Friday, January 17, 2014

In Retrospect

Ken O’Brien

At the outset I want to say that I made a serious mistake. I should never have apologized for the article "Weighty Matters". Insofar as the target of that article has refused to accept the apology it can be considered to have been rescinded.

Moving on I hope to discuss the matter that gave rise to that article in a reasonable and intelligent manner.

A number of years back we had a town manager by the name of Clayton Carlisle. Mr. Carlisle was, shall we say, portly. 

At the same time the local paper featured editorial cartoons by a local artist who was quite clever and talented.

The cartoonist’s political cartoons frequently featured a caricature of the town manager. In every cartoon, as I remember it, a button was shown popping off the manager’s amply filled shirt.

I may be mistaken, but I don’t recall any tearful episode by the town manager at a council meeting bemoaning the fact that he was ridiculed about his weight.

I also do not remember any public outcry resulting in regional media descending upon the town to protest our acceptance of Neanderthal like attitudes.

In a similar vein, a couple of years ago this very blog posted a list of mock Christmas gifts. One of the councilors included was also somewhat larger than average. For that councilor, who now is chairman of the town council, I suggested a gift of Spanx.

Somewhat surprisingly, in light of current events, there was no response – emotional or otherwise. And there was no mass of critical comments suggesting that I would be damned to hell for all eternity.

Recently, however, I allowed to appear some anonymous comments about the fact that the school committee chair was, in her own words, overweight. Please keep in mind that this was before the Satan-inspired post which I have removed and for which I have sincerely apologized.

The allowing of those comments, which were on a posting that was clearly identified as parody, ignited a firestorm of outrage.

The object of the remarks took advantage of a publicly-televised meeting of the school committee to air, tearfully, the hurt inflicted upon themselves and their family by those comments.

Elements of the public arose, pitchforks and torches in hand, demanding my head on a pike.

What was the difference between this and the earlier examples?

The only difference was that, in the latter case, the person involved was a woman.

We hear every day about the fact that women only earn 77 cents for the same job where men earn a dollar.

We are bombarded with the fact that women have a harder time breaking into politics than men.

The term “glass ceiling” has become a rallying point for activists supporting women’s rights.

But, this very instance is illustrative of the reason why many people remain resistant to a true equality of opportunity for women in society – whether it is in business of politics. They dread the prospect of an overly emotional scene that, in a man, would be considered unprofessional and demeaning. Tuesday night’s display reinforced that stereotype.

Those who really know me are cognizant of my firm devotion to the right of women to full equality.

My ex-wife has been far more successful than me and I am still very fond of her and I have never spoken ill of her.

While I have objected to the use of councilor’s forum for non-business comments during town council meetings, I used that forum in that way once. It was at only my second meeting as a newly elected councilor. I chose to defend, in a humorous way, public criticism that had been leveled at a fellow councilor after the earlier meeting.

Pertinent in this context is that the councilor who I defended was a woman who was criticized for décolletage that was considered too “revealing” despite the midsummer heat wave. The incident was memorialized in a cartoon by the aforementioned cartoonist that I still cherish.

To summarize, I feel that the display by the Chairman of the School Committee did severe damage to women. It served to reinforce the biases that they have been fighting to overcome for almost fifty years. Whether you want to believe it or not, it resulted in genuine anger that caused me to write things that I regret. What I said cannot be justified – but it can be explained. 

On balance I believe that I have done far less substantial or lasting harm than has she.


61 comments:

  1. If it is as you say, that is that, then why are you trying to justify your actions? I've followed this drama but haven't yet commented. While you do have a valid point in that you received no reaction from others, your apology doesn't appear to be as sincere as you claim it is. Why not just let it go?
    This reminds me of those who apologize "sincerely", of course, and say "BUT."
    As a woman, had I been the target of such profuse and nonsensical vitriol I would either have fired back or just ignored it. Given that Lauren is a public official she couldn't very well fire back at you. I think mistakes were made from the two of you.
    If you really want to move on then move on. You're the one dragging this out. Why not take the high road now?

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  2. Sorry Kenny, you haven't earned the town's biggest a"hole cup yet, although you are in the running for 3rd or 4th place.

    Despite the glass ceiling, both first and second place belong to ladies on the Town Council.

    If you put her down for getting elected because her supporters claimed indictments were coming against an outgoing school committee person that never came or if you stepped on her blue suede shoes you'd have been fine, but you should know that even if a size twenty woman in a size suX bathing suit asks if she looks fat, the reply is 'of course not'.

    The glass ceiling is there bc when women are empowered, they sometimes are more easily self shattered than glass. Good thing Lauren is responsible for something that is already a wreck, otherwise her failure would be blamed on women, which would be very unfair.
    You took more insults on T&G than anything directed at Lauren- in fact even your readerss took more insults. Who is the attempted murderer? Is Amelia going to be burned in a public ceremony for sharing meeting minutes?

    It appears they set you back 24 hours with their critics, and progress for women 25 years. Good thing progressive men like you won't allow that to happen. Your "little blog" sometimes accomplished more locally than the daily big newspaper and the make believe local daily newspaper





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  3. Mr. O'Brien is it a little uncomfortable in your shoes today? Your post made television. I am with Mrs. McLoughlin bullies do come in all sizes and shapes. Sometimes they are even educated and should know better. We want our children to stop bullying but with the examples set by many adults it is no wonder it hasn't. For me your apology is just to little to late and only happened because of the outrage directed at you. I would have thought more of you if you hadn't done the "Weighty matters". My respect is for Mrs. McLoughlin she has class. You sir do not. And I am not a coward I am proud to sign this. Marilyn Pollone

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  4. Caricature is far different from outright bullying. These are nothing but excuses you give to forgive yourself of your wretched behavior. You are a disgusting disgrace of a man and a sad human being, judging women only on their LOOKS. You're nothing but a bullying pig--keep talking you're only making it worse.

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  5. Well, in the end you did qualify your apology, but at least you tried and it is progress we are look for not perfection. With that being said, I just watched the Channel 5 interview and I have a problem with what the chairwoman said about bullies. My problem is that didn't she bully the last chairwoman out of the job?

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  6. Ken,
    I've known you since elementary school at St. Mary's. We were good friends back then and spent a lot of time at each others house during our free time as kids. We both went our own way after 8th grade, me to Southbridge High and you to Marianhill. After that we didn't really see each other again until the early 90's. Always thought you were a good guy. We caught up on our lives and what we were both doing. We even discussed briefly an idea of opening a business together, but we just couldn't come up with financing. Always wondered what could have been had we secured the finances to move on our idea. We both kind of went our own way again and I have not run in to you since. Reading the News of your controversial blog I did a little investigating and after reading your comments on the O'Zone I was shocked at what I found. While I am not preaching in any shape, manner or form I think you really crossed the line of common decency and respect for a felow human being. I almost had the feeling that you were experiencing a break down of some sort. Where that kind of hate and mean spirited insults came from must be some deep dark place that I never want to visit. I hope you can find it in your heart to apologize to Mrs. Mcloughlin and her family and make things right. Life is way to short my friend and time spent attacking people who do not conform to your ways of thinking or agree with your philosophy of the way things should be, makes for a very confrontational existence. Not healthy. Use your blog to help build, not tear down. Just Saying!

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  7. In retrospect you are an ass.

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  8. A whole lot of rationalization in this here apology post. Telling us that you made fat jokes before or that a cartoon showed Carlisle as a bursting out of his shirt is just an attempt to deflect and sya its not just me or its not that bad because its been done before.

    I agree with anonymous 8:26am that you should use the blog to build instead of tearing down.

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  9. That's the most insincere apology I ever read. You are exactly the same as my 1st impression of you - a total jackass. Tell me are your kids and wife proud of you today? Way to take one more swipe at Claton too you tool...

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  10. If you had re read this In Retrospect piece, and realized that you should have had only the first two paragraphs and ended it with "reasonable and intelligent manner"...THAT would have been a sincere apology. To borrow from and misquote a tad... Shakespeare " Mr Ken OBrien thou doth protest too much methinks"...that to me was the rest of what you wrote.

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  11. That apology sounds like your mother gave you a well deserved spanking and made you write it to save the family name. By the way, A-Hole doesn't quite do it for me but my mom taught me not to say bad things about people because, "every dog has his day" and yours, sir, will come, or maybe already has!!??
    With regards to Mrs. McGloughlin's emotions at the School Committee meeting, they were not born out of her feelings about herself or her gender but, instead, because of her intense passion for our school system and her priority of working on matters substantive to the effort to move the system forward.
    If you took the time to know her personally, you would know that she places her own needs well beyond those of others and, as such, just may not have the time to hit the treadmill or eat a healthy meal on a regular basis. Her health is yet another thing she gives to the effort aside from the energy required, time away from family, and from her spouse. We should be on our knees thanking her and all the others who serve the Town and who risk the barbs and jeers from the peanut gallery where you reside.
    By the way, only a public apology is going to work and this blog, which I visited for the first time but shall never visit again, doesn't do it for me.
    Another one from mom, "better to keep your mouth shut and have them think your an idiot than to open it and confirm the fact". Take the advice!!!

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  12. Let me be judged by the content of my character not by the size of my ass

    Signed a woman

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  13. I think should post a photo of your wife and let people tear her apart for her appearance.
    Give no regard for her or her family's feelings. Think nothing of her actual contributions to life and judge her solely on her shell.
    Then we can all pretend to apologize when the article/comments go viral.
    It's 2014 - the things you write will get around. the photos you post will get out. screenshots and emails are everlasting. If you don't have the balls to stand by what you said in the first place, don't say it.

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  15. The fact that others were previously insulted in a bullying fashion doesn't make this right Lauren C. McLoughlin is a caring, intelligent member of the southbridge community who cares enough to bother. Bullying is always wrong. There is no good excuse.

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  16. Why is the fact that Lauren McLoughlin is a giant bully herself being dismissed? Have all those Lauren lovers forgotten about her actions towards that poor Mrs. Woodruff? Have you forgotten her call for meetings to remove Woodruff? Have we forgotten all the covert backroom moves to assail Woodruff? Granted Mrs. Woodruff wasn't the sharpest tool in the tool box, but she didn't need to be attacked like she was by Dame Lauren.

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  17. Those of you who are attacking Mr. O’Brien are blind to what is going on here.

    The real bully here is Mrs. McLoughlin. She was the one who brought up the issue of bullying in regard to comments by someone other than Mr. O’Brien.

    The result has been a flood of hate in comments here and in other places. The language used against Mr. O’brien goes far beyond a few fat jokes, inappropriate as they may have been.

    What person of character uses their children as a shield to hide behind while attacking someone else? Do you see President Obama trying to silence his critics by saying their remarks upset his daughters?

    It is Mrs. McLoughlin who has not missed an opportunity to fan the flames of hatred by appearing on every media outlet that would give her the chance.

    Let any of her critics be forewarned of the hell that awaits them if they give her an opening. Her charming demeanor belies a vindictive nature.

    If you doubt what I am saying ask the former chair woman of the school committee about the relentless bullying that was inflicted upon her that led to her resignation.

    Just be careful people. You are empowering a would-be tyrant.

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  18. I thought about going to a basketball game tonight at the high school. So I went to the school website and found the athletics icon, clicked on it and found the "Department Announcements." I urge everyone to click on this page and see if you notice anything suspect. Here's a clue . . . . "definitely a job for Kara Donovan."

    And our chairperson of the school committee has spent this week whining about comments regarding her girth.

    We should all be crying about this lack of detail and competence at all quadrants of the district. But what should we expect for a mere $ 24,500,000.00?

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  19. Ken studied politics at Harvard. Lauren watched Mean Girls. Mean Girls is winning.

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    1. I believe Mean Girl is whining!

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  20. What kind of apology was this? Why won't you meet with her in person?

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    1. I saw her last night on ch 25. She doesn’t give a damn about an apology. She’s dictating terms of surrender. What kind of witch drives all the way to Boston to bash somebody back in Southbridge on TV? Hey Lauren, Charlie Sheen called, he wants his ego back.

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    2. This comment is brilliant and so true!! Time for this woman to resign!

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  21. Oh I suspect that Lauren's reign is coming to a quick end. The new girls are going to use the same take-over maneuvers that Lauren used on Pat Woodruff. Can you imagine the tears! Call Westville Dam and tell 'em to close the locks!

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  22. You might not know it but Lauren pulls a lot of weight in this town cuz her people can effect your employment opportunities and what parties you get invited to so you better back off or you are going to wish you didn't try to run school policy from Woodstock Road.
    You think you are.Walter Cronkite but we are going to start our own blog and do to you what Monique Manna did to them Lazo's with her blog.

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  23. LM is more interested in getting on television than caring about how it makes her home town look. At least KO had the good sense to pass on adding to the image of us as a bunch of dumb hillbillies.

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  24. I know we can’t make jokes about her weight. Is her swelled head off limits too?

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  25. If she put half the effort into fixing the school system that she’s putting into hating on O’Brien maybe we’d see some improvement. As it is all that she’s proving is that she will stop at nothing to destroy people who get in her way.

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    1. Maybe that's why she seems to like Buzz so much. They are both destructive revenge seekers.

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  26. The Muffin Lady has gone too far this time. Anybody who would drive 120 miles just so she could go on television and whine about her hurt feelings is a few blueberries short of a pancake. And in the future can we set the business about her daughters to violins. It’s wearing as thin as her skin.

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  27. Is it true that Lauren’s next TV appearance is going to be on Street Outlaws so that she can team up with Jose Rivera to beat up on O’Brien in front of a national audience?

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  28. An insincere apology is not an apology. You start off well, but then revert to justifying why what you said really isn't that bad (i.e. other 'portly' or 'larger than average' people never complained). The fact that others didn't say anything doesn't make them right, or McLaughlin wrong. It's obvious that you have a core group of followers that drink your Kool-Aid, but they are leading you down a bad path, and as "friends", aren't publicly defending you--they're still hiding behind anonymity. The person who created the videos hasn't come forward, have they? Has any of these "friends" publicly defended you? No, because they enjoy pushing their agenda while you take the heat. You can't see that the more you speak, the worse it gets. If you're going to take down the post, take down the comments, too, pro and con. If you're going to take down the graphic, take it off the left side of your post. All can still see it. Finally, you should call her and ask to meet over coffee, apologize and get to know her. You started this: only you can end it.

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    1. With all the hate being spewed at O'Brien and anybody who ever knew him is it any wonder that people who see thru McLoughlin would want to remain anon. I notice that even you hide behind that label so why should anybody pay attention to you?

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  29. The WCVB website commentary beneath their story on this matter does not have as many knee jerk reactions that are instantly vilifying Mr. O'Brien. My unsolicited suggestion is that the valid criticisms of the current school administration, including an asy to read synopsis of all that is already posted in the past on this blog
    of all the suggestions that are already posted deeper in this blog. Make use of all the curiousi new website visits and turn that clowns game around. After all, this is not about the weight of a School Committee Chair, it is about the children not getting the education they are entitled to and the failure of the local adults to fix what has been broken- so please consider turning this lemon into lemonaid and make blueberry regret ever passing this publicity football during a school committee meeting.

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  30. I’m not sayin I approve of bullying, the guy is an obvious ahole, I’m just sayin she should make a pitcher of lemonade with it. Instead of just using this as a lesson to her students about bullying, she should also use it as an opportunity for the positive, and give them a personal fitness challenge and good diet choices. She could tie it into their grades and attendance. She does 1 Lap around the track, for every improvement on grades, (which I don’t understand why she brought up how bad they are, isn’t that her responsibility) weight goals set with specific kids that need to drop a few or gain a few (no one needs to know). I bet she could turn it into her walking the track around her school,(in amazing shape," with the most fit, highest grade point average, and most loyal student body in the district. It would be a lot better lesson than whining because someone yells, “HEY, KOOLAIDE” when your backs turned.
    And she would, give her a win, win situation.

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  31. I’ve done a one eighty on this. I bashed Ken in the beginning. When I met McLaughlin, she was so sweet that butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth. Since then though I was told about the number McLaughlin did on Woodruff. This wasn’t Ken’s finest hour but he admitted he was wrong and apologized. Now, as somebody else said, she’s dictating terms on what she will accept. Just who does she think she is? I’m beginning to think she may be a genuine sociopath. Maybe her next TV appearance should be on Criminal Minds.

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  32. Wait till the terms of the teachers' contract become know to the taxpayers. Have you noticed the uinion president, Spineless Dave Williams, not (pardon the pun), weighing in?

    McLoughlin owes the union for her election. Unfortunately, the taxpayers are footing bill. In the first year of the new contract the teachers are receiving a 5% pay raise. How's that for Lauren's payback to the union.

    Wouldn't the average taxpayer in Southbridge like a 5% raise this year. What makes it more egregious is what results our students demonstrated on the State MCAS Tests.

    Keep the 5% first year pay raise in mind when you write your Feb 1 tax bill.

    I will disclose more of Lauren's "payback" contract over the next few days.

    What a nice "Chris Christie" move to distract the voters away from this "weighty" contract give away.

    Where is the public outrage to this fiscal abuse?

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    1. 5.0 % raise this year? How can we pay for this?
      That sure explains why Lauren McLoughlin wanted to stay as the head of the negotiations sub-committee after she over-threw poor Pat Woodruff.

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    2. OMG! I can't believe that anyone in America got a raise this large in recent years. Aren't we just coming out of the worst recession since the Great Depression? Southbridge must have come out of it a lot sooner, and with a lot more - as Buzz put it - "a surplus of money." We there goes the "surplus."

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    3. Nice trick. Just like a master magician. Distract everyone's attention with your crying jag about some blog posts while you filch our wallets. Gotta hand it to you, you almost had me fooled.

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    4. I doubt the blog owner will investigate this wast of town money, even though he professes to be the champion of Town fiscal issues (see earlier blog articles by O'Brien. He won't do so because he's buddies with the teachers union president Dave Wiiliam.

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    5. Even at the risk of sounding like a conspiracy theorist,, I gotta ask... is the Dave Williams that runs the teachers Union an immediate family relative to the David Williams that sits on the Board of Health?
      It makes me nervous that they'd allow a relative to get appointed to such a position that has oversight of a major source of town funds when such an obvious opportunity for inappropriate compromise one way or another with just an occasional wink and nod could be such a flagrant opportunity for taking unfair advantage.

      How much of an additional tax increase will be required next year in order to give a 5% raise to the teachers or does it only require closing down the Aeroport and allowing a little expansion?

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    6. 5% raise and election payback - SORRY
      NEITHER OF THOSE DOGS CAN HUNT!
      There is enough actual facts to be upset about no need to manufacture any.
      This from some who gets the Irony that the former chair has a family with children too!

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    7. Dave Williams union president - Dave Williams Board of Health are one in the same. Only in Southbridge.

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      Anonymous January 18, 2014 at 5:34 PM:
      Why don't you write an article and submit it to me under your real name. You apparently have a copy of the contract.
      After over 800 articles the only one that I wrote that people care about is where I insulted somebody.
      Maybe you'll have better luck.

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  33. The people who are not satisfied with Mr. O'Brien's apology should consider that what he said he said on "his little blog" as some of his detractors called it. I was Mrs. McLoughlin who made a spectacle of the whole town by going viral and bringing more negative attention to Southbridge from allover New England. She should apologize to the entire town for what her publicity seeking has done.

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  34. And now today's T & G columnist, Diane Williamson, weighs in on the McLoughlin weight issue. Really? Diane Williamson and Lauren McLoughlin are cut out of the same material - self-serving narcissists. It's all about them.. Hey Diane, the local T & G reporters Brian lee got the story right and reported it extremely well. Maybe you should take some lessons on journalism from a "real" newspaper person.

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  35. Perhaps Mr. O'Brien could look into the contract just ratified between the teachers and the town? He is apparently very friendly with Mr. Williams, whom might be willing to provide him with a copy of the deal.

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  36. For those of you who are upset that the teachers of Southbridge earned a 5% increase: First, the teachers in Southbridge have historically been very underpaid compared to the rest of the teachers across the state. Even with the 5%, Southbridge is still very behind on the pay scale. You can see every teacher contract in the state at http://educatorcontracts.doemass.org/contents.aspx
    Second, for 5 years the Southbridge teachers have had a 1% increase in their salary each year. If you consider the rate of inflation, they have been going backward in their net earnings while this was happening. People that work at McDonalds, without college degrees, get a 3% raise annually. It is more challenging to teach in Southbridge than in many other communities, and yet there are people out there who want the teachers to work for less money than anywhere else. Would the average person work in a more demanding environment, for less pay, than they could in a neighboring town? The answer is no and also why you have lost a good deal of teachers over recent years. They discover that the stress of their day to day job could be lightened and they could make substantially more money elsewhere.
    Next, if you think that Dave Williams was the sole reason why this 5% increase went through, then you are very ignorant. The contract negotiation process is long and complex, with many participants and many iterations going back and forth between the parties. No one person has that much power and authority, it is a team effort on both sides.

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    1. If you think working at a school is hard, try one of the companies in the area. And yes, many company employees went to 4-year colleges and earned degrees. I'd ask you to find any that gave 5% raise to everyone employed at any company EVER. The few employees that were awarded such substantial raises demonstrated success. The taxpayers of Southbridge are still waiting for such evidence of success. To date, we have witnessed all barometers of success moving in the wrong direction since Buzz and the girls took over.
      As for Southbridge being more challenging than most districts . . . The Superintendent has made it perfectly clear that he wants most, if not all, staff to leave. Three elementary principals, ELL director, director of operations, business manager, etc., have all been sent packing.
      Fiscally, the school department should never of had such bloat in it to warrant such pay increases. This truly reflects the deceit that this school committee perpetrated on the town council during budget negotiations. I hope the town councilors remember this deceit during future funding cycles.
      5% pay increase for hundreds of workers = over $ one million dollars to the taxpayers.

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    2. Even if the Teacher.s Union President did something about all the landfill liquids pouring into the streets or the landfill sliding into Charlton, the other two board of health members wouldn't do anything about it anyway, so what is wrong with Dave just going with the flow and turning a blind eye to it like the others? It isn't like anything would get accomplished

      There were two Doctors that applied for that Board of Health position that Mr. Williams serves on, but if the Town manager appointed them they couldn't keep the landfill open and also honor their Hippocratic oath at the same time. Actually this proves what a brilliant strategist Chris Clark is. What teacher or any town union employee would go out of their way to make sure the landfill doesn't harm public health when doing so might mean lay offs? They'd have to be a Saint!

      Like Chris Clark said on his way out on the night he was given all those awards from the politicians, he lead us through the great recession without laying people off All he had to do was get rid of a few people that got in way,of his means of money- like demoting Jim Philbrook from from the Health Department Director & Paul Zotos from Cable. He even worked hard campaigning against the Councilors that held up the landfill access road, and forced two health oriented board of health members. off the board. Makes me wonder what they need clever Chris Clark to get done in Harwich.

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    3. Nowadays, Banks consider .99% as being High Yield. Seniors on a fixed income are being crushed.

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    4. I challenge any one to back the claim of a 5% increase for all teachers with facts. This is such misinformation.
      You are needlessly upsetting people as this 5% fictitious number is complete BS. Relax everyone it is NOT TRUE!

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  37. Anonymous at 1:08pm needs a math lesson. If you get a 1% increase for five years and a 0% increase for one year and a 5% increase for one year, you average below a 2% increase over six years.

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  38. Bottom line is no one in that pathetic school system should get a raise.

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    1. In other words your math was wrong and you have nothing better to say.
      You must be a grad of SHS.

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  39. There are diiferrnces between working in the Southbridge School system and McDonalds for certain. AtcDonalds you work twelve months a year-no summers off for certain, but it is a for profit enterprise and makes money, so despite $1 organic coffee from Newman's it can afford 3% annual raises because of productivity. And there are plenary of McDonsld employees with four year degrees- they just don 't know the right people to get a cushy government job.

    One thing is for certain about McDonald's-consistancy. Get a Big Mac in Southbridge, Manila, Montreal,Mississippi or even Mumbai and it will taste the same. Give children and MCAS in any of these places and their scores will be different, and sadly their scores will be higher than the s idea in Southbridge.

    In the immortal words of George Bush," Is our children learning?" Well, sadly, in at Southbridge High they isn't. We do have consistancy in Southbridge-consistant failure, and if we reward such behavior with a substantial pay raise it will get worse. Maybe we should cut their wages until the only teachers that remain are the ones that truly care about the students. Let the students vote each year for the best 10% of the teachers and reward them with a ten percent raise and you'll see better score mprovement than if you bring in a dozen specialists.

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  40. After watching the meeting on the internet Buzz is back to his old mantra that the schools are at a level 4. It is the district (the administration) that is at a level 4 for inept leadership and policies. If any of the schools were at a level 4 (which may come true after this round of MCAS) the State would (will) come in and demand administrative changes.

    The sad part is that the district was moving forward under Dr. Hanley and SHS had made great strives under Principal Bishop and the Fab 4. Ely's decisions combining SHS and the Middle School as one school as well as reorganizing elementary schools took a giant step backwards for this town financially and educationally. Great things were happening in the Southbridge Schools, but they came to a screeching halt in this new era of bobble heads.

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    1. The next injustice to our kids is that Buzz is not replacing the "veteran guidance counselor" that he fired. There will be over 1,000 children with 3 guidance counselors. Bad Move! He obviously has to find some way to pay for these new administrative positions he has created. Why do our children in Southbridge keep loosing! None of these new administrators know or care about them! We need Hanley, Bishop, Lazo, Jovan, Abate, Dargie and several others who adored by the kids and known for their care of our children. Can we go back to the old high school?

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  41. More staff carnage at the new school. The district Athletic Director has received a 30 day unpaid suspension after two school committee members took a tour of the building and ran back to Buzz. Guess they had issues with what they saw.

    I have a problem with this course of action and so should the Union. But Da e Williams, the union president has his head so far up Buzz's *&%#@ that he constantly sells his members out. Davie boy users the "I'll survive at all costs" theory.

    Well at least we save six weeks salary. Of course that will be eclipsed by the legal tab to resolve this stupidity.

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