Unions are one of the biggest scams in this country, I am in a union myself, Haven't had a raise in years, but the union has raised my dues, so being in a union has actually LOWERED my take home pay. In the words of Richard Trumpka- "we don't give a dam about our membership. They give us money and that money gives us power."
If you want a raise, work harder and smarter. Capitalism works If you don't believe that show me a better and more fair system than capitalism.
Why am I still in a union? I'm nearing retirement age and don't care to switch jobs at this point, but with the skills I have developed over the years I could make more in a non union shop because they don't have to pay everyone the same wages whether they produce or not.
Add the number of news seats to be absorbed by a pool of already extremely competitive entertainment dollars and you have guaranteed financial issues.
A probable annual deficit SHOULD be a sticking point.
Mr. Popper raises some fantastic points here. We don't live in a nation that is poor. We live in one of the wealthiest moments that this country has ever seen. Massive concentrations of wealth exist in very few hands. We don't have a resource problem, we have a distribution problem. Unions are the major way to ensure that wealth is distributed more fairly to working people - who are essential to the creation of that wealth in the first place. If we continue to legislate away workers ability to organize, then we shouldn't be surprised by the growing rates of poverty in our community.
Unions actually worked incredibly well for Detroit. Detroit had nearly 50 years of constant prosperity. What didn't work well for Detroit was free trade deals that aided tens of thousands of manufacturing jobs to move out of country and GM and Ford constantly demanding concession after concession.
Dear Commissioner White,
As I have said to you all along --- this can't just be about "changing how people view this district,” but instead MUST be about doing whatever is necessary in order to actually produce widespread, concrete, measurable, academic, and ultimately socioeconomic, sociopolitical, and sociocultural change and improvement for Rochester City School District students and families --- period.
In my humble, but staunch view, the ONLY way we're going to be able to successfully overcome the "challenges" is by building a deadly-serious, ongoing, MASS-BASED MOVEMENT (substantial numbers of parents, grandparents, students, other relatives, activists, educators, politicians, and anyone else who is serious about much-need, and much-deserved change and improvement --- working together cooperatively, collaboratively, and consistently around clearly-defined, agreed-upon, concrete goals, strategies, and tactics) --- period.
I am --- as you noted --- "cautiously excited" about the possibility that --- as President of the Rochester Board of Education --- YOU are really ready to help provide the type of bold, knowledgeable leadership, which has been missing. All else, in my view, is merely more rhetoric and noise.
Again, if this, or any effort is to be successful --- it CANNOT be viewed as a one-shot-deal. In Order To Produce Widespread, Permanent, Fundamental Change And Improvement --- Ongoing Movement Is Necessary --- Period.
Because unions worked out so well for Detroit!
(*steps on soapbox*) Even though I like the story part and appreciate the efforts to draw attention to mental health issues, I feel like there should be a third part of this series talking about the sheer LACK of resources in Rochester. Putting a list at the bottom doesn't really help. Once someone finally works up the courage to reach out for help, they don't want to be given the runaround. Most of the places listed have a several month waiting list. Most independent psychologists in this area also have waiting lists, and forget even trying to find a psychiatrist for medication management. Everyone I talked to told me to go through my PCP because of the lack of psychiatrists in this area. Also, having to wait several months to see someone can be the difference between someone starting to get better and slitting their wrists. They also don't mention eating disorders and related resources anywhere. Considering ED's are mental disorders and it's NEDA Week, it seems poor form not to call that out somewhere. (*steps off soapboax*)
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I like the idea's and the future potential of all. ! <3
What a backstabbing phony. If teachers think that their unions are not part of the APPR/ common core/ charter school boom power hungry crooks - you are sadly mistaken. She was on board with this APPR nonsense- the bill gates (take over the world) foundation gave the ATF MILLIONS of cash. Why would the union make deals with the devil? Throwing rocks (boulders) and then hiding your hand. She wants teachers to believe her rhetorical lies. The whole system is a sham. Making it worse by taking dues from hard working teachers. Ms weingarten I'm not buying what you're selling. Dear.
“We need a highly progressive tax structure that strongly disincentivizes excessive pay and unreasonable hoarding of wealth, in which the gains are used to ensure a thriving commons.”
What we have in New York is a highly progressive tax structure that ‘disincentivizes’ and punishes success, and forces people to try and protect their wealth from unreasonable confiscation by the state. Look at what happened under NY Governor Paterson after he imposed his tax on “the rich”. Those who were targeted simply left the state; Tom Golisano being the most well-known example. It would have cost Golisano $14,000 a day to remain a resident of NY under Paterson’s tax. “The rich” create jobs. They are also more mobile than the average taxpayer so they can simply up and leave (and take their money with them) when socialists target them. It will be interesting to see what happens if NY mayor De Blasio gets to impose his tax on “the rich”.
NY is the highest-taxed and most business-unfriendly state in America. People are leaving (escaping) in droves and Cuomo understands why. Actually Cuomo is a heretic in the liberal socialist Democrat party. He has stated that lowering taxes helps businesses, which is good for the state. Cuomo proposes to lower property taxes (again, NY is the leader in property taxes in the US) which is good for the struggling NY taxpayer. Cuomo also has indicated he does not approve of De Blasio’s plan to tax “the rich” in NYC. All this is still just talk by Cuomo, but he is by no means a fiscal conservative in my opinion.
You talk about “excessive pay and unreasonable hoarding of wealth”. Who gets to define ‘excessive’ and ‘unreasonable hoarding’. You? De Blasio? Even more to the point, where in the Constitution does is say that our government, or anyone else, has the right or the power to decide what anyone else’s pay should be. Unlike communist and socialist systems it is not the job of the US government to redistribute wealth.
A requirement of my office cleaning job is that I clean the restrooms. Not long ago, I found a pill on the floor in a restroom. I wondered what it was, so I took it home and identified it. I don't remember the exact drug name, but the purpose given was to relieve anxiety and to help prevent panic attacks.
Personally, I had to give up taking an anti-depressant because after several years it didn't really work, yet the side effects continued.
These types of drugs are not addictive like alcohol and we would all be better off to just "buck up" and not be on them.
"It isn't drug addiction that kills addicts, it's drug prohibition. Addicts who get a steady supply of pure morphine or heroin at a known level of potency and clean hypodermics, can live long, happy productive lives."
The argument against this, of course, is that alcohol is legal and highly regulated, and it is the most abused drug, and has destroyed very many lives.
ON DRUG "ADDICTION"
Drug "addiction" is not a disease. A disease manifests itself as a breakdown of one or more of our organs due to any number of internal or external factors. Drug addiction may seem to manifest itself as a disease because continued use of certain drugs is damaging to our organs: for example, the harm done directly to the lungs by cigarette smoke or to the liver by alcohol.
The term "addiction" simply implies a biological change of brain connectivity. This new connectivity causes the drug addict's brain to behave differently than someone whose brain has not been modified by addiction. Furthermore, addiction does not imply a simple cause-and-effect relationship between the drug and the resultant behavior: if it did, intervention by other drugs or behavior modification therapy would be much more predictable and successful.
In fact, the addict's brain as an organ is working just fine, doing what it has been reprogrammed to do: create a demand for the drug of choice, and release large amounts chemicals that induce pleasure to the user when the drug is used - dopamine, epinephrine, and norepinephrine, in particular.
This is not to deny that some drugs act directly on our organs, such as the heart, as in the case of amphetamines. Their impact on the brain is less of a rewiring than to create a sudden increase in neurochemicals that stimulate existing brain functionality.
The rewiring process in the brain continues with continued use of the drug or drugs that cause the rewiring. The rewired brain remains rewired even after the drug user ceases to use drugs. This explains "relapses." All the therapeutic treatment in the world is not going to cause the brain to return to its original, unmodified state, in a matter of weeks, months or even years.
As a result, the rewired brain continues to create a craving for the substance that created the intense pleasure so familiar to the user long after drug use ceases. Resisting is a matter of willpower generated in other higher-level brain functionality. However, the lower-level brain functions usually win this battle of wills, as they have a much more powerful impact on behavior.
You experience this sort of battle yourself whenever you find yourself in a situation where your brain is demanding that you urinate, and you are in a situation that doesn't allow it, at least in an unembarassing fashion. If you can't extricate yourself from this situation, you are going to pee your pants, regardless. And drug users will eventually find themselves in a situation from which they cannot extricate themselves.
One solution for the addict is to find activities that are pleasurable, but do not have harmful side effects, either on themself or others. Falling in love with someone is a good start; mountaineering is another; caring for other people will work too. Anything that produces a lot of good feelings to replace those that were being generated by the drugs. Our body doesn't care how they are generated, but we do.
Garrett A. Hughes
We have been trying to accomplish policy goals with tax cuts since Reagan. Well, since before Reagan, but increasingly it has become a crutch of political rhetoric that never lives up to its promises in practice. We need a highly progressive tax structure that strongly disincentivizes excessive pay and unreasonable hoarding of wealth, in which the gains are used to ensure a thriving commons.
We all benefit from a healthy, well-educated, economically secure population.
What shortage? We are producing more domestically than we ever have before. We import a lower percentage because we are actually starting to use less! The oil to be transported by the Keystone XL pipeline isn't even intended for US consumption. It is Canadian oil being moved through our backyards , at our risk, to be sold on the global market. Canadian oil obtained in a way that is devastating Alberta. The toxic tailing ponds are already one of the biggest man made structures in the world and they are getting bigger every day.
You are right. I don't want their oil transported at all. How about we build a pipeline to North Dakota instead so we can harvest the natural gas from the oil wells instead of burning it? We can't replace fossil fuel power plants yet, but that doesn't mean that we should let multinational companies like TransCanada ruin our water supplies in the name of "progress"!
I question how one can believe that charters have the capacity to hire “more experienced” teachers when they traditionally offer lower salaries than unionized districts. NYS sets the requirements for all certified teachers, we all tend to graduate from the same teaching programs, take the same certification test and attend the same professional developments whether we are suburban, urban. or rural.
Many charters have teaching staffs with 0-5 years of teaching experience, teachers who are newly certified teachers or are not certified at all because they have the flexibility to allow teachers to teach out of their certification areas; a luxury that non-charters do not have.
In the case of our local region, young, inexperienced teachers cut from public districts because of seniority rights tend to end up in local charter schools if they choose to continue teaching at all. Even still, charters tend to have higher rates of teacher turnover. Partly, based on what I have heard from charter school teachers is that they are forced to work longer hours which negatively impacts the lives of their own children & families and they have to constantly reapply for their jobs. I would encourage reporters to find some of those teachers who have left charters after one or two years and ask them why they leave.
It isn't drug addiction that kills addicts, it's drug prohibition. Addicts who get a steady supply of pure morphine or heroin at a known level of potency and clean hypodermics, can live long, happy productive lives.
Some high functioning addicts - Charles Dickens, Frank Sinatra, Florence Nightingale, the great surgeon William Halstead, Irving Berlin.
The relevency of this politically motivated "study" seems strained at best. If there is no damning news about charter schools here, must we now seek it out in Milwaukee?
1) Charter schools live and die by the state laws governing them. Across the country, there is great variety in the effectiveness of charter authorizing laws. Not all state charter laws (and by extension, not all charter schools) are created equal. Therefore, there is flawed logic in drawing conclusions about NY charters based on national studies, or those focused on a different state. Charter schools in NYS and Rochester consistently outperform their host districts...the margin of outperformance only grows when factoring for poverty. This has been the case for years.
2) Why on earth would a study adjust for "teacher experience"? If a charter school does a better job at recruiting and retaining quality teachers, then that is clearly a determining factor in their outcomes. Punishing a school for putting a premium on teacher quality is absurd.
3) Controlling for truancy is also fraught with problems when comparing schools. Milwaukee charter schools may have lower truancy rates simply because they are better at controlling the problem, so why punish them for a potentially more effective approach?
Sure, those of us who have an interest or work in urban education are not surprised that poverty and truancy adversely impact student learning. Examples of urban schools that defy the trend dramatically include many of Rochester's own charter schools.
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