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Re: “How extreme is Tom Cotton? Part III

As a woman, I'm all for equality. Fair pay for equal work, voting rights, etc. BUT... I do not think I would have ever been capable of hoisting a machine gun, even at the most physically capable time of my life. Most women and men are not equal physically. It's one of the things that makes the relationship between the sexes both alluring and enduring. It's what attracts us to each other.

I have no problem with women in combat if they choose to be there and they are capable. What I worry about is that this might become a precedent for the draft of all young women. Not all people belong in combat, not even men. Perhaps there should be tests that should be spelled out. Maybe there already are and I am not aware of them.

I know that I would have been a nervous wreck and gotten myself and who knows how many others killed if I had been sent to Vietnam. Not that I don't think I'm capable of killing. There is no doubt in my mind that I could and would if the need arose, but not trekking 40 miles hauling 100 pounds of equipment. Now if you asked me to push a button sending a drone into a terrorist camp, no problem. Nuke those MF's. Or if you sent me into an enemy territory and asked me to poison their water supply, hey, no problem. And if someone breaks into my house and attacks me and mine, I have no problem blowing them away. But doing what my father and grandfather did in WWI and WWII, I wouldn't have been able to do. I've heard the stories over and over, and I know that I couldn't have survived what they did.

Thank God I am well beyond the draft age. Sadly, my daughter is not. I don't even want to THINK about her having to endure war. As long as there is a voluntary military, I have no problem with females in the front lines. But if there are not caveats written into this law prohibiting the wholesale use of females in the military, I have a big problem with it.

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Posted by pookah on 01/26/2013 at 8:22 PM

Re: “Unhappiness on LR School District principal shuffle

Mea culpa, Max. I did not intend to imply that all of the principals were notified in advance. That was a poor choice of wording on my part. I just know that letters went out to several principals in particular before school was out, my principal included.

Annoyed, mea culpa to you as well, as to all of the principals being notified. Otherwise I agree with everything you wrote. I only know what was going on in my school. And although my principal may have shown that we were "making gains", they weren't enough to spit on, to put it in the vernacular. Those statistics are massaged more than my aching feet! But every teacher there and most of the parents knew that a change in management was needed. Of course we would have preferred to get rid of the principal. I would have given a year's salary to see that happen. Seriously. (I waited many years to see that happen and finally gave up and left myself.) But nobody asked me and I certainly couldn't do it myself. This is the first superintendent that my principal fears. Complaints are actually being listened to downtown and being acted upon. That's why I liked Mr. Brooks. He was also trying to clean up the bureaucratic mess that we still have. They just wouldn't let him do it.

Nothing new, so glad you had an enjoyable Father's Day! It was a beautiful day to enjoy. I had quite an enjoyable day myself. I'm sorry it took me so long to get back to you.

Now, as to fearing your teacher or your boss, I see that as two totally different things. Bosses can fire employees; teachers can't fire pupils! Every great teacher I ever had scared the cooties out of me! They were firm, but not mean. I behaved in their classes and learned a lot more than I did in the classes with the teachers who wanted to be my friend. You just have to balance that with love so that they know you really care about them. The old carrot and stick, ya' know! Discipline and love, works every time.

But, as to fearing your boss, no, that's not a good thing. Every great boss I've ever had instilled confidence, treated their employees fairly, and spoke to them civilly. They were professional; they didn't just dress like it. And of course I don't think that managing by intimidation is a sound management practice. That's how my principal "rolled", as the kids say. And I hated it, every day, and in every way, for years. I guess I was just glad that my principal was finally getting some of what had been dished out to me for so long. Bitter? Heck, yeah, I'll admit it. Like I said, I'm still having nightmares.

I hope this clears up any misconceptions.

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Posted by pookah on 06/18/2012 at 7:57 AM

Re: “Unhappiness on LR School District principal shuffle

Letters went out to principals weeks before the announcement. Several principals contacted Walker to institute a lawsuit due to discrimination. (Inside info/scuttlebutt)

The shifting of principals is to bring "up to snuff" some of the underperforming schools. Yes, I can imagine that the parents in the good schools are upset. But the parents in the underperforming schools deserve to have their children receive a quality education, as well. Some of the underperforming principals are set to retire in a few years. Holmes probably thinks that they won't be able to ruin the schools he places them in in just a few years and that the schools will receive new principals in time to "save" them. (Just MVHO)

Superintendent Brooks tried firing some of these same principals. Walker was instrumental in deflecting those actions. Some of the teachers really miss Mr. Brooks!

I worked in one of these underperforming schools for a long time. And although I won't go into specifics, something drastic needed to be done to fix it. It was a nightmare. I still have nightmares about it. If I had known Mr. Holmes was going to move my principal, maybe I would have stuck it out, instead of having to leave my kids. I deserved better, and so did they.

Just don't be so quick to judge what Mr. Holmes is doing. The principals are scared of him. And that's a good thing.

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Posted by pookah on 06/17/2012 at 5:19 PM


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