This Idahoan can certainly appreciate art other than "broken down barns", a rather condescending comment. I also objected to "the Crack" before it was installed, mostly due to the problems that have occurred. At least no one has slipped on a wet sidewalk and sued all concerned. Unless such technical issues can be avoided in the future, spending $140,315 to restore this albatross is a foolish waste of money. Perhaps the best option is to restore it without the water feature, a fountain always being problematic in terms of maintenance.
My Own Man: Would you kindly define "moron"? You seem to believe you are the only Idahoan to recognize that children are not created equal. You suggest we stop educating "these morons" at the 8th grade, then send them to trade school. Perhaps you haven't noticed, we are still in the midst of a deep recession, one that hit construction/labor especially hard. Do you have any bright ideas to create jobs for these morons? And, you think only "dumb kids" wind up as single moms working menial jobs? MOM, if you think we spend a huge amount of money, etc. on these individuals now, you couldn't even conceive of the resources that would be spent on prisons, rehabilitation, foster care, on and on. I'm sure your solution would also apply to the visually/hearing impaired, kids with learning and physical disabilities, bright kids with ADHD or autistic spectrum disorder? And, surprise, even "brilliant" students don't always thrive in a regular classroom setting.
Who decides which student is no longer afforded education at the 8th grade--you? I pay taxes that help support our educational system, do I have a say in any of this?
Your solution is not new or unique, it was applied some decades ago in Germany. It has been used in this country to warehouse disabled individuals, limit education provided to those of different race, faith, sex and nationality. What if that "moron" was your own child? Or, even you? See MOM, if the solution you propose were to come to pass, you would not have a damn right to say a word--that's how a totalitarian society works, and that is what you just outlined.
Gingersgotsouls2, I can't believe you actually compared Benjamin Franklin's tracts to BW blogs. Hint: King George III+anti-royalist+sedition=being summarily executed. Seriously, you should be embarrassed at such a silly comment.
I wish to make an amendment to my post of the 15th. At the time, I was, as many of us, emotionally charged by the nature of Ken's firing as reported in the BW. I have been a loyal shopper at the Co-op for almost twenty years, and I thought of Ken as a friend. Of course I have heard stories, but because they were never substantiated, I only considered them rumors. Isn't that how the system is supposed to work? We all know how incredibly damaging gossip is for everyone who partakes in it.
That said, I've since spoken with other "old-timers" who have nothing to lose or gain by Ken's dismissal. The firing did not happen as described by Ken, the store is not in an uproar. The sky is not falling. I feel manipulated by Ken's statements, that doesn't settle well with me. However, it is time to calm down and be rational.
The board has called a meeting for the 24th, members are encouraged to attend. I plan to be there, questions in hand. I hope the general membership meeting will be rescheduled, with the proper public notice as required by the by-laws. I'll be there, too.
People get fired, even those who have spent many years with a business. It's sad, painful, but life goes on. Unfortunately, the very public airing of this situation has only made it more so. It didn't need to happen this way. Ken has burned his bridges with his commentary; if the membership votes to have him reinstated, the Co-op really will be in an uproar, to put it mildly. If we want the Co-op to survive the challenge from Whole Foods, we can't be distracted because of one individual. The Co-op doesn't "belong" to the board, or to Ken, it belongs to us, the members, and our community. Thank you.
Janisutter, I'm one of those "blubbering sycophants". I hope to see you on the 24th, when you will step forward, identify yourself, and state the exact details of the crimes of which you have accused Ken Kavanaugh. With proof. Perhaps you simply prefer the anonymity of blogging that enables you to say anything about anyone in such a cowardly fashion.
I agree that the Co-op cannot compete with Whole Foods by trying to be another Whole Foods. Actually, going back to its roots as a true cooperative may be a consideration, not one the current board would embrace. I believe the board did Whole Foods a big favor, not because they replaced Ken, but in the manner they did so. Sycophants such as myself who would just check out the new place, but remain loyal to the Co-op, might change their minds. And, employees will now wonder if they're next, not good for morale, which means not good for customer relationships.
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