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Feb 14, 2018 12:03 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

Southampton School Officials Nix Columbus Day In Favor Of Indigenous Peoples' Day On School Calendars

Southampton Board of Education member James McKenna expressed his discontent with the designation of Indigenous Peoples' Day in place of Columbus Day on Tuesday. GREG WEHNER
Feb 14, 2018 12:18 PM

Southampton School Board members voted Tuesday to designate the second Monday of October—traditionally recognized as Columbus Day—as Indigenous Peoples’ Day for the 2018-19 school calendar, although the board was split on the measure.

Despite requests from the public to put the vote off to allow for more public input, board members voted, 4-2, in favor of the Indigenous Peoples’ Day designation. Board members Roberta Hunter, Anastasia Gavalas, Don King and SunHe Sherwood-Dudley voted for the measure, while James McKenna and Jacqueline Robinson were opposed.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Nicholas Dyno recommended that the board follow through with the designation after three years of marking that day on the official school calendar simply as “No School” following unsuccessful efforts in previous years to change the holiday in response to protests against Columbus Day observances.

In 2016, a group of students, supported by the members of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, asked the Southampton School Board to change the calendar to reflect the day as “Indigenous Day” rather than Columbus Day. They argued against honoring Christopher Columbus because of his mistreatment of indigenous peoples upon his arrival in the New World, and suggested instead that the day be set aside to honor the native people of the Americas. Several communities in the United States have taken similar action.

“My reason for making this recommendation at this time is the result of my desire and effort to update how American and World History is taught to our students,” Dr. Dyno said on Tuesday. “[It’s] also to provide a more accurate representation of the complexities of history, and, finally, to recognize the past and present contribution of Native Americans to our community and throughout the world.”

Dr. Dyno said more than 58 municipalities across the United States have designated the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, as have universities like Syracuse University and many SUNY schools. He noted that 12 Native American tribes originated in New York, and eight tribes in the state, including the Shinnecock Indian Nation, are federally recognized.

Eight percent of the students in Southampton schools are Native American, Dr. Dyno added, and the district was the first in the state to appoint a Native American principal, Cookie Richard, who has retired.

Dr. Julio Delgado, the assistant superintendent, said one of the core principles in the district is to “be who we are in our locality,” adding that there is no place in the district for stereotypes.

But not everyone in the room appreciated the motion to remove Columbus Day.

Mr. McKenna said he believes the system is flawed, and suggested a solution of having both Columbus Day and Indigenous Peoples’ Day on the school calendar.

He went on to say he was torn by the decision, because as he watched coverage of historic statues of war generals and Columbus being taken down across the country, he wondered what was next.

“Jefferson had slaves—where does he fit into the discussion?” Mr. McKenna asked. “I really don’t think this is about the Shinnecock Nation and where they fit in.”

Mr. McKenna also noted that Columbus Day is a federal holiday, suggesting that the decision should be made at that level instead of at the school district level.

As a member of the Knights of Columbus, Mr. McKenna said, he believes it is important to think about how the district approaches things, adding that he was concerned that the district did not reach out to the public completely to find out where it stands.

Mr. McKenna noted that some students are losing a holiday and others are gaining one. “No one wins when someone loses,” he added.

Ms. Hunter, a member of the Shinnecock Indian Nation, disagreed.

“It’s very interesting to say, ‘No one wins when someone loses,’” the School Board president said. “I’d like to see that analysis played out in the teaching of much of the United States history … because, clearly, there were many losses to the many wins that we do celebrate in this great nation.

“This district is within the territory of its original people … the Shinnecock Nation. This is the territory of the Shinnecock Nation—and that is fact,” she added.

Lorell Tutt, a resident of Southampton, said she was appalled by the measure, noting that Columbus was a man of his time and he changed history.

Joan Tutt of Southampton also voiced her opposition to the move: “What I am seeing in this district disgusts me and disappoints me.”

She reminisced about a time when she was in first grade and she learned “1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue.” Back then, she said, she took Ivory soap to class and carved the Nina, Pinta and Santa Maria.

“My, how things have changed,” Ms. Tutt said. “I am offended. I am offended this topic came up.”

When the issue was first raised in 2016, the School Board adopted a generic calendar for 2016-17 that designated only the days when school was in session. It omitted not just Columbus Day but all other holidays as well.

In February 2017, the School Board voted to approve a “culturally sensitive” calendar for the 2017-18 school year, one that purposely omitted religious holidays. That earned backlash as well. But in July 2017, the board added holidays back to the calendar, but omitted Columbus Day, only labeling it a holiday.

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Why not have a split holiday on the calendar ? Both Indigenous People's Day and Columbus Day, there is room for both of them in our community. It's a shame that the left wants to re write history to make it all PC compliant.
By bigfresh (3613), north sea on Feb 14, 18 12:38 PM
I could see this being a compromise.

My view is that the "Columbus Day" issue revolves around two distinct points:

1. Columbus didn't "discover" anything, and
2. He caused great harm to the native people of the Americas, either as an active participant or by looking the other way.
Feb 14, 18 1:21 PM appended by Fore1gnBornHBgrown
As long as the version of history taught in schools contains these two short but important points, the holiday issue secondary to me.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (3534), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 14, 18 1:21 PM
Obviously, you are not Italian.
By Babyboo (243), Hampton Bays on Feb 14, 18 6:43 PM
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Obviously you don't know Ferdinand jailed Columbus for the atrocities he committed. He was not a decent man, and committed what today we would consider war crimes.
Feb 14, 18 7:46 PM appended by Mr. Z
BTW, bf's post is the dumbest thing I've read in a LONG time. But the truth is pretty much immaterial to those who support a pathological/compulsive liar...
By Mr. Z (10330), North Sea on Feb 14, 18 7:46 PM
I am Italian, but horrified and ashamed of Columbus's terrorism and destruction of indigenous people and their culture. I am heartened by the correction to the school calendar and hope it is a step toward teaching actual history instead of the white, patriarchal lies shoved into my brain during my "very fine" public education in the Commack and Three Village School districts in the 1960's and '70's.
By oneseriousSicilian (41), medford on Feb 15, 18 4:24 PM
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Thank you. We need people like you, since as evidenced by Ditch Bum's comment below, if the "people of color" take up this issue we're spreading "hate."
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (3534), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 15, 18 4:34 PM
How do you know that it is the left thinking?
By summertimegal (87), southampton on Feb 16, 18 9:05 AM
And yet you choose to move to Southampton.. the Town founded by the English people in 1640? A large number of their descendants still living in the town; those folks agreed to naming Oct 12 as Columbus Day. Rewrite History indeed!
By summertimegal (87), southampton on Feb 16, 18 9:16 AM
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By Walt (270), Southampton on Feb 22, 18 10:21 PM
By "kicked some native..." do you mean enslaved, raped, mutilated and murdered? All in the pursuit of gold, and under the guise of Christian righteousness?

As long as that's the version of history our kids learn, who cares what the day is called?
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (3534), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 22, 18 10:29 PM
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By DonHonda, East Hampton on Feb 14, 18 12:43 PM
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By DonHonda, East Hampton on Feb 14, 18 12:44 PM
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By bigfresh (3613), north sea on Feb 14, 18 12:51 PM
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By MoronEliminator (140), Montauk on Feb 14, 18 12:59 PM
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By MoronEliminator (140), Montauk on Feb 14, 18 12:55 PM
"Dr. Dyno said more than 58 municipalities across the United States have designated the second Monday of October as Indigenous Peoples’ Day, as have universities like Syracuse University and many SUNY schools."

I think it's ridiculous when people believe they have to follow suit and do as the Romans... and I think it's sad when adults allow children in classrooms to dictate these kinds of changes. The question should be on a ballot the community to vote on. I agree with the Tutt's ...more
By pigroast (66), East Quogue on Feb 14, 18 1:06 PM
What a terrible man
By Undocumented Democrat (1701), southampton on Feb 14, 18 1:37 PM
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If Indigenous Peoples Day is good enough for Berkley, CA, certainly it's good enough for Southampton Schools.

All hail the East Asians and Western Eurasions!
By Po Boy (2172), Water Mill on Feb 14, 18 1:50 PM
This is why I no longer send my children to PC/Liberal Brain Washing Camps...or as you like to call them "Public Schools".
By Preliator Lives (276), Obamavillie on Feb 14, 18 3:37 PM
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Politics aside, that's a great option if you can afford it.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (3534), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 14, 18 4:22 PM
If you cant afford it then home school, one of you go to work and the other stays home with the kids.
By Erin 27 E (1043), hampton bays on Feb 14, 18 5:02 PM
Luckily that's not a decision we're faced with at this particular moment in time, but great advice for two-parent homes that can get by on a single income.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (3534), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 14, 18 5:10 PM
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brainwashing starts at home by the way
By BrianWilliams (48), on Feb 14, 18 6:37 PM
It's a parental right to indoctrinate your kids however you see fit.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (3534), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 14, 18 6:59 PM
Will you teach your children the difference between pop culture and actual history?

Paul Revere rode twenty miles. Israel Bissell rode over 300. Washington Irving and Henry Wadsworth Longfellow wrote fiction, not history.
By Mr. Z (10330), North Sea on Feb 14, 18 7:51 PM
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Teaching kids facts is brainwashing?
By eagleeye (57), Sag Harbor on Feb 20, 18 12:46 PM
especially when the facts have been conveniently changed to be pc.
By Walt (270), Southampton on Feb 22, 18 10:25 PM
You want some pc facts?

George Washington's dentures were made from teeth pulled from the mouths of his slaves.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (3534), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 25, 18 12:06 AM
With this renaming, Indians can now celebrate the day Christopher Columbus discovered America.
By kpjc (159), east quogue on Feb 14, 18 4:26 PM
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Nice job greeneyedlady. Here's the joke kjpc told. Columbus never set foot on North America. The Vikings were here first, and Ponce de Leon was the first "modern" European recorded to set foot on North America when he landed in Florida in 1513.

Additionally, his crew may be responsible for the smallpox epidemic that wiped out untold numbers of Native Americans.
By Mr. Z (10330), North Sea on Feb 14, 18 8:03 PM
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Maybe they could rename it Viking day then or better yet take the holiday away all together and name it nothing.
By razza5350 (1898), East Hampton on Feb 18, 18 8:55 AM
What's next, Indigenous Ohio?
By country joe (28), sag harbor on Feb 14, 18 4:41 PM
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By TrueHamptons (27), Sag Harbor on Feb 14, 18 4:55 PM
The Easter eggs are thanks to German paganism. Like every other Christian holiday, they hijacked one from a previous culture.
By Mr. Z (10330), North Sea on Feb 14, 18 8:06 PM
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cn!nn
By They call me (2383), southampton on Feb 15, 18 12:11 AM
Looks like the second finger.

Saturnalia: Christmas
Easter:Passover
By Mr. Z (10330), North Sea on Feb 15, 18 5:53 PM
I guess it's Stone Age Day, or Pre-Scientific Society Day, instead of a day to celebrate a bold and curious, technologically advanced culture. Anyway, "indigenous people" didn't spring up here spontaneously. They came from somewhere else and the science now points to the fact they overran a people that were already here. How far back do you want to go??? Maybe we should call it Cretaceous Day!
By Babyboo (243), Hampton Bays on Feb 14, 18 6:38 PM
Dinosaurs died for our sins.
By Pacman (157), Southampton on Feb 15, 18 9:53 AM
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Bravo!
By bambi (68), bridgehampton on Feb 14, 18 8:20 PM
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It amazes me that our country celebrates a man that never stepped foot on our soil with an annual holiday. What further amazes me is the willingness of Americans to turn a “blind eye” to the atrocities committed by this man........and for what? Greed. Talk about brainwashing and perpetuating lies in our public schools...
By Kendogz (7), Southampton on Feb 14, 18 9:31 PM
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By Kendogz (7), Southampton on Feb 14, 18 9:37 PM
It kind of sounds like Babyboo thinks it's fine to celebrate genocide as long as it's perpetrated by someone with greater technology. When the aliens show up, let's send her first.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (3534), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 14, 18 9:39 PM
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It is most apparent that liberalism is a mental disorder
By bigfresh (3613), north sea on Feb 15, 18 4:44 AM
And most apparent you could stand to educate your on mental illness to prevent yourself from making such an inappropriate comment in the future
By toes in the water (658), southampton on Feb 15, 18 7:47 AM
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By lo-cal (57), southampton on Feb 15, 18 10:01 AM
This is who you base your ideas off of... a complete hypocrite SAVAGE-WEINER at that:

Born Michael Alan Weiner, “Savage” is the child of Russian-Jewish immigrants. He earned two master’s degrees and a Ph.D. in nutritional ethnomedicine from that liberal bastion the University of California, Berkeley. He’s written two dozen books, five as Michael Savage and an additional 19 under his given name, on medicine, the subjects of which range from maintaining a healthy diet ...more
By The Royal 'We' (187), Southampton on Feb 15, 18 11:06 AM
It is most apparent BF, that your comment about liberalism being a mental disorder is shameful.

Same goes for the SH Press for condoning comments like that an removing my comment that .
By toes in the water (658), southampton on Feb 16, 18 6:53 AM
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Don't forget the one calling people "dogs" on the gang article.

Kind of weird that they deleted the one calling people "animals" on the basketball game article but "dogs" gets a pass.
Feb 16, 18 8:51 AM appended by Fore1gnBornHBgrown
Update: it's gone! the system works!
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (3534), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 16, 18 8:51 AM
For this move the District Office should permanently remain in it's shack.
Dump Hunter and King.
By pw herman (1045), southampton on Feb 15, 18 8:23 AM
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For those who care so much about keeping the day named 'Columbus Day'...why are you so passionate about this holiday, what is it's significance?
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (540), southampton on Feb 15, 18 10:09 AM
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By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (540), southampton on Feb 15, 18 10:09 AM
I think teachers should work year round. Summer school for our under privileged and new students.
All holidays will be days off, no names. No grades, can't hurt feelings. Everyone gets a ribbon or diploma.
Teachers, principles, supers all get a rating by the students, parents. Random drug tests for all employees and boe... Someone's smoking some thing.
By knitter (1359), Southampton on Feb 15, 18 10:24 AM
Kids learn about indigenous people and explorers in the schools. Columbus, Magellan, de Leon, etc all historical figures worth learning about. Indigenous cultures also worth learning about. Honestly, I don't think most kids sit around doing a lot of deep thinking about why they have off from school that day. More, if we are to truly and honestly examine the transgressions of Columbus or any given explorer, should we not examine how rival indigenous tribes treated one another? Some of that history ...more
By Craigcat (241), Speonk on Feb 15, 18 10:37 AM
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The tribes, in wartime, were guilty of no more atrocities than were seen on the European continent. The difference is that they didn't sail to another continent for slaves and gold.

Perhaps they would have undertaken a similar conquest as the Spaniards given the opportunity, but according to Columbus himself, the natives were "so naive and so free with their possessions that no one who has not witnessed them would believe it. When you ask for something they have, they never say no. To the ...more
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (3534), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 15, 18 10:48 AM
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No more guilty / no less guilty. The point being the school is cherry picking morality on our behalf, and it's out of bounds. If the issue is Columbus the person, then fine, cancel Columbus Day. To counterbalance it with a supposed morally superior "holiday" or whatever you want to call it is a stretch IMO. I think this school board needs to check itself. I think the parents in that district should push back with fervor. Do we really want school boards playing judge and jury over what is or is not ...more
By Craigcat (241), Speonk on Feb 15, 18 1:36 PM
I think the day itself is required off state-wide, we'd probably need legislation from Albany to open schools.

As far as what's written on the school calendar, think that's perfectly within the purview of the board.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (3534), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 15, 18 1:43 PM
I think you might feel differently the day this or any other board puts something on that calendar that you don't like. I don't like this precedent at all.
By Craigcat (241), Speonk on Feb 15, 18 2:26 PM
I'm sure I'd have an opinion, but that wouldn't change what's in the purview of the board and what isn't.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (3534), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 15, 18 2:33 PM
Good point. That said, we have the right to question our school boards decisions/policies.
By Craigcat (241), Speonk on Feb 15, 18 3:02 PM
Kids learn about indigenous people and explorers in the schools. Columbus, Magellan, de Leon, etc all historical figures worth learning about. Indigenous cultures also worth learning about. Honestly, I don't think most kids sit around doing a lot of deep thinking about why they have off from school that day. More, if we are to truly and honestly examine the transgressions of Columbus or any given explorer, should we not examine how rival indigenous tribes treated one another? Some of that history ...more
By Craigcat (241), Speonk on Feb 15, 18 10:49 AM
I honestly cannot wait until all you conservatives are extinct. The ONLY place for conservative thinking is that of our environment. The sooner we learn that we're all in this together, the sooner YOU stop hurting, and start helping.
By The Royal 'We' (187), Southampton on Feb 15, 18 11:08 AM
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So you want the extinction of roughly 35% of the country to occur while we are all in this together, and not hurting each other? That will be the time for a singular way of thinking that will be for the betterment of all, or a universal "helping" moment. Did I get that right?
By Craigcat (241), Speonk on Feb 15, 18 11:19 AM
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Very telling and honest Royal .... You P O *
By Ditch Bum (508), Water Mill on Feb 15, 18 3:24 PM
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School should really have stayed out of the controversy. Keeping school open that day would have removed the need to label the day off. Most parents (who are not teachers, or over-paid administrators), don't really care what you call it and have to work that day.
School as School; Teachers as Teachers; JUST DO YOUR JOB!
By deepchanel (43), Southampton on Feb 15, 18 12:32 PM
He didn't discover anything.
By even flow (720), East Hampton on Feb 15, 18 12:41 PM
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By Ditch Bum (508), Water Mill on Feb 15, 18 3:25 PM
*Their
Feb 15, 18 3:26 PM appended by Fore1gnBornHBgrown
Also, kudos on being able to see race through a screen...you'll have to teach the rest of us how to do that.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (3534), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 15, 18 3:26 PM
Are they going to teach on that day, that in 1643 the Shinnecock and Narragansett tribes teamed up to kill all the white people in Southampton? Are they going to actually teach history and explain that brutality and slavery was commonplace in those times.
It does no service to the students to promote politically correct lies of Europeans=bad, Native Americans=good.
By Spinny OHO (79), Speonk on Feb 15, 18 3:36 PM
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The tribes, in wartime, were guilty of no more atrocities than were seen on the European continent. The difference is that they didn't sail to another continent for slaves and gold.

By 1643 they were likely acting in self-preservation, but according to Columbus himself, at first the natives were "so naive and so free with their possessions that no one who has not witnessed them would believe it. When you ask for something they have, they never say no. To the contrary, they offer to share ...more
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (3534), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 15, 18 3:42 PM
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Columbus was trying to get to India for trade. Great to see you blame Columbus for something that he didn't do and you make excuses for something the indians did. The Europeans=bad, Native Americans=good has worked well on you.
By Spinny OHO (79), Speonk on Feb 15, 18 4:58 PM
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And when he realized he had not reached India but a new world, he obtained further patronage for his voyages with the promise of slaves and gold.

History is never so simple as good or bad, that's what Howard Zinn's A People's History is for.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (3534), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 15, 18 5:22 PM
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Columbus was a slaver. Bartolomeo de Las Casas was pretty explicit about all of the savage behavior he witnessed.
By Mr. Z (10330), North Sea on Feb 15, 18 5:35 PM
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POLITICAL CORRECTNESS IS A CSNCER
By bigfresh (3613), north sea on Feb 15, 18 5:24 PM
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Legends are not truth, nor are they historically accurate in reality.

Being afraid of the truth is just sad.
By Mr. Z (10330), North Sea on Feb 15, 18 5:32 PM
'Ideals are peaceful. History is violent.'
By pw herman (1045), southampton on Feb 15, 18 6:20 PM
Everyone knows someone who has been afflicted by csncer.
By Pacman (157), Southampton on Feb 16, 18 4:45 PM
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Csner is not a laughing matter, Pacman.
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (3534), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 16, 18 5:02 PM
This has nothing to do with political correctness. Columbus Day is like making a holiday to celebrate the sinking of the titanic because of the nice coral reef it created.
By SlimeAlive (910), Southampton on Feb 15, 18 6:13 PM
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Do slime and I agree on something? Someone check the sky for pigs!
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (3534), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 15, 18 7:46 PM
So sick of the left infiltrating everything. Indigenous? Really? These comments in support of this change are sickening.
By Babyboo (243), Hampton Bays on Feb 15, 18 7:38 PM
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So, here’s a novel idea. Just ignore the holiday. Put “ school in session” on the calendar and move on. If it’s not Columbus Day, why bother renaming it?
By Draggerman (807), Southampton on Feb 15, 18 8:24 PM
Do they actually teach history in school now? Civil war, WW1, WW2, Korean war etc. Heard of Vietnam, too harsh for kids ears?
By knitter (1359), Southampton on Feb 15, 18 9:58 PM
still not one rational argument against my idea of having both Columbus Day and Indigenous Day on the school calendar .
By bigfresh (3613), north sea on Feb 15, 18 11:32 PM
Let’s not forget this is the same James McKenna who was found guilty of discrimination during his tenure in Mattituck. He ended up costing that district tons of money from his capricious decisions. Wait until you see what he’ll say next
By Ladybug (1), Mattituck on Feb 16, 18 5:19 AM
Dyno is a weak leader, doesn’t stand up for anything or anyone. Just does what is quick and easy so their is no confrontation. The administration, under his leadership, of that is what you want to call it, sweeps anythjng and everything under the rug. I’m the long run the school board and Dyno himself are doing way more harm than good for these kids. Wait until the kids get out into the real world!
By rjhdad (73), southampton on Feb 16, 18 6:53 AM
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I guess everyone in SH forgot that the whole reason Columbus Day became a national holiday in 1937 was not so much to celebrate Columbus himself, but to celebrate and teach about patriotism, citizenship boundaries, the importance of loyalty to the nation, and the celebration of social progress. Since the first three of those are now considered to be anathemas and abominations to be hated and reviled, I am not surprised they changed it to "Everyone Is a Victim Day".
By localEH (305), East Hampton on Feb 16, 18 10:15 AM
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The only 'victims' here appear to be those who are (for unexplained reasons) upset that students requested to change the name on the calendar.
How is it that the group shedding so many tears about the loss of the name 'columbus day' is the same group calling everyone else soft and weak? Go back to Italy, Columbus! Maga!
By adlkjd923ilifmac.aladfksdurwp (540), southampton on Feb 16, 18 10:55 AM
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It clearly was Hunter and Donny's idea.
Let the tax paying voter's decide.
By pw herman (1045), southampton on Feb 16, 18 11:01 AM
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I think we have much bigger problems then what to call our holidays!
By metsfan2 (138), southampton on Feb 16, 18 5:32 PM
I think they should make deals with these children. They get the holiday re-named only if they agree to the terms: We change the laws pertaining to cellphones and place age restrictions on who can own and use a cell phone. Children would be banned until they grow up and can vote. Then we raise the age requirement on voting, and, in order to vote you have to have good credit, have paid off at least 2 loans and not be living home with mom or dad. Agreed?
By pigroast (66), East Quogue on Feb 16, 18 7:42 PM
Do you think this was brought up by the students??? Not enough brain power there, a frustrated teacher planted the seed. JMO
By knitter (1359), Southampton on Feb 16, 18 7:52 PM
Who cares who brought it up.
'Columbus day' is a joke and just text on a page...
By dogfacejones (80), Southampton on Feb 16, 18 10:06 PM
Nope, the teachers are behind it. The calendar does not get to this point without the union approval. Meanwhile the teachers are spewing their political opinions in math class.
By April1 (146), Southampton on Feb 17, 18 10:02 AM
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I'm not surprised, either way, but teachers shouldn't be bringing politics into the classroom, and if they're caught doing it, should be suspended.
By pigroast (66), East Quogue on Feb 18, 18 3:31 PM
dogfecesjones (79) is not correct with his comment above.
By pw herman (1045), southampton on Feb 22, 18 9:41 AM
Columbus Day is a recognized paid federal holiday. Although it’s true some schools do not recognize the school most in NY do. If you do not want to recognize it I suggest getting your tush into work.
By razza5350 (1898), East Hampton on Feb 19, 18 8:15 AM
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By smacw (233), New York on Feb 19, 18 1:37 PM
Moderator, Please detail what was "duplicate, off-topic or contains inappropriate content" compared to some of the stuff above?
By smacw (233), New York on Feb 19, 18 5:53 PM
Did roberta exclude herself from voting., Don couldn't he's not italian???
By knitter (1359), Southampton on Feb 19, 18 6:23 PM
I have never witnessed so much hate and fear being exhibited by my neighbors as I read all of your collective comments.Does this make anyone of you feel morally
Richer? May I suggest you take a moment to be thankful for your life and not for
finding what is wrong with everything.I hope the clouds that cover your hearts and minds will part,and you will see that we need to leave your keyboards,go outside
Join in thanks for what you have been given.
By PPBubbles (3), Bronx on Feb 22, 18 12:49 PM
Welcome to the comment section! Soon you'll be able to see exactly who thinks what when Facebook comments are integrated!
By Fore1gnBornHBgrown (3534), HAMPTON BAYS on Feb 22, 18 1:15 PM
This is the stupidest thing I've ever heard.
By ibscharlie (5), Southampton on Feb 22, 18 3:20 PM
I agree with Mr.McKenna that, "no one wins when someone loses". Really, we all lose with this divisive change. I agree that there should be an Indigineous Peoples' Day, but it is not appropriate to remove another designated national holiday from the calendar. Our history is complicated and it doesn't take long to find historical occurrences to make one proud and others revolting. In the end, they all contributed to what we are now. We are all here and that is not going to change. The Columbus ...more
By basic1 (8), Southampton on Feb 22, 18 8:01 PM
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thanks for a well thought out response basic 1!!
By bigfresh (3613), north sea on Feb 23, 18 10:37 AM
Christopher Columbus already has a holiday. It’s the annual street fair in Little Italy. Fuggedaboudit!
By even flow (720), East Hampton on Feb 23, 18 12:58 PM
So, what's next? "Martin Luther King Day" has to be changed to "African-American Appreciation Day." "Valentine's Day" (Valentine was a Christian martyr) must change to "Distribute Flowers and Chocolates to Your Loved Ones Day." "Christmas" or "The Christ Mass" must change to "Gift Distribution Day for all Observers of the Christian Faith." For all the administrators who voted for this silliness I'll be wishing you a "Happy Fruitcake Day" on December 27th, National Fruitcake Day.
By Capt. Phil (59), Southampton on Feb 24, 18 1:48 PM
Fine. What's the point of any of those ridiculous ''days''? We need Christmas, Thanksgiving and 4th of July. That's it. If I can squeak out a few days off without having to buy a greeting card, it's a win.
By SlimeAlive (910), Southampton on Feb 25, 18 7:30 AM
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