“"some other guy" again, I thank you for your response. I would also say that I'm genuinely interested in helping DVSD, I'm not trying to help my own political career as you posited. Truthfully, I do not know whether I will run for re-election in four years, or opt out. I'm not sure, I can't put my life on a timeline. But, what I can say, is I'm genuinely interested in making a difference in out community. I would not be serving on DVSD Board if I didn't believe that. I realize it's easy for people to look at my age and say, "he's only interested in further in his own political lot,". The truth is I believe deeply in having dedicated public servants at all levels of government. I would not be serving on SB if I didn't believe that. I do not proclaim myself as an "Education Expert," but rather a School Director trying to start some debate about our public school system.I'm sorry if you interrupted it that way,please, feel free to disagree with a point I made. This is what America is all about! Thank you for your feedback! I'm glad you're an engaged citizen!”
“It sounds like you've already drawn a conclusion about me. That's unfortunate. I'm sorry you feel the way you do.”
some other guy on Feb 26, 2012 at 01:34:00
“You really have no response to any of those questions? So it is okay for you to publicly put yourself out there and proclaim to be an expert on these topics, but when someone asks you to explain your position you have no response other than to take personal offense? Where is your integrity? At least if you could defend your viewpoint and discuss the questions I posed I at least would have respected you, but by just blowing off serious questions aimed at the root of your thesis you are demonstrating you really don't have any credibility and don't seem to know what you're talking about. Now prove me wrong, elected official!”
some other guy on Feb 22, 2012 at 10:52:51
“Zach, do you want to actually discuss any of the questions I posed, or are you going to be a politician and ignore them / skirt around them? Can I clarify any of them for you? I'm really interested to hear what you have to say, since you've put yourself on a public pedestal as an education policy expert. Surely you have an opinion on student debt and post-graduation employment?”
some other guy on Feb 20, 2012 at 22:56:10
“Okay, thanks for your pity I guess, but that doesn't answer any of the questions in my last comment (all of which are about the value of education and your authority to publicly remark as an expert on the value of education - not about who you are).
Do you not think that one's job and income are a good indicator on the value of education? Do you really find the massive debt that millions of graduates are in worth it? I'm still really curious how you could write a piece on the value of education and not substantiate your credibility by discussing your employment or debt (even when asked point blank about these topics... Everything with a question mark in my last comment is a question you've left unanswered).”
“A) I had my choice of colleges to go to, I was 5 for 5. Two of them were top-361 schools according to Princeton Review, Hofstra and Penn State University Park. I made a decision to go to Bloomsburg on my own, not because I had to as you seem to imply. Bloomsburg is a great school with great faculty members. B) I'm not unemployed. C) I'm not in debt, not a sizable amount by any means certainly. I was able to work and pay as I went... I'm sorry you feel the need to attack me personally, this has shades of small-town politics as you commented similarly on Pike County Courier's website previously. If you don't like me that's fine, but I'm going to continue to writing, as well as doing what I can to help my community. Thanks for the motivation.”
some other guy on Feb 20, 2012 at 00:32:30
“Top 361? So only 360 schools ranked higher? Impressive.
If you're not unemployed, where are you employed? What are you doing? Surely you agree that where someone works and what their annual income is are two great indicators of the value of education. Seems like a pretty basic indicator to me. Why didn't you include this information if your piece is about the value of education?
You're not in debt? So you currently owe $0 in student loans, car loans, credit cards, etc.? Is that correct? If so, you are unlike the vast majority of recent college graduates. What's your secret?
None of THAT is a personal attack. It's an attack on your view about the value of education and your credibility to act as an expert and publicize that view.
As for shades of small-town politics... well, I guess you are an expert on that since you got into a non-partisan school board position by rallying very partisan republican groups with opinions and promises that have changed since you got into office. But actually... what does questioning your credibility and viewpoint on the value of education have anything to do with politics? Nothing. By jumping to that conclusion you simply further demonstrate your motives to even get on the school board in the first place are political– to advance your personal political career.”
“J R M- I thank you for your feedback. I only wish more parents were like you. I agree, I think government shouldn't be trying to change society. As a small-government conservative, I grow wary of those kinds of things.
I believe reform is possible if we're innovative. That innovation begins at the local level. It must be a bottom-up approach. America has proven that anything is possible and I still believe our best days are ahead of us!”
The first song, "Stand," by Rascal Flatts was her fight song. The remaining two, "You've Got a Friend," and "Blackbird" were favorites of hers as well.”
hp blogger Jessica Rotondi on Oct 1, 2011 at 01:32:15
“Zach thank you so much for putting this video together to honor Mom. She'd be so proud of you. I know I am :)”
shisterkatz on Sep 30, 2011 at 16:43:45
“Zach, your family sounds like a very close family. That is the most important thing is a family that is close. I have always said the most important thing in life is family. I am sorry to hear about your Aunt and it is wonderful to see that you are close to your cousin. Stay strong.”