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ED April 23, 2014 at 01:31 pm
The two previous comment sadden me because they show that some are uninformed about the reality ofRead More the drug situation in our country, state and closer to home, Basking Ridge. The posts show that some parents are not informed about the RDT policy being proposed which has an opt out option for those who don't want their kids tested. Basking Ridge is on the top of this chart but another chart it is getting good marks in this town too, which is drug deaths by overdose. Academically our school stresses the success right out of the kids and sends them off to college where many are ending up drug addicted or dead. Gov. Christy didn't authorize use of Narcone to save lives because there is not a problem, the Principal of Ridge didn't beg for RDT 5 years ago because there is no problem and people are getting involved in the parent group of 250+ because they are parents that want to parent by getting involved in solutions not ignoring there is a problem! Parenting is good and reality is key!
Bill Williams April 23, 2014 at 01:44 pm
The fight against addiction begins with overcoming the ignorant, the deniers, and the downrightRead More hateful.Remove the stigma from a disease. When "Laura" is brave enough to use her full name she will have earned the right to be a true spokesperson for her misguided opinion. May I point out that Philip Seymour Hoffman, for example, was brilliant and accomplished. That did not exempt him from this disease. Linda is arguing apples and oranges. - Bill Williams
Bill Williams April 23, 2014 at 01:52 pm
For the record, my personal jury on in school testing is out. The American Academy of PediatricsRead More will be releasing a statement on the efficacy of such testing in late May or early June. People might want to hold off on rancorous debate until that information is available. I speak as one who has lost a son to addiction.
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BellairBerdan April 23, 2014 at 07:14 pm
But why do we NEED to have the word God in the Pledge? Anyone? Bueller?
John Santaella April 23, 2014 at 07:25 pm
We don't need it. It was put in there during the Red scare and God would protect us from Communism IRead More guess.
Kitzer April 23, 2014 at 08:44 pm
SAL - GAWD DIDN"T WRITE THE BIBBLE!!! Grow up!!
Parent April 7, 2014 at 06:40 am
Grow up and become an adult!
Edubb April 7, 2014 at 11:43 pm
The real news is if she's going to prom and what her dress looks like...
Mrgrumpass April 16, 2014 at 09:19 am
She will drop out and become a pol dancer!
Lulu's Mom April 23, 2014 at 04:48 pm
Global Warming is not settled nor accepted by all scientists.
WMS826 April 23, 2014 at 08:12 pm
Political correctness is used by liberals to further their own socialist/ communist agenda and notRead More teach things accurately. Teaching children that America is bad, that the USA flag is offensive, that religion is a myth, that social justice is real and should be administered. Talking about white privilege and lies about our founding fathers and the birth of our country. Text books have been re written to be inclusive at the expense of accuracy. The classroom is being used to further teachers political agendas while less and less time is focused on the basics. P/C is liberal brainwashing anywhere it is. Chicago is a perfect example of a failed society under liberals.
Brian Hurrel April 23, 2014 at 08:44 pm
Please provide a specific example of teaching children that America is bad, that the USA flag isRead More offensive, that religion is a myth, that social justice is real and should be administered, white privilege and lies about our founding fathers and the birth of our country. School. Curriculum. Texts used. Specific quotes from the lesson.
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk April 22, 2014 at 04:12 pm
Marie, why are you conditioned to think that someone that needs pay more taxes because they have aRead More larger house? Why do you think that is fair? Why do you think that if someone spends money keeping their house nice, they need to be penalized with higher taxes? Shouldn't someone should be allowed to keep their house nice? So according to you, it is fair if I buy a house and let the paint go and let the place degenerate and I can have my taxes lowered. you are brilliant.
John Santaella April 22, 2014 at 04:16 pm
I plead the 2nd tchk tchk it doesn't work that way. Ask your town assessor about that.
Marie Intili April 22, 2014 at 05:49 pm
I didnt say you have to pay more taxes if you have a bigger house! Or a nicer house...you areRead More taking my words out of context! A two family home that is zoned for two families should only have two families living in it! Not 10 families! Thats all I said...I said nothing about letting your paint go or getting penelized with a higher tax because of size.....only what its zoned for!
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Betty Boop March 13, 2014 at 09:34 pm
That is why most colleges award Merit Money based upon SAT scores.
Legion March 13, 2014 at 11:46 pm
If this is true my dog could probably be eligible if he went through the Brick school system.
Rick Ricky March 15, 2014 at 02:05 pm
Schools in general is nothing but fakes. Not even close to accurate. To many reasons to list. YouRead More have to many dishonest people involved in the outcome in changes that shouldn't be. Yes, schools play to make it look one way that is not even close to what it should be. They rig the outcome to make their school look good for certain students who they might have a connection with in some way. You can have students who rank higher in lower level classes that are not even close in comparison that has no business being 2 or 3 in a class.
SH Resident March 15, 2014 at 12:22 am
Hey Joe-90% tax rate existed with a number of signifigant loopholes that resulted in a nominal taxRead More rate in the mid 40s for the highest earners...stop getting your talking points from MSNBC and think for yourself. and even if you took every dollar from the top 10% of earners in this nation, we would still have a deficit...spending is the issue, not revenue....do you get that fact or does your hatred for the wealthy cloud your ability to digest reality...
Joe R March 15, 2014 at 08:51 am
Hey SH, in the 1950s, the top marginal tax rate was 91% and the effective tax rate was about 51%Read More after the loopholes. Oh, so we don't have loopholes today??!? Ha, ha, ha. The current top marginal tax rate is 39.6% but that's before all the loopholes. The effective tax rate is even lower than 39.6%. JFK eliminated many of the loopholes and reduced the top marginal tax rate to 74%. That works for me.
SH Resident March 15, 2014 at 07:02 pm
Joe-I will agree to raise the marginal tax rate to 50%...what programs other than defense do youRead More propose to cut? Exactly none is probably your answer...cutting defense and raising taxes does not get us to a balanced budget...we need to cut spending...you socialists never seem to get that point...and moreover, how about EVERYONE has some skin in the game and has to pay some income tax.... you will never want to cut spending on social programs because then how will you bribe low information voters to win elections?
Laureen March 1, 2014 at 09:33 am
Not at all, I'm the kind of parent that tries not to place judgement because I've been on the rollerRead More coaster ride with my children. It's a sad day when a child makes a terrible decision that could affect their whole life. I'm not looking to argue with you. Nothing good will come from trying to make a bad situation worse with your negativity. He who lives in a glass house........ Have a good day "V"!
Jim March 1, 2014 at 11:22 am
I guess the question is why are our children making the wrong decisions? What kind of guidance areRead More the parents giving our children today. Kids should be number 1 on the list to make sure they stay on the road. Follow the rules or pay the consequences. The problem is there are no consequences anymore. The kids are ruling the nest.
Laura March 1, 2014 at 03:57 pm
A big part of the problem is that the legal drinking age at 21 is unrealistic. You might be able toRead More hold them off to 18, but when the goal post is ridiculous, that gets harder. All these laws have done is shift the behavior underground making it impossible for parents and colleges to supervise appropriately and encouraging risky use by kids. These kids are going to drink no matter what you do. It's all around them. If you don't allow it under supervised conditions in your home or at a campus party, they will binge drink in the woods or when you aren't home, but parents can;t do that or risk being arrested. The legal exposure for parents prevents you from having a group of college age kids over to watch a football game (yeah, they're going to have a couple of beers)- better to have them chug shots in the car before they come in? Really? College kids can't nurse a beer at a fraternity party so they pre game in their rooms beforehand and end up with alcohol poisoning. Europe doesn't have this problem. Get rid of these stupid laws and leave the parenting to parents, the serving to bartenders, and young people will learn how to enjoy alcohol in an appropriate manner.
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Bob Roberts April 21, 2014 at 10:30 am
Don't stop at snow days; replace the entire mess with online learning.
Bob Roberts April 21, 2014 at 10:37 am
@ Kristin DiStefano - Your grammar is atrocious and have you heard of paragraphs? P.S. you are aRead More teacher, not a counselor - stay in your own lane. That is the biggest problem with the façade that is today's "teaching profession". Today's schools are nothing but codependent social engineering facilities.
Emily February 14, 2014 at 11:57 am
Who wants to listen to that at 5:a.m. in the morning. I would have hung up. Not cute. Save your soRead More called talent for the school talent show.
anonymous February 15, 2014 at 01:13 am
I thought this was very funny. I even played it back for friends as we danced around the room. IRead More believe it is the quirky stuff in life that makes it all worth it. We all need a giggle every now and then and this passed dumb and went 180 degrees back to funny. If you want to see serious meet us in Washington DC March 16th 2014 for a mass protest against corruption when the mace and flashbangs start being thrown by police you will have a new respect for the little giggles in life. anonymous
Social issues in Morristown Blog March 2, 2014 at 10:19 am
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Rick Ricky February 13, 2014 at 09:52 am
Jim, Geez you are the one who can't be that ignorant yourself. You couldn't be more wrong and inRead More denial. Nothing jives with any of these tests. They compare SAT's and some schools average 1535 total and think that is good. I think that score is unacceptable. Just a little over what the state requires. The H.S. do little or just enough to get by. Just passing is good enough for them. You have schools who some considered top schools bragging how great they are getting average sat's at 1545. @Speedz..You are right on and I agree it is hard to figure out what makes sense versus real.
esther March 3, 2014 at 12:02 am
Here's what I measure when considering schools- and this applies directly to Montclair and allRead More districts- Has my child been taught to be an independent thinker, an active problem solver, willing to take on challenges, work as part of a team, and the confidence to work independently? Has my child met a teacher who has motivated him/her to be their best academic self and created a lifelong learner? That's how success is measured. Numbers/statistic can be tugged, pulled, hidden, adjusted, and manipulated. The cold hard facts that your child has the attributes previously listed above is the true measure. That's done here in Montclair and other districts in New Jersey and beyond- or at least it was true before the core curriculum standards and the broads invaded.
ED April 12, 2014 at 11:54 am
esther, You have a few things right. Numbers/Statistics can be tugged, pulled, hidden, adjusted andRead More manipulated. By Who? The same people who are running the schools and handing in these reports. Everything in NJ is corrupted.