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Comment Archives: stories: News: Local News

Re: “URA candidate Schriner scolds Council

What a blatant display of disrespect. It is completely reasonable for council to ask board candidates for their opinions on matters relevant to service. Nolan Schriner should withdraw his name from consideration as a URA member so council can spare him the embarrassment of being rejected.

15 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Deloris on 04/03/2014 at 3:55 PM

Re: “El Paso County is getting more people off government support and into jobs

Lets not forget the staff who work for Viewpoints and Directions. They work everyday with clients helping them to move forward with guidance, professionalism and a big smile letting them know they are important and worth it.

Those staff members deserve a round of applause.

3 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Starr View on 04/02/2014 at 2:00 PM

Re: “URA candidate Schriner scolds Council

MargRita, Nolan Schriner was the registered agent for N.E.S. until March 11, 2011, according to the Secretary of State filings.

12 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Pam Zubeck on 04/02/2014 at 12:47 PM

Re: “URA candidate Schriner scolds Council

According the the company's website, he is still the owner/founder. Unfortunately, the Secretary of State's website isn't functioning right now, so I couldn't verify if there's been a VERY recent sale.

15 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by MargRita Williams on 04/02/2014 at 12:28 PM

Re: “URA candidate Schriner scolds Council

That's real arrogance challenging a council member about his community service! Mr. Shriner is the very definition of insubordinate. I don't care how qualified he is, he is not the kind of volunteer council should appoint to a city board. Council already has trouble working with a mayor who walks all over them and appointing this guy to urban renewal only makes it worse. Hopefully council sees through Bach's scheme to get his yes men on city boards. If they appoint this guy it shows how weak council actually is and they are fine with being walked on.

32 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by goldsabbath on 04/02/2014 at 9:48 AM

Re: “Parents battle The Classical Academy over son's coveted locks

IMHO, TCA should concentrate on some of its irrefutably more fundamental problems, such as blatant favoritism and nepotism in its sports programs, particularly football. SIgned, Former Titan Club Member

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Bob Maddocks on 04/01/2014 at 5:15 PM

Re: “Parents battle The Classical Academy over son's coveted locks

It's hard to imagine in this day and age that a school administration would pull such a senseless stunt just to prove to themselves that they are in total control. Then again, if it's true that that they have been secretly operating as a 'christian' school by lying and manipulation of their own charter requirements then that's just the sort of self-righteously malevolent behavior parents should expect to see more of in the future. The idea that your own personal beliefs should trump all law or convention is the most pernicious claptrap seen so far in this century.

9 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Tall Paul78 on 03/31/2014 at 5:05 PM

Re: “Parents battle The Classical Academy over son's coveted locks

Just because a school puts something in their 'policy' does not make it right. TCA is notorious for focusing on trivial matters. Does this student's long hair represent some kind of threat to the environment? Is this a distraction? I am a teacher and I always have to tell my students NOT to create drama where there is none. This is a 'classic' case of administration creating 'drama' where there is none. TCA is a charter school that has illegally operated as a christian school for years because they manipulate their charter to misrepresent the manner in which their curriculum is presented. A few years back they were under investigation for this. I find it funny, because I just want to share with TCA….WWJD..what would Jesus do? Actually, if Jesus attended TCA, I guess he'd be suspended for his long locks.

8 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by Karen Parks on 03/31/2014 at 4:35 PM

Re: “Parents battle The Classical Academy over son's coveted locks

I was thrown out school on a regular basis because the principal of my public school decided arbitrarily that it was too long. Unfortunately, my parents agreed with the principal and I was forced to cut my hair. That was wayyyy back in 1968. I hoped that things had changed.

10 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by staunchliberal on 03/31/2014 at 2:36 PM

Re: “Parents battle The Classical Academy over son's coveted locks

Kevin Douglas,

As Charlie's father, and as a TCA parent for 12 years, I am well aware of the dress code. If you read the article, it says that the senior contract, which Principal Shields agreed to, allowed an exception to the dress code. Charlie has been "abiding by their terms". The issue is that their terms changed, and not only did the terms change, they did a very poor job communicating that fact.

The TCA School Board decided last week that they would not hear our appeal. We had agreed to comply with the board's decision, so Charlie got his hair cut. We thought it was important that we keep our word, even if the administration and the board place a higher priority on short hair than keeping your word.

14 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Patrick McGrath on 03/31/2014 at 2:05 PM

Re: “Parents battle The Classical Academy over son's coveted locks

I have extremely long colored hair past my bottom and guess what, I hold a PhD and a full time job! Your hair or even tattoos does not prevent you in this day and age from being a productive member of any community! Hair does not magically grow in a few weeks or months, he has had long hair for a while now and even though this is a charter school they could have and should have said something at the beginning of the year NOT now when it is 4th quarter, this is just dumb, let it go change the "contracts" for next year and move on. I wonder when this town is going to get out of the dark ages?

13 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Tina M Abeyta Phd on 03/31/2014 at 10:53 AM

Re: “Parents battle The Classical Academy over son's coveted locks

He needs to be allowed to keep his hair. He is a senior who has probably been going to this school for the last 3 and a half years and has probably had long hair for a long time. It is not like his hair has grown overnight and is now suddenly too long. Change the dress code for next year and make it more specific but there are just a few months left of this school year so they shouldn't be able to change the dress code now.

My high school (a Lutheran high school) even allowed boys to have long hair. The rule was that it could not go past the bottom of the collar of a button up shirt. Maybe something like that could be in the dress code but for the coming year.

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Lisa Appleyard on 03/31/2014 at 10:38 AM

Re: “Parents battle The Classical Academy over son's coveted locks

Nobody at TCA was assigned to go there by district maps or anything. You go there because you chose to and agreed to abide by their terms. This is a charter school that you have to choose to go to. If this were a regular high school where the kid didn't have a choice to go to, then I wouldn't take the schools side.

My kid goes to TCA and he has always wanted to shave his head (with a razor), but the dress code doesn't allow for it. So, he just gets his high and tight instead.

9 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Kevin Douglas on 03/31/2014 at 8:54 AM

Re: “Legislators want to expand a grant for school counselors

As someone who has a Masters degree in School Counseling, Im glad to see this profession becoming more valued.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by lisaczelatdko on 03/30/2014 at 12:59 PM

Re: “Councilor pushes for more urban agriculture

Food security amongst residents is amongst the most critical needs of any community, for without there are moderate to severe impacts on public health, local economy, academic performance and quality life. Government plays a significant role in addressing this growing problem via public policy. Councilor Gaebler knows this and is to be commended for taking a proactive approach - grabbing the goat by the horns if you will.

As for all you big/any government involvement equals bad government people out there, this proposal should even appeal to you, as it will involve NGO's, faith-based organizations and the like and empower the individual to "lift themselves up by the bootstraps".

The answers are amongst us. With support from local government we will address some core issues that benefit all citizens and put the b-a-a-a-d behind us.

5 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by LiberalForThisPlace on 03/29/2014 at 7:38 AM

Re: “Parents battle The Classical Academy over son's coveted locks

He could wear a dress, and some lipstick,....who knows, he might get lucky! Rules are rules....cut the hair!

8 likes, 24 dislikes
Posted by Stewed on 03/28/2014 at 9:23 PM

Re: “Councilor pushes for more urban agriculture

Joel Salatin's books are a major influence on my thinking about food supply and sustainability. Small farms that feed the locals are the answer to food production. Salatin has a lot to say about the burden and obstructions placed on small farmers by govt. Suggest that citizens arm themselves with the facts and exercise common sense when politicians introduce policies for the good of mankind. Get informed by reading Salatin's "Folks, This Aint Normal."

4 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by curious on 03/28/2014 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Councilor pushes for more urban agriculture

There are programs in Chicago & Detroit where they will put 5 feet of composted soil on an empty lot and make citizen gardens in the worst areas in the big cities, where people can't buy veggies in their small corner stores. Cheap and efficient. Why can't anyone do this???

4 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by gurudori on 03/28/2014 at 9:34 AM

Re: “Councilor pushes for more urban agriculture

Sustainability by individual effort? The poorest people in the world grow their food on small patches. It's called "subsistence farming" and not "sustainability" for a reason. The reason this country can feed so many people is because of its advanced farming methods. Go spend a year in Africa or India or Asia and see the erosion subsistence agriculture causes. Face the starving that occurs when things go awry and there is no larger food supply as back up. Watch as the floods carry all those farmers and their topsoil downstream when they don't know how to handle their soil.

Underlying "sustainability" is the idea that somehow, if Armageddon comes to this nation, one can hunker down and hide on one's patch. Again, I refer you to the poorest areas of the world. If Armageddon happens here, there will be no city water to your piece of high desert and and you will be on the road like those refugees you see in pictures.

Do I think American agribusiness has its problems? You bet. Is it OK to garden in your yard? Of course. But the idea that we are going to have a better life by going backwards is nonsense. People are routinely living to be 90 or 100 years old on what the current system produces. Something must be working.

8 likes, 10 dislikes
Posted by Clara McKenna on 03/28/2014 at 7:48 AM

Re: “Councilor pushes for more urban agriculture

Perjoratives? If you don't see the word play on "nanny" and nanny goat, so be it. I am a backyard gardener and a financial supporter of PPUG and the public market project. Urban homesteading is a major interest of mine and I'd like to see more of it. I'd also like to see govt mind it's own business. You need to adjust your sensitivity radar as well as pay attention to the comment rather than take offense with the person making the comment.

5 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by curious on 03/27/2014 at 9:05 PM

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