Chariho School Parents’ Forum

September 14, 2007

The artful “act” of debate

Filed under: contract negotiations,Unions — Editor @ 1:30 pm

I’m a big fan of Tsun Tsu – know your opponent.

I hope you all have been reading the information over at Anchorrising.  Notably, the exposure of NEA tactics (lies, deceit and ‘attack the messenger’).

I would hate for such examples to get lost in the shuffle – here is an example received on the previous post “It’s Strike! Season

  1. Hey Bill,That’s GASB, not GASBY, it stands for Governmental Accounting Stadards Board. Now what makes you an expert, or at least qualified to refer to something you can’t even SPELL?nice site, does your therapist approve?peteComment by petegingras — September 14, 2007 @ 11:00 am | Edit This
  2. Hey Pete, before criticizing Mr. Felkner’s spelling, you should recognize the difference between a word and an acronym.A word can be mispelled (or is that misspelled), but an acronym is not a word. Also, I’m not sure what “Stadards” means? Perhaps you meant to spell “Standards”? Apparently you are an expert in putting your foot in your mouth.Gotta love a dolt who makes an attack on spelling when they have their own problems with spelling. You wouldn’t happen to be an English teacher by any chance?Comment by Curious Resident — September 14, 2007 @ 1:07 pm | Edit This
  3. No, Pete is Pete Gingras – he is the NEA contract negotiator currently involved with the Chariho contract (I am on that committee).Pete was not the NEA rep wearing the “I don’t want to strike, but I will if I have to” button “1 second before and 1 second after the closed session meeting.”Pete was wearing a button though.   Pete – what did that button say again?Comment by Bill Felkner — September 14, 2007 @ 1:19 pm | Edit This


  1. Well I do admire Mr. Gingras for identifying himself and participating. Nice to see someone other than Mr. Felkner willing to openly communicate with taxpayers and parents.

    Disturbingly, Mr. Gingras went on the attack in his very first post. No debate, no refutation…nothing but a puerile attack.

    Not only that, he made himself look like a fool by not understanding the difference between an acronym and a word. He then compounded his error by making his own spelling errors. He may represent teachers, but he sure didn’t pay attention to his English teachers! 😉

    Now I’m curious as to what his button read? Maybe it said, “Petey can’t spel animore”?

    Comment by Curious Resident — September 14, 2007 @ 1:46 pm | Reply

  2. Curious George, George Abbot, or maybe Bill’s alter ego… you’re nothing but an Oz figure, too embarrassed of yourself to identify the scab everyone knows you to be. Now George, oh sorry… Curious pick up a dictionary and study ACRONYM: formed from the initial letter or letters of each of the successive parts or major parts of a compound term (such at NATO, radar, or laser). The initial compound term which your libertarian ally tried to express in an acronym was Governmental Accounting Standards Board…the correct acronym is GASB, not [the Great] GASBY!

    Curious George, when you want to come out from behind your curtain and debate public education, in a public forum, I’ll gladly accept an invite. Now where can contact you?

    Comment by petegingras — September 20, 2007 @ 9:40 am | Reply

  3. I like “GASBY” – call it a preference – or a bad habit. I’ll take the hit.

    But I do welcome your input, Pete, if we can keep it to the issues. After all, we could go back and forth and I would have to say it was GaTsby not Gasby. But I don’t think people really come here to discuss semantics (especially from someone like me who caint spel no good).

    I’ve spoken with several other board members outside of Chariho. There is a consensus on the big picture and on policy.

    Policy items varied but center on more power to principals (and principles), more authority in removing ineffective employees and the ability to reward exceptional performance or hard to employ locations.

    On the macro side, we can encapsulate our request simply; we want public sector workers treated just like private sector workers – no better, no worse.

    Comment by Bill Felkner — September 20, 2007 @ 10:25 am | Reply

  4. Thanks for clarifying that an acronym is not a word. I had confidence you would learn. I simply pointed out your mistake. As Mr. Felkner notes, it is all semantics, but it is amusing to see someone attacked by a person who is oblivious to having same fault. You are now aware that “standard” is spelled with an ‘n’?

    As for my identify, don’t worry Petey, I’m a nobody. Although I guess I could be Mr. Polouski, Mr. Day, Ms. Serra…right? Or am I not kissing your behind enough to be them?

    Probably the biggest threat I am to you and your union members is as an aware parent. I know Chariho tries to keep us in the dark as they gouge the taxpayers and shortchange our children, and I’m not fond of the tactic so I come here for some light. Does light scare you Petey?

    Comment by Curious Resident — September 20, 2007 @ 10:56 am | Reply

  5. […] Pete Gingras brought up the complaint that he filed at the Labor Relations Board – he said I should “cease and desist” in my activities.  Since I’m not doing anything wrong, I’ll continue to do what I do. […]

    Pingback by Board meeting on ch. 18 Wednesday @ 8PM, Friday @ noon « Chariho School Parents’ Forum — September 26, 2007 @ 12:04 am | Reply

  6. WE are looking a contract for workers worth a lot of bucks and NEA is arguing about SPELLING? Boy, now I am REALLY impressed.

    Comment by Georgies Mom — October 3, 2007 @ 6:08 pm | Reply

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