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there has been a large amount of chatter on these threads about current radnor school board director brucie rapoport, who is running for reelection this year, so i thought it would be good to give rapoport her own thread.

from what ive learned, rapoport was an endorsed democrat for radnor school board in 2003 (she lost), was endorsed again by the democrats in 2005 (she won), and is endorsed by the dems again this year.

i watch the school board meetings, and rapoport usually doesnt say much - she just kinda sits there and blinks. however, as readers of this blog know, in 2007, rapoport, in her support of artificial turf, went bonkers in a big bad way -

http://www.thebulletin.us/articles/2007/10/24/import/20071024-archive12.txt

Radnor Official Belittles West Philly School

A member of Radnor's School Board recently insulted a University of Pennsylvania-sponsored school in University City by falsely claiming it is located among drive-by shootings, crack houses and drug shooting parents.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007
By: Jim McCaffrey

By Jim McCaffrey

Radnor - A member of Radnor's School Board recently insulted a University of Pennsylvania-sponsored school in University City by falsely claiming it is located among drive-by shootings, crack houses and drug shooting parents.

The highly-inflammatory statements were written in an e-mail addressed to the other members of the Radnor School Board.

Brucie Rapoport, a first-term Democrat board member, was arguing for the installation of artificial turf at the Wayne Middle School.

Like everything else having to do with the new middle school, the administration's proposal to install artificial turf is highly controversial and opposed by many in the Radnor community.

A presentation by the environmental firm of Cahill and Associates noted the successful drainage system it installed for the grass playground at the Penn Alexander School, 42nd and Spruce streets, in West Philadelphia.

Ms. Rapoport issued an e-mail response for board members to the Cahill presentation, In it she states the company "failed to explain the circumstances that have caused the grass field at the Alexander (elementary) school [in] West Philadelphia to remain grass and not turn into hay. It is most likely the only grassy field within a couple of miles. It therefore is probably tended to with kid gloves. That tending may very well likely include the application of man-made CHEMICALS [sic], including PESTICIDES[sic], and HERBICIDES [sic]. When you live in that neighborhood where drive-by shootings are daily happenings, who cares about death by something that is sprayed on the grass to kill weeds and bugs? The most important thing there is to get those kids outside to play so they aren't wandering around crack houses or watching their parents shoot up. There is absolutely no comparison whatsoever between that field and what is planned for RMS! Cahill was blowing his own horn. Pure and simple."

The University City neighborhood where Penn Alexander Elementary School is located is one of the most heavily gentrified areas of the city. Asking prices for homes there are frequently above $400,000.

Ms. Rapoport, in an interview yesterday, claimed she checked with the "director of landscaping at the Philadelphia School District" about the use of chemicals on the field. In fact, the University of Pennsylvania maintains the field and, according to School Prinicipal Sheila Sydnor, it is just watered and cut. It is not chemically treated.

The Penn Alexander school is 48 percent African American, 28 percent white, 13 percent Asian, and 6 percent Latino. It has 492 students and a 95 percent attendance. 79 percent of tested students are above the national average in reading and 68 percent are above the national average in math. The University of Pennsylvania supplements the district's funding with a yearly donation of $1,000 per student.

The crime rate in the neighborhood is considered low in the city.

Clark Park, a nine-acre city owned area of spacious fields and more than 300 trees, a home to a weekly farmers market and performances by theater groups and the Philadelphia Orchestra, is two blocks away from the school.

Ms. Rapoport called her statements "hyperbole to get my point across." She claimed there is crime in the neighborhood.

"It is a wonderful place," she conceded. "But I wouldn't feel comfortable without parents supervising children on the playground." She then admitted she wouldn't feel comfortable without parents supervising children on the playground in Radnor either.

"I've driven through those neighborhoods and I've seen drug deals [being made]," she claimed. "I may be mistaken about that neighborhood but it was definitely in the neighborhoods bordering that neighborhood."

Ms. Rapoport admitted there is drug dealing in Radnor, too.

"I have a friend who happens to be black who is involved in the [A Better Chance Scholarship] program who agrees with me," she insisted. "I am sorry for [pointing to] that neighborhood. I should have said in those surrounding neighborhoods. It was wrong to say that neighborhood. I never ever intended to be prejudiced. I am not a racist. You have to put it in perspective. This was political propaganda writing to make a point."

Her e-mail comes at a time when African-American parents are demonstrating their continuing concern over their perception of racial disparity and discrimination in Main Line school systems.

The Concerned Black Parents of Lower Merion last month filed a lawsuit alleging discrimination in Lower Merion classrooms and discrimination has been a persistent complaint in Radnor, one of the wealthiest communities in the Philadelphia suburbs.

i didnt think it was possible for a person to appear racist, dishonest, stupid, ignorant, snobby, and confused in the same news story, but rapoport gets a ‘dishonorable mention’ ribbon for pulling it off!

as expected, the public was outraged, and the president of the radnor democratic party, bruce bikin, wrote a letter to the editor of the main line life, and smashed rapoport to smithereens -

http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2007/10/24/main_line_suburban_life/archives/20071024-archivejrc-12.txt

To The Editor:

Recent e-mail comments by a certain Democratic school board member have become widely disseminated due to their unfortunate and remarkably insensitive nature. This letter is to publicly and completely disavow by the Radnor Democratic Party the thoughts (if any were involved) and the values she expressed therein.

We are shocked and appalled that someone elected through significant efforts on our part would privately hold, let alone publicly express, such bigoted, hurtful words. Those words do not represent the values or the ideals in which we believe and strive to attain in our public officials and our own personal lives. We reject them totally and completely as antithetical to our core values and beliefs.

We believe the school board member owes the community a public apology, at the very least.

Bruce H. Bikin Chair, Radnor Democratic party

i have seen bikin speak at public meetings (including the dave bashore termination hearing), and he seems to have good values, and is very smart and articulate, and i completely agree with the comments in his letter. with that said, i am very confused why rapoport got the 2009 endorsement by the democrats for the 2009 election if their president thinks she is ‘antithetical to our core values and beliefs’. it makes no sense!

but its not just the radnor democratic party - the public at large doesnt seem to like rapoport at all. here is a snippet from a letter to the editor that i found, that was written by a wayne resident

http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2007/11/14/main_line_suburban_life/archives/20071114-archivejrc-18.txt

It is clear that Mrs. Rapoport is either racially biased with preconceived notions about certain areas and people or, at the very least, is out of touch with the real world. In any case, an individual such as this certainly has no place on our school board, or any other board for that matter. To compound matters, our illustrious school board president Kathy Fisher has appointed this person as the liaison to the diversity committee. What is going on?

Mrs. Rapoport, the next thing we hear from you should be your resignation from our school board. Mrs. Fisher, for the love of all that is decent you need to do the same thing: resign from the board. To the entire school board, how can you sit there and allow this to go on? What is wrong with all of you?

my question is simple - why is an unprincipled and unpopular candidate like brucie rapoport running again for school board as an endorsed democrat, and why would radnor residents continue to let rapoport enjoy an extraordinary position of authority, given the public record regarding her?

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Suggestion darling sandwich:
Shorter titles with more punch.
For example, I would title this post "Is Radnor's Brucie Embarrassed to Be Such a Boob?"

Because I have to be honest here, this is not just a Radnor Democrat issue, it is more importantly a Radnor RESIDENT (and taxpayer) issue and I think that you guys might be better served once in a while to NOT break it down over party lines, which quite frankly is the Radnor GOP way that doesn't work for me. It's about you all as a collective, as residents, isn't it? Or am I not understanding something?

Local politics are more about the individuals. Because it is local. It's not a one size fits all you must be Republican or you must be Democrat. It's about how all of you as neighbors, friends, residents, business people come together and view where you live. One party rule is not the way to be, I think we honestly need a balance of power.

Just my 4 cents (I am more expensive today...ha ha ha ha ha)
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L'homme est né libre, et partout il est dans les fers/Man is born free, yet he is everywhere in chains.–Jean Jacques Rosseau. The Social Contract, 1762

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i promise to work on my titles! Smiling

Because I have to be honest here, this is not just a Radnor Democrat issue, it is more importantly a Radnor RESIDENT (and taxpayer) issue and I think that you guys might be better served once in a while to NOT break it down over party lines, which quite frankly is the Radnor GOP way that doesn't work for me.

well, yeah, that is why i made my post about brucie rapoport being an embarrassment to her party and to radnor.

i dont break it down over party lines at all (i hate it when the radnor gop does that). but it is very important, dont you think, to bring up the fact that the president of the radnor democratic party is publicly slamming rapoport? id expect mimi auchincloss to do it, but thats not really news, is it? thats predictable!

Local politics are more about the individuals.

maybe. but i also think they are more about ideas and platforms and endorsements. and, on off years, supervoters. i dont care about rapoport, the individual, in the least. i dont think anyone does except her family and friends. i care about her actions, and whether she delivers on her campaign promises.

One party rule is not the way to be, I think we honestly need a balance of power.

yes, but caveat here - at the local level, the dems are not that different than the repubs. ive pointed out (as has doodle) that in radnor, most of the elected dems and repubs are interchangeable. bill spingler is no different than hank mahoney. brucie rapoport is very simliar to kathy fisher. dave cannan is very similar to judy sherry. i do not want a balance of power for the sake of a bipartisan board - i want good solid candidates who stand on their platforms after they get elected. i will take a full slate of dems or a full slate of repubs, or a full slate of libertarians, or a full slate of greens over most of the current board members in radnor. i would rather vote for a piece of slate taken off my back patio over brucie rapoport!

i will keep you four cents, as i am in the mood for a ritas on this blistering hot day (i still cant believe we dont have a dairy queen or coldstone in downtown wayne anymore!!).

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It is about time Brucie Rapoport got her own thread - she's one of the single biggest embarrassments in Radnor's history.

Carla, I think you and Sandwich are both right - it is important that the residents as a whole know about Rapoport and where she stands, and the cuts accross party lines. But it is also very important (because it is weird) to specifically consider the Radnor Democratic Party's conduct regarding Rapoport - because they've publicly condemned her, and yet she still got the endorsement from them!

I've screamed at the top of my lungs that the Radnor Republicans should strip Lisa Paolino of her endorsement, but it gets so irritating that the Radnor Democrats won't take the high road, and strip their politicians of the endorsement when they commit unforgivable acts (like Rapoport). Why is neither party in Radnor trying desperately to own the 'Accountability' label?

Getting back to Rapoport, she is such a bad candidate, it is laughable. I seriously roll my eyes every time I see her speak at a school board meeting (which is, lucky for her, a rare occurrence!). Aren't the other Democratic Slate members a bit worried that they are linked to an anchor like Brucie Rapoport? They have enough problems trying to pitch themselves to voters, without having to go the extra distance to explain away the putrid comments made by their running mate!

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Aren't the other Democratic Slate members a bit worried that they are linked to an anchor like Brucie Rapoport? They have enough problems trying to pitch themselves to voters, without having to go the extra distance to explain away the putrid comments made by their running mate!

excellent point. i dont know how the other democratic slate members (lydia solomon, doug blazey, and rob armstrong) deal with the rapoport dilemma. i guess they need to support rapoport, because if she drops out, the democrats wont have a full slate, which can really hurt them, as dem voters can vote for the three remaining dem candidates, and toss a fourth vote to a republican candidate if they so choose. however, if they strongly support rapoport, they risk alienating many voters.

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Yeah, really!

I would love to ask Lydia Solomon (who does not appear to be the most confidence of characters) what she thinks of Brucie Rapoport's disgusting conduct. Her response would be a good indication about how sturdy she would be if she actually gets elected to the board!

And this is why a good solid series of debates is important, and not just one debate sponsored by the Radnor League of Women Voters - which did a poor job moderating the last several televised debates.

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woo-hoo! i finally found a letter supporting rapoport that was written by somebody other than rapoport!

check out this wacky wild kool-aid style piece written by jan armon right before the may 2009 primary election -

http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2009/04/08/main_line_suburban_life/opinion/doc49dcdc8da8923246144058.txt

It’s up to the Radnor voters

To the Editor:

No insulation shields Radnor Township from the national economy. Our only protection is our brains. If we vote intelligently, we may emerge intact.

To start, let’s stop ignoring the resemblance between the Terminators of our nation’s economy and a township manager who awards himself six-digit bonuses. We should be crying out “Who let him do it?” The answer is not that tough. When a single political party rules a township for 150 years, they can reward their fair-haired boys in whatever manner they please. The problem is not the manager; it is the political party that fronted him. The GOP is Radnor’s Tammany Hall.

The Republicans have always controlled Radnor Township’s other governing body, too. Through the school board, they have fed off your property taxes. It has been a hearty feast. Not satisfied with your largesse, the Republican-controlled school board has borrowed more than $100 million for you to pay off.

This is a democracy. Do not leave the school board in the control of the party that created the debt. There was a time when the Republicans could run anyone for the school board and get that person elected. Finally in 2005 the voters of this township put two Democrats on the board. But Eric Zajac (re-elected in 2007) and Brucie Rapoport have had a lonely battle to limit the board’s expenditures to educational needs.

Now in 2009, Brucie Rapoport is running for re-election with a slate of three other qualified Democrats. Lydia Solomon, as a school psychologist, brings insight into our students as growing humans. Rob Armstrong brings a background in financial analysis that Republican candidates have often claimed to possess but never demonstrated.

Then there are my friends. Doug Blazey, an attorney, is stubborn. He refuses to compromise in the face of ineptitude. He never puts up with dishonesty. That kind of stubbornness would have saved this township tens of millions of dollars in the past. Brucie Rapoport is a humanist. For 20 years she has volunteered for the Radnor schools, specializing in working with students newly arrived from other countries — helping them to overcome language barriers. Brucie warms me with pride. Radnor Pride.

Remember rural Dover, Pa.? Voters had the sense to oust a school board who embarrassed them nationally. Surely we Radnorites can give a gentle boot to those who have failed us for so long.

Jan Armon, Radnor

ho boy - with friends like this, who needs enemies?! i nearly chocked on my big mac (not purchased from the ardmore mcdonalds out of respect to people on this blog!) after reading this portion of the puff piece -

Brucie warms me with pride. Radnor Pride.

gah! its even worse the second time around!

what type of alternative reality is jan armon living in, if brucie rapoport (and her stupid, insensitive, racist, dishonest, and ignorant comments) are able to 'warm him' with radnor pride? talk about reinforcing a negative stereotype of a township perceived by many outsiders to be elitist country club snobs!

there are many radnor democrats that 'warm me with radnor pride' - people like dave cannan, christina perrone, and john fisher. it sure would be nice if the radnor democrats promoted those types of people, instead of flakes like brucie rapoport, bill spingler, and elaine paul schaefer.

as a side note, someone might want to tell jan armon that he can pick a better word than 'stubborn' to describe his buddy doug blazey (who described on this blog quite accurately as a living breathing mr. magoo). carla, dan sherry, politeia, and chips are all masters of the english language, so they can probably do this better than me, but shouldnt armon have picked a word like 'principled', 'steadfast', 'sincere', 'incorruptible', or something like that? if i were the republicans, i could send out literature accurately saying that blazeys own supporters describe him as 'stubborn'!

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Good snag, Sandwich!

I agree with Jan Armon on this portion of his letter -

Voters had the sense to oust a school board who embarrassed them nationally.

That is why Brucie Rapoport should be ousted by Radnor voters, and why it is wonderful for Radnor that Rapoport's fellow embarassments, Kathy Fisher and John McMeekin, are not running for reelection.

I think Armon is completely star struck by Rapoport, and that may be clouding his judgment. Otherwise, he has expectations that are knee-high to a grasshopper.

I checked to see if Armon wrote a letter to the editor following the Rapoport scandal, and sure enough, he did, after Rich Booker (a Republican School Board director) called on Rapoport to resign. Here is a small portion of Armon's letter -

http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2007/11/20/main_line_suburban_life/archives/20071120-archivejrc-13.txt

Some members of the Radnor community have suggested that Brucie resign. Nonsense. The Republican majority on the board would replace Brucie with one of their elite – someone who might not have the integrity to admit a mistake so openly and thoughtfully.

I am proud of Brucie Rapoport and stand by her, as should all Democrats.

Jan Armon, Garrett Hill

It is no big deal for Rapoport to publicly apologize after the Evening Bulletin story broke. She only had two other options, both of which totally sucked for her - Plan A (pretend that the incident never happened), or Plan B (defiantly tell the world that she stands by her conduct). Rapport apparently took the easy route, Plan C (a public apologize), but that doesn't mean that people (or Democrats) should be proud of her, or that she deserves to fill a chair on the Board of Directors for the next four years!

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Good points.

You make a very interesting observation about how the current Democratic slate for the School Board should handle Ms. Rapoport's absolutely appalling and completely indefensible statements.

As far as I know, the slate had no issue being put on the same lit as Ms. Rapoport. You would think if these folks were rational actors they'd want to be completely divorced from Ms. Rapoport. I can only surmise that the remaining candidates on the slate lack a sufficient backbone to stand up and differentiate themselves from Ms. Rapoport. And that's a freakin' shame.

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I can only surmise that the remaining candidates on the slate lack a sufficient backbone to stand up and differentiate themselves from Ms. Rapoport. And that's a freakin' shame.

well said, jenkins!

the thing is, if the other slate members (solomon, armstrong, and blazey) had any backbone, they wouldve never gotten themselves into this mess.

solomon, armstrong and blazey should have told the radnor democratic party 'thanks, but no thanks - we do not want to run with an incumbent as problematic as ms. rapoport. either she resigns, or you find yourselves three other candidates to endorse, because we do not want to hinge our election hopes on ms. rapoports baggage.'

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"political propaganda writing"

Can you believe that Ms. Rapoport is that lacking in political savvy that she would ever utter those three words?

Good grief.

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Not only did she utter the words, she used the words to describe her own conduct!

Ah, good ol' Brucie Rapoport - even she thinks she's a 'political propagandist'.

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yikes.

if i were on the slate with brucie rapoport, id make sure that she ate a lot of peanut butter before the debates in the hope that something like this would happen -

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Too funny!

My guess is that a peanut butter saturated Brucie Rapoport would be preferable to a coherent Brucie Rapoport -

Moderator: Ms. Rapoport, can you extrapolate as to why you think it is important for you to continue to serve on the Radnor School Board, and in so doing, could you articulate some platforms that you feel are important for Radnor's senior citizens?

Rapoport: Mmphhhhfummph. Lummfunnooommpph, bumph muh fofffemoof. Hmmmphvuh, ifmuh buhh mmmphu, muh foooh omph bwoofunduh!

Moderator: Uh, thank you for that, Ms. Rapoport.

Rapoport: Ymmph wuhhfuhkum.

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That's really sad, but unfortunately spot on.

At the meetings, Rapoport doesn't seem like a nefarious woman. But would a decent person, deep-down, really spout off such nasty things?

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But would a decent person, deep-down, really spout off such nasty things?

nope. but a halfway smart indecent person would at least have the sense to keep their racist, stupid, reckless, dishonest (i am running out of negative adjectives) thoughts to themselves, and not publish them in an email.

rapoport is probably spoiled to her core - but shes not a classic bad apple. her emails prove that shes a rotten and stupid apple.

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for the life of me, i cant find a public apology from brucie rapoport, but there must have been one, because radnor school board director rich booker wasnt buying it -

http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2007/11/07/main_line_suburban_life/archives/20071107-archivejrc-9.txt

To the Editor:

This is an open letter addressed to Brucie Rapoport.

Ms. Rapoport, thanks, but please don't apologize to me. It's a free country, and you can express your views as you see fit. If you are going to apologize, however, it seems to me that apologizing to the people at the Penn Alexander School in West Philadelphia would be more appropriate.

I think you're being hypocritical to change your mind about this now, apparently based solely on the advice of others.

What about your response to me from Oct. 18? You said that it was the "truth" when you wrote: "when you live in that neighborhood where drive-by shootings are daily happenings, who cares about death by something that is sprayed on the grass to kill weeds and bugs? The most important thing there is to get those kids outside to play so they aren't wandering around crack houses or watching their parents shoot up. There is absolutely no comparison whatsoever between that field and what is planned for RMS!"

Now you're saying that you didn't mean that?

How about when you wrote (Oct. 18) that you didn't believe you had written "anything damaging," and further, that "the Alexander school and RMS are not similar." When, did you change your mind about that? Do you still believe that sixth, seventh and eighth graders in West Philadelphia are not similar to those in Radnor; or that a grass field in West Philadelphia could not in any way be similar to a grass field in Wayne why exactly? Does the grass grow differently 12 miles east of Radnor? Is it because the children in those neighborhoods are 80 percent minority group members, whereas in Wayne they are only 10 percent minorities? I'm missing the distinction - please explain what you meant by that.

What about your statement in the Philadelphia Bulletin on Oct. 24 as follows: "I may be mistaken about that neighborhood but it was definitely in the neighborhoods bordering that neighborhood." . . . "I am sorry for [pointing to] that neighborhood. I should have said in those surrounding neighborhoods. It was wrong to say that neighborhood."

So is it just the Penn Alexander school neighborhood with respect to which you now see your words as being "inappropriate" and "intolerant?" So you still feel the same way about all the other neighborhoods in West Philadelphia? Are the parents in the other neighborhoods all shooting up, or visiting crack houses? Are the parents in all the other West Philadelphia neighborhoods still uncaring about their children dying from pesticides? Do tell.

Your characterization of the frequency of drive-by shootings is also exaggerated, and expresses a prejudicial view, and unfair, improper and incorrect sweeping generalizations of many people, that has absolutely nothing to do with artificial turf at Radnor Middle School. (Remember, Radnor High School had a student who brought a gun into school this past spring, and it is well documented that many people in all socio-economic strata use drugs). So what you're saying is that you are still a bigot, more or less, and believe that all the rest of us are too? Is that it? With all due respect Ms. Rapoport, please speak for yourself.

As the school board's liaison to the diversity committee you, of all people, should have known better than to write such things. You were so self-righteous in making sure that the Radnor School Board Code of Conduct (which is clear about intolerance) was passed, and yet you ignored its sentiments; instead you kept on trying to defend your statements to the media and others. Your actions portray prototypical hypocrisy. It's obvious that you should resign, as your actions do not represent those of a public servant who is charged with the responsibility of providing a quality education to all of Radnor's students.

I'm sorry too, Brucie as I doubt the sincerity of your apology.

Richard F. Booker

oof - thats gotta hurt!!

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Wow!! I'm sure somebody fetched the smelling salts for Brucie Rapoport after she read Richard Booker's letter! Great find, Sandwich!

This portion of Richard Booker's letter interests me, because it seems to mean that there are other Rapoport e-mails aside from those reported by the Evening Bulletin -

I think you're being hypocritical to change your mind about this now, apparently based solely on the advice of others.

What about your response to me from Oct. 18? You said that it was the "truth" when you wrote: "when you live in that neighborhood where drive-by shootings are daily happenings, who cares about death by something that is sprayed on the grass to kill weeds and bugs? The most important thing there is to get those kids outside to play so they aren't wandering around crack houses or watching their parents shoot up. There is absolutely no comparison whatsoever between that field and what is planned for RMS!"

Now you're saying that you didn't mean that?

How about when you wrote (Oct. 18) that you didn't believe you had written "anything damaging," and further, that "the Alexander school and RMS are not similar." When, did you change your mind about that? Do you still believe that sixth, seventh and eighth graders in West Philadelphia are not similar to those in Radnor; or that a grass field in West Philadelphia could not in any way be similar to a grass field in Wayne why exactly? Does the grass grow differently 12 miles east of Radnor? Is it because the children in those neighborhoods are 80 percent minority group members, whereas in Wayne they are only 10 percent minorities? I'm missing the distinction - please explain what you meant by that.

I am pretty confident that Richard Booker is quoting Rapoport's e-mails correctly - I recall that he was the only school board director with the integrity to help Judy Sherry in her Right to Know case. Therefore, Rapoport is an even bigger creep than I initially thought!

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Even by the very low standards that seem to be set to be a school board director in either Radnor or Lower Merion, I gotta say this Brucie Rapoport sets yet even lower standards.

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good call by politeia. it is hard to fathom a standard that rapoport would actually meet.

even by the most objective measurements (and i dont count the weird jan armon letter supporting rapoport an 'objective measurement'), rapoport fails the lowest of the low in terms of standards. she is atrocious.

i dont blame the democrats for endorsing brucie rapoport in 2005, which was years before the scandal broke. however, the party bosses should have rethought the endorsement after the scandal - and not just because rapoport is bad for the party image. they should really do it because rapoport dishonored the entire school district.

but maybe i am being unrealistic - has a party ever yanked the endorsement from a local candidate? if not, revoking rapoports endorsement would set a good precedent for elections moving forward.

serving as a school board director is not a right - it is a privilege.

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Even by the very low standards that seem to be set to be a school board director in either Radnor or Lower Merion, I gotta say this Brucie Rapoport sets yet even lower standards.

EXTREMELY low. I don't know how you go lower than Rapoport as a school board director (Dave Bashore and Lisa Paolino are bad in their own individual ways, but they ain't on the school board).

Can you honestly believe that Brucie Rapoport used the 'I have a friend who happens to be black' excuse?

I bet the Republicans on the school board will pull the lever (oops, I mean push the button) for Rapoport. As rotten as they have been over the past few years, as long as Rapoport is on the board, they can always point to her and say, "Hey - we ain't THAT bad!".

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doodle, i think that the only standards that brucie rapoport could meet were the ones put forth by anne minicozzi in her editorial in this weeks main line suburban life - participation in community breakfasts, belting out the song 'id like to teach the world to sing', and dressing up in costumes for parties at androssan. however, given rapoports history, shed probably find a way to fail those standards.

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This is a goofy question - is there any way the county or state level Democrats can weigh in on the Rapoport endorsement? Or would they view that as stepping on the local party's toes? Just askin'.

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Neither political party will ever show any public disagreement within their party unless someone from within goes to the press with a disagreement, which is rare.

They need to give the perception that their candidates are perfect so the average uneducated voter just pulls the lever for his or her party.

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That makes sense.

I guess it is a mystery why the Radnor Democrats didn't pull Brucie aside (away from the public spotlight) and demand that she not seek reelection. But maybe they did, and she's just stubborn.

Or is that Doug Blazey who is stubborn - I can't remember the crux of Jan Armon's zany letter, except that Brucie Rapoport 'warms him with Radnor pride.'

Hey Armon - if I had to write a letter like yours, I would be feeling pretty warm too - due to the fact that I'd be covered with my own fresh vomit!

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Hey Armon - if I had to write a letter like yours, I would be feeling pretty warm too - due to the fact that I'd be covered with my own fresh vomit!

gross, but true.

this reminds me of when o.j. simpson was asked if he wanted to plead guilty or not guilty at his murder arraignment. he said neither - instead he said 'absolutely 100 percent not guilty'. while i expected him to say 'not guilty', the fact that he went that extra sanctimonious step bothered me a great amount.

the same holds true for jan armon. it is somewhat understandable that he wants to back his buddy brucie rapoport, but come on - 'warms me with pride. radnor pride'? that rises to the level of puke-worthiness, as doodle properly notes.

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egads! brucie rapoport has got to find somebody better than jan armon to support her. not only does armon supports her, he supported gary cooper, the worst school superintendent in the history of radnor township.

cooper was so awful, the teachers withdrew from the strategic plan. seems like his only supporter was jan 'rapoport warms me with radnor pride' armon, who was very impressed that cooper went to a concert -

http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2007/05/10/main_line_suburban_life/editorial/18324933.txt

To the Editor:

On Friday night I saw Radnor School Superintendent Gary Cooper in the audience at the Radnor High Band Concert. Good for him! Dr. Cooper understands. When a school and its community are shaken by disturbing incidents, the Superintendent can provide support through his presence at normal events.

In contrast, this newspaper's editorial arguing for Dr. Cooper to "leave now" is shortsighted. Half a dozen administrators have already resigned over the past year. If Dr. Cooper were to leave suddenly, there would be no one to step into his place. Unlike the Philadelphia Eagles (as School Board candidate Tsiwan Law points out), our school district has no replacements for its quarterback. Fortunately, Dr. Cooper has shown that he will do his job for the rest of the school year.

From the shortsighted, the same editorial moves into the outright offensive. In a recital of things that went wrong in the Radnor School District over the past two years, you include: "a wild school board race ... that resulted in two Democrats being elected ..."

During the previous two school board races and again this year, the Radnor Democrats have provided serious challengers who articulated sound policies. The community responded with votes, lots of them. The result, two years ago, was the election of two Democrats to a school board that previously functioned as an office of the Republican Party.

When a few more Democrats are elected to the Radnor School Board this fall, dear Editor, try not to take it so badly.

Jan Armon

it astonishes me that people like jan armon (and anne minicozzi) have such low expectations for radnors employees (does he show up to band events? can he sing a coke commercial? does he look good in edwardian clothes?). its pathetic.

i dont think i could bring myself to vote for a candidate i otherwise liked, if he or she ended up being endorsed by jan armon.

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Well, that almost settles it.

The only thing left for Jan 'Warm Barf' Armon to do is endorse either Elaine Paul Schaefer or Lisa Paolino, and he'll get the prize for being the "Worst Judge of Character in Radnor" - taking the title from the reigning champion, Bill 'Bonecrusher' Spingler, who told us all that he would write the terminated Dave Bashore a letter of recommendation.

Also, Tswien Law compared Gary Cooper to Donovan McNabb?!! Are you kiddin' me?? McNabb may have his faults (shoelace passes, slightly whiny, should try to be more mobile, etc.), but he's a pro bowl quarterback. Cooper's short tenure in Radnor was a disgrace (compounded by the fact that Kathy Fisher was the Board president). I could go on and on, but I'll let the esteemed Judy Sherry do it for me, since she apparently wrote a letter to the editor about Cooper and Fisher the same time that Warm Barf penned his screed -

http://www.mainlinemedianews.com/articles/2007/05/10/main_line_suburban_life/editorial/18324933.txt

To the Editor:

A recent Main Line Life editorial called for Radnor School Superintendent Gary Cooper's immediate removal so that "the healing can begin."

I couldn't agree more. It's best to act swiftly to remove poor performing leadership.

What truly astonishes me is the school board's lack of urgency in the superintendent's removal and the potential of further damaging the rapport between students, parents, teachers, and administrators, as well as running down staff morale.

As RTSD Board President for the past 2 years, Kathy Fisher met weekly with the superintendent. She was part of every decision, setting the priorities and agenda for the district. She urged the board to grant Dr. Cooper the maximum bonus his contract would allow, with no justification when asked. Kathy Fisher turned a blind eye towards the real problems facing our schools by declining to show up for critical teacher contract negotiations and ignoring the brain drain of departing administrators. She enabled Dr. Cooper to fail to succeed.

Kathy Fisher must take responsibility for the dismal results of her decisions, the closed-door way she conducts school district business, and her disrespect for the public and other board members.

Radnor School District requires true leadership to thrive and succeed.

Why should Cooper and Fisher be the cornerstones of what happens next? Kathy Fisher has over-managed and under-led. It's time that she follow the superintendent and resign. Otherwise, these kinds of mistakes will likely be repeated.

Judy Sherry

Wham-o! Good call Judy!

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an excellent letter by judith sherry. i liked this portion -

What truly astonishes me is the school board's lack of urgency in the superintendent's removal and the potential of further damaging the rapport between students, parents, teachers, and administrators, as well as running down staff morale.

i felt this same way when the board of commissioners voted three to three to initially 'table' dave bashore's termination (in other words, letting him stay on as a paid staff member for several months). thankfully, due to the tie, the motion failed, much to the dismay of bill spingler, enrique hervada, and hank mahoney. it was a three to three tie, because paolino was not at the meeting (big surprise).

likewise, the same sense of urgency apparently escapes the radnor democratic party when it comes to brucie rapoport. when they had the chance to deny her the endorsement, they should have acted on it, and i bet the rest of the democratic slate wouldve thanked them for it, since they wouldnt have to explain rapoports terrible record during the campaign.

and make no mistake, the slate will have to explain their support of rapoport. i was at a bbq this weekend, and when the talk turned to local politics, it was amazing how many people were downright angry that rapoport was running for reelection, particularly democrats! and it wasnt just because of rapoports emails - nobody could name a single accomplishment or issue that rapoport has brought forward or talked about in the 4 years shes occupied a director seat. maybe there is still hope that she will drop out of the race.

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