The 7 Skills

The link below is to a great article, I recommend everyone reads it. It on the skills we all need to make it in life…. Once again a great post that I wish I would have written

here it is

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Tenured… So now I don’t have to care

Rick Snyder for Governor Yard Sign

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In the Great State of Michigan we are going through a lot of growing pains as of late. In November we elected a new Governor, Rick Snyder. He won the Governorship overwhelmingly by stating exactly what needs to happen in this state to fix it. Cut corporate taxes, share the burden, fix the schools and all the rest. People liked hearing it, and voted him into office.

But, there is always a but when it comes to politics, the Gov. did something no politician ever does, and it is coasting him. He is doing exactly what he said he was going to do…. He cut corporate taxes, he shared the burden by removing loop holes in our income tax system, he raised personal income tax a tad bit, and now he is fixing one aspect of the school system, the unions and tenure. How dare him!

Where does he get off doing what he said he would do. Doesn’t he know that us voters like to hear the hard fixes, but we don’t want you to actually do them. We want to talk about shared sacrifice, but we, personally, don’t want to sacrifice, let others do that. Silly, silly man… It’s obvious that he is new to politics, he is trying to run the state like a corporation! But what irks me the most is, he told us that and now he has the guts to do it!

People are really upset, and the unions are, well pissed. Governor Snyder is working relentlessly to turn this state around and he has no political baggage to carry with him, no special interest groups beholden to and he don’t care what his poll ratings are, basically he is not a Politian, he is a business man doing his job, the job he was hired for. One of his campaign signs read “Hire Rick”.  That basically says it all.

School reform is paramount to the turn-around of this state, we must educate our children to compete in the global market, but we must also create an environment were they want to remain in the state of Michigan after graduation. Rick is focused on this, he is laying the groundwork for this to become reality, not just some nice sounding campaign slogan.

I proudly voted for him, and I continue to support him. Do I agree with all his decisions, such, no, but I also understand that I don’t know nor do I see everything that he does. I only know a small part of the over all picture. The Governor must consider the impact on each and every citizen of this great state. That is a burden I would not want, but one Mr. Snyder campaigned for,  using a very new method, truthfulness.

Hmmm, maybe it will catch on and we will see some of this from our other politicians. Just a thought….

What the legislation would change for teachers

Here are some of the major changes that are part of legislation approved Thursday by the state House:

• A beginning teacher would be in a probationary period for five years, instead of the current four. However, a beginning teacher deemed effective for three straight years would get out of probation sooner.

• It would be mandatory for a tenured teacher who is rated ineffective on an evaluation to be placed on probation.

Seniority would no longer be a predominant factor in layoff decisions.

• Language that says teachers can be fired for only “reasonable and just cause” would be eliminated and replaced with language that says teachers can’t be fired for “arbitrary or capricious reasons.”

• The pay of a teacher would be cut off after 90 days if that teacher is appealing a firing.

• Six items would be added to the list of issues that teachers unions could not bargain, including placement of teachers, personnel decisions during layoffs, performance evaluation systems and discharge or discipline of employees. (Read the article here)


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Fire them all

Recently my sister told me that a mutual friend of ours (well to tell the truth, an ex-friend of mine) was complaining that the Catholic Church here in Detroit was banning anyone who works for the Church from attending certain “Catholic Branded” events. The friend works for a local parish and is a liberal Catholic, she believes in all the “modern” liberal junk like Woman Priest, Married Priest, Openly Gay Priest and all the rest of that crap. She is a man hater and a “victim” as all good liberal woman are.  Nothing is her fault and the men of the world are nothing but male  pigs who only want to control and conquer. You know they type…

The funny thing is, I use to be friends with her, how I will never know, but it had to be through the grace of God that we were friends. I use to tell her that I was friends with her because God wanted me to convert her back to being a Catholic, a true Catholic… I’m not so sure that I was really joking, but I failed, I was unable to do it, I was unable to withstand the drama, the attacks and the man hating any longer and I just gave up. Now the truth be told, I was not the one who gave up on the friendship, she did. She stopped calling, stopped wanting to do dinner or just to talk. I because the anti-christ in her eyes, and I was to be feared and hated. So after one year of trying to maintain the friendship, I just gave up, I caved in and said, so-be-it, I am done.

But back to the main point, she, my ex-friend, was upset that the Church stated that workers of the Church were not allowed to attend such events. My sister was telling me this, knowing how I would react, and she, not knowing the full story, took the side of my friend. I explained to her, my sister, that the Church was only protecting herself, that if someone like my ex-friend, who is a religious education director, was seem entering or exiting such an event, it would give credibility to the event to some. That some with in the parish/Church would argue that is an employe of the Church was allowed to attend, and most likely belive the teachings of said event, than it must be allowed by the Church. My sisters response, The Church has no right to tell her what she can do after hours. Hmmm…. Interesting comment…. I reminded my sister that she was the one who said the ex-friend was a hypocrite for teaching one thing and believing something directly opposite, that she should not be teaching in the Church, that the Church should not allow it. Her reply, but this is after “Church Hours”.

My thoughts on the “Church Hours”, I didn’t know that the faith had open and close hours, I didn’t know that the Church had hours of operation. She, the ex-friend, represents the Church directly because of her position and title with-in the Church. She is the public face of the Parish and her actions, right or wrong, are under more scrutiny that the average parishioner. You and I as pew sitters are called to be the Church to all we come in contact with, when our co-workers see a pro-life or pro-abort bumper sticker on our cares, we are sending a message, good or bad, about the Catholic Church. But how much more so is she, an employee of the Church?The argument that the Church has no right to dictate to her employees what they can and cannot attend, to me is a moot point. The Church as an employer has the same basic rights as another corporation in this nation, and as I recall one hospital has banned the hiring of employees who smoke, the liberals where delighted, but now that a liberal is being governed by a rule that infringes upon their rights, all hell breaks loose.

To me the Church has ever right to dictate what her employees do, the Church is not your “everyday” cooperation, it’s a divine cooperation, one established on earth by Jesus Christ himself, one established for the sole purpose of saving souls, and the actions of her employees can have an adverse effect on this mission. Yes, I think the Church has every right to fire any and all employees who do not follow the magisterium of the Catholic Church, to remove from ministry any person who flies in direct opposition of the teachings and authority of the Church. I think the time has come for the Church to once again reclaim her rightful place as the moral leader with in the world, and this cannot be done, nor taken seriously if her own embassadors, the ministers and employees, are in total defiance to what she stands for.

God Bless