Board Members are the Culprits
To the Editor:
I just read a letter by a Mr. John O’Hare (The Sag Harbor Express, November 12, 2009) in which he complained about our teachers wearing their tee-shirts while teaching our students. He accused the teachers of using the students as pawns in their negotiations. In the letter to you, he was concerned that each time a teacher wrote on the blackboard the tee shirts were a distraction. The students had to read the back of their shirts before they could read what was on the blackboard.
I do not know this man. He sounds very angry. I bet he doesn’t even have children in the school. What I object to, in his letter, is that he said that “voters and parents of the community are fed up with their bully tactics.” Really? I’m a voter. I am part of the community and a parent of a student at Pierson. Where did he get his conclusion from? I was never called and polled. Mr. O’Hare does NOT speak for me or for many of the parents that have students in the school.
Maybe he would be better off to direct his anger toward the board who are the real culprits in this. Had the board come up with a new contract, the teachers wouldn’t have to wear the tee shirts, the ones that Mr. O’Hare objects to.
Less Than a Thousand Words
Can my letters actually stop the passage of nationalized, socialized health care? To believe that would be rather foolish, would it not? Yet, my letters caused David Carney to respond with a letter containing less than a thousand words. So you see, fair reader, anything is possible!
P.S. Yes, David, I was a legislator, but am trying to make amends by being a writer. Hope you are well.
For the Old Warrior
I would like to thank everyone who came to the gallery on November 7 to say goodbye to Bob McDade. I am sure the old warrior would have found peace in that beautiful farewell. Thank you for being with me.
I would like to say congratulations to Gerry Hamel for being inducted into the Boston College Varsity club. I was a teammate of his on the Sag Harbor Babe Ruth team. All us kids who played baseball with Gerry knew he was one great player. He was a great hitter, first basemen and hitter.
Gerry was the best baseball player I ever played with, the exception for me may be Carl Yastremski who I played with on the East End Babe Ruth All Star team in 1955 — a team that won the Babe Ruth Championship, that also included Eddy Early, Paul Schiavoni, and Dave Lyons. In second guessing myself they — Carl and Gerry — were as good as each other in the mid 50’s.
Again Gerry you truly deserve this honor. It was good to see you a couple of years ago at the Sag Harbor Golf Course. May all your days be the best.
Roger M. Butts