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  • Anonymous

    Time to cut sports an ALL exter activies

    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

      Time to cut your internet service.

      • Anonymous

        So you would rather cut teachers then these activies ?

        • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

          First off, I’m not big on public schools, so I don’t care. Actually, I do care in the sense that my property tax dollars are going to fund public schools in the first place. But, in answer to your question, I believe that any extracurricular activities should be self supporting.

          • Anonymous

            Yes but they are not self supporting an they benefit a few people but teachers benefit every one

          • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

            Certain sports in certain schools do generate more money than is needed to run the program. Booster clubs and fundraising also help fund activities. Any sport that can’t support itself should go away. Not all teachers benefit everyone. Some teachers are great, most are middle of the road, and some are just about useless.

          • Anonymous

            Ok what sports would you cut ? So if girls basketball can’t support it self you would cut that an not the boys basketball ?

          • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

            Did you read my post? If a sport/activity can’t support itself, then it should go. Football, girl’s basketball, doesn’t matter.

          • Anonymous

            But if you cut a sport say girls basketball you half to cut boys basketball by law

          • Anonymous

            Not if you add in the true cost of all the sports an other activites

          • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

            You’re wrong.

          • Anonymous

            No im not wrong

          • Anonymous

            OK tell me the true cost of boys basketball ?

          • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

            A Spalding youth basketball at Walmart is $16.99 (http://www.walmart.com/ip/Spalding-Rookie-Gear-Youth-Basketball/10741164). Now go away.

          • Anonymous

            You can’t answer my question so i will list every thing for because you can’t use you brain .. The cost of uniforms, cost of basketballs an they don’t buy them at walmart either. The cost of coaches an refs. The cost of electricity for gym lockers rooms an to heat the water. the cost of water. The cost to heat the gym an locker rooms . The cost of fuel to heat the water an the locker rooms an gym . The cost of buses fuel wear an tear ect an the drivers pay . Insurance an cost to redo the gym floor

          • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

            Sorry man, I just don’t have the time to waste arguing with a mental defective. Nothing personal.

          • Anonymous

            you know im right an you can’t stand it so you half to use words like that so i c the education you have

          • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

            Your response is a classic. ROFL! Thanks!

  • Anonymous

    Where is the cut to the Maine Maritime Academy? 1/2 of the 900 body are jocks from out of state who are recruited for this sports and spa facility to the tune of $9 million per year.

    • Anonymous

      Why don’t you just spend your time picketing the state house and get it over with?

      • FELT

        Do you carry over your incessant hate filled diatribes against all things LePage and Republican to the New Year, or do you start all over again?

    • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

      Hey cool, here are some stats for you:
      – MMA enrollment = 927
      – Varsity sport positions = 276
      – Varsity sport positions held by students from Maine = 187
      – Percentage of MMA enrollment involved in a varsity sport = < 30%
      – Percentage of out of state students involved in a varsity sport = < 10%
      MMA does not recruit. There are no scholarships. Out of state students pay tuition.

      • Anonymous

        MMA gets $9,000,000 in scholarships.. that what Maine workers that leave at dawn and return after dusk have to have flinched from their wallets and purses to keep this drain on state budget in operation. Do the comparision with your own numbers? You can be assured that nearly 1/3 of the student bodies of U of M or the community college system are NOT engaged in sport programs. The MMA has more coaches than engineering instructors. It’s time to privatize the MMA .. like Bowdown, bates and coby.

        • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

          I have no issue with privatizing MMA. In fact, I don’t think there should be any public universities. I also believe that all financial aid and scholarships should be from non-public sources. I’m guessing that MMA student participation level in sports is similar to other school their size, but I haven’t checked, and I know for a fact that you haven’t because you just made up what you posted about MMA. If you’re going to try to make your case, then get your facts straight. You have zero credibility when you make it up as you go along.

          • Anonymous

            The $9,000,000 is not an issue.. it’s hard fact. Albeit, buried deep in the state budget far away from public eyes (MMA is not part of UMS nor the Community College System). As for the made up numbers .. I used YOUR numbers .. 276/927 is near one third and far beyond by extreme measures compared with the sport participation by students in UMS or CCS.

          • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

            I’m on the same page with you on some of this, but I don’t trust your numbers. Look what you stated in your original post, “1/2 of the 900 body are jocks from out of state”, when I showed that it’s less than 1/10 for out of state student athletes. Why should your numbers be trusted on anything when it’s obvious you way over exaggerated to make a point?

          • Anonymous

            My point as intended was that nearly 1/2 of the MMA’s body are from out of state. Many are jocks.. don’t know the exact count.. and it doesn’t matter. Maine Taxpayers should not be in the charity business and assuming the burden of educating the cast-off’s from other states. It’s time to privatize the MMA.

          • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

            Like I said, I agree that MMA should be privatized, as should all UMS schools and all financing. I wouldn’t call out of state students attending MMA “cast-offs”. There are only five full fledged maritime colleges in the country. Kind of tough for Kansas or Nebraska to have one, while there is no reason that an out of state student can’t go to their own state university to get the same degree they are getting at one of the UMaine campuses. By the way, you said you don’t know the exact count of out of state “jocks”. I do. It’s 89, less than 10%.

          • Anonymous

            Since your in the know.. tell us how many MMA graduates obtained jobs in the global ocean shipping business the last two years? No.. not oil rigs, or landbased desk jockeys, nor signed up for the Navy, or sailing instructors, nor rope-handling yachts at some Florida marina for which they could be trained anywhere .. I mean real jobs on real ships?

          • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

            The info I provided is easily available on-line (which you are obviously too lazy to look up, so you made it up). The numbers you are looking for are available from the MMA Office of Public Affairs. Their phone number is (207) 326-2256. You can call them on Monday and get your answer. You’ve just about used up your quota of numb nuts comments and questions.

          • Anonymous

            Definitely sarcasm. And well played. I would reply in the same manner if the truth of the number of real jobs on real ships was such an embarrassment. Kinda takes the shine of the brass and puts the slime on the sass.

          • WhiskeyTangoFoxtrot

            Ok. Peace man. Have a happy new year.

          • Anonymous

            Peace to you as well my friend.. May joy be with you throughout 2013.

          • Henderson bobby

            Less than 10% Umaine dose not have even 10% of total student body playing sports.

    • FELT

      I’ve felt that the Univ. of Maine is spending far to much to recruit out of state and foreign athletes to compete on teams that the A.D.’s office & Alumni want to succeed in leagues that UMS is no longer competitive in. Far too much money spent on recruiting athletes from all over, and far too little results. I feel that we are paying for a quasi professional team with little payback in terms of results or revenue.

      Time to scale back recruitment and focus on better using ‘native’ talent in sports where there is evidence of sufficient talent in MAINE high schools.

      Once upon a time UMaine could field a winning team in say women’s basketball; but no longer. We need to re-prioritize sports to better focus scarce tax dollars; esp. with the rise of injuries in concussive sports.

      A more expensive doormat is still a doormat. Time to regroup and focus on a handful of sports with a national presence and scale back the rest.

    • Henderson bobby

      Wow we subsidize those kids more money that the community college charges . Time to do away with college sport if they can not fund themselves.

  • Anonymous

    Here we go again. The state is going broke trying to enforce prohibition so we cut education to fund it. That is just brilliant. Our education system should be bolstered to identify these problem kids that don’t care about life and want to throw it away with drug use. We should spend our money on the youngest and most vulnerable part of the population and forget about the ones that have already gone down the wrong path. Babysitting druggies is just money down the drain. We need more education not less. I don’t mean DARE education either because kids see right through the lies, making it ineffective. Kids don’t respond to “just say no” type of advice. They have to be taught why, and what will happen later in life.

    • Henderson bobby

      Education is just a reflection of society . We do not care as much about those at risk kids to begin with . Sports are way to important . If they were smart enough to care about those kids in the long run we would all be much better off. Way to much greed and do you buddy a favor in this world.

  • Anonymous

    People with kids, who get about a $6000.00 +/- tax break give that to the school, the tax break after all is for the kids, use it on their education.

    • Anonymous

      they may get a tax break of 6,000 but they will not get 6,000 back on there income tax

  • Anonymous

    We knew he would attack the children and the poor. Nothing new in LePage et all harpies.

  • Anonymous

    Bangor Superintendent said they were going to carry 1.2 million forward to next years budget but it won’t be that much now. Why do they have so much fluff in their budget to begin with. Time to shut down some programs. They can carry extra money in the budget but can’t afford to provide a bus with rest rooms for long trips?

  • Anonymous

    If these institutions can’t make a go of it on their own. Then maybe they need to shutdown and the students can go where these institutions are making it without subsidies. sometimes I have a hard time understanding when these sports team members attend class if they are on the road and at practice all the time.

  • Guest

    LePage’s constant attack against education continues.

    • FELT

      It’s nothing like the MEA’s guilt tripping Maine taxpayers. LePage is doing what we elected him to do and bringing competition and sensible management of dwindling resources and a dwindling school population.

      If the Democrats don’t like it; instead of whining they should appropriate more money for education. …..uh, there is no more money, no more borrowing, and many more pressing needs. Have fun, you’re in charge now.

  • FELT

    Brunswick’s superintendent gave a ho-hum, we’re prepared for it, response to losing $300k. Didn’t even expect to lay off staff, but hold off on equipment purchases.

    I feel that the media under urging of the school unions is making a big deal out of what is considered a routine cutback. I remember under the Democrats, Baldacci still didn’t reach the ‘goal’ for subsidizing local schools.

    Their legacy of consolidated school districts doesn’t appear to be resulting in the savings projected by the Baldacci regime:

    How’s this for political memory lane:

    “January 21, 2007

    Gov. John Baldacci’s plan to slash school districts has two huge goals: improve education and lower taxes.

    If lawmakers pass it, Maine homeowners will see their property taxes go down in 2009, Maine’s education boss insists…..Statewide, Baldacci is projecting about a quarter-of-a-billion dollars in savings every two years that taxpayers will no longer have to cover, Gendron said.”

    uh huh. Once again, LePage is stuck with the result of having Dem’s run govt. for 30 years.

  • Anonymous

    These cuts should be made by public sector salary decreases.

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