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  1. 1967 was the catalyst (0 Replies)

    While the racism was always there, it was the riots in the summer of ’67 that put it front and center and caused a lot of people to get moving. I observed the riots on TV as a child in a white suburb (which often referred to with the suffix “-tuckey” added, confirming Mark’s Appalachia note). Although we were some distance away, my dad kept a loaded shotgun behind the couch, just in case. Afterward, he took me for a ride through the affected neighborhoods. The sad thing is a lot of what I saw then I can see now in Detroit.

    Some people thought the 1968 World Series victory would help bring everyone back together, but it was only a temporary “cease fire” and, in actuality, everyone was never together to begin with.

  2. on the same subject (1 Reply)

    See Juliette Kayyem’s op-ed piece in the Globe today.

    Currently, it’s all but impossible to use federal funding to hire new state or local employees. The thinking is that because policing is a local effort, jurisdictions should pay for their own personnel. But that sets up a strange system under which the purchase of “gizmos” is allowable, but the hiring of community-relations experts, bilingual police officers, and more diverse workforces isn’t. That needs to change.

  3. read the article / poll (0 Replies)

    Better to just read the article that explains it.

    “These are probably moderate, pro-business Democrats, and they’re probably concerned about Coakley as governor,” said Ray La Raja, a University of Massachusetts political science professor. “They weren’t impressed with her last campaign, they’re not impressed with her this campaign. And they feel comfortable with Baker; they see him as a good manager.”

    If you don’t want to believe it, take to heart a clip from Ryan’s comment below:

    The polls are consistently and overwhelmingly showing that – all of them – and thinking they’re secretly all wrong because you feel…

    The Coakley campaign ignores this poll finding to their own peril.

  4. to really have this discussion... (1 Reply)

    The pros of caucuses along with pros and cons of the alternative (here, primaries) have to be detailed as much as the cons of the current system.

    Some of the issues with primaries have been written up here, but IMO if we looked at the entire picture, the answer might be “Caucuses aren’t great, and the only thing worse are all of the other choices”.

    There is no perfect system.

  5. in that case.. (0 Replies)

    Remember that while she was still a federal employee she could not say anything about running. Once she left the job, she started her listening tour around the state, making it clear that she was considering it.

    No such restrictions on her now. As with The Governor, I believe her when she says no.

  6. to the naysayers (0 Replies)

    I keep hearing those who say we have to “send these kids back” to send the message that people have to stop sending their kids unaccompanied to our border. To which I ask the question: Would you sacrifice YOUR child to send that message?

  7. not my intent (0 Replies)

    I also know of several success stories like you son’s. I also know of cases where the schools did not diagnose problems like ADD, dyslexia, processing speed, and depression which were hindering the progress of kids because they were doing “OK”. In all of these cases, the parents (who luckily had the means to do so) paid to have the testing done and then had to present their cases to the school systems. I think these kids deserve to have their needs met just as much as a gifted student deserves to be challenged.

  8. shouldn't all students be special? (2 Replies)

    I would love to see the need for gifted students to be challenged to be classified as a “special need”

    Rather than classifying students as apart from some preconceived norm (the term “ableism” comes to mind), why not just face the fact that kids are all over the place regarding learning styles, abilities, etc. and design a classroom that works for all of them, as opposed to singling out certain kids (and all of the negative consequences of doing that). This approach would allow those kids whose are struggling in some way but whose behavior and/or grades don’t scream out problem to the teacher to also get the help they need.

  9. class size (1 Reply)

    I guess this is the one point where I differ from ST in his post and christopher has pretty much explained it. I’ve seen this first-hand in elementary classes. Some kids need one-on-one time (and the amount of time can vary from an occasional check-in to a considerable amount of time) yet do not qualify for an IEP and class aide. As the class size goes up, the number of kids needing extra attention goes up and eventually the math doesn’t work out to provide enough time for the teacher to meet the needs of the entire class.

  10. six sixes (0 Replies)

    Agree with all of this. One point to add:

    Oh, and there is ample evidence to support the premise that we should delay the starting time of middle and high schools to reflect the biological reality that adolescents need to sleep later in the morning. If we care about our children, rather than our day-care schedules and school bus contracts, then this is an easy way to improve the lives (and educational outcomes) of every public school student.

    One excuse I hear whenever this comes up is “sports scheduling”. My reply is, what are our priorities?

  11. effectiveness of Repulican framing of Dems (0 Replies)

    What this all also puts into focus is the success that the Republicans have had in defining what the Democrats are, so much so that you just can’t have a reasonable conversation with certain people because they believe that message 100%.

    Maybe the biggest problem with Dems is that they act way too timidly most of the time, in either combating the image defined by the Republicans or in enacting their policies when they are in power (see first two years of Obama presidency).

  12. also (0 Replies)

    A little more understanding about how electricity actually works would help. Voltage is the difference in electrical potential between the two poles of the battery. Without knowing the amperage draw (flow), the voltage doesn’t give a complete picture. Multiply the amps by the voltage and you get watts, the actual rate of transfer of energy. Which in this case isn’t going to be enough to discharge a battery that has enough stored energy to turn over an internal combustion engine.

  13. I'm guessing (0 Replies)

    The transgender bit probably has to do with the Michelle Kosilek case. Of course, this hasn’t occurred yet, and if/when it does, it will be peanuts compared to infrastructure repair costs, as kbusch notes above.

  14. good goal, but be ready to implement plan B (0 Replies)

    My fiancee and I are in total agreement that we want our kids to go to public schools like we did, and honestly, we want them to go to public colleges too.

    While a good goal, it will depend on exactly who your kids are. If they happen to fall within the parameters for which a public school works well (learning type, able to deal with school schedule, no big physical or mental health issues) then there is a good chance the public schools will work out just fine. I fit into that mold, but neither of my kids have. And it is these kids who I describe as “in the middle” – not having issues serious enough for an IEP – that are not necessarily served well by public schools (it will differ both by kid and by school system).

    So just keep that in mind…

  15. Love this post (2 Replies)

    I could spend all day commenting on this, but I’ll just keep it at one thing:

    When the equivalent of a Prop 2.5 vote failed in my mostly blue-collar Detroit suburb before my senior year of high school, the choice of cuts was very interesting. All fall varsity sports were cancelled. What this did (as opposed to cutting those things that Max lists as the usual targets) is really get people’s attention. Another vote was held before mid-year and passed.

  16. you are right (0 Replies)

    “Not entirely clear”, or at least not in a language I know.

    I currently get a delivery charge each month (six bucks and change) but the credit covers that and then some. Will look into this more.

  17. not sure what this means for me (1 Reply)

    I appreciate the reply and link.

    it means that you can’t get the benefits of net metering spread out over more than one billing cycle

    Currently, I’m producing way more PV electricity than my house is using. At the end of my current billing period, I’ll have a credit (in dollars) on my bill and zero due. What is the proposed change? I didn’t see detail (or just didn’t understand it) in the link you posted.

  18. source (1 Reply)

    The governor is pushing legislation now to reduce the subsidies for solar and effectively end solar net metering

    Can you supply a source for this statement?