Thursday, January 24, 2013
Here's how you can tell a real conservative from the overabundant fake kind!
If you listen to half of the Patch commenters, you’d think I’m a flaming liberal, radical progressive or whatever pejorative term Fox News is using this for people who think for themselves. But those commenters' comments could not be further from the truth. I challenge you to find one column where I’ve defended the left, or God forbid, Democrats. In fact, I’ll be willing to stipulate that the only thing worse than an Illinois Republican is an Illinois Democrat. There’s a really good reason they’re the party of the jackass! If that doesn’t convince you, if I’m the leftist poster child you insist I am, then please explain my consistent support for Kane County Board Chairman Chris Lauzen. I’ll wait … Can’t do it, can ya? Here’s the truth! …
Sunday, January 20, 2013
In a response to Jeff Ward's Jan. 17 column, Geneva resident Andrea Cladis defends the Pledge of Allegiance and says "disdain for America is perpetuated by a far-left mentality."
Sunday, January 20
Mr. Jeff Ward: Thank you for making me a Patch news headline. Thank you for chastising my letter to the editor. Thank you for demonstrating to my students that bullying is ambient outside of the classroom, as well. And most importantly, thank you for so graciously proving my point that disdain for America is perpetuated by a far-left mentality. The progressive model of education requires that students take courses to address the challenges of bullying in our schools. Not only do they learn how to fight bullies, but they learn how to be bullies. This backward logic aimed to be an infallible solution to the problem is abominable and has only served to increase the severity and frequency of bullying. For this wonderful development, we can …
Friday, January 18, 2013
Kane County State's Attorney's Office conducts full investigation prior to decision. School District 304 adds a statement.
No criminal charges will be filed in a Jan. 9, 2013, incident at Mill Creek Elementary School in Geneva involving parent/volunteer Colin M. McGroarty. According to a press release issued Friday by the Kane County Sheriff’s Office, sheriff’s investigators interviewed all known witnesses, as well as school officials who were present in the building but did not witness the incident. The investigators also reviewed "other statements and information that was relevant to the investigation," the press release said. When the investigation was complete, the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office reviewed the facts and findings with sheriff’s investigators and determined that McGroarty's conduct, "although disconcerting, was not criminal." The …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
This is my response to aspiring teacher Andrea Cladis' letter to the editor. The rote recitation of any pledge quickly becomes a meaningless act.
C’mon! Admit it. We expect our schools to perform miracles! Aside from the monumental task of educating a variety of children with what often amounts to a minimum of parental support, teachers are somehow supposed to instill a sense of discipline, spirituality and patriotism in their young charges at the very same time. Despite the entirely impractical nature of that dynamic, we tend to get really cranky when it reaches its inevitable disappointing conclusion. So I was rather surprised to read aspiring teacher Andrea Cladis’ letter to the Patch editor lamenting our area schools’ frequent failures in the patriotism regard. Not only does she support Colin McGroarty’s absurd Mill Creek outburst and subsequent District 304 email threat, but …
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The father said he never meant to cause fear or be threatening during the Jan. 10 incident. He
still takes issue with the school creed.
Here is the full text of Colin McGroarty's apology, posted on Facebook at about 9:20 a.m. Jan. 14: Apology to Geneva area residents I would like to apologize to Geneva area residents for unintentionally contributing to a heightened state of fear in the local area. My poor choice of wording in the publicly released statement after witnessing the children in the afternoon kindergarten class promising to obey rules and teachers while performing the Pledge of Allegiance was open to misinterpretation. Please understand that generating fear was not the intent. The event left me horrified and in a heightened emotional state due to my own personal knowledge and experience (knowledge of American history to include Eugenics, the genocide of my own …
Monday, January 14, 2013
It's time to stand up to conservative bullies, and it can start with the arrest of the parent who disrupted a Mill Creek kindergarten class in a dispute over the Pledge of Allegiance.
When I read about last week’s Mill Creek Elementary School incident, I desperately wanted to chalk it up to an extreme example of conservatism run amok, but I couldn’t. You see, the sad truth is, when a plurality of Americans insist upon shrieking socialism, birth certificate, secession, and taking back our country, a parent verbally assaulting a kindergarten class blends right in. And please don’t try and tell me that the left is just as bad, because they aren’t. Yes! There are real conservatives who refuse to regularly succumb to that uncontrollable urge to control other peoples’ lives, but their capacity to ignore and even subtly encourage their bitter and overzealous brethren is unparalleled. Incensed over a perceived Pledge of …