PulseLine, September 5, 2012

To the person who commented saying they think Westfield schools should have uniforms. No way. I realize there are benefits of having uniforms but there are also downsides. I’m a student in the high school and this is what I see happening. First of all, as you can guess, many kids aren’t exactly enthusiastic about going to school. Now you want to tell them what they have to wear after they have been wearing whatever they have wanted all their lives. That won’t go over too well. I could see many kids skipping school because of it. The other reason is expressing oneself. I love waking up every morning, putting on a shirt of a place I’ve been, or something I’ve done or something I like. Knowing later that day at school it could spark a conversation or maybe even make me a friend of someone who shares interests with me. I just don’t think the outcome of uniforms would be good. Thanks.

On Saturday, Sept. 1, 2012 a reader asked for information about the sales tax on the sale of real estate as it is part of the new health care bill. I, too, was interested in this some time ago and e-mailed our Representative in Congress, John Olver. I didn’t save his answer but I do remember that the tax will not affect the average person.  I suggest that the person write the congressman at: 1111 Longworth House Office Bldg., District of Columbia,20515-2101 or at his local office: 78 Center St., Pittsfield, MA 01201.  To e-mail him just type in Rep. John Olver and his page comes right up.  I got a very prompt reply.

I was curious what the mayor plans to do if he loses the lawsuit against him at the Ashley St School? Is he going to replant all of the beautiful trees he cut down and rebuild the baseball field dugouts he had destroyed knowing that there is a lawsuit pending and they haven’t even had the groundbreaking yet?

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