I agree with Felicia. The term "paddy-wagon" really should be retired. It's inappropriate and it should be replaced. Language is always alive and evolving and we need to be careful of old biases. I remember the appearance of "ghetto blaster" when "boom box" was much more accurate. Thanks! Dennis Vandal ...(full comment)
Although I appreciate the attention being paid to this town-sponsored disaster, as a person of Irish descent, I object to your use of the word "paddy-wagon" as a caption to your photographs. Using this word instead of the more accurate, police vehicle, only further perpetuates the stereotype of the drunken, fighting Irish and adds to this reductionist view of an entire culture of people. I hope in the future you'll be more sensitive to your word choice and recognize the power that words have to do further harm.
The word paddy wagon is of American origin. Seemingly an abbreviation of "patrol wagon", the precise origin of the term is uncertain and disputed, though its use dates back to at least the beginning of the 1900s. There are at least two other theories as how the phrase originated.
The most prevalent theory is based on the term "Paddy" (a common Irish shortening of Patrick, as in the Irish language Patrick is Padraig), which was used (often as derogatory slang) to refer to Irish people. Irishmen made up a large percentage of the officers of early police forces in many American cities. Thus, this theory suggests that the concentration of Irish in the police forces led to the term "paddy wagon" being used to describe the vehicles driven by police.
An alternative theory is similarly based on the term "Paddy" but states that the term arose due to the allegedly high crime level among Irish immigrants.
Felicia Sevene ...(full comment)
I'm not a bit surprised. Gary's a terrific guy. Kudos to him! I'd also like to think that, had she broken down in front of any other store in Northampton, the response would have been the same. It's not the case, but I wish that it were. Perhaps if there were more public acknowledgment of his good deed, it would serve to inspire others in the community to follow suit. Spread the word, thank Gary when you see him, make a donation in his name to some local cause - let everyone know what kind of people work at Serios and Duffys - the kind that would help this woman in her time of need. Support their places of business. THEY are our community's businesses. ...(full comment)
Every reputable medical, scientific and/or public health organization supports fluoridation. Their recommendations are based on peer reviewed, scientific research and public health data.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the World Health Organization, the U.S. Surgeon General, the American Public Health Association, the European Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, and the national dental associations of Australia, Canada, and the U.S., etc., etc. support fluoridation.
Beware of those who "cherry pick" information or data from studies and use it out of contest to support their views.
Wishing (I had fluoridated water when I was a kid!!)
Are you saying Frances Crowe drove to Maine just to visit her grandchildren? Oh my god, the criminality of it. Wasting all that oil and spewing out all that CO2. What a crime! And Amy Goodman - all the oil used in coming up to Umass. Couldn't she just call it in? And a cake - what a waste of food. And not very healthy. These people are a joke. I met Amy Goodman once at her book signing at the Cummington Fair a few years ago. She seems like a very intelligent lady but her politics are wrong. Totally biased and non objective. I think thats why Pacifica is having so many problems. Democracy Now is the only national show they distribute now I believe. They just layed off almost everybody at WBAI and are millions in the hole. Just like Air America where Rachel Madow worked which went bankrupt too (and Current TV - Al Gezeera Gores old network which he sold to OPEC and made $400 million on so they could get access to Americas livingroom to spew their propoganda). There is no market for that kind of yellow journalism Amy. People know when they are being lied to. Sorry. http://www.current.org/2013/07/major-layoffs-ahead-for-new-yorks-wbai/ ...(full comment)
Ten years ago I chaired the Northampton Board of Health. I supported regulations then and I support these steps now. While some may complain of excessive government regulation, we accept many regulations, such as to ensure safer airline travel, highway travel, consumer product safety, etc.
Regulating the use of products such as cigarettes, the only publicly sold product tailored made to kill those who use them as they are intended to be used, is essential to ensuring that a new generation of young smokers does not become addicted to nicotine from alternative nicotine delivery systems such as e-cigarettes. No young adult experiments with e-cigarettes or regular cigarettes intending to be one or two pack a day smokers twenty-five years later but that is exactly what happens frequently.
It is true that e-cigarettes have helped some smokers give up regular smoking and that e-cigarettes are likely much, much safer than regular cigarettes as it is the chemicals in burning leaf tobacco that causes so much health damage, not nicotine. However, e-cigarettes, other devices for vaping, and the solutions used in them are largely unregulated as to manufacturing processes. We know almost nothing about whether e-cigarettes will serve as a gateway to regular smoking and until we do, I support prohibition of sales to minors and use in public spaces. ...(full comment)
It's the kids who need to have meditation during the school day, many schools on the west coast have introduced 15 minute silent breaks that have dramatically altered the incidents of trouble making. Why not have every teacher begin daily short meditation with volunteer students and then see how it goes. Not every other week, with a lot of chatting and blather, how about just silent meditation to break up the crazy days? ...(full comment)