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Local student James Henderson writes President Obama — and gets a response

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34 comments:

  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 11:01 am on Sun, Jul 24, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    I have been attempting to politely ignore you and simply state no comment rather than responding to your tirades that to me is a waste of time. I am happy to ignore you and not say anything negative or disparaging about you... I think you are intelligent and have wit about you... you on the other hand put me down in a derogatory manner at every turn. You refer to me as a coward, liar and every vile thing I can think of.
    Even though I think you are bright and have much to offer society, I think your behavior is vicious and mean spirited. If you were interested in doing what was right, you would let me ignore you and simply state no comment. If you stop your viciousness, I would not even say... “no comment” but ignore you all together. So when I say no comment... and you respond by saying that is what I say when I have lost a debate, you and I both know that you are being anything but truthful as I am always willing to continue a debate … but not with people like you.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 10:44 am on Fri, Jul 22, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    posted at 1:15 am on Fri, Jul 22, 2011...Darrell: Instead of over-explaining your rude comments to James, perhaps you could just simply apologize to him...

    No comment

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 1:15 am on Fri, Jul 22, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Darrell: Instead of over-explaining your rude comments to James, perhaps you could just simply apologize to him.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:54 am on Thu, Jul 21, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    posted at 9:10 pm on Wed, Jul 20, 2011...he will encounter many in his life who are more interested in discouraging him

    Personal note to James...
    James... your mom wrote below that you were hurt by my comments. I want you to know that my comments were intended to educate and give thought to what you are learning at school. I do not think anyone in this tread wanted to discourage you. Just the opposite. There was encouragement to solve the problem, but in an alternate way. I think if you are creative, you should seek all possibilities to be successful.
    Personally, I think your effort to find an answer to what was bothering you was fantastic. I wish more children did as you did. Please be aware that there are different solutions to solve the same problem.
    I respectfully disagree with the thought that we need more taxes from government to solve the problem. I also felt bad for you that Mr Neely gave you the answer he did. I may be right... but I may be wrong. It is just my opinion. If you disagree with me, I respect that. Your mom saying that you will someday go to Washington DC. I wish you good luck and hope you keep that big smile on your face that was like the one in the paper. I hope you continue to listen to your mom as she has your best interest at heart.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 9:10 pm on Wed, Jul 20, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Tipring Henderson: You've obviously done a great job in raising young James. Unfortunately, he will encounter many in his life who are more interested in discouraging him, as we've seen here. Some people just don't mind being rude and nasty to children, even when the youngster has done something admirable. Best wishes to James on is way to DC! And kudos to you mom and dad. :-)

     
  • Tipring Henderson posted at 7:44 am on Wed, Jul 20, 2011.

    Tipring Henderson Posts: 3

    WOW. The responses to this is amazing. Thank you to all the positive support for my son. It was crazy when Fox 40 showed up at our house. I will be showing all these comments to James. I am not attempting to shelter my son (how can you do that in this society), I was attempting to let him feel the positive affects of his doings at least for just a day before I showed him how a real debate is. Gotta get him used to that if he is going to head to D.C. :-)

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 6:42 am on Wed, Jul 20, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Tim Costner stated....In my view, if he had taken things in his own hands in reality, he would not have sent his letter to Obama at all What a lousy, self-righteous thing to say. You should be ashamed.

    The intent of this comment is a result of my frustration over the years to get anything done when it comes to seeking help from Federal government... I have always found it easier to get results when I take things in my own hands and try to solve problems myself. I also have seen many people other than myself solve problems themselves for the small things. I think if we in general wait for others to fix things, that success rarely follows. I was under the impression that James was looking for real solutions that had a chance to succeed. I was offering an alternative. My main point has nothing to do with James or his efforts. I was not saying he should not send a letter to president Obama. I was making commentary as to the solution to solve the problem and to address the perception that there is not enough money for the basics...

     
  • Tim Costner posted at 11:50 pm on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Tim Costner Posts: 10

    "In my view, if he had taken things in his own hands in reality, he would not have sent his letter to Obama at all... he would have sought opportunity to raise funds himself and buy pencils and paper for all his classmates which would have demonstrated "giving" to others and solving a problem yourself."

    What a lousy, self-righteous thing to say. You should be ashamed.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 11:21 pm on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Darrell Baumbach wrote, "In my view, if he had taken things in his own hands in reality, he would not have sent his letter to Obama at all... he would have sought opportunity to raise funds himself and buy pencils and paper for all his classmates which would have demonstrated "giving" to others and solving a problem yourself."

    I disagree with Darrell. I think James Henderson took impressive action in writing a letter to our president when he saw something that needed to be addressed in his school. James saw a need and went right to the top dog. You have quite a bright future ahead of you, James, especially if your choices ruffle the feathers of the likes of Darrell Baumbach. This tells you that you are on the right track young man. Kudos!

     
  • Jackson Scott posted at 10:50 pm on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 383

    Kurt Anderson- great suggestion about limiting the number of posts a person can make in one day! Too bad it will never happen.

    And your point about Jerome (7:13pm) is continued with Darrell's two comments... roflmao!

    Wait! Wait! 24 comments on this subject and NONE by Doug?!?! We better send out a search party. I'll take the gated communities on the westside since I know thats were we can find Doug. He's doing undercover work on his theory of the GOBs.

     
  • Marg Kelly posted at 9:51 pm on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Marg Kelly Posts: 1

    Well done James. You did an good thing and the President did a nice thing and you should be proud. Hold on to that letter as a reminder of the importance of speaking up for the things you believe in. Young people like you are a wonderful example. Always believe in your own power to achieve the things you believe in and never allow yourself to be discouraged. It is young people like you that make us grown ups proud and give us hope for the future. Keep smiling kiddo!

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:18 pm on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    .Katey Stewart posted at 6:59 pm on Tue, Jul 19, 2011... For all of you "negative Nellies" why don't you just bring up the Santa Claus thing too, being that you are into busting young children's bubbles...

    Personally, I think your comment is off... There is no reason for James to feel bad... no one is talking about him personally. He did a good thing and should be proud. I think it is positive and educational that he took action. I hope he does it again . In fact, like I said in a previous post, I hope he writes more letters asking more questions that he is concerned with to the school board and the teachers union... why should his education and desire to explore truth stop here. If I were James, this would only be the beginning and would do more and have fun with it.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 9:07 pm on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Kurt Anderson posted at 7:13 pm... That way, you and your buddies don't pollute every single story, every single day...

    Interesting comment... Can you please define pollute? Ideas are debated and people who see things differently get an opportunity to see other people's reality. I appreciate your comments even though you most likely do not appreciate mine.
    I think it is educational that you and others do not perceive this to be educational. Are you saying that the number of times we learn and think about thingseach day should be limited?
    I do have another question for people here... was the goal here to write the president just to get a response... or was it to ask a sincere question to get an answer that offered a solution to a problem. I hope it was the later. This was not a political disagreement... this was seeking truth to find an answer for this young man... adding possibilities is beneficial...

     
  • Kurt Anderson posted at 7:13 pm on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Kurt Anderson Posts: 9

    Jerome - I see you recognize yourself as part of the problem.

    How about limiting the number of stories someone can comment on to one a day. That way, you and your buddies don't pollute every single story, every single day.

    And your continued rhetoric just goes to prove my point.

     
  • Sam Heller posted at 7:04 pm on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Sam Heller Posts: 176

    Way to go James. I am impressed that you took the initiative to "go to the top" and write our President. about your complaints. I hope you treasure his response. Just remember that you have the ability to make a difference. Keep it up and stay involved !!!!

     
  • Katey Stewart posted at 6:59 pm on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Katey Posts: 1

    wow... this unbelievable. A 6th grader, who mind you, is not sitting at home playing a PS3... actually felt compassion about an issue and took action. You should be proud James... For all of you "negative Nellies" why don't you just bring up the Santa Claus thing too, being that you are into busting young children's bubbles...

     
  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 6:59 pm on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2308

    Mr. Anderson - I don't believe anyone is purposely raining on this child's parade. But what disturbs me about your comment not related to either James, his letter or the comments related directly to them is your asking the LNS to "[do] something with these 'people' who have nothing better to do than sit around and talk crap about every single story." What precisely would you have them "do?" This forum has experienced a number of changes over the years in a continuing effort by the LNS to allow for “spirited debate” regarding those items published and/or printed on its pages – both actual and virtual. Are you suggesting that those who abide by the posted rules should somehow be controlled differently simply because you don’t like what they offer? That’s a rather “slippery slope” to entertain, wouldn’t you think? You should understand that no one has the right to not be offended in this country.

    I doubt anyone was attacking this young boy or his efforts. On the other hand, what better way for him to learn more about our government and civics in general than by observing the conversations that his story created? Sure, he’s young and it’s right that his mother might want to protect him from opinions that he might not be able to handle at such a young age. But I would have hoped that the author of this story would have warned him of the facts of life prior to publication. In the end, don’t you think the lad could actually learn something here? Or is the truth still too much for someone entering into junior high school? Considering what these kids are exposed to on the playground, television and the Internet, I think he’s able to handle more than you, his mother and others here appear to think.

     
  • Sue Blair posted at 6:53 pm on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Sue Blair Posts: 1

    I think it took alot of courage for James to write that letter.... At least he is trying to do something instead of just sitting and griping about what other people should do. I am proud that someone in the up and coming generation is taking an active role.

     
  • Kurt Anderson posted at 6:34 pm on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Kurt Anderson Posts: 9

    What a bunch of yahoos! What a cool thing for a kid to do - to take it upon himself to write a letter to the president, and even cooler that he wrote back. I'm so sick of the usual suspects who are so incredible negative about every single story. HEY LNS - how about doing something with these 'people' who have nothing better to do than sit around and talk crap about every single story.

    Good job James - hopefully you don't read what the nay-sayers write. Not everything has to be turned into a political argument, debate about illegal aliens, DUI laws, city council members, etc.

    Get a life.

     
  • roy bitz posted at 6:29 pm on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    roy bitz Posts: 492

    It is good that James took action to resolve a problem----I respect him for sending the letter.
    It is not good that James seems to think the Federal government should resolve the problem. BO's encouraging letter was nice and James should be proud to receive it.
    It bothers me that so many seem to think "the government" should provide so much.

     
  • Jerome Kinderman posted at 6:01 pm on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Jerome R Kinderman Posts: 2308

    Aside from the fact that someone should have warned young James that his story might not be received in a positive light given the condition of Washington, taxes and all that these are encompassing right now, I'm actually more surprised that anyone would think the schools should be supplying things like pencils and paper. Aren't these basic items to be provided by mom and dad? And insofar as paper is concerned, I'm puzzled as to why both sides aren't being used - that's 50% of what seems to be a very valuable classroom resource. Why the waste?

    Nevertheless, I applaud Master Henderson's efforts to bring his concerns to the President of the United States, even though I think he should have other more pressing matters to deal with. Sadly it reminds me of the lady in Florida who at a town hall meeting shortly after the inauguration of Obama actually asked him for a new car and kitchen appliances. The government should not be the answer to all of our needs; or does James disagree?

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:48 pm on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    As an after thought.... I think if your son seeks truth, he should be proud. If in seeking truth, debate is generated and a better solution emerges, then everyone is better off . We can all thank your son for getting everyone closer to truth. So from that point, James is showing wonderful leadership and demonstrating the value of going beyond what is expected.
    Like Ms Bobin stated, we should be proud of our kids for something like this. I think we also should strive to seek truth and not be hurt if truth is different from what we anticipated.

     
  • Kim Lee posted at 5:35 pm on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Kim Lee Posts: 1798

    Bravo to young James Henderson! Way to take some action! Your parents must be so very proud of you. You saw there was a need and chose to take positive action. Good for you! There are changes needed in this country, and definitely in the school system, and it's encouraging to see a youngster interested in getting involved. Keep up the good work, James! We're behind you! And good job to your mom and dad, as they have obviously raised a boy with conscience and heart! Bravo!

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:29 pm on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

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    Tipring Henderson posted at 4:27 pm.... He was very hurt by Darrell's comments...

    Tipring... Im sorry if you son was hurt. I think it is up to you to educate and explain that there are more than two ways to look at things. The comments from me were really not about your son. It was about what he was taught.
    I was attempting to offer an alternative solution to a problem your son was curious about.
    As far as the funding per student.. I got the $9,200 figure this year from an article in the Lodi News sentinel. Some people think that is very high... and it is a fact that 54% of all California taxes are mandated for education. So if you want to educate your child as to the facts, then he should understand that there is plenty of money for the basics... my words are educational... not hurtful... Im confused why he was hurt when I was talking about the school system... what they are teaching.... he is just learning what is taught.

     
  • Bob Smith posted at 5:01 pm on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Bob Smith Posts: 128

    "He was very hurt by Darrell's comments, I won't let him look at the website any longer."
    Good. Censorship in action. Let him continue to wear rose-colored glasses, the world is just peachy. Writing to the President is a mature thing to do, but make sure that his maturity stops when it comes to reality.

     
  • Tipring Henderson posted at 4:27 pm on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Tipring Henderson Posts: 3

    I understand that the President did not answer his letter personally, and how do you know for sure that he didn't read the letter, where you there? Why do you all want to burst the bubble of a kid. He was very hurt by Darrell's comments, I won't let him look at the website any longer. He was so excited to see there were 2 comments for his article, then was very hurt that they were negative comments. Thanks much.
    FYI, Darrell, Lodi Unified gets $32 per student per day, $5700 per student from the State for this last school year. I believe you were looking at the spending amount per student from '08-'09. The monies that the school districts receive got towards the General Fund (whatever that is used for) Can someone find that piece of information out? Teachers salaries, utilities (we all know how much the City of Lodi charges for electricity). Do you think they will install a water meter at the schools too? If anyone wants to bitch about spending and receiving of monies think about the City of Lodi watering parks and stadiums in the middle of the day when we get warnings and charges for going 10 minutes before or after the times allowed.
    Can you all just be happy that there is a positive piece of information in the news instead of war, poverty, and starvation?

     
  • dylan smith posted at 3:15 pm on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    dylan smith Posts: 3

    wtf? obama did not even answer the kid's question.
    pathetic.

     
  • Charles King posted at 2:50 pm on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Charles King Posts: 1

    America, wake up. or Maybe I should. At least for the last 53 years and living many places around the world, I've never been anywhere that the schools furnished paper, pencils, hand wipes, The basics were considered the facilities and equipment. In most of the places that we have lived, we even paid and annual school fee to cover text books, chalk, workbooks, etc. I've seen that fee go from $5 a child to $75 per student. When did Parent's and student's personal responsibility be taken away and passed on to the state.

     
  • Bob Smith posted at 2:41 pm on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Bob Smith Posts: 128

    Has anybody dared tell the truth to this kid, that Mr. Obama never read his letter, and that he never even touched this letter that the kid got in reply?
    This is a canned letter that is printed out by the public affairs office in response to every kid that writes in. Pretty much says the same thing as the letter I got when writing President Nixon in the '70s.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 1:53 pm on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    Mr Scott...Tipring Hendersson Stated...Darrell...ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
    I am so proud of MY son! For him to take the initiative to do something besides just go with the flow like most other people.

    Tipring, I agree with you that your son should be applauded for taking initiative and not just going with the flow. I was not criticizing your son for taking initiative or anything else.
    I was making commentary on the education system that would lead a child (any child)to ask the question asked of Obama which was, how can cuts be made to education when he didn’t see how the government could continue to cut education funding when they lacked even the basics. In my view, the premise to the question is that cuts should not be made to education as funding is so low, that not even the basics are being taken care of...
    It may be true that the basics are not being taken care of. I think you made good points when you stated... “ Why does the school district feel the need to provide new computer systems for the cafeterias with touch screen capability instead of pencils and paper, basketball hoops, kleenex, hand sanitizer for their students. Great points in fact!!!!

    I think the money is there, its decisions how to prioritize what the money is spent on which is the issue.
    When I talked about brainwashing, I'm talking about the school system would lead a child to think there is not enough money to pay for the basics...

    Please let me ask you Mrs Henderson... if there are 30 children in a classroom... and there is $9,200 per child funding for each child, totaling $276,000 per class room, why is that not enough... why can't the school district find $100.00 to $200.00 per student to pay for basic supplies? I think the letter should go to the school board as they control how the money is spent. I would send a letter to the teachers union and ask why the union does not bargain for the benefit our our children.
    I was simply trying to bring some sense of reality to the situation. I think an education should be well rounded and have various points of view as the basis of that education... My comments are not negative at all... There should be other solutions to solving a problem other than asking for more tax revenue...
    I think it very positive and constructive to be creative and find more than one way to solve the problem that you and your son identified. In fact, my solution is more likely to achieve a more satisfying result than depending on government to find more money that is not there anytime soon.

     
  • Tipring Henderson posted at 1:00 pm on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Tipring Henderson Posts: 3

    Darrell, ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!
    I am so proud of MY son! For him to take the initiative to do something besides just go with the flow like most other people. He is NOT being brainwashed, and to whom do you refer he is being brainwashed by??
    Most of the education funds are obviously not towards the students. Why does the school district feel the need to provide new computer systems for the cafeterias with touch screen capability instead of pencils and paper, basketball hoops, kleenex, hand sanitizer for their students. Last year our school ran out of those supplies. Not good when there were so many students who were sick with whooping cough last year.
    By the way, my son did participate in fund raising events for his school right along with me. The parents of our school and the Parent Teacher Association donated many supplies for the entire school.
    For goodness sake, my boy is 12 years old. He felt strongly about something wanted to write to someone, why not go to the BIG BOSS!!!!

     
  • Joanne Bobin posted at 12:44 pm on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Joanne Bobin Posts: 4485

    Better idea, Mr. Baumbach. Why don't you take a portion of that over the top salary your teacher spouse saved and another portion of her undeserved retirement check you dislike so much and YOU donate it to the schools. You'll be doing YOUR part.

    Good comment, Mr. Scott. I don't think that young Mr. Henderson actually expected President Obama to solve his problem. And the President's "reply" indicated that he should continue doing things to help "change the country." Heck, I applaud him for actually WRITING A LETTER and not sending an email or text message!

    Used to be we were proud of our kids for something like this. Unfortunately, Mr. Baumbach wants to pop their idealistic balloons and turn them into political footballs. We should start refering to him as "Darrell Downer."

     
  • Jackson Scott posted at 11:33 am on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Jackson Scott Posts: 383

    Darrell, I hope James does not read your negative comments. If he does he just might turn into a a pessimist like yourself. The world does not need more "the glass is half empty" type of people like you.

     
  • Darrell Baumbach posted at 5:54 am on Tue, Jul 19, 2011.

    Darrell Baumbach Posts: 9403

    In his letter, Henderson told President Obama that he didn’t see how the government could continue to cut education funding when they lacked even the basics.
    I see the the brainwashing of children is alive and well... That this student perceives that $9,200 per student is so low that even basics are not paid for is sad commentary. Maybe Mr Neely could have said that the teacher's union and the teachers think most of all that money needs to go to salary and benefits of the teachers and there is little left over for supplies.... that teachers do chip in from the salary they get, but please do not think education is underfunded.

    The article states the student took matters into his own hands... to do what?... Basically ask a politician please give us more tax dollars... so... government is the solution...Already, 54% of California tax revenue is mandated for education...
    In my view, if he had taken things in his own hands in reality, he would not have sent his letter to Obama at all... he would have sought opportunity to raise funds himself and buy pencils and paper for all his classmates which would have demonstrated "giving" to others and solving a problem yourself.

     
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