at ways to do things better? A few years ago a study was done in NYC by the teachers that proudly declared that public schools got the same results on standardized tests as private schools. What they didn't say--private schools got those results at 1/2 the costs. People who care about kids into the future realize that the model we now use cannot be sustained financially. It takes ever increasing $'s. You should be looking for ways to use technology and productivity to do an even better job at lower costs.  (Apr 3, 2008 | post #1)

Lowell Sun

Backtalk: 3/31/2008

You are correct sir! Accountability at home--responsibility at home--and if there is a need for some of this other Socila education, do it with volunteers in the evening or on line or cable access TV. Technology is there. Innovate!  (Apr 2, 2008 | post #20)

Lowell Sun

Chelmsford voters reject override

As another aside, a few years ago during the debates on vouchers, the anti voucher side brought up the fact that private school students in New York City did no better on standardized tests than public school students. Guess what they left out. Private schools got those results at 1/2 the costs of public schools. It seems to me that competition in the education industry would make the schools keep costs in line and be more careful when negotiating union contracts. That is why teacher's unions are so opposed to vouchers and why they make democratic politicians heel like a puppy dog(think Ted Kennedy) when the subject comes up. Where is Ted's concern for the children. Have you ever heard a cogent argument against competition?  (Apr 2, 2008 | post #21)

Lowell Sun

Chelmsford voters reject override

The key to any school system is parental concern, not the amount of money spent. The most expensive public educations in the country get the worst results. I just saw or read somewhere that the Detroit Public School system graduates less than 25% of the kids who enroll as freshmen. And they spend more per student than Chelmsford or Westford or even the wealthier towns around here--a higher cost area. It is accountability, responsibility and desire. As the old saying goes--you can lead a horse to water--in that case Perrier--but you can't make them drink. They have to be thirsty. And depite the 75% failure rate, kids from the Detroit Public Schools go to Michigan or Northwestern or Stanford if their parents are involved and push them. This isn't the end for the Chelmsford Public Schools. If you take responsibility, your kids can achieve what they desire and are willing to work for.  (Apr 2, 2008 | post #20)

Lowell Sun

N.H. is No. 1 again

I haven't lived there but with so many Mass people moving there it must have some appeal. One of the attractive things to me would be the government. They pay their legislators $200/year for 2 weeks service--citizen legislators not career lay abouts. That all by itself speaks well of the state. And by the way to those critisizing their schools, the average SAT is higher there than Mass.  (Apr 2, 2008 | post #41)

Lowell Sun

Backtalk: 3/31/2008

I don't think the proper point has been raised in this thread. Of course we should all pay for community services--educatio n, fire,police, plowing whether we use them or not. They are what make a community. The point that prevailed with the "No" vote was that more needs to be done to control costs. We already pay a lot to fund these programs and I would bet that there has been some cost sontrols in place. All to the good. But read what has been written in the last few weeks. The "No" voters want town employees to face the same challenges that they do---cycles without raises when times are tough, changes to health care plans, accountability, the need to be more productive--and they don't see the town unions willing to work with them on this. Until there is some willingness to discuss these items overrides will have a tough go. They don't want to be called selfish for their feelings. A lot of money is spent on education and police and fire and plowing and there was no appreciation expressed by the "Yes" folks for waht is done. There was an effort by many to explain the finances as they stand--but too many "Yesses" just whined--but they didn't make a compelling case and sell the point of view because there was no give on the employee side. The town needs to make the cuts( not making the cuts will tell people that the overrride was a sham) and do the best with what they have and answer some of the issues the "No" voters have. Maybe the results will be different the next time.  (Apr 2, 2008 | post #18)

Lowell Sun

Rising price of oil should anger us all

Well said. Also remember that environmentalists stopped the building of nukes as an alternative source of energy. There is no negotiation with the far left on this. A comprehensive energy plan would include conservation but also environmentally sensitive drilling, new refineries, nukes, Cape Wind, cleaner coal, oil shale. It is for our security. But these far left environmentalists have a good business going and have too many politicians in their pockets to ever compromise for the security of America.  (Apr 1, 2008 | post #9)

Lowell Sun

Rising price of oil should anger us all

Oil prices are based on supply and demand and when the government gets involved with mandates it drives up the costs more. If the government gets involved in the pricing--you will have gas lines again. Chris Dodd in suggesting during one of the debates limiting the price of oil to $40/barrel showed his complete ignorance of normal economics. Oil will come down--it is fueled now by a speculative bubble that will burst just as the home prices and stock market bubble burst. Oil company stocks are part of all pension plans and retirement plans so while the price hurts it is benefitting most Americans in the long run. And the government takes a much bigger bite out of each tankful than Exxon does. If we started a recession in January the demand will come down and so will the price.  (Apr 1, 2008 | post #7)

Lowell Sun

Fighting for school funding

What would relief, reform, and innovation look like? Would it be ways to get the costs down per student and the peformance up? Would it be looking for ways to put competition in the system thru vouchers so that families aren't stuck in failing school systems? Competition is one of the factors that makes America innovative and great. Would it be finding ways to teach as well with larger class sizes? Maybe using the latest technology and insisting on better discipline would help. Would it be looking for ways to lengthen the school day and year so there is more learning time without more costs? Would it be innovative ways to rid the system of ineffective teachers and thus differentiate between excellent teachers and the others? If so sign me up. If it is just a publicity stunt to pressure for more money for the status quo, I think you are going to be disappointed with the results. Innovation is needed, but is that what you want?  (Mar 29, 2008 | post #1)

Lowell Sun

Rebate won't help economy

I think I am being attacked here unfairly. I think it is unpatriotic not to take the rebate and spend it. I agree it is our money. Why would you read my post some other way? Apology accepted!  (Mar 29, 2008 | post #10)

Lowell Sun

Westford grant to fund 8 firefighters

But the town will have to foot the entire bill in 5 years. Where will that money come from? The school budget? Police? A lot of these things are nice to have, and critical(?) I don't know. Funds are usually limited. So is 2-3 minutes better response time worth adding 6 kids per class in the schools or much worse road repair or fewer police. I'm not actually qualified to make that call, but funds are not unlimited. And citizens will only go so far in raising their own taxes. Just be prepared for a problem down the road. And who knows about state aid in the future(which is tax dollars anyway)? Can you be certain the citizens aren't going to vote to end the income tax next year if they are fed up with wasted state government spending or are in financial straits? Nobody is ever anxious or even willing to contemplate cuts, so when you do this you have it for life. Westford better keep growing the tax base.  (Mar 29, 2008 | post #9)

Lowell Sun

Would Clinton vote bring two for the price of one?

I don't think you have to worry about it! Well, unless the Clinton's tie Obama to 9/11 or the Branch Davidians or Amelia Earhart's disappearance. They are trying.  (Mar 29, 2008 | post #2)

Lowell Sun

Westford grant to fund 8 firefighters

I agree with the above poster that Westford does a great job of managing the town. My hat is off to them. My concern is sustaining this when the grant is gone and all departments are striving for limited funds. That's 5 years down the road but remember, it is harder to do without something you are used to than something you have never had. Maybe growth will fund it?  (Mar 29, 2008 | post #5)

Lowell Sun

Rebate won't help economy

Exactly! Whether you spend it or save it or invest it, it will stimulate the economy. Well, unless you put it in your mattress. It comes from taxes we paid. It is unpatriotic not to spend it to stimulate the economy. It would be almost like you wanted the economy to struggle. Who wants that? Bush bashers and belly achers. If you are worried about your kids then invest the money for them.  (Mar 29, 2008 | post #6)

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