Candidates Talk New High School, Charter Schools at Forum

Candidates running for Somerville School Committee discussed the prospects of a new high school, charter schools, criteria for hiring a new school superintendent and other issues at a forum Tuesday sponsored by the Somerville Progressive Democrats.

Six of the 11 candidates running for School Committee attended the forum, held at the Kesher Center, near Conway Park.

Other topics discussed at the forum included Somerville's middle-school programs, inclusion of special-needs students in the school district, funding for the Somerville Center for Adult Learning Experiences, and reasons families decide to stay or leave the public school system.

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Progressive Democrats of Somerville, 2013 Questionnaire

Submitted to the Progressive Democrats of Somerville in response to the 2013 Questionnaire, in advance of a PDS-hosted Candidate Forum on July 9, 2013.

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After 10 years, the three lessons of the Iraq War

Like many, I rationalized the US incursion into Iraq as, “I don’t know whether Iraq has WMDs, but Saddam is a brutal dictator and removing him from power is worth our effort.”

With 10 years of hindsight, I can say that our invasion of Iraq was not worth our effort. Iraq was not worth the deaths of 4,488 US men and women with names like Lucas, Justin, Chadrick, Romel. Iraq was not worth the pain of the families that live on, Gold Star Families, or the many children now fatherless. For our nation, Iraq was an unnecessary cost for not nearly enough gain. For our nation, Iraq was a mistake.

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