This is what you get when the education budget is shortchanged

Thursday, October 13, 2011
Time: 11:41 AM

Two Broadview Middle School students were transported to Danbury Hospital after a school bus accident Wednesday afternoon, said Elio Longo, director of finance for the Board of Education.
The accident involved a car and a bus, and no more information was available Wednesday night.
The accident was revealed in a Board of Education meeting, because the school system needs to have a school nurse on hand for an hour before school and after school in case of such an accident, Longo said.
Superintendent of Schools Sal Pascarella said hours for school nurses had been cut this year to save money in the budget, and this was an unanticipated consequence.

Wait, there's more!
The hours for the school nurses were not "just cut" this year. In the past 4 years, nurses were expected to be at school 15 minutes before the start and 15 minutes after the day ends - no more, no less. Should there be a nurse in call for such emergencies? Of course, but I believe that duty largely fell on the nurse supervisor. If no nurse or supervisor came to the accident, perhaps it was due to the cut of the full-time nurse supervisor position last year and now down to one nurse taking on the role of part-time supervisor and part-time school nurse. There lies the fault, where a district as large as Danbury and with numerous children with medical conditions we never would have seen in a school setting years ago, cuts a vital position because they deem it was unnecessary to have.

Boughton's dirty hands are all over this mess since it was the mayor who has drastically slashed funding for education over the years in order to keep his beloved "Triple A" bond rating that he boasts about anytime he speaks into a much for People over Politics!

The members of the Board of Education don't get off the hook since they are responsible for allocating the money given to them by the city. Cutting funding for nurses (a.k.a. child safety) in order to save a buck is unconscionable.

BREAKING NEWS: News-Times mayoral debate set for Oct 18th?!?

Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Time: 3:51 PM

Hearing from multiple sources that News-Times top dog Art Cummings has been behind the scenes trying to establish a mayoral debate...and apparently his efforts worked.

According to sources, the mayoral debate between Mark Boughton and Lynn Taborsak is set for October 18th at Broadview Middle School. More details (and verification) to come...

UPDATE: The News-Times gets around to report on the debate...better late than never.
Republican Mayor Mark Boughton and his Democratic challenger in next month's election, Lynn Taborsak, will face off next Tuesday at 7 p.m. in a mayoral debate.
The debate, which is being sponsored by The News-Times, Tribuna and WLAD, will be held at Broadview Middle School in the city.
News-Times Editor Art Cummings will serve as moderator for the debate, while Dirk Perrefort of The News-Times, Emanuela Leaf of Tribuna and Jillian Mauro of WLAD will comprise the media panel that will ask questions of the candidates.

More later...

Boughton and McLachlan LOVE Mormonism: A primer

Time: 2:44 PM

An official statement of the LDS Church First Presidency issued on August 17, 1951, reads:

"The position of the LDS Church regarding the Negro may be understood when another doctrine of the church is kept in mind, namely, that the conduct of spirits in the pre-mortal existence has some determining effect upon the conditions and circumstances under which these spirits take on mortality, and that while the details of this principle have not been made known, the principle itself indicates that the coming to this earth and taking on mortality is a privilege that is given to those who maintained their first estate; and that the worth of the privilege is so great that spirits are willing to come to earth and take on bodies no matter what the handicap may be as to the kind of bodies they are to secure; and that among the handicaps, failure of the right to enjoy in mortality the blessings of the priesthood is a handicap which spirits are willing to assume in order that they might come to earth. Under this principle there is no injustice whatsoever involved in this deprivation as to the holding of the priesthood by the Negroes....."

"Man will be punished for his own sins and not for Adam's transgression. If this is carried further, it would imply that the Negro is punished or alloted to a certain position on this earth, not because of Cain's transgression, but came to earth through the loins of Cain because of his failure to achieve other stature in the spirit world."
- William E. Berrett's "The Church and the Negroid People," pp. 16-17

Address at Brigham Young University (BYU), by Mormon Elder, Mark E Peterson, in speaking to a convention of teachers of religion at the college level, said:

"The discussion on civil rights, especially over the last 20 years, has drawn some very sharp lines. It has blinded the thinking of some of our own people, I believe. They have allowed their political affiliations to color their thinking to some extent.I think I have read enough to give you an idea of what the Negro is after."

He is not just seeking the opportunity of sitting down in a cafe where white people eat. He isn't just trying to ride on the same streetcar or the same Pullman car with white people. It isn't that he just desires to go to the same theater as the white people. From this, and other interviews I have read, it appears that the Negro seeks absorption with the white race. He will not be satisfied until he achieves it by intermarriage."

"That is his objective and we must face it. We must not allow our feelings to carry us away, nor must we feel so sorry for Negroes that we will open our arms and embrace them with everything we have. Remember the little statement that we used to say about sin, 'First we pity, then endure, then embrace'...."

As a primer for a future post on the demented connection between Mitt Romney, Mark Boughton and Mike McLachlan, here's a little video that accurately breaks down the history of Mormonism.

Yes, the points in the video are taken directly from the history of Mormonism (seriously)...and the video just scratched the surface when it comes to this so-called religion.

Did you pick up your jaw off the ground yet...don't worry, I'm just getting started. be continued.

Just in time for the campaign season

Time: 9:34 AM

From the mayor who makes it a habit to pave roads to satify potential voters residents, here's Mark Boughton's latest "Politics over People" moment.
A bulldozer on Foster Street sent a powerful signal to Danbury educators on Monday that some of the city's school space issues could be relieved by next fall.


Danbury bought the Foster Street building in 2005 with plans to renovate it for the Head Start preschool program and to free up classrooms Head Start uses in other city schools.

The city since determined it would be more cost efficient to demolish the building and build anew. It plans to put up a 30,000-square-foot modular building that will be ready for the Head Start program in the fall.

"We're on goal, and the intent is to have the building open in the fall of 2012," Danbury Mayor Mark Boughton said Monday. "This is a nice-looking building."

When it comes to this project, In typical fashion Boughton is being so dishonest with the public that it's laughable for those who know the real story bend the head start project...unfortunately our fearless mayor is too much of a lying coward to debate Lynn Taborsak on this subject as well as a laundry list of failures under his ten year watch.

...but wait, the man who for YEARS refused the Democrats request to fill the position of full time economic developer most likely blew up Dirk Perrefort's cell phone pitching this scam of a story to the News-Times.
City officials have whittled down the dozens of applications received for the economic development director position to the final three candidates.

Mayor Mark Boughton said Monday he hopes to interview job finalists by next week and announce the new hire next month.


Boughton has said that while the new economic development director would be responsible for generating economic growth throughout the city, a focus would be placed on downtown renewal efforts.

A Main Street Renaissance Task Force examining downtown renewal earlier this year recommended that a full-time director be hired and that a Main Street partnership begun to help spur growth in CityCenter.

Boughton said he intends to announce members of the new partnership next month in conjunction with announcing the new director.

I guess this nonsense from Boughton will go good with his latest dishonest mailer...

...I think I'm going to be sick.

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On September 26, 2007, ten plaintiffs filed suit in response to an arrest of aday laborers at a public park in Danbury, Connecticut. Plaintiffs amended their complaint on November 26, 2007.

The amended complaint states that plaintiffs sought to remedy the continued discriminatory and unauthorized enforcement of federal immigration laws against the Latino residents of the City of Danbury by Danbury's mayor and its police department.

Plaintiffs allege that the arrests violated their Fourth Amendment rights and the Connecticut Constitution because defendants conducted the arrests without valid warrants, in the absence of exigent circumstances, and without probable cause to believe that plaintiffs were engaged in unlawful activity. In addition, plaintiffs allege that defendants improperly stopped, detained, investigated, searched and arrested plaintiffs. Plaintiffs also allege that defendants violated their Fourteenth Amendment rights when they intentionally targeted plaintiffs, and arrested and detained them on the basis of their race, ethnicity and perceived national origin. Plaintiffs raise First Amendment, Due Process and tort claims.

Plaintiffs request declaratory relief, damages and attorneys fees.



Danbury Area Coalition for the Rights of Immigrants v.
U.S. Dept. of Homeland Security
3:06-cv-01992-RNC ( D. Conn. )

(02.25.08) Court docket

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