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)
Growers are already losing substantial income by not being able to sell their crops and then you are asking them to pay workers to harvest them in order to give them away. Can you see how that would not work? Maybe it's possible to come up with plans for emergency gleaning of appropriate crops but I imagine there would be questions of liability in the harvesting of certain kinds of produce.
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While I'm happy to see that local growers can once again count on the Market Basket business, am I the only one who finds it disturbing that they would rather let the produce rot in the field than "waste" money harvesting it? Would it have been a waste to harvest it and donate it to those in need? ...(full comment)
It's too bad that the owner of the dog never stepped forward so that the girls did not have to have rabies shots. They are really painful - my daughter had to have them twice when she was young. I hope they recover, both physically and emotionally. ...(full comment)