Gaylan Hellyer

Gaylan Hellyer 1 month, 2 weeks ago on Health care, regulations among top concerns

Something needs to change in Healthcare. They are pricing themselves out and we are running out of options.

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Gaylan Hellyer 2 months, 1 week ago on Cindy Ruzicka: Swastika quiz question is troubling

Apparently the locker marking has been there for a few years. Only brought to light with the recent car incidents. And two cars were involved. So I misspoke above about the incidents being close to each other. It's amazing the info you can get from your own kids when you show them the letter sent out from the school.

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Gaylan Hellyer 2 months, 1 week ago on Cindy Ruzicka: Swastika quiz question is troubling

I knew the day it appeared on the vehicle and the locker incident was close to that time. They could have taken a look. And again.......It's very unsettling that we are seeing incidents like this in Steamboat. Hopefully this recent coverage won't spark copy-cat's. Someone has to know something. They just need to speak up. Kids always share with someone.

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Gaylan Hellyer 2 months, 1 week ago on Cindy Ruzicka: Swastika quiz question is troubling

For the record, the incident included more than one student. And with all the camera's around campus you would think they could go and look at the surveillance footage. Or are all these camera's for show? Perhaps the schools need to step up their surveillance with all that goes on out in the parking lot. And within the schools. Either way this is a very sad event and I hope the person responsible is found.

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Gaylan Hellyer 2 months, 1 week ago on Cindy Ruzicka: Swastika quiz question is troubling

It was one of my son's friends car that was involved. I think it's very sad. And yes,unfortunately these symbols are being used more often and it's acceptable. I don't believe the younger generations fully grasp what happened unless they are taught about it as part of their religion or heritage. And Ken - I said 'Be nice regardless'....... Be nice regardless of our differences. We are becoming too divided and need to get back to just being nice. Look out for your neighbor, your friends and your family. This is a small community and we are better than this.

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Gaylan Hellyer 2 months, 1 week ago on Cindy Ruzicka: Swastika quiz question is troubling

OK.... we can say a 'troubled youth'. And again I emphasize that not all kids have an understanding of the past. My kids come home and ask about certain events because the teacher just skimmed over them. Parents need to have an open dialog in general to know what their kids are up to. Whoever is responsible learned this behavior somewhere. I knew when this first happened because my son came home and told me. We talked about it and how unfortunate it was to see this behavior in Steamboat. I'm not sure what the right thing to do would be at this point or how to address the issue. Hopefully we have seen the last of it.

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Gaylan Hellyer 2 months, 1 week ago on Cindy Ruzicka: Swastika quiz question is troubling

Kids today don't know the history of these events. They are either removed from the text books at skimmed over in class. All they seem to know is the 'here and now'. This recent election brought out the UGLY in a lot of people and kids pick up on it. Trump supporters were compared to Nazi's and Klan members and these symbols were being shown on the news daily. Who knows what popped into a kids head to prompt them to carry out these actions. So Ken is correct when bringing up the fact that Trump supporters were bullied in the schools since they were labeled as bigots and racist along with being compared to Nazi's. This incident took place after the election and before Christmas so who knows what the motivation was behind these acts. Either way it sucks.

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Gaylan Hellyer 2 months, 1 week ago on Cindy Ruzicka: Swastika quiz question is troubling

These incidents were mainly at the high school before Christmas. And as I don't want to dismiss them as a hoax they still could be misguided teens. So it was after the election and many on the left were tagging those who voted on the right as Nazi's, etc. So I wonder if this was election outcome angst from parents and teachers being channeled through some kids. It doesn't make it OK and parents need to have an open discussion with their kids. Everyone just needs to be nice, regardless.

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Gaylan Hellyer 2 months, 1 week ago on Cindy Ruzicka: Swastika quiz question is troubling

Hi Nancy, I believe that the classroom setting has been affected by the tone set by the teachers. If they are pushing and teaching that one side is better and that if the other side wins things will be bad. Then when the other side wins all heck breaks loose and there is no hope. I watched my kids go through an election while attending public school and found it to be one sided. And again with high school aged kids with the current election. I appreciated that while my kids were under your direction that things were kept evenly balanced. But having high school aged kids now they are able to better communicate what is happening in the school. Teachers have lost all control on most levels, parent's side with their kids over the school if there's an issue, teachers can't discipline students. The biggest complaint I hear from one of my kids is that there isn't any focus in the classroom and it's hard for the teacher to teach because other kids are doing their own thing regardless of what is asked of the students. Also the number of kids who are obviously stoned/high in class is distracting. It's a failing system but everyone still gets a trophy.

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Gaylan Hellyer 2 months, 1 week ago on Cindy Ruzicka: Swastika quiz question is troubling

The local schools also did the same thing with Obama - McCain. Everything my kids brought home favored Obama. I've noticed the schools/ teachers lean and teach ideals that favor the left. Instead of presenting both equally and letting kids decide for themselves. Not ALL schools and teachers just seems to be the majority of facility I have dealt with.

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