• Budgets,  Fort Lauderdale Airport shooting

    Buying gun control.

    Commenting on the recent Fort Lauderdale shooting incident, “Barry Soetoro” reminds us to examine city budgets in trouble and legislation up for vote before mass shootings occur. (Click here.) For instance, the Marysville, Washington shooting (October 2014) happened just before a major gun control initiative was up for vote in that state. Billionaires like Michael Bloomberg spent millions to make sure it passed. In Newtown, Connecticut, several elementary schools were well behind schedule for necessary upgrades and repairs due to serious budget problems. Then, bingo. After the 12-14-12 incident, money was no obstacle. A $50MM school was built on the sawdust of the demolished Sandy Hook Elementary School. What were…

  • Budgets,  Illusions/Delusions,  Packing up and moving out,  Sandy Hook,  Sandy Hook school building timeline

    Housekeeping.

    “As we wrap up a busy summer at Sandy Hook School, we have a great deal of news to share. As you know, uncertainties surrounding our school resulted in the late notification of classroom teaching assignments. In order to ensure the best possible start to the school year for all of our students, your children’s previous teachers meticulously prepared multiple class lists to meet any of several contingencies. I am extremely grateful to them for their many extra efforts and double-checking!” So begins the first paragraph on the first page of “The Sandy Hook School Connection, August 28, 2012,”  written by Dawn Hochsprung, principal of Sandy Hook Elementary school from…

  • Budgets,  Illusions/Delusions,  Memory holes,  Sandy Hook,  Sandy Hook school building timeline,  Storage,  Uncategorized

    A brief history of missing roofs, windows, systems and time.

    In a castle long ago, Cinderella had an old roof that needed new shingles. She hired a carpenter to install the shingles, but aloft and unobserved, he cut a hole through the roof. It sprang a leak that damaged the ceiling, and soon the walls streamed with water that came through the hole that the carpenter had cut in the roof that needed re-shingling. The carpenter said, “I’ll fix that roof, but first, looks like you need a new ceiling and brand new walls.” But while fixing the ceiling, he shattered a window with the ladder he’d brought, and on his way out, he damaged a door and tore out…

  • Budgets,  Building improvements,  Death and taxes,  Illusions/Delusions,  Memory holes,  Sandy Hook

    History: Bad news and big dues for Newtown.

    Cinderella decided to take a look at the Newtown Board of Education budget for the 2011-2012 school year. The budget, approved on 5-17-11, was for $67,971,427, with an increase of 1.16%. Mind-numbing and eye-straining though it was, Cinderella’s search turned up anomalies characteristic of the Sandy Hook saga. There are strange divergences, with numbers bouncing all over the place so that the two budget documents still available for perusal would almost seem to be for two totally different towns. What follows is a sampling of line-item weirdness from the 2011-12 school year. It isn’t possible to point out all of the oddities in these documents, so I’ve chosen to focus…