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The Incomparable BBC Expands On My Theme Of Sri Lanka’s Political Soap Opera.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the EXCELLENT BBC coverage.


Click to access my post from last week.


As the BBC also points out, what is happening in Sri Lanka is beyond the pale. It is even beyond what even Donald Trump could conjure.

Just puerile. Plain puerile. I am so, so glad that I am no longer a Sri Lankan citizen! I would be so ashamed. This is a country with a proud heritage.

This is unbecoming.

‘Temple Trees’, the Prime Minister’s official residence — I know it well. I have been there a number of times, with my adoptive father, when I was a child. I even had lunch there once.

I will keep you posted.


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by Anura Guruge


The Silly Soap Opera That Is Sri Lankan Politics Starts A New Season — The Silliest Yet!

by Anura Guruge


Click to access the U.K. “The Guardian” original.


Click image to access “The New York Times” coverage.


This is so stupid, pointless and childish. This has been now going on for 40-years and we have only been Independent for 70.

But, here is the IRONY.

Sri Lanka is still a third-world country and you expect histrionics from the likes of it. But, compared to Donald Trump, and the totally mockery he is making of the U.S. Presidency, this does not look that bad. If anything it is still MORE civil and constrained compared to the carryings on of Trump.

So, I no longer can tell my dear compatriots — and in many cases contemporaries — to grow-up and act us adults.

I live in a country run by a buffoon with a mental age of a 9-year old!


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by Anura Guruge


Alton Central School (ACS) Superintendent, Bill Lander, Cancels Board Meeting Set For Today, Monday, August 26, 2013. How Convenient?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1. Aug. 26 School Board meeting … — Aug. 26, 2013.
2. Hiring a once suspended facilitator … — Aug. 22, 2013.
3. ACS Board Chair ‘promoting’ facilitator … — Aug. 22, 2013.
4. Board members: To Disclose or Not … — Apr. 14, 2013.


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Sheer genius. You have to hand it to them. So clever.

At least for that Alton taxpayers should be grateful. How many of YOU taxpayers actually realize that Mr. William ‘Bill’ Lander, Superintendent, despite the generous full-pay he receives only works part-time — with the blessing of the Board? Many of you probably can’t even remember. But the deal was that the new Superintendent, as opposed to the last ‘Pluto is a Planet’ advocate, was going to be full-time. We certainly pay him what appears to be a full-time salary. But, I found out, from the horse’s mouth itself, that he negotiated part-time hours! Has to be nice.

So, he cancels the Board Meeting, and avoids any discussion on the hiring of the $3,000 strategic plan facilitator, and says it is because it clashes with ‘Back to School Night’.

So did THEY forget it was Back to School Night?

How convenient … and other words beginning in ‘c’.

As some of you may have realized I like words. I like to play with words. After this strategic planner embroglio I have a new mind game to keep me amused in moments of idleness. You TOO can play it with me. How many words starting with ‘D’ can you come up with to describe this the latest School Board fiasco — with the exemplary Steve Miller, as ever, the exception.

The Town, the Selectmen, should give Steve Miller an award: The True Champion Of Alton Youth.

Well, looks like we the Alton taxpayers got shafted again. 

Alton Central School (ACS) Website CLAIMS That There Is A School Board Meeting, Monday, August 26, 2013. Is That True?

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Anura Guruge


Related posts:
1. Hiring a once suspended facilitator … — Aug. 22, 2013.
2. ACS Board Chair ‘promoting’ facilitator … — Aug. 22, 2013.
3. Board members: To Disclose or Not … — Apr. 14, 2013.


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Given that we don’t miss many ACS School Board meetings, and I do pay some attention to what is being said, I do not think this is correct.

But, it was on the ACS Website all through this crucial weekend — as parents get ready for the first day of school on Tuesday, August 27.

It would be really, really good IF there is indeed a Board Meeting on Monday.

IF this is a mistake it will be quite embarrassing for the administration. Deanna has already fired off e-mails to the school and I have given a heads-up to a ‘friend’.

As the always redoubtable Board Member Steve Miller has stated, he wants a revote on the facilitator for the crucial ACS Strategic Plan.

I get a feeling that the ACS Superintendent, Bill Lander, for obvious reasons, is doing his best to either not have a revote or have it done in ‘private’ or even by phone. If he does we will still bring it up a the next school board.

These shenanigans involving Alton taxpayer money has to stop.

We are not being told anything about the 3rd party, independent bullying investigation that took place over the Summer. I am fairly certain that the Board paid for that investigation. At a minimum I want to know how much was paid. IF you were an Alton taxpayer wouldn’t you like to know.

One of the big problems is that this is a Board with secrets who love to do things in secret. That hardly anybody turns up to their ever so non-transparent meetings just emboldens a few of them. I wish more folks would attend, or at least watch the tapes.

Alton Central School (ACS), N.H.: Intriguing School Board Meeting, July 22, 2013. More People Really Should Attend.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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Related posts:
>> ‘Slipping through the cracks’ … — July 22, 2013.
>> Slip waiting to happen at ACS — July 17, 2013.
>> Administration again compromises credibility — July 9, 2013.
>> School bus fiasco … — July 8, 2013.
>> Credibility of ACS Administration questioned — June 24, 2013.

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The BIG headline is that they are back to talking about costing out an addition, and Steve Miller of all people got that ball rolling. So the ‘contingency’ plan to move the back modulars closer to the permanent buildings, which was backed by the administration was put on hold. There was a brief discussion about the costs for 4 to 6 room additions. But, one key point, as far as I was concerned, was never really discussed. I thought that if there was any addition, even if it was just one room, the entire school has to be brought up to code and that that was where all the real costs were. That did not get discussed. I was going to get p and ask about it. But, between Deanna and I we had asked upwards of 8 questions — more from Deanna, than from me, for a change. So, I decided to leave it for another day. So deja vu all over again.

Other than the two of us there were only 3 other parents present — and one of them is employed by the school. I wish more people would attend. A lot of ‘crazy’ stuff happens.

Let me give you some headlines.

1/ The Superintendent, who managed to wrangle a 3 year contract from this Board last year, tried to get another compensation hike by requesting (through his friend & associate the ‘business manager’) a recommendation that he be allowed to accrue up to 30 days of sick pay — which he could, when he leaves, cash in. Steve Miller, rightly, pointed out that this was not in the negotiated contract and that it should not now be added to it since it was a chance to the T&Cs. But, the Board Chairs, Sandy Wyatt and Terri, voted for it — though Sandy Wyatt did look a bit sheepish. Steve Miller voted against and after an agonizing wait, Carlos Martinez, joined with Steve. Krista was not present. So it was 2-2 and the motion, thankfully, was not passed. But, this proved my point. If Krista had been there the Superintendent would have got his wish. Scary.

2/ All of those that work for ACS are entitled to a $2,000 year ‘bonus’ if they opt not to get health coverage through the school (because, for example, they get coverage through their spouse). Steve Miller, again, questioned the NEED for this. The administration claims it is an incentive. They voted on Steve’s motion to drop the $2,000. Carlos did NOT vote with Steve. So Steve, as was always the case last year, lost. This time 1-3. To me there is an easy fix. Everybody should pay a token amount, say, $25 a month for their health insurance. That would do away with the need to pay a bonus.

3/ Steve Miller, again to his credit, question the principal, Sydney Legget about her claim that only 1 kid was affected by the school bus snafu. She now admitted that she heard of two other cases the next morning. Yea. I couldn’t get a clear view of the skyline from where I was seated to see if there were any pigs flying!

4/ Though I knew the answer, just to make sure it goes on the record, I got up and asked whether they could confirm that there was an independent, 3rd party investigation in progress about a serious bullying allegation at ACS. The Superintendent confirmed that there was indeed an investigation. I asked whether we would be given any details of it. NO. Remember, we are paying for this. But, it is closed-door. Trust me, nothing is going to happen. There is another meeting today, Tuesday, July 23. But, the Board will just brush it under the carpet. But, at least we now have it on record that an investigation did take place.

5/ Deanna and I both brought up bullying. You can watch it on TV.

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