Roasts & Toasts

Toast the New London Local Schools for its continued success with the state report card. Signs will be posted at entrances of the community boasting the fact the school has received "excellent" scores the last three years. An added toast goes to former superintendent Gary Graham, who retired last month. Graham led the charge as the school system was improving its scores, and he was also at the helm when the new school was built. Good luck to Graham in his retirement and congratulations on a job well done. Roast President Bush's strategy to send more than 20,000 troops to Iraq. Bush's surge plan has little support. Even members of his own party are turning on the president. Bush is ignoring the will of an angry public, the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group and the reality that this war from rhetoric to results is playing out exactly like Vietnam.
Norwalk Reflector Staff
Jul 24, 2010

Toast the New London Local Schools for its continued success with the state report card. Signs will be posted at entrances of the community boasting the fact the school has received "excellent" scores the last three years. An added toast goes to former superintendent Gary Graham, who retired last month. Graham led the charge as the school system was improving its scores, and he was also at the helm when the new school was built. Good luck to Graham in his retirement and congratulations on a job well done.

Roast President Bush's strategy to send more than 20,000 troops to Iraq. Bush's surge plan has little support. Even members of his own party are turning on the president. Bush is ignoring the will of an angry public, the recommendations of the Iraq Study Group and the reality that this war from rhetoric to results is playing out exactly like Vietnam.

Toast Governor Ted Strickland's first act in office. Strickland signed an executive order imposing large ethics reforms and detailing the few circumstances where state workers are permitted to accept gifts. For once, a politician is actually backing up a campaign pledge with action it's a good first step.

Roast the plea agreement that allowed Daniel Skodny charged with shaking his baby and causing serious injuries to be sentenced to probation. In agreeing to plead no contest, Skodny got the more serious charges dropped and will only serve one year of probation. It is hard to believe justice was done in this case.

Toast the five area nursing homes that scored above the state average on a statewide survey measuring the satisfaction of resident's family members: Gaymont Nursing Center, Norwalk, Hillside Acres, Willard, Norwalk Memorial Home, New London Healthcare Center and Twilight Gardens Home, Norwalk. It's comforting and uplifting to know that those most intimately involved families are satisfied with the care provided to some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

Comments

Kurt Michaelis ...

What bothers me about saying the Presidents decision to send 20k troops into Iraq should be roasted, is that no one seems to actually ask the troops what they think. Aren't they the ones fighting? It seems all the mediatypes (local and national) care to talk about, is how this has become a debacle. Every newscast there is some sort of report on who opposes the war.
War is not a good thing, but ask the troops is they believe in their cause. I have! Everyone I have talked to who has faught over there or is heading over there, beleives in what they are doing. Our media doesn't want to show that.
Just today Sn. Biden, Sn. Levin, and Sn. Hagle said they reached some agreement on how to oppose a troop surge. The opening statement from their resolution stated, "a war that is not backed by the people and the media can not succeed." I agree with that. From the very beginning, the media has been painting a horrific picture of everything going on over there. Should we expect anything other than opposition from the American people, if all they see is bloodshed and violence?
In the 3 or 4 yrs this thing has been going on, I can count on one hand the number of positive stories that have come from over there. It's hard as a nation to get behind a plan or give support if you all you see is failure. A giant thanks to local and national media for portraying this as nothing more than a big mistake.
I find it ironic that when the Iraq Study (Surrender) Group was being interviewed by the press about their conclusions and advice, Justice O'Connor stated that it was the medias job to make sure the people got behind there ideas. Tell me, what experience does Justice O'Connor, Hamilton, or Bakar have in stopping street violence Iraq? The answer is none. Yet, they understand that the media plays a huge role in publicizing and getting the average American to support an issue.
The average American who watches mainstream television or reads most newspapers, only sees one side of what is going on. If we were to balance our media, maybe there might be more support of what our troops are doing over there.
Finally, what is the significance if we pull our troops out? Well, let me help you. You show the most dangerous regimes in the world, that they can beat us. And if we lose to a terrorist regime, we become very vulnerable to being attacked. And we are very naive if we think we won't be attacked on our soil. Pulling out of Iraq would allow Iran or Al-Sadrs militia to strengthen and attempt an attack on our soil.
So, maybe instead of roasting our President on this, maybe you should think about the ramifications or pulling out or "losing" over there. Remember, Iraq is only a theater in the war on terror.

kurt michaelis ...

What bothers me about saying the Presidents decision to send 20k troops into Iraq should be roasted, is that no one seems to actually ask the troops what they think. Aren't they the ones fighting? It seems all the mediatypes (local and national) care to talk about, is how this has become a debacle. Every newscast there is some sort of report on who opposes the war.
War is not a good thing, but ask the troops is they believe in their cause. I have! Everyone I have talked to who has faught over there or is heading over there, beleives in what they are doing. Our media doesn't want to show that.
Just today Sn. Biden, Sn. Levin, and Sn. Hagle said they reached some agreement on how to oppose a troop surge. The opening statement from their resolution stated, "a war that is not backed by the people and the media can not succeed." I agree with that. From the very beginning, the media has been painting a horrific picture of everything going on over there. Should we expect anything other than opposition from the American people, if all they see is bloodshed and violence?
In the 3 or 4 yrs this thing has been going on, I can count on one hand the number of positive stories that have come from over there. It's hard as a nation to get behind a plan or give support if you all you see is failure. A giant thanks to local and national media for portraying this as nothing more than a big mistake.
I find it ironic that when the Iraq Study (Surrender) Group was being interviewed by the press about their conclusions and advice, Justice O'Connor stated that it was the medias job to make sure the people got behind there ideas. Tell me, what experience does Justice O'Connor, Hamilton, or Bakar have in stopping street violence Iraq? The answer is none. Yet, they understand that the media plays a huge role in publicizing and getting the average American to support an issue.
The average American who watches mainstream television or reads most newspapers, only sees one side of what is going on. If we were to balance our media, maybe there might be more support of what our troops are doing over there.
Finally, what is the significance if we pull our troops out? Well, let me help you. You show the most dangerous regimes in the world, that they can beat us. And if we lose to a terrorist regime, we become very vulnerable to being attacked. And we are very naive if we think we won't be attacked on our soil. Pulling out of Iraq would allow Iran or Al-Sadrs militia to strengthen and attempt an attack on our soil.
So, maybe instead of roasting our President on this, maybe you should think about the ramifications or pulling out or "losing" over there. Remember, Iraq is only a theater in the war on terror.