Archive for September, 2009

Most, but Not All, Teachers Appreciative

Monday, September 21st, 2009

A week ago Sunday the Pine City School district conducted an open house for public tours of the building addition and upgrades at the elementary school. It went from about 2:00 to 4:30, with a short program at 3:00. All in all the school district did a good job of completing what the project approved by the voters in the district.

I hesitate to bring this up, because this is the East Central Truth Detector and some of my information is second-hand. But first I’ll say that most of the faculty and staff seemed appreciative to the public for approving the ballot question and the spending on the addition and upgrades. However, it got back to me that there was some grumbling among some faculty and staff that they had to give of their “personal” time on a Sunday to come in to their workplace. And I did personally witness one teacher who abruptly ended a conversation with a high school student (former student of the teacher) and headed for the exit at exactly 4:30.

Now, it seems I remember going to parent-teacher conferences a few weeks prior to Election Day the year the ballot question appeared. Faculty members were wearing buttons encouraging a “yes” vote – for the kids, of course. Faculty members asked voters to approve of the project. I wouldn’t think it would be too much to ask for faculty and staff to take a couple hours of their “personal” time to show their appreciation to the taxpaying public who will be paying for these upgrades for the next 15-20 years.

Faculty and staff with this kind of attitude has allowed the public employee union mentality dictate their attitudes and behaviors, in that they think it amounts to involuntary servitude if they are asked to work one more minute than they’re contract says they should. (I’ve often said that the most dangerous place to be is between a government worker and the exit at quitting time.) Again, I’ll say that most school employees seemed genuinely appreciative for the upgraded facility. But those who felt personally inconvenienced for being asked to show a little appreciation to the people who pay their salaries should re-examine if they are in their profession for the right reasons.

MN House Republicans Ahead of the Curve on ACORN

Monday, September 21st, 2009

The corruption in ACORN that conservatives have long known about is just now becoming general public knowledge, thanks to these undercover videos. Both Houses of Congress overwhelmingly voted on a bipartisan basis to cut off Federal funding of ACORN

However, Minnesota House Republicans were way ahead of the curve during the 2009 Legislative session. Go here (and click on “BLOG”) to learn about three amendments offered by House Republicans and rejected by the DFL majority. One amendment specifically prohibited federal stimulus money for state transportation projects from going to ACORN. One amendment would have prohibited funding of organizations under indictment or convicted of voter fraud from receiving state funding. The other amendment would have prohibited organizations under indictment or its members convicted of voter fraud from conducting voter outreach or registration activities in Minnesota.

On all three of these common sense amendments Democrats “representing” the East Central Minnesota region voted “no”. These DFL House members include Reps. Hilty, Kalin, Faust, and Jackson. The one House member who saw the wisdom in these amendments was Rep. Rob Eastlund (R – Cambridge).

Republicans have known for a long time that ACORN is rife with corruption. Democrats on the federal level who voted to cut off funding have come on board in the last few days because they know the light of truth has been shined on ACORN and exposed it for what it is.

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