This Letter to the Editor/Opinion Piece is written by Martin Petry:Here in East Haven we have a Mayoral Election this year. I established my support for Gary DePalma in an earlier post. Since that time has passed our 4x8 support sign was defaced and has been removed. Then yesterday our smaller Gary DePalma sign just disappeared.
So goes the nitwittery of those that take offense to my particular statement of supporting a candidate.
Yesterday came along with the mail. I fetched it from the box and put it on the table. Later when Tracy arrived home she went through it and discovered a leaflet of a neighbor's intention to run for the school board on a competitors ticket. I am typing this letter here on this page and will make some points following the letter.
ANNABEL PATTERSON, Ph.D. 111 Cosey Beach Ave, #1, East Haven, CT. 06512.
To all Democrats in East Haven
I am a retired university professor looking to do some civic service. This is why I am running for the East Haven School Board. I have plenty of time and energy, and a long background in education. I have taught English for over forty years at colleges in Canada and the U.S., ending up at Yale. I still teach the required course for English Majors at Yale each spring, so I know a good deal about the interface between high school and college skills. I have written 14 books and see no point in writing anymore!
My personal interest is, of course, literacy. I have done some volunteer teaching in New Haven Reads, which serves elementary school children who are not reading up to grade standard. I would like to start a similar program in East Haven. I am well informed about the Common Core adopted by Connecticut, which has some excellent advice on what students should be reading at what levels, and I would like to help smooth its adoption, especially in the East Haven high schools.
I am running on Jack Stacey's slate, and I hope you can support me when you give your vote for him!
On the letter's face nothing seems unreasonable. It is a well intentioned letter of noble motivations.
This article was placed in a mailbox without postage paid. The very act of putting anything in a mailbox can result in criminal dispensation. Mail Tampering and Mail Fraud are serious crimes.
Now you might thing I am making mountains out of mole hills, but I assure you I am not.
Consider these questions:
- How does a Yale professor think it is a good idea to announce a political intention without honoring the laws of the land?
- Other candidates use their own money and money donated by donors for the contest to do bulk mailings.
- How does a potential candidate reconcile their public trust by acting with disregard to laws of the land?
This singular action of violating law of the land should in all reality of political viability disqualify Annabel Patterson from the contest.
I'd like an opportunity to bring up the "Common Core" thinking she is actively pursuing.
organization is an attempt to consolidate a quazi government agency
which oversees and implements an insidious control of the education
department, parents and students. The unified thinking of all involved
in the business of education removes any form of individuality regarding
a child's education.
I don't know if Annabel is a parent. My guess is probably not. Any parent with more than one child can tell you how educating their children is a multifaceted undertaking when considering the needs of all their children. Some children take to education with great ease, some need constant motivation.
The enlightened minds of this countries education administrations are failing all those they suppose to oversee. Graduation rates from K-12 are abysmal. Drop out rates are skyrocketing. Juvenile courts are overwhelmed with new violators everyday. American students aren't even in the top ten global ratings of students. Yet we pour more and more money into a sinking ship.
Who is to blame? Teachers, parents, students????? None. All. Or maybe it is a departure from concepts like integrity. Maybe it comes from the greedy nature of bureaucracies?
The absurdity of witnessing a Yale professor disregard laws of the USPS, seeking political office while foisting an indoctrination towards Common Core thinking might just be the bulls-eye of why the education system in this country is a magnificent disaster.
When I was growing up there was no mistake as to the purpose of school. It was to learn reading, writing, math, science and history. Within these studies we came to understand the losses and rewards of study. Study and get good grades, don't study and get poor grades or do it over. There was no such thing as correction policies of bullying, or even denying competition as a cause and effect aspect of learning.
One thing I do know is this: Turning a blind eye to wrong actions of those seeking public trust with a "It's not a big deal" attitude is exactly what these
Professors have been selling for the past several decades. What can be said about a Professor that has no regard for laws we all must live by? Does she claim ignorance and remain a teacher of an institution like Yale? Are you going to suggest that because her skill set is in literature she couldn't know that mail fraud and mail tampering aren't wrong? Will you look the other way because she means well?
Hell is paved by the way of Good Intentions.
She has no need to write books anymore. Were they well read? Those who can do, do, those that can't do teach, isn't that an adage of old reckoning? Those who can do, do, Those that can't do teach and teachers that can't cope become politicians. Might that be a new adage?
We've contacted the news media of this concern. We notified our candidate of the ethically challenged competition. I also notified Yale of it's employees lack of integrity. The Postal Inspectors have also been notified.
If you don't stand for something in this world, you stand for nothing. The actions of this Yale professor are unacceptable and need rebuking. I am fed up with the elite of this world thinking they are above the law and possess all the answers to our communal problems. They have been at it since LBJ and there has never been any measure of success, just a deepening acceptance that more money is needed to solve the problems they perpetuate.
Departure from moral conduct of ethical integrity is what these politics are all about, and just remember you reap what ya sew.
-- Martin Petry