Opponents need to be heard, too

2010-07-22T00:00:00Z Opponents need to be heard, tooBy Barbara Rush - Letter to the Editor Helena Independent Record

I would like to thank all the hundreds of people who showed up to oppose the new “health enhancement” standards. Unfortunately hundreds of people were locked out and left standing in the parking lot. If it were not for the Salvation Army, those people would not even have been able to hear what was going on.

The school district has access to two auditoriums and two large gyms, yet Dr. Messinger chose to use two small rooms at the Front Street Learning Center. Then he only allowed 30 opponents out of the hundreds who were there to speak. He allowed 34 proponents to speak plus three people from the county who had unlimited time. All proponents got to speak first, leaving the opponents there for two hours before any of them could speak.

Dr. Messinger has insinuated in the Independent Record that the majority of teachers support this new curriculum. No anonymous survey has been taken. Furthermore members of the committee did not know what was in the total document until one week before it came out. The teachers had one week to comment. I am told that the majority of comments were not in support, but no one knows because those comments have disappeared.

Barbara Rush

Helena

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  1. crush728
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    crush728 - July 26, 2010 8:29 pm
    hiddenmuggle,

    She stepped on your hand? Did she realize that she had? I've been in her classroom many times, when I was a kid and as an adult, she was a great teacher. Sorry for the accident, if it happened. Stuff happens, particularly when someone is expected to teach a 30 + class with kids of all levels including learning challenged.

    By the way she remembers slapping at a hand of a kid that was throwing clay around the room. That "may have been you."

    Also, she never sent kids to the principle because she didn't feel that was fair to get kids in trouble that might get them in trouble with the administration.

    Grow up.
  2. rinnie
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    rinnie - July 25, 2010 11:05 pm
    So purp: The VOTERS chose President Obama! Let the chips fall where they may right? Seems to me you are vociferous in your hatred for the sitting President.
  3. hiddenmuggle
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    hiddenmuggle - July 23, 2010 12:11 pm
    i don't think i can take a teaching opinion seriously from the woman who stepped on my nine year old hand and then sent me to the principals office for crying because it hurt...
  4. Jack-Ruby
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    Jack-Ruby - July 22, 2010 1:57 pm
    Some of these people need a hobby.
  5. Lewistownian
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    Lewistownian - July 22, 2010 1:25 pm
    ascaris - I agree they should have come up with a different venue, but how am I suppose to take Barb's argument seriously when she recently compared kids volunteering in the community to socialism and she tells us we don't know who we are voting for just because nobody voted for her?
  6. ascaris75
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    ascaris75 - July 22, 2010 10:40 am
    Lewistownian said: "Wow Barb, there is such a thing as a fire code and if people wanted to be in the meeting, maybe they should have gotten there earlier. Yes thank goodness the Salvation Army was there, other wise people outside would have starved...er...or just stood outside. "

    Indeed there is a fire code, but the point, and I believe it's a valid one, is that the District has larger facilities at their disposal. Given the controversiality of the issue, they should have been prepared for a large turn-out. By not using a larger facility, they have opened themselves up to such criticism even if they were not intending to limit access to one side or the other.
  7. Lewistownian
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    Lewistownian - July 22, 2010 7:55 am
    Wow Barb, there is such a thing as a fire code and if people wanted to be in the meeting, maybe they should have gotten there earlier. Yes thank goodness the Salvation Army was there, other wise people outside would have starved...er...or just stood outside.
  8. HelenaDad
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    HelenaDad - July 22, 2010 7:37 am
    My children's teachers are abhorred at the thought of having to teach that curriculum. Hopefully the revision will actually take the parent’s opinions into consideration and we won’t have this mess.
  9. Purple
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    Purple - July 22, 2010 3:57 am
    How about letting the VOTERS decide on this program and let the chips fall where they may. Since the educators know they would lose that vote, therin lays the need to prevent those opposed to it from having their voices be heard.

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