Monday, October 12, 2009

A Disturbing Report ...

 
Criminal mischief: The men's bathroom at Badgerow Park North, 4614 Dewey Ave., was defaced with racial graffiti on Sept. 29.

SCATS ~~ But in a town where we've done EVERYTHING humanly possible to promote diversity - in the schools and in town govt  and offices - what more could we do? (Please hear the sarcasm!)

13 comments:

Anonymous said...

Student populations are very diverse in Greece. We're almost like the city there.Teaching and building staff are barely starting. I've never seen a black or hispanic town employee or police officer. I think I saw a hispanic fireman once. Its not going to improve any time soon unless you want to count the gays. Then we're diverse.

Graehaven said...

To 11:59...
How utterly asinine. Do some research and you'll discover that minorities disproportionately do NOT attend college, and do NOT pursue teaching as a profession.

As for minorities being represented in the police force and fire force, I want qualified people to serve there - I don't care what color they are. Be a QUALITY candidate, don't expect special treatment because you have more melanin than some of us! That's ludicrous.

Expect better from yourself, your representatives. These types of color based expectations are disingenuous and insulting to all people.

SCATS said...

To Graehaven ~~ Sorry, but I must disagree on this one. It's "utterly assinine" to think there are NO qualified candidates out there when other towns have some employed. We live in an area with LOTS OF COLLEGES. I'm sure if we were to recruit from the students graduating, we could find SOME, at least a few, very qualified candidates. Greece is well known for its nepotism in every corridor of public service/govt. That's the elephant in the living room that the powers that be don't want to address.

Anonymous said...

Seems to me that scats is very forgiving of some peoples descriptions of some others' comments. Almost like name calling is allowed in some instances if the adjective is directed at the comment and supposedly not at the commenter. I am not 11:59 but have been insulted by the great gray haven in the past and it was allowed by scats.
11:59 gave an observation that is absolutely true in greece.
Here are 2 meanings of "assinine" and I don't think the word should be allowed by your comment moderation.
1. obstinate or stupid
2. (Life Sciences & Allied Applications / Zoology) resembling an ass

SCATS said...

To 2:44PM ~~ There is a HUGE difference between calling the person assinine and calling the idea/concept assinine. Name-calling relates directly to a person. I will not tolerate someone saying another person is stupid, an idiot or an ass. I will usually tolerate it when someone says the idea or concept is stupid, idiotic or assinine, as I've explained before. If you choose to use those words I expect you to attack the IDEA and EXPLAIN why. Graehaven's comment explains his reasons and doesn't clearly attack the person ... so I interpreted it as the ideas 11:59PM presented. My call, I decided to let it stay and spoke back to it.

Anonymous said...

If or district is sooo concerned about being diverse, why are our lottery schools the exact opposite of diverse? Oh, that's right, our BOE wants everyone else's kids to experience the joys of a diverse school... just not their own kids.

Anonymous said...

You make an excellent point about colleges SCATS. Why can't we utilize the graduates from all these criminal justice programs for some new blood into the pd? Or some of the political science majors for public service jobs. Maybe Greece can provide internships to get the attention of the colleges and their students.

Graehaven said...

My apologies to you 11:59 and to you as well, 2:44, if I've offended you. Perhaps, 2:44, if you'd identify yourself with a registered handle, you could enlighten me on however it was that I insulted you. With so many "Anonymous" handles around, it's a little tough.

To Scats: If there really is that glaring of an issue in the school system, why hasn't someone brought a class action lawsuit? Is that much nepotism legal?

Are there really not many minorities teaching in Greece? It would be interesting to know the ratio of applications. True, where there's smoke, there's usually fire, but this is a touchy issue. I think you hit on it though, that there are ONLY a few, well qualified candidates, therefore, not many in that profession. I don't know. Do you have an inside track on this info?

SCATS said...

To Graehaven ~~ There is a substitute teacher bringing a lawsuit against Greece Central, because he claims he was discriminated against in landing a fulltime position. He claims he has a fairly lengthy and uneventful (in the negative sense)track record as a sub, but GCSD refused to hire him permanently.

Strange enough, in the past, our former Supt. brought his right hand man with him from elsewhere, then took him along when he left Greece, too. That man was in fact black.

Would it surprise you to know that Greece seems to have a horrible time finding and hiring men, another "minority?" And older already seasoned teachers? on the other hand, for some odd reason, GCSD finds copious applicants who are female and in their young 20's but nary a soul who doesn't fit that definition. I personally know of people who applied to Greece and got nowhere. Oddly, they had no trouble landing jobs in other local districts over time. Since we're in the bottom of the county rankings on academics, I think it's time we take a new look at who we hire and how the people already here perform. Something is way out-of-whack.

Anonymous said...

From 2:44 thanks for the sorry from grayhaven . I have no idea how to have a regular name. It's just so easy to write. I'll bet scats knows when we anons write because he/she knows style.

Anonymous said...

Graehaven probably thinks Rush Limbaugh is a radical liberal.

SCATS said...

To 12:22PM ~~ You mean he isn't!?!? Just kidding!

Graehaven has strong opinions, kind of like me ;) But I respect him even when I don't agree.

Graehaven said...

What's so great about blog forums like this is that people get to share their ideas, and even if we don't always agree on the minutia, in this case, it's nice to know that we're not alone with our frustration concerning our politicians that supposedly represent us.

A growing segment of our town, and country, are waking up to the fact that the clowns in both parties (really only ONE party) are virtually unaccountable to us, and they need to fear and respect us once again, since we're their employer.

Don't take any politician's word on anything without checking it out yourself. There's massive corruption on BOTH sides of the aisle, and the only person that can do anything about it, is the one sitting between the chair and the keyboard.