Sounds like someone had planned this in advance and is getting a kickback?
Though I personally am disgusted even by the use of form letters, I think that is not a moral/ethical concern, but the plagiarism of direct quotes from famous people etc. certainly is. And for her to say she doesn't think she should be held to the same standard as students regarding what she writes because it's not for a grade???? But what I really wish is that Indy (or any reporter) got at the deeper issue here, that is, the (valid) fear that these teachers have to speak out. While this fear is in part due to the statewide laws, it is even more due to what is going on locally within CHCCS, and this is a story that really needs to be unearthed. This is not a few disgruntled teachers who don't like change. This is a ton of teachers at CHHS who have many more complaints than just the plagiarism, and have encountered problems with far more than just Ms. Jackson, and who are terrified to speak out for fear of at minimum being transferred and now even more likely, being fired outright. The atmosphere there is the worst it has even been, and I have heard more excellent teachers talk about leaving teaching there than ever before. These are committed lifelong teachers who love teaching, are excellent at what they do, and who thought they would never give up, no matter what shit is thrown at them. Well, now many of them have hit their limit. Someone needs to do something about this.
As Scuba said, the atmosphere here at Chapel Hill High is very negative, and I'm afraid my teachers will feel some sort of repercussions from this article. To give another example of the heavy handed atmosphere at CHHS: On one of the first days of school, our principle called every grade together and gave us all a stern talking to. While I can only speak for my grade, the tone she used was highly disrespectful and degrading, as if she expected us all to be Weed-smoking Drop outs. It's impossible for both students and teachers to speak up at Chapel Hill and I feel that that may be the reason why this article exists in the first place. We can only hope that our teachers will emerge from this unscathed.
No, Denis, you are mistaken. Quoting from the third paragraph of that paper:
"To reconcile the nearly factor of 2 difference in the tide gauge and altimeter global rates, reconstructions of global sea level from tide gauges have been made using empirical orthogonal functions (EOFs) obtained from satellite altimeter data...
Do you see the 3rd to last word? It is "satellite."
You say that there's no difference between the tide gauge measurements and the satellite numbers. But the paper says that there's "nearly a factor of 2 difference."
If you just look at tide gauge data, there's been no acceleration in over 80 years, unless you constrain your examination to specific regions, where well-known oscillation patterns cause alternating periods of apparent acceleration and deceleration (like Sallenger did).
I'm horrified by the principal's actions and by the comments of those supporting her in this. It is not acceptable in any professional field to plagiarize, and she is benefiting from doing so by her continued salary and position. How disgraceful!
Ashley IMHO Kat Was The PIZZAZZ Of The Voice. She Brought Excitement & Color To The Stage With EVERY PERFORMANCE. She Will Be Missed 4 Sure
Obviously cold and helpless (his hands are tucked beneath the sweatshirt) there on the street. But why should readers encourage this kind of behavior by leaving money for him? The money makes him a target for those who might rob him. This is a prime example of what shelters are for...
I am really going to miss kat. I'm probably going to buy her band's albums.
KAT is no more than a average Bar singer wanna be...In Hollywood they know who are the Stars and she is NOT one...The voters are right..KAT is a mere Marilyn Manson look alike wanna be singer...stay in the Bar KAT...remember people do remember the Loozers...and KAT Lost...
I don't care what anyone says. I loved Kat and was so sad to see her go.
Am I missing something or is there an attempt to place blame on the prospectus on Weyheuser? The truth is that anyone who looks over the prospectus will realize it's not a bad prospectus for making money. When we look at how fast Walker Agriculture has grown it's not through accident, they're making money somewhere.
In response to an October 30 piece in the Raleigh News and Observer Robert Brown Dean of the College of Natural Resouces states, "The 4,000 ac (5% of the total) below HWY 17 will probably be developed, as CNR would have done as well if they had kept the forest."
At least some portions of NCSU are willing to acknowledge that the college had plans for the development. Mr. Brown should be applauded for have the fortitude to acknowledge that NCSU was fully aware that development of a portion of Hofmann forest was likely without the willingness of the University to take a stand for strong conservation ethics.
That's what real leaders do is take a strong stand during tough times and figure out how to make it work. They don't sell out.
Regardless of who wrote the prospectus neither group has been willing to place any sort of conservation agreement into the contract. Nor has NCSU ever shown proof of any other attempts to generate revenue while keeping the entirety of Hoffman forest for the citizens of North Carolina. In the absence of that evidence we must assume they did nothing and that's not acceptable.
Here is one example of a direct promise by a senior NCSU official saying that Hofmann would remain a working forest (note that Mr. Suggs also clarifies that "legacy of the forest" means "the name"!).
Thank you for your note. I sincerely appreciate and respect your opinion and since our alumni association is not directly involved in the sale process, we will make sure it gets to the folks who are. We appreciate open dialogue and free expression from all sides.
This has been a long, inclusive process that has involved many opportunities for those in support and opposition to voice their opinions.
We value the forest deeply – the land has been a part of NC State for many decades. And we set some strict conditions of sale early in this process that any buyer must meet to ensure the land continues to be an asset for NC State going forward.
Those conditions include:
Maintaining access to the forest for NC State faculty and students to conduct research
Preserving the property as a working forest
Maintaining the legacy of the forest by keeping the name
In addition to its academic value, Hofmann is an investment for the university and we have an obligation to continually explore ways to leverage assets like the forest to expand academic programs, promote research opportunities and increase scholarships for the good of the college, students and faculty.
Be assured that any decision regarding the future of the forest will be made with the goal of enhancing the College of Natural Resources’ commitment to forestry education, teaching and research.
[=Executive Director of the NCSU Alumni Association]
this reply was sent to numerous alumni who wrote Mr. Suggs to express their displeasure with the sale.
Re: Voter ID
Excellent facts... points well made.
"I've never intentionally said these are my words, these are my thoughts," she said.
On the contrary, you say exactly that when you sign your name to a piece of writing. I freely admit that I know nothing of this situation beyond what is in the story above, but that statement is completely disingenuous.
Dear Dave Burton (aka sealevelinfo ):
No, you are wrong. I was not comparing apples and oranges. The numbers, 1.7 mm/year for sea level rise before 1993 and 3.2 mm/year for sea level rise after 1993 are supported by the following study (see link below), which used ocean gauges for both time periods. The ocean gauges post 1990 in this case, agreed with the satellite measurements.
You might disclose that you are a member of NC-20, a group well-known for its interest in avoiding any restrictions on coastal development. I would trust the scientists who grew up professionally learning to objectively learn how the oceans work, rather than a computer software engineer like Mr. Burton who clearly has an interest in the debate turning out one way rather than the other (that would not be considered being objective).
If Jerry Walker follows the plans that are in the prospectus, then sure, he'll be in the timber business. He'll be cutting 5000 acres of trees a year, in fact.
But all of that land will then be bulldozed flat to make way for corn fields and golf resorts.
It remains to be discovered who came up with the 9000 acre development plan that was in the prospectus. Walker Group says it was NCSU, NCSU says they only provided a 4000 acre plan. Might be that they are both lying.
But either way, the Sale Agreement signed between NCSU and Walker Group/Hofmann LLC explicitly leaves out 9000 acres from potential "protection" with a farming easement. Only a fool would believe that its a coincidence that that those two documents match so well.
Tom Percival can say they have no plans for development all he wants, but the truth is that once this deal has closed, Walker will go right back to the prospectus plans to start making a significant profit off of his investment.
If people want to help stop this:
1. sign our petition - Google Hofmann Forest ipetition
2. like us on Facebook (Save Hofmann Forest)
3. write to as many NCSU officials as you can and tell them to immediately stop the sale.
4. show up for protests as they are announced
I did finally see the exhibit, and I think the review is just plain wrong.
There's a reason why the Mint Julep Jazz Band was voted Best Musical Artist/Band by Durham Magazine. They even draw those of us up here in Virginia down to hear them play! This should be an amazing time.
We will either find our way forward to single-payer ... or find our way back to the middle ages.
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