As the community meeting to discuss Common Core on Dec 5, 2013, 6:00 PM at Garfield Middle School approaches, I wanted to submit some testimony that I read that was given in New York by a friend of mine who is a school superintendent in Central New York. His Name is Dr. Robert Prichard.
Letters To The Editor
Cuyahoga County heroes who fought for our country shouldn’t have to fight for a job when they return home. Unfortunately, many do. And it’s not right.
November 11th marks 94 years since President Woodrow Wilson declared Armistice Day in 1919. Though the day of remembrance has been expanded to include all veterans, not just those who made the ultimate sacrifice, and has been celebrated for decades, this year feels different.
To The Editor:
I am so PROUD to be voting YES on Issue 84! The special and unique way this community rallies together, I am encouraged that voters will agree. All of you probably have heard the facts. Completely rebuilding 3 schools and finish the high school, lower operating costs, improve technology, energy efficiency, better and safer learning environment and the best part, $50 million free from the state of Ohio. The facts are indisputable and undeniable.
Ten years ago the citizens of Lakewood made a huge vote of confidence in this city’s future. They made this vote by affirming a big, expensive plan to rebuild the schools to continue to serve this city for at least the next 50 years.
The Republican politicians and talking heads have been so busy creating all their own narratives about reality for so long that they have gotten to the point of believing their own hype. There is a quote from a famous book that talks about this:
To the Editor:
I am writing to urge residents to support Issue 84. Our excellent school district needs to provide all of its students the same high quality learning environments. We need to complete this project to accomplish that.
By replacing Grant, Lincoln, and Roosevelt Elementary Schools, and finishing the renovations at the high school, we will be able to provide all students the opportunity to learn in high quality facilities. Lakewood, as a community, has shown great pride in supporting and valuing education. Now we need to follow through on the long-term vision of updating our school buildings. When the project is complete, Lakewood will be an attractive choice for prospective home buyers.
Voting FOR Issue 84 and finishing the job of rebuilding schools is a necessary step for Lakewood. The move toward a completed school renovation project will have a tremendous, positive impact on the future of our city and community.
My sons were toddlers when I first began attending meetings about Lakewood City Schools’ Master Facilities Plan. Now they attend Lakewood High School and Garfield Middle School. In the last 10 years, they have benefitted from the Schools’ excellent staff and learned in a variety of school facilities, from new buildings completed in building phases I and II to the open classroom model of Grant Elementary to the trailers at Grant and LHS.
Now is the time to complete the construction program and rebuild Grant, Lincoln, and Roosevelt Elementary Schools and complete Lakewood High School by rebuilding its east side. It is time to finish the job and vote “Yes” on Issue 84 this November 5.
The White House has issued an official statement denouncing Breed Specific Legislation (BSL), which has tails across the country wagging in response. Two petitions hosted at the White House's official site, www.petitions.whitehouse.gov, received official responses stating that the White House does not support this type of legislation and that they feel that BSL is inappropriate and a waste of public resources.
Recently, I had the honor of meeting with veterans at a roundtable I held at the Cuyahoga County Veterans Services Commission. These heroes who have made tremendous sacrifices for our country do not ask for much in return – just the benefits they have earned and deserve. But when 490,000 veterans have waited longer than 125 days to have their claims processed, it’s obvious we need to do more.
On Saturday, September 21, I will be joining with many others for a cause that is very near and dear to me, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
On September 21, I will be joining with many others for a very special and personal cause, the Walk to End Alzheimer’s.
In Ohio, parcels of land known as brownfields are left behind after a commercial building or factory has been demolished or abandoned. These brownfields don’t belong in neighborhoods where children walk to school, and they don’t belong in Greater Cleveland where you are looking to attract new businesses and continue your renaissance.
To the Editor:
As Class of 1960 graduates from Lakewood High School, we continue to be grateful for the excellent education we received throughout our years in the Lakewood City Schools. As nearly lifelong Lakewood residents, we were proud to watch our two daughters graduate from the same Civic Auditorium stage more than 30 years later. The exceptional educational opportunities offered to all of us enabled pursuit of advanced degrees and successful professional careers.
Our decision to remain, and to retire in Lakewood, has been easy. Outstanding city services, business offerings, restaurants, churches, and our treasured schools provide daily confirmation of the strength and vitality of our community.
Lakewood City Schools Levy, Issue 14, provides us with a special opportunity to "Pay it forward " for those who follow us. We heartily endorse and support a vote FOR Issue 14.
Anne and Jack Palomaki
To the Editor:
The Opinion piece, "Lakewood Citizens Will Bear At Least 2% Of Cost For Arthur Avenue Decorative Light Project" (April 3, 2013), tells only part of the story. While installation of fourteen LED streetlights would make our block prettier and safer, the cost to light our street every night would be significantly reduced for ALL Lakewood residents.
To the Editor:
On May 7, registered voters in Lakewood will have the opportunity to choose our children.
By voting yes on Issue 14, we will continue the Lakewood tradition of providing the means for Lakewood’s city schools to deliver a quality education to our community’s children. In Lakewood that’s not something we take for granted. Lakewood City Schools has historically provided the opportunity for every child in our community to have a high quality education and I’m very proud of that.
Did you know that a provision in the Lakewood City Charter can make you, as a homeowner, liable for decorative street improvements regardless of need or desire? Here’s a scenario: You live on a street in Lakewood with perfectly serviceable street lights that are paid for and maintained by the city, using the taxes collected for this purpose. A handful of your well-meaning neighbors decide they want decorative street lights to beautify the tree lawns. They are able to petition the residents, write a resolution and present it to council, who then can approve the resolution as a special assessment that forces all residents on the street to pay for the decorative lighting—in this case, approximately $1831 per household for 13-15 lights. Of course, you can spread the cost over 10 years as a non-deductible tax assessment—while paying additional interest fees.
The shock of the shootings at Sandy Hood elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut is fading and we have just passed the first anniversary of the school killings in our own neighborhood of Chardon. Thankfully the subject of gun violence is at last continuing to be debated.
Gun enthusiasts proclaim without shame that guns save lives. If this is true our country should be the safest, most secure in the world since we are awash in guns. In truth, we lead "civilized" nations in the rate of homicides and it is getting worse all the time. We have a culture of gun violence which will soon disqualify us as being rated a civilized nation.
While mass killings shock us and demand our attention, the slaughter of our innocents goes on every hour and every day. Young people who live in certain parts of our cities have never known a life without fear. All too many of them have witnessed killings of friends and family members. What are the consequences of living in an environment little better than a war zone?
The Lakewood Board of Education’s recent approval of a motion to place a new 3.9 mil operating levy on the May 2013 ballot is yet another example of a well-intended effort to treat the symptoms, not the problems we face in funding public education.
Funding the increased cost of education through property tax increases is becoming a short-sighted and reactionary solution to the problems of ever-increasing expenses coupled with declining tax collections and State of Ohio funding. Nonetheless, justifications abound. Superintendent Patterson has proclaimed, “It is needed to maintain excellence.” Co-Chair of the levy campaign committee Christina McCallum has said she believes, "the levy is essential.” Who are we to believe? As recent as June 7, 2012, in a Sun Press cover article titled “Schools Revise Financial Forecasts, Lakewood Treasurer Rick Berdine is quoted as saying, “for fiscal years 2012 through 2016, real estate taxes which had been predicted to increase to 8% will not change.”
We wish to thank Lakewood Hospital, Hospice of the Western Reserve in Lakewood, WalMart of North Olmsted, First Federal of Lakewood in Fairview Park, Keller Williams Realty in Westlake and all the volunteers and gift givers who helped make the holiday community service program, Elves for Elders, such a success.
Through the generous donations and efforts of our community, many seniors in need who might have been overlooked this holiday season received a gift and a little bit of companionship. We were able to provide over 400 gifts to Cleveland’s Westside seniors this season.
Thanks to ALL those who helped us brighten the holidays for seniors in our community.
Joe Orlando, Caring Tree Senior Care, 440-386-4660
Our mother tongue, the English language, is being murdered. And this language-cide seems to be constantly getting worse. It is perpetrated not only by preschoolers or other uneducated persons, but by language professionals, such as radio and television personalities, movie stars, college graduates, and even people with doctorates. What is going on? Is grammar no longer taught in school? Or is it deemed unimportant? The misuse of grammar, caused by muddled thinking, in turn causes more confused thinking.
We knew it was coming. A special session of Council was held to deal with the issue of whether or not to invest tax dollars in a new, state of the art emergency response center – how ironic. Fire Chief Scott Gilman arrived right at 7:30 p.m. and said more than 40 emergency storm related calls had already been received. We knew it was going to get worse. The lights at City Hall began to flicker as we adjourned an hour later.
The next morning was quite a scene. “Superstorm Sandy” blew down hundreds of trees, left one in four Lakewood residents without power and caused minor or major damage to at least 35 homes. I sat in on a meeting Mayor Summers held with his directors that Tuesday while the winds were still wild. The Mayor’s team was focused on inventorying all the damage, clearing roads for the electric crews, securing dangerous areas, providing key information to First Energy for its power restoration plan and providing immediate food and warmth to the most vulnerable. Work was also underway to make sure the medically fragile had access to Lakewood Hospital and conversations were beginning with the American Red Cross to deliver meals to specific buildings and set up a shelter at Garfield Middle School. (Let’s remember that our police officers and firemen were performing regular duties while working overtime on the recovery effort.)
Government of the people, by the people, for the people is in dire danger of disappearing from the Earth. The current system seems to operate on the premise of "one dollar, one vote," not one person, one vote. The top 1% of the population have the resources to control most of the media outlets. 5% of the population controls 85% of the wealth. We are on the verge of becoming an oligarchy.
Ohio is facing many challenges right now. We have rising health care and energy costs, education needs that we have to fulfill, and there are many unemployed and underemployed people in this state that want a full time job. I want to ask you for your vote this November because I am passionate about solving these problems for Ohio’s residents, and I am looking to solve them in the Ohio House of Representatives. The Ohio General Assembly has passed many bills that have been good for job growth; Ohio went from 48th in 2010 to 4th in job creation in the nation today. There is still more work to be done and I want to represent you in the Statehouse to finish the work that has been started.
Here simply is why I will not vote for any Republican candidate this election: They think that people are simpletons and they disguise what they really want to do under misleading terms like "freedom" and "liberty." They think corporations and rich people should have the freedom to do just about whatever they please in pursuit of profits.
Afraid to watch TV these days? So many misleading, negative ads pollute the airwaves that reasonable people DVR past them or simply click “off.”
A recent article in the New York Daily News touted that,
“The 2012 London Olympic Games have already been christened the "women's games." Women seemed to dominate the television programming, the personal interest stories and more importantly for America, the medal count. Female athletes contributed 55% of America's total medals and 66% of the golds. Without women pulling more than their fair share, America would probably have finished a distant second behind China in the medal count. Make no mistake; Title IX won the Olympics for America."
America’s women have benefitted in a myriad of ways from the 1972 Title IX landmark legislation which opened up opportunities for women’s access to sports, education and leadership. Athletic advances of women are only one aspect of U.S. women coming into their own in our colleges and universities, in the workplace, in boardrooms, and at the ballot box. While it is easy to take those advancements for granted, we must remember that women had to fight for those precious rights we enjoy today.
The presidential election of 2012 is estimated to cost $2.5 billion dollars. Given the current state of our economy and the fact that many citizens are unemployed and/or just struggling to get by, the word that comes to mind in describing this outrage is obscene. Some say that this entire election cycle might costs as much as $7 billion. A good deal of this money is being spent on television commercials, especially in battleground states like Ohio. These ads neither instruct or inform, their only purpose is to demonize “the other guy,” often with innuendo or outright lies. The result is that more and more Americans become cynical about politics and don’t go to the polls, believing that both candidates are dishonest and incompetent.
Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States ruled that the Affordable Health Care Act, otherwise known in the US as “ObamaCare”, is not in violation of the US constitution. And so incremental progress toward enabling healthcare to a broader portion of the US population will continue, at least until the Republicans have enough strength to mount a legislative repeal effort.
Much of the opposition to ObamaCare is centered on a constructed narrative that this health care plan brings the US closer to what Republican candidate Mitt Romney describes as “European socialism.” This despite Romney instituting a substantively identical plan in the US state of Massachusetts while governor of that state. Conservatives in the US and their followers use the term “socialism” with full knowledge of its pejorative connotations within American society. The term, whether this makes sense or not, conjures images for many Americans of Soviet gulags and the threat of communist world domination. This extends to members of more extreme political fractions seeing any government involvement in the economy as inherently bad. Such an unbalanced view, that considers more individualism and less collectivism unwaveringly good and the opposite necessarily bad, leads us where? To a lawless frontier town in the American west as the epitome of economic and political freedom?
"Joe the Plumber" was asked about statements that he made on marriage for same sex couples the slur "queer" and the notion that someone who is gay lesbian bisexual or transgender (LGBT) is likely to molest kids. He has not learned that as a straight male he is more of a threat to molest his own kids than someone who is LGBT. It’s time for "Lester the Molester" to start using facts before he tries to run for office on opinions. The "n-word" was originally a neutral noun for a person with dark brown skin from Sub Saharan Africa. Would he use that term when talking about someone who is black?
Like writer Craig Bobby, every caring person wants to end the need for euthanasia of homeless dogs and cats, but until animal births are brought under control through spaying and neutering, euthanasia will remain necessary to prevent animals from suffering.
“No-kill” shelters may seem appealing at first glance, but shelters that arbitrarily end euthanasia often resort to warehousing animals in cages indefinitely, sometimes for years. Dogs and cats are social beings who need exercise, mental stimulation, and regular companionship to thrive. Being stored like old shoes makes many animals depressed, withdrawn, or aggressive, and even less adoptable. Many no-kill shelters also lower their adoption standards and hand animals over to anyone who will take them—including animal hoarders posing as “rescuers.”
Equality among all citizens is a cornerstone of our democratic society. Throughout our history individuals have fought hard to achieve equal rights and pave a path towards freedom which has not been without struggle and sacrifice. Members of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) community are all too familiar with the struggle for equality. As we enter the LGBT Pride Festival season, we take pride in the progress derived from the commitment and tireless efforts of those who stood up and stand up for equality, but many obstacles remain.
As lawmakers we are called to adhere to and hold true to the principles that govern our society; principles of freedom, justice, and equality for all people. These ideals cannot be realized in isolation, but rather we must acknowledge that each principle relies on the others. We must make a commitment to the fundamental virtues that embody our constitution, our state, and our nation.
I work for a grocery chain store, not the most glamorous job in the world but it's work. And work I do.
Besides the normal tasks my job entails such as checking that all the deli cases are full, that temperatures are at the proper settings in the coolers and freezers, the cleaning and maintenance of equipment, the unloading and unpacking of products and, of course, that safety requirements are all met, then there is you, the customer.
Change of Management for Humankind
(why women should lead)
Structure determines behavior. The biological human structure will influence personality, attitude, thus behavior. Simply put: what you look like and what physical things you can do will influence who you are. Three examples: If a male is an agile Mesomorph attending high school he will probably play football. If a person can run the hundred in less than 10 seconds they will probably be on a track team. Sitting in the front seat on the left hand side of a car going 60 MPH determines a different behavior than being in the back seat.
Why should you care about the recent “Community Engagement” meetings?
If you have kids they deserve to go to an "excellent" school for years to come. If you have no kids in the Lakewood schools, you still own property or rent and pay school taxes. If you own property - your property value can be affected by the school where you live. People like to live in cities with strong schools.
I care, so over the past 6 weeks I attended 7 of the Community Engagement meetings our school administration held concerning school funding and the looming 3 year $16.5 million deficit. I am very familiar with our financial concerns since I ran for School Board on just that issue.
I am very pleased to announce the establishment of a non-profit called “Friends From The Start” Foundation. Our objective will be to provide resources and services to individuals diagnosed with cancer.
On August 2, 2010, I was diagnosed with Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. On May 28, 2011, I received a bone marrow transplant, and while much occurred between those two dates, the bottom line is I received a clean bill of health at my 9 month check-up just a couple of weeks ago. I truly feel blessed!
How many of us remember the days of our drives to "Grandma's house" when we heard the plaintive cry of a child from the backseat, "Are we there yet?" Well here we are fellow Americans, having to ponder the prophetic analysis of the Austrian economist Friedrich A. Hayek in his provocative studies of European economies and governments in "On The Road To Serfdom."
On January 17, the Obama Administration announced that it was pushing to get the 50 state attorneys general to agree to a mortgage fraud settlement with America’s largest banking institutions. However, a key fraudulent practice will not be part of that proposed settlement--the “robo-signing” scandal. This ongoing scandal involves bank employees signing names not their own, under titles they did not have, attesting to the veracity of documents they had not seen or reviewed. Much evidence exists that it was an industry-wide practice, dating back to 1998 at the earliest, and that it has, in fact, clouded the titles of millions of homes. If the settlement is agreed to, it will let bankers off the hook for crimes that would land you and me behind bars--fraud, forgery, securities violations and tax evasion.
Each fall for the past few years, bright yellow tree-lawn signs have proliferated throughout Lakewood, indicating that we should “BRAKE 4 KIDS”. Though a well-intentioned slogan and suggestion, designed to protect our children from the harm imposed by reckless and irresponsible drivers, I feel we may be missing the mark. A small percentage of Lakewood’s population is affected by traffic mishaps, and is certainly something to be avoided, but a much larger disservice is done to our children through parent non-involvement with a child’s education. If we compare the number of children that are hit by a car, versus the number of children who have no motivation for success in the classroom, I am sure the second scenario would have the overwhelming numbers. There are plenty of studies that indicate parent involvement in a child’s education does have an impact. Encouragement, support, help, and direction to our children’s success in school should bring favorable results, if everyone would participate. The article below was written 22 years ago, but the message is the same today.
January 10, 2012
Dear Lakewood Observer Editor,
I have been going to the Convenient store on Madison Avenue for years. Service is always good.
The owner, Neil McReynolds, showed me a letter he got from Chief of Police Timothy J. Malley. The letter said the police Narcotics/Vice unit did "compliance inspections" on December 2, 2012, trying to identify stores that sold alcohol to underage kids.
The letter said Neil's store was among those that refused to sell to underage buyers, and the Chief thanked Neil.
Thank you for your article, "Annie, The 9-Year-Old Greyhound, Finds A home In Lakewood," Dec. 1, 2011.
Kudos to Dan Alaimo for opening his heart and his home to beautiful Annie, and for educating the public as to the realities greyhounds face as racers. Congratulations to all involved at Erie Shore Greyhound Adoption of Ohio for their dedicated work placing ex-racing greyhounds into well-deserved loving homes.
What an amazing fifth year for LightUpLakewood. Kudos to Ian Andrews, Shannon Strachan, Tamara Karel and the too many to list sponsors and volunteers. The event, parade and weather were fantastic! The fireworks- Thank You to The Universiry of Akron, Lakewood- were spectacular. The new lights on the Hospital- wow! Though something was definitely missing. Where was the Lakewood High School Marching Band?
Proposed legislation in the U.S. House would weaken existing protections against mercury pollution emitted by industrial boilers. While I urge our lawmakers to strengthen, not weaken, regulations around boilers, another major source of mercury and other air pollutants is coal-fired power plants. Many power companies are taking steps to upgrade their facilities to minimize pollution--or better yet, investing in efficiency or clean technologies.
I had quite an awakening this week as I found myself stopped at a green light in front of Harding School.
I didn't know why I stopped. Something just made me. I looked up, saw the green light and started to move. At that time, I noticed the panic on a little face as he just passed my vehicle, he looked up and noticed he did not have the right of way. I did not honk the horn or anything; he looked scared enough. Following that, I looked up and thanked God for having me stop during a green light.
The feeling that I almost hit a child is still with me. And I am thankful of it, a constant reminder to slow down and be aware. Kids and parents can not hear it enough times to BE CAREFUL when crossing. Parents, BE CAREFUL when driving. This is not a question of who has the right of way, but rather saving a life!
Dear Lakewood Observer,
I recently moved to the Westerly in Lakewood. I realized I needed this and that from a hardware store. A friend had found Lakewood Hardware at 16608 Madison and was impressed. I had a list of items when I went on Friday. The gentleman who assisted me listened, found the articles I needed and brought them to the counter for me. My list was completely filled in no time. Not only was he helpful, but courteous as well. He made the all around experience very pleasant. So, I just wanted to hand out a verbal bouquet to the store. Buy local, they are our neighbors.
Chris Perry and Bret Callentine both made valid points in their Lakewood Observer articles of Oct. 18. It is true, as Mr. Perry states, that the richest 1% of all earners collect nearly 24% of all taxable income in the United States, an increase from 9% in 1980. This upward shift has depressed middle class incomes. Corporations do have too much power. They finance the campaigns of candidates for political office and spend millions of dollars on lobbying. There can be do doubt that they get something for their money. It is in their short-term interest to exploit the planet's resources without concern for it's effect on the environment. They want to keep taxes low and government small and without responsibility for the poorest and most vulnerable in our society.
It is the mass movement match of the 21st Century: Occupy Wall Street vs. The Tea Party.
To the Editor:
I read a full page Letter to the Editor in last week's Lakewood Observer in favor of voting no on Issue 2. Really? Let’s get out the violins and yank on your heart strings, or, if you are gullible enough, please believe all those TV ads which tell you that your police and fire departments, your schools, your hospitals, will all be empty of staff if you don’t vote no on Issue 2.
Here is the reality: they are telling you that the city council man/woman you elected are criminals who want to steal your safety. Mayor Michael Summers wants to have your granddaughter burn up in a fire. Right? So instead of giving your elected officials the right to represent you, you prefer some unnamed, unelected, and unchecked union boss? God help us. Every time I see some city council voting to condemn SB5, I see a bunch of people who are saying I can’t be trusted, give my job to the union boss, because they are the ones really paying me.
My wife and I recently took our two young children down to Cleveland Public Square. It was our intent to join the Occupy Cleveland crowd gathered there to protest Wall Street greed as part of the Occupy Wall Street movements sprouting up across the nation and expose them to one of history’s most important acts--civil disobedience.
My family and I attended the Fallen Firefighter Memorial Ceremony on September 11, 2011. We were deeply moved by the unveiling of the new memorial created using two steel beams from the World Trade Center. Touching those beams unleashed a wave of emotions about what took place that day. Reflecting on the events that have unfolded in the ten years since that attack still leave us with much to grieve about--not only the loss of life that day, but a lost decade for America.
The attacks of September 11, 2001 were many things. Among the most important, we can see now that a decade has passed, is that they were a portal into an alter-reality world, which America has wandered through ever since. Four hundred fifteen firefighters and law enforcement officers--public workers--died that day and were justly honored at that time as heroes. That is a fact we would do well to remember today, as their counterparts, and all public workers for that matter, are pilloried as gluttonous anchors on the economy and denigrated as needless government bloat.
This summer, my family finally gave up on McDonald’s. It shouldn’t have taken this long—we saw Supersize Me when it first came out (seven years ago). We read Fast Food Nation and discussed its horrors with our friends. We’ve known all along that when it came to nutrition, McDonald’s was at the bottom of the barrel. But we thought an occasional foray to the Golden Arches was forgivable. Everything in moderation, right? And we never went without a good excuse. “I was dying for ice cream, but I only had a dollar in my purse.” Or, “A promise of fries on the way home was the only way I could get the kids to go to the store without a tantrum.” It was just a drive-thru. A blip in our day. We threw the bag away and forgot we’d ever been.
September 8 is International Literacy Day, created 45 years ago by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to celebrate literacy and remind the international community of the obstacles that still remain to global literacy.
I had the opportunity to spend some time in Seneca Falls, New York this summer. It was my third visit to this “must do” destination for all feminist pilgrims in search of a few hours of inspiration and immersion in our women's rights history. Seneca Falls is home to the Women's Rights National Historic Park, National Women's Hall of Fame, and the historic home of Elizabeth Cady Stanton, human rights activist and convener of the first Women's Rights Convention in Seneca Falls back in July of 1848.
The various books, magazines and websites I read often contain various charts that include statistical and scientific data on the economy and the environment. The foundation of such charts begins with vertical and horizontal lines used to graph the trajectory over time of the arc, bend or curve of important research facts and findings.
I am writing regarding the article, "Can the Worst Be Avoided," published in the July 12, 2011 Lakewood Observer.
I attended Emerson Junior High School 1942- 1944 and rode my bike there every day, including on winter snow days. No problem. My route originated at 1494 Cohassett Avenue, (where my sister still resides- she mailed me the article), then north on Cohassett to Detroit, west on Detroit to the crossing in front of Garfield School, crossed Detroit with crossing guard (a regular cop at times), west on the north side of Detroit to Clarence Place, north to Hazelwood, west on Hazelwood to Nicholson, north on Nicholson to Emerson, crossing Nickel Plate Road Tracks where there was a crossing watchman weekdays and finally, west on Emerson to Emerson Junior High School.
After spending too much of my precious spare time reading and researching the current federal government debt ceiling deal drama playing out in Washington, DC, I could not help but look back upon November 4, 2008, the day I cast my vote for Ralph Nader for President of the United States. As a true progressive and one deeply concerned for the loss of the American ideal born out of the trails of selfless workers and activists who sacrificed so much for all of us from 1900 to 1970, it was a way to express opposition and challenge the anti-middle-class orthodoxy of the corporate state, corporate media and the corporate political parties. The fact is, despite being a lifelong registered Democrat (mainly for third party disenfranchisement issues in primary elections), I have voted for Ralph Nader in three of the last four Presidential elections.
I am writing to you concerning the current state of the school board for the Lakewood City Schools. From my perspective, the board is at worst broken and at best seriously damaged. As a lifelong citizen of Lakewood and a graduate of Lakewood High School I find the processes and procedures used by the current members of the board to be disturbing. This school board keeps telling the public that it is completely transparent, yet they continue to pass policy in violation of their own bylaws and with sleight of hand that would make Houdini proud. I maintain that they do not operate transparently but under a cloak of invisibility.