Editor’s note: This letter was published in Wednesday’s Banner with an initial inadvertantely omitted from the writer’s signature. We are re-running the letter with the correct signature.
The Arlington School Board policy committee once again missed the academic issue as they adopted their new hiring policy as reported in the Bennington Banner on Aug. 17. They should be answering these questions to the parents and taxpayers of Arlington: Why aren’t Arlington School graduates qualified to come back and work in the district where they were educated? What education, experiences and skills did the Arlington School District not provide to these graduates to ensure they are considered the "cream of the crop"? The Arlington community has been generous to the Arlington School District in both capital building funding and yearly budget approvals, yet few Arlington graduates are qualified or considered to be "the best possible teachers" or staff personnel to be hired to work in the district?
Ms. Harvey states we don’t give "courtesy interviews." The Arlington School Board shouldn’t need to give courtesy interviews to Arlington graduates because they should have provided them with a quality education and held the graduates to a standard that produces "cream of the crop" young adults who the Arlington School Board should be proud to hire. One of the definitions of "crazy" is to keep doing the same thing over and over and expect a different result. I, as a taxpayer, would be "crazy" to vote yes for another Arlington School District budget if the faculty, superintendent and school board don’t self-reflect and report on the actions they have taken to ensure Arlington graduates are educated to be the "cream of the crop" and be hired into the Arlington School community.
Arlington Something very wrong with this picture
There is something very wrong with this picture, that with the upcoming healthcare exchange, some of us will end up paying a higher premium, eating far more out-of-pocket costs and, have less coverage than we have now. What’s the point of this program, so we can underwrite those few that are less fortunate than us?
This is just as insane as "Obamacare" which, will never, ever, get off the ground. So Gov Shumlin, being a good little democrat, hires another Harvard think tank alien whose resume includes a single payer healthcare system in some god forsaken third world country as a model to start one in Vermont. Anyone with any common sense whatsoever knows full well that this will never work with only 600,000 people. Moreover, the real insanity is this hand picked group of paper pushing bureaucrats are going to re-invent the wheel, teach the insurance industry just how to administer a healthcare program, when they can’t even get a train to run on time, doctor/patient confidentiality and choices are out the window in favor of the new "Death Squad." In case no one has noticed, healthcare providers are rapidly dropping out of the system and, leaving fewer providers to take care of more people than ever before. Is that the genius of the system?
Congratulations to all of the morons that dreamed-up this absurd, nonsensical notion that government can run things more effectively than private industry, that competition shouldn’t be allowed across state lines, as that really screws-up the ongoing corruption and "pay to play" syndrome that this republic has succumbed to.
If there was anyone in this state’s government that has the decency, intelligence and capability to understand the most basic concepts of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, please let me know who they are as I am just too damned tired of fighting with those morons that can only see through rose colored glasses and demonize anyone with the audacity to disagree. After all, we naysayers are just a bunch of bigots right?
ALAN M. WACHSTEIN