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What's the Spanish word for "hack?"

I've commented before about how Lawrence, Massachusetts is probably the closest thing to an armpit in the body of MA. It's been known as a haven for drug dealing, illegal immigration, welfare fraud, and insurance fraud for years now. In fact, they only recently started cracking down on the insurance fraud racket when a grandmother got herself killed in a staged accident, arranged to rip off the insurance companies.

But earlier this week I was reminded yet AGAIN of just how screwed up Lawrence is, this time in its (ahem) "education" department.

Wilfredo LaBoy is the superintendant of the Lawrence School District. He makes in excess of $164,000 a year off the Lawrence taxpayers (actually, the Massachusetts taxpayers -- Lawrence gets a LOT of "aid" from the state.) He last came to public attention about a year ago, when he put 20 teachers on unpaid leave for failing a state-mandated English proficiency exam. It later came to light that he himself had failed the same test -- without consequences. So he re-took it, and failed it again. On his third attempt, he managed to pass the reading section, yet failed the writing part for a third time. The whole state -- nay, the whole region -- breathlessly awaited Mr. Laboy's fourth attempt, wondering if they would see him finally pass it.

But, alas, they were disappointed. Mr. Laboy apparently took the test on the Q.T., with hardly anyone knowing, and officials announced after the fact that Mr. Laboy had indeed passed the test. And apparently practice does indeed make perfect, because after flunking it three times Mr. Laboy scored 100% on his fourth attempt. He was promptly rewarded with a $6,000/year raise.

But with that obstacle over, Mr. Laboy decided to reward himself. He already gets a $600/month "allowance" for transportation, so he leased himself a Chevy Trailblazer. But sometimes Mr. Laboy (who, by the way, doesn't even live in Lawrence, but in the neighboring city of Methuen) needs to shuttle Mrs. Laboy around, and climbing into and out of that big SUV is difficult in high heels, so he treated her to a $490 set of running boards for the Trailblazer.

That would be fine and dandy, but now he wants the public to do the treating. He submitted a claim to the city of Lawrence for the cost of the running boards.

Now, if Mr. Laboy was simply doing gangbusters work, much of this might be forgiven as trivial. But the Lawrence schools are still at the bottom of the state ranking. They have been unaccredited for some time now, and are a hairs-breadth away from being taken over by the state (which already picks up 99% of the district's budget).

Sometimes I feel guilty about the abuse I heap on Massachusetts. I occasionally feel like I'm picking on the retarded kid, and that's just wrong. But then I remember their overwhelming sense of moral and intellectual superiority, all the refugees from Mass. that have fled here to Cow Hampshire, and all my friends who simply can't afford to escape from the People's Republic of Massachusetts, and I end up feeling like I'm pulling off the bandage quickly. Yes, it hurts, but my ultimate goal is to help them.

And if that means kicking around asshats like Mr. Laboy and shining a bit of sunlight on his more egregious acts, and using him as an exemplar of just how rotten the whole Massachusetts system is, I'll strap on the steel-toed $#!+-kickers and let him have it, right where it hurts -- in his taxpayer-funds-bloated wallet.

Besides, it's fun.

J.


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So how do I get the City of... (Below threshold)

So how do I get the City of Lawrence to pay for the steps I need on my Bronco? My wife has been needing to use a stepladder to climb in, and she doesn't even wear heels.

Jay, at least that asshat r... (Below threshold)
Neal:

Jay, at least that asshat reported the "expense." There are now aproximately 10 criminal investigations into the theft and fraud commited by NY and Long Island school Superintendents, each of whom have reportedly absconded with millions of school budget dollars. If that isn't shocking enough, most parents/taxpayers simply want to "put the experience behind them" and move on, rather than indict the bastards. 'Splain DAT!

Jay, just because you're cl... (Below threshold)

Jay, just because you're closer to "beautiful" Lawrence up in NH is no reason to disrespect Brockton, which is THE officially designated armpit of MA. Lawrence is just a wanna be immitation.

Can't we all just get along... (Below threshold)

Can't we all just get along. I propose we go with North Armpit (Lawrence) and South Armpit (Brockton).

And since BS flows down (Beacon) Hill, I reserve the title of "Armpit of Massachusetts" for Boston. Although my preferred name for it is "Meningrad".

Brockton? That's the height... (Below threshold)
John:

Brockton? That's the height of sophistication! I'm from Holyoke, that city in western MA that takes turns with Lawrence in being the bottom of the barrel on all socio-economic indicators.

is there a definition of ha... (Below threshold)
tee bee:

is there a definition of hack that I don't get? 'cause this is like calling Marion Barry a hack. guess having taxes as a (sub)topic so much in the dawning tax season has gotten under my skin!

You promised to try to STOP... (Below threshold)
firstbrokenangel:

You promised to try to STOP saying "cow hamshire" so much. So far, since that promise, you have yet to call NH anything else.

Cindy

That may be true but how do... (Below threshold)
firstbrokenangel:

That may be true but how do you know if anyone or anyone important from MA is actually reading this? Your best bet is LETTER TO THE EDITOR of newspapers there so then they'll know the truth. Posting it here might give you a thrill but no one from MA that matters or can do anything about it, may never know about this at all.

Just copy and paste and start sending it around to people and places that matter.

Cindy

I don't want to sound like ... (Below threshold)
ghost who walks:

I don't want to sound like our Midwestern stupidity is stupider than your Eastern stupidity,but the mayor of Detroit has been caught chartering {with city money} a Lincoln Navigator for his wife.Cost was $24,995-just under the cut-off which would require city council approval.The initial explanation was the police chief recommended it to use in drug busts{we've a very classy criminal element},but since the p.c. denied it was hers,it's circle the wagon time.And the city is close to being in receivership by the state since its budget is 230M in the red.I don't remember which party the mayor belongs to.PS :He's asked the city employees to take a 10% pay cut.




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