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Kildonan Elem. School
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Clipper    Posted 09-12-2003 at 22:53:38       [Reply]  [No Email]
I responded to the initial post with the name "Here ya go" and here is my explantion for the content of that post....I read the post as bogus for several reasons...1)the students indicated that their pond was dirty because of a cornfield runoff. 2) the post stated that the students were dysleic.3)no specifics were given to define "dirty" in regards to the pond.

Living in a farming community as I do I am overly sensitive when folks wag their fingers at farmers regarding their perception of an enviromental "problem" without a due and deliberate investigation process.
What does having dyslexia have to do with the request that was made by these students? I have 2 nieces with this condition and they certainly don't pre-face a request for assistance with the statement that they have dyslexia.
Now is there anyone on this forum who is a expert at providing the answers to the students insofar as solving the problems with the pond? I think not given the lack of specific information regarding this pond.
When other members of this forum brought to light that this was probably not a bogus post I then posted information which I KNOW would prove to be helpful to them in their quest to restore their pond (if it even requires restoration).
Tonight I see a posting by Ron/PA and also the teacher from this Kildonan School which has prompted me to do this post.Unlike Ron, I do not believe this board has become a "cesspool" inhabited by "maroons".Course that's just my opinion and can not be used as evidence in a court of law. Statements made by the teacher from this school did not impress me with his professionalism in the least.Perhaps if he had done his research prior to letting his students post here he may have seen this:
This is the place to talk with others about topics related to country life and rural living. Ask a question, help with an answer or just share some of your ideas and experiences.

Now I can't for the life of me see where it says there that this is the place to come to solve your pond problems or any agricultural/environmental problems.If that were the case I can't imagine the number of farmers who would be on this board at any given time day/night.At any rate I am extremely grateful that this teacher is NOT a member of the faculty at my children's school.As a prior member of a school Board of Education I would be taking a hard look at his teaching "methods" and certainly double checking his "credentials".So there you have it to the best of my ability this late at night.Do or post what you will but that's my story and I'm sticking to it. Night all... :^)

Les    Posted 09-13-2003 at 06:04:33       [Reply]  [No Email]
I guess I picked a good time to be away for a few days. I ain't even gonna go back and try to find the source of all the grief.
These things run in cycles. This, too, shall pass.
And that's my story and I'M sticking to it ";^)

Clipper    Posted 09-13-2003 at 08:29:11       [Reply]  [No Email]
Love that Farmall Red... :^)

Ron/PA    Posted 09-13-2003 at 05:29:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Clipper, I replied as I did, because I too am a member of the farming community. We have 2 ponds on our farm, and both of them are "Dirty" both of them are victims of "field run off" The cleanup process is in motion, but it won't happen in my lifetime. Like you I get over sensitive to the finger pointing at farmers, but perhaps a bit more so because I'm part of the problem.
Our main pond looks beautiful, full of bass, turtles, a snake or two, and muskrats. We try to keep the muskrats and beaver out to reduce damage to the pond. However they fight to live in this dirty pond. We can't swim in it, or eat the fish from it. Only water tests, could tell us how bad this is.
You may be surprised to find that there are many small schools popping up around the country that cater to the needs of a special needs group.
We have fine teachers in our area, a few college professors in our church congregation, and I can't think of a one of them that I would like to see applying the pesticides or fertilizer to my fields. However I nor my commercial applicator should ever attempt to teach a class of students.
If I could dig up the reams of literature, that the extension service has deposited on my lap, I would bundle it up and hire a truck to deliver it to the school. We haven't completed the task of cleanup because it would require the sale of the farm to finance it.
Sorry if I offended any innocent posters here, but I still don't see the reason for a post such as this if it were bogus? I guess I just don't see it as a topic of fun and games.

Clipper    Posted 09-13-2003 at 08:28:15       [Reply]  [No Email]
Well I'm on your side of the fence when it comes to agriculture....your post kinda hit a nerve when you put in the cess pool hard feelings there Ron....anytime I cross the line I would prefer you call ME on it rather than slam the whole board tho...jest 2cents from an old crayon in de box. :^)

Salmoneye    Posted 09-13-2003 at 06:12:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Not trying to defend anyone, but...

I too thought at first reading that the post was bogus...We have had a number of 'Trolls' in the past that post seemingly innocent questions (and play on our sympathies) who then come back and 'stir the shutt' by telling us how stoopid and hick we all are...

I almost never reply to a newbie with a question till I have at least run their numbers, and tried to determine if the post is legit...

I don't mind someone posting with a 'handle', but at least be consistant and use the same handle...There was a person that I apparently upset this week because they posted 3 or 4 times within an hour with different handles (from the same IP) and I called em on it...Another Newbie that I may have torqued off...Oh well...

Les    Posted 09-13-2003 at 06:25:46       [Reply]  [No Email]
You??? Torque somebody off??? The concept is foreign.
Now get out there and fix up that camp. I saw Trevor the other day but the subject of the camp didn't come up.

Working on it...    Posted 09-13-2003 at 09:02:51       [Reply]  [No Email]
Unfortunately, I blew the engine in MY JEEP while you were out galavanting...

Just got back from a car dealer to set the Wife up with a new 'used' Subaru wagon...Think she will like it...Have to order the engine for the Suburban this week and it looks like that is going to be mine...My Mom pretty much forbade me to 'Have that little girl driving that big monster', LOL

Then watch out...I will be on the road and have a BIG vehicle....

And you have NO idea how much this hurts...I HATE spending money...


Yo Salmoneye....Clipper    Posted 09-13-2003 at 10:22:08       [Reply]  [No Email]
Last year the missus wuz all set on getting one of them Subaru' let her take a demo fer a week....found out the seats in em are a real killer fer a commute of more 30 minutes....can't upgrade to better seats cause Subaru don't have any....glad we found out bout that afore we signed all de paperwork to purchase it.

Salmoneye    Posted 09-14-2003 at 03:23:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
This is a 1993 with all leather seats and an adjustable lumbar support...Somebody paid a pretty penny when this thing was new...

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