Friday, September 21, 2007

Strategic Partnership Agreement with UMass 082307

Some attachments just aren't meant for Blogspot, so go on over to my old campaign website for the Strategic Partnership Agreement and the Mutual Aid Agreement .pdfs

I'll post the article from today's Gazette later.

I believe the Ethics Commission will not find any conflict of interest for Mr Kusner (UMass professor) or myself (husband is UMass lecturer). We both disclosed verbally, publicly at the Select Board meeting of September 17, 2007, which is sufficient under the law. While my written disclosure is not yet on file at the Town Clerk's office (and yes, of course I agree it would have been ideal to have it there already), it will be soon.

FY09 Priorities

Sent: Friday, September 21, 2007 9:17:21 AM
To: Select Board
Subject: Input on Amherst Budget


My husband’s company pays our $165/month premium for a family health insurance policy through my company.

This has been a great incentive for us to use my company’s plan instead of his, and it saves his company around $800 a month for our family alone.

If Amherst (town and schools) could offer to pay employees’ partners’ premiums—in part or in full—the town could save a lot of money. It’s really a win-win plan.

Thanks for asking for the community’s input.

Carolyn M

White Privilege

I participated in the Anti-Racism Basics for teachers required course at ARPS in January 2003. I grew up in a very white town in Central Pennsylvania, and though I'd thought I'd become the liberal my hometown warned me about, I learned a lot in the course co-facilitated by Kathleen Anderson and Susan Kennedy Marx. I've always hoped to see Tim Wise speak, but he always seems to be here when I have some other unavoidable commitment, in this case a Select Board meeting where we'll be working on the three of the Special Town Meeting Fall 2007 warrant articles.

Leading Critic of White Privilege to Speak at MHC

Tim Wise discusses The Pathology of Privilege: Racism, White Denial, and the Costs of Inequality October 1 at 7:30 pm in Chapin Auditorium.