I don't know if it's me, my computer or what, but I usually have difficulty getting the gift certificate web page. I've been looking for it for a half hour tonite, and have the daily special, but still do not find the Gift Certificate Store.
What's wrong? ...(full comment)
Ban the dogs, or leash amd muzzle them. Many dog owners live in a fantasy land and think their dogs are sweet and loving and will respond aggressively only to a hostile situation. From observation I conclude that most dogs are very social, love and want to please their owners, but are virtually untrained. They are operating on instinct and their owners have very little control over them, especially off leash. If their predatory/defensive instincts are triggered they will behave in an aggressive fashion as that part of their brain overrides any direction from an owner or handler. This is why dogs should be restricted around a school, a place where children are required to be. ...(full comment)
Interesting. The only dog biite injury was caused by a dog that was not with or under control of its owner. There have not been other incidences of dogs with their owners biting or harming children. The dog in question has not been located, nor has it's owners. Northampton already has a leash law requiring dogs to be under the control of the owner. So.... follow my ttrain of thought here... the injury to hte children would have been prevented if there had been a ban on dogs on school property?? because of course, the owners would have kept their dog away?? This rule is like much of the post 9/11 crap, the gun control crap, etc - it only restricts those people that are willing to follow the law in the first place. Life has risks - one of the bigggest is that people don't follow all the laws. Hold them responsible for the laws that they violate, but don't restrict the behavior of the ones that do follow the law. This rule is another example of a nanny state gone wild... ...(full comment)
All college sprots should be required to be self sufficient, independent of student tuition and fees. UMass football isn't even entertaining, they stink. The athletic department is under the ridiculous impression that they are relevant to the scholastic excellence of the school. Let's have the Isenburg School of Business do an analysis for them to show how little they contribute to an education,. and how much they add to the cost... ...(full comment)
The world does not rotate around the children in school. Today's kids are overstimulated by electronics, and don't go to bed at night. Since parents are the ones paying for school (and affected by increased busing costs) and are the ones that would have to change their schedules to support a later start time - let's actually follow the parent's wishes. Unless you also want to have nanny government mandate later start times for workers so that they can helicopter their children to school and events.
School start times were originally based upon agriculture. While agriculture is no longer the driving force to school schedules, parents work and finances are a main factor to keeping them as they are.
Send the little brats to bed at night, shut them off facebook at 10, and they will get some rest... ...(full comment)
Actually, both the US Constitution, and the Massachusetts Constitution allow voters to seek redress of actions by the elected representatives by petition.
The MA version is: http://www.mass.gov/ago/government-resources/initiatives-and-other-ballot-questions/initiative-petition-process.html
and the US version is explained at: http://www.law.cornell.edu/anncon/html/amdt1efrag7_user.html I signed the petition so that the PUBLIC could vote on it. Elected representatives are as hard to replace as wealth is to equalize. I believe that this is a perfect example of what should be voted on by the people. ...(full comment)
I support the ban. It is inappropriate to allow dogs on school grounds. Many children are scared of dogs, and while many, perhaps most, dog owners are respectful of others, many are not. One common example: many dog owners assume that everyone will want to be friendly with their beloved pet, allowing the dog to walk up to others. A large number of people do not like to be approached by unknown dogs.
I was once on school grounds and encountered a parent with a leashed pitbull. Even though leashed, I was uncomfortable with his allowing the leash to extend far enough for the dog to sniff me. He of course, loving his dog as he should, thought it unthinkable that his dog could hurt anyone.
And if it is re-allowed, how long will it be before comfortable dog owners begin letting their dogs off-leash, leading to more doing the same.
Why take the chance? It's a school.
They should allow dogs to be kept in cars though. ...(full comment)
Here is the petition link if you would like to sign it:
http://www.change.org/p/maria-geryk-allow-responsible-dog-owners-to-bring-leashed-pets-to-pick-up-and-drop-off-at-amherst-ma-public-schools?utm_medium=email&utm_source=notification&utm_campaign=new_petition_recruit#share ...(full comment)
They're treating this like it's just an issue of courtesy, that he should come forward so the girls can be spared rabies shots and then everyone will be fine. But this is not a matter of courtesy. It's criminal, just like a hit-and-run driver. If they find this guy, he should be jailed. ...(full comment)