I hope this is on the school board behind closed doors agenda for thursday. While others in her position have had the sense to resign (hard to say if they were forced out), she mocks the issue. Her thanksgiving message to faculty apparently contained lifted works as well. The district is currently on record saying this is much ado about nothing. What is the message to the students?
Jackson as quoted in the article:
"I've never intentionally said these are my words, these are my thoughts."
Jackson in an email message to staff regarding the memos she is now accused of plagiarizing (sent prior to the allegations of plagiarism):
"As I reflected on how the relationships were built at my last school, I remembered that I sent them my thoughts on a weekly bases for over five years . . . I will do best to share my thoughts with you weekly so you get to know my belief, values, and thoughts about educating children at CHHS. Notes from the Principal's desk are attached, please read and reflect."
Sounds to me as if she DID say that they are her thoughts.
One suspects that Jackson cannot write clearly or easily, so she "borrows' liberally. Not exactly a great reflection of her credentials. Wonder if anyone has examined her past academic work. Could be lifted whole hog from other sources.
The address is wrong. It's 119 W. Main St., Suite 300, Durham, NC 27701
I'm not familiar with the information you mentioned. But apparent sea level may rise or fall at any particular location depending on whether that area is subsiding or lifting, that is, whether geological forces are pushing the land up higher or allowing it to sink lower. That happens often, can vary by location and can change over time. So while the total volume of water in the oceans may be increasing due to thermal expansion and melting ice sheets and glaciers, what actually happens to "sea level" as measured at any particular spot also takes into account the subsidence or lift experienced by that spot. That's why there's all sorts of evidence that can appear to be contradictory, but in reality it's complications caused by variations in subsidence and lift. Satellite measurements of sea level are made independently of subsidence or lift, so are more accurate indicators of the actual level of the water in the world's oceans. The problem is that satellite measurements only go back a couple of decades. Hence the study I cited where the scientists tried (successfully) to match up the satellite measurements with recent coastal sea level gauges (subject to but corrected for subsidence and lift). When you can match up the two (coastal gauges and satellite measurements), then you can try to use the much older and longer record of sea level gauges to compare rates of sea level change in the past with current rates of change.
Reading all this, I just had this thought.
Most everyone agrees that Sea Level has been rising very very slowly since the last Ice Age (glaciation) , and even NOAA and Sea Grant acknowledge that there has been " no signal" of acceleration for the NC coast. So why have we had an acceleration of Accretion by 11% and a 13% decline of erosion of NC Sea shore since 1980? Irrespective of acceleration, why do we have more Accretion and less Erosion if Sea Level is rising? Or is all this just mumbo - jumbo Political FoSi?
Bill Price USLandAlliance.US
Dear Dave Burton,
Before you say I am mistaken, please read the rest of the article! You merely quote from the article's Introduction, where the authors summarize PAST work in the area. If you had any scientific training, you might have known that.
"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..."
---this sentence you quoted ended with this reference to a paper, (Chambers et al. 2002). It is Chambers et al. in 2002 who used the satellite altimeter data.
Merrifield, Merrifield, and Mitchum, the authors of the 2009 paper I cited, used tidal gauges for both time periods, and verified that the tide gauges agreed with the satellite altimeter data. You might read through to the Methods, Results, and Summary and Discussion sections next time you look at a scientific study if you want to understand what they did, what they found, and what it means. You won't find that in the Introduction.
I like your style, Lisa Sorg. As a human being and as a journalist.
As a Hokie I really wanted us to go to the ACC Championship but respect the fact that Duke beat us and now they are going on . SO as a gift to all Duke fans I did come across this as I was browsing for Cyber Monday http://www.teespring.com/bluedevils
You ARE more than just a basketball school now.
It is a taxpayer funded email account. Anyone in academia should understand that no email is ever confidential if on a government or employer provided system. Use the US Postal Service if you want privacy or sign up for a free gmail or hotmail account and use it for personal or political interest! Open and transparent government is granted by the First Admendment which gives free press to not just reporters but to all individuals who wish to seek public records or print their views!
We ought to draw a distinction between the procedural accountability of public institutions and the personal constitutional rights and liberties of individuals working for those public institutions. A person does not check his or her individual constitutional rights and liberties at the door in reporting to work for a state university campus or other public institution.
A measured and reasonable confidentiality of personal communications within a public institution or even an office or department of government at the federal, state or local level is not out of harmony with the principles of timely and responsible public disclosure of the ultimate decisions made and actions taken by those institutions and organizations.
A proper expression of views and opinions on public issues and public policy by those in the employ of public institutions need not be accompanied by a breach of constitutional rights pursuant to the preparation of those views and opinions for those eventual forms and forums of expression.
David Proctor McKnight
Thank you for covering the Town Meeting on November 25th. A healthy press that covers local meetings and issues in depth is vital to democracy. Please note the following few items plus my opening statement on the 25th. 1) Although it was long meeting it was neither a public hearing nor unique to Pittsboro. I have always encouraged public input and rarely if ever invoke a limit to public expression at town Board meetings. In fact the hearings on Pittsboro Place in 2007 had far more speakers, less in favor of the project and lasted longer. 2) Some members of the Town Board felt it the right time to move forward with Chatham Park and believed that the negotiated master plan revisions and agreement provided a framework that accounted for a substantial amount of the public input over the past seven months. 3) The project has been supported by the Chamber of Commerce and the Chatham County Economic Development Corp., who passed a resolution of support on 11/26.
The following is my opening statement from last Monday:
Pittsboro is poised on the brink of history. We have an opportunity to constructively engage Chatham Park and ensure that the values of our community are at the core of its DNA. I will not support a bland, beige reproduction of past development in the region. Instead, after seven years of dialogue I see the opportunity to engage the future and build a project over the next thirty years that will incorporate our values and concepts, while embracing technology such as solar farms, reuse water networks, high speed fiber, LEED building, LED lighting, smart grids, smart homes, and other technologies that will create a broad based and sustainable prosperity for the town, county and region.
It will be important that Chatham Park honor and preserve the vitality and historic nature of downtown Pittsboro as well as its culture. An idea that has been best expressed in the words of local legend Tommy Edwards when he said “around here you can throw a rock at a tree and hit an artist who will fall out of the tree onto a musician.” We are certainly blessed with the human capital that we have in Chatham County---a remarkable situation that provides us with a competitive edge.
To that end, the Town has taken steps to hear all voices and safeguards are proposed with any approvals to ensure voices will continue to be heard in the future and that Chatham Park will be an honest broker and good partner with the community.
I understand the concerns of some in the community and I ask that you continue to engage the process through the new channels that will become open and help the Town and Chatham Park create a community that is the envy of the Southeast and a project that we can mutually embrace and take pride in.
This evening we have a number of stakeholders and citizens who want to speak about the proposed project and initial rezoning and master plan revisions. I ask that you be courteous and respectful of each speaker and refrain from cheers, jeers and other outbursts for or against a speaker and/or a position.
Finally, I want to address some of the concerns that have been raised:
1. The town has been engaged and knowledgeable about Chatham Park and its potential for at least seven years. It has been a part of numerous discussions and planning sessions locally and regionally through at least four election cycles and known to the various elected officials and staff who have served on the Town Board and served the Town of Pittsboro.
2. Although to some it may seem that the process is moving too fast, to others who have slogged through the numerous meetings with various elected boards and regional agencies it has been an incremental endeavor at best.
3. The proposed changes to the master plan, the agreement between the town and the applicant, the resolution to approve the rezoning and the supporting statements by the applicant will ensure that citizen experts and stakeholders will have a vehicle to shape the project and ensure that the outcomes that are achieved will have broad based support. In short, this will be the best vehicle to address issues and shape the project.
4. Upon approval the applicant will be able to invest in building the medical center on the north side of town and will spend the next two years working with its consultants, the town and the advisory committee to address the numerous areas delineated in the master plan revisions. The agreement stipulates that the Town can refuse to accept site plans and/or stop the project cold if the aforesaid items are not addressed and accepted by the Town.
5. The Town has on file a comprehensive environmental impact statement that was submitted to DEHNR in order to obtain the permit to raise its limit to 3.3 mgd and discharge into the Haw River. Although I supported the need to get the permit I do not support the discharge point and believe that we a strategy to create more reuse water, expand our current WWTP, and cooperate with Chatham County and Sanford on a regional solution that carries up to two mgd to a discharge at the new Sanford WWTP.
6. Finally, the project and the applicant will be supporting the “Main Street” program and downtown revitalization.
In closing, I have spent my entire career as Mayor trying to improve Pittsboro and the community at-large. Whether I fought for liquor-by-drink, against “fracking”, amendment one, supported Moral Mondays or pushed hard for grants to improve our town’s quality of drinking water, waste water or park system I have always considered the most important constituency in my actions: the future.
In my travels around the state I have had the opportunity to visit with leaders and citizens in towns, cities and counties that are not as blessed as Chatham County and Pittsboro. Many of their citizens, like ours, are struggling and are in need of local investment. And they envy our current position.
We have an opportunity to shape our future and move this project from political bickering to an arena that will allow for broad based input that will reflect a wide range of values that we can collectively endorse which will ultimately result in sustainable prosperity.
I've adopted 2 goathouse cats over a two year span and they were healthy on adoption. I've visited there many, many times during and off visiting hours and have never seen what the above article describes.
The 4th Amendment of the US Constitution: "The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized". Why I think it's un-American....
Didn't the Nazi government often seize the papers of those that opposed them? This group "Raleigh-based Civitas Institute" now want to read the private emails, and phone records that their political opposition holds? That's un-American.
I am in awe that anyone really believes the best viable answer (reasonably or economically) is to give people free houses. This is not "best practices", it's social and economic nonsense. A lot of veterans are in need of help reassimilating to day to day life in the United States. "Best practices" in the real world, not the spend other peoples money big government world, is using your resources to best help as many people as you can. It seems to me the folks at VLC-NC-Cares have a firm grasp on this concept. How many people can you help to help themselves for what you spend to put one person in a house BEFORE they have life skills its takes to maintain a civilian lifestyle?
I think they should look at terry hobbs indeed funny how the dna connected him to the murder. I thought it was also weird if he was so innocent as he stated why did he lie so much and deny the dna test he knew it would lead him to the murder. I think he needs to be put on trial for the murder of these poor boys. It should've been him on trial to begin with he acted very strange for someone who just lost a child he was acting cold emotionless.
I don't have her message to paste here, but it was an unattributed Jack Kornfield quote. I was shown her message side-by-side with the following:
Her message changed the wording of the first sentence slightly to match the context and included the second sentence verbatim. There was absolutely no mention of Jack Kornfield or the fact that the words were not hers. It was signed "Principal Sulura Jackson".
Now, I know that it's not as big of a deal to copy what amounts to being a greeting card saying. However, considering what she's accused of, it appears to me as if she's thumbing her nose at the faculty and the community.
I've seen other examples from her that are much worse, but this one came AFTER she supposedly apologized.
I live in robersonville n.c and the town charges .17 kw. I think its because the town is mostly black.something has to be down. Also,they don't tell the customers that during the cold months they can't cut you off.they will anyway!
NecessaryDissent, what was the text that was lifted in her thanksgiving message to staff? If she indeed plagiarized after saying she would stop, it means one of three things: thumbing nose at staff and community, doesn't understand what plagiarism is, or has real personal issues with serial plagiarism. Any of those things are unacceptable and she needs to go immediately.
Can you provide the message?
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