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BLOG: The NIS Responds To Hate Mail: Why We Won't Be Bullied

No room for bullies; no place for H8 BUT always room for change

Sticks & stones may break our bones but...preservatives, pink slime, carcinogens, high-fructose & high-sodium etc is what will kill us all if we don't act now!

I told myself I wouldn't respond to such petty, inane comments but calling someone a "nutritionnazi" is not only unacceptable, but ignorant.  Not only are you offending a world full of Jews (and those that support them,) you are setting back the clock on offensive, hurtful speech and a reminder of the most painful time for us over 60 years. (Remember the Holocaust!)

The NIS is a group of parents, some of us executives, who commit time we don't have, to dedicate ourselves to the betterment and well-being of the children of Upper Dublin. We spend valuable time pouring over research to figure out ways that we can work with the schools to improve the quality of what is being served to our children...your children, perhaps...in efforts to prevent what we know is inevitable if we don't make these changes: heart disease, obesity, diabetes.

This is how change begins. It starts with a small group of people willing to go against "the popular."  It's so much easier to sit back and do nothing. But easy doesn't mean it's right. And we know this all to well. We know change and what's worth it takes a lot of effort & time & patience. And we're willing to sacrifice because if we don't, who will?

And we on the NIS are willing to endure all the bullying and name-calling that comes with our un-paid task of pursuing this utmost important duty of doing what's best for all children: the BEST nutrition & well-being for Upper Dublin because if we don't, who will?

If there were no change in the world, we'd still be living in a world full of slavery, of segregation. But we are not, I'm assuming, in no thanks to you. We are at a place now where we know better, can do better. We now are facing a society where our kids are plagued with adult diseases such as Type-II Diabetes that onset at age 10. But we can change that.

When an ADHD child is offered a donut at yet another classroom celebration and he accepts so as not to appear an outsider, are you aware of the consequences? Because it doesn't just affect his already shaky behavior, but takes time away from his teacher, and the entire class as well.

And what about the child who was diagnosed with high cholesterol? The school knows that the menu contains highly processed food that can be further damaging, but her mother doesn't...  That might not affect you directly but that's why we're here: to make you aware that this is more than about just one child, it's all-encompassing.

You question listeria in Pre-sliced apple packs. How about instead of pointing out the negatives, focus on the positives: the entire country is aware that childhood obesity is an epidemic and is making changes. McDonald's is offering healthy options. Instead of the all-over unhealthy option of French fries, they are offering parents a healthy choice. The NIS is asking Upper Dublin to do the same. Instead of name-calling and bullying, you should be supporting these efforts.

Shame on you. Please think before you speak. You have set the standard for what should never, ever be said...in public or otherwise!  We learned it in Kindergarten and this continues to be the most valuable life-long tenet: if you have nothing nice to say, don't say anything at all.

This is about awareness, change, in a time where both are desperately needed. It's about action, and those that choose to lead with a purpose they feel strongly about. It's not about telling you what to do inside your home. It's not about name-calling. It's about making a difference. Stand up and be heard or sit down and listen quietly... But for goodness sake, please don't knock efforts of those that truly care and want to change the world for a better place.

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tex August 21, 2012 at 06:40 PM
You know what's unhealthy, Stacey? Trying to serve my kid food that they won't eat. Then, they don't eat anything--not too "healthy" of a solution. Feed your own kids what you deem "healthy", and I'll do the same. Just because some parents can't or won't make informed decisions for their kids does not mean that the decisions should be removed from every parents' hands.
justme August 21, 2012 at 06:48 PM
you know what is unhealthy tex...people like you leaving inane comments like this when I am sure there are better things to do with all of our valuable time
Don M August 21, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Wait... you say you don't need an education in nutrition to influence nutritrional policy? Don't you think there's something wrong in that statement? And, yes, I have spoken with teachers, I happen to be friends with a few and they think your efforts to eliminate snacks in classrooms is extreme and they hear from parents regularly about the horrible meals being served. Separate your head from your heart for a moment and understand you cannot force your will on people and that change takes time. You MUST admit that there is a more moderate, educated group of concerned parents with actual degrees and backgrounds in nutrition who disagree with your policies and methods. Though I'm doubtful of a "national health epidemic" as I drive by and see the hundreds of skinny kids waiting in line for their school bus, I'm actually in agreement that children should be healthy. But I also submit to you that kids will get a lot more out of exercise and reducing TV and Xbox than restricting their diet.
justme August 21, 2012 at 10:25 PM
Don M..I happen to be on my computer doing some work and that is the only reason I am even taking the time to respond to this...again INNACCURACIES....it is very annoying how things get twisted. Innacuracy #1-Nobody ever said anything about taking snacks away.... Innaccuracy #2-this is not a nutrition policy it is a wellness policy that was written by the government (template) and schools adjusted it accordingly..not nutrition experts, but regular school officials (before NIS). UD never followed it, and would still be that way now if it were not for NIS, pushing to enforce it. Every parent has a right to feed their kids the way they see fit, but the school has the responsibility to offer nutritional food, to enable kids to be their best for schoolwork and for tests. UD is not a McDonalds. If you live in Upper Dublin, you are not seeing the real world and BTW skinny does not necessarily mean healthy, kids have fast metabolisms. Talk to Food service about the meals that are not cooked properly. So Don, I will leave you with this question...what have you done for the greater good lately? Let me know so I can make you feel the way you are making people feel who have put time, money and yes HEART into this important initiative, without anything but criticism from people who do not know the accurate facts.
Bill August 21, 2012 at 11:43 PM
21,000 uneaten meals a day in LA Times, the city’s “trailblazing introduction of healthful school lunches has been a flop.” "In April, the Chicago Tribune reported that “unless they have a medical excuse, they must eat the food served in the cafeteria.” The bottom line? Banning homemade lunches means a fatter payday for the school and its food provider. The unwritten mantra driving Mrs. Obama’s federal school-lunch meddling and expansion is: “Cede the children, feed the state.” biggest beneficiaries of her efforts over the past three years have been her husband’s deep-pocketed pals at the Service Employees International Union. There are 400,000 workers who prepare and serve lunch to American schoolchildren. SEIU represents tens of thousands of those workers and is trying to unionize many more at all costs. The full story at http://www.nationalreview.com/articles/286351/michelle-obama-s-unsavory-br-school-lunch-flop-michelle-malkin Hum
Stacey Margo August 22, 2012 at 01:26 AM
We can read news that either supports or dismisses our own view points. It's all about perspective. I'll choose the ones that highlight the importance of change. It's not just my way of thinking; it's a national view that many schools are adopting for the betterment of our children. Some highlights: "Health food does sell very well, you just need to eliminate the not-so-healthy food," says Sue Grunstad, a licensed dietician and public health nutritionist in Williston, North Dakota. "Kids will buy what's available. If you put out good food, they will buy it." Work with your food service provider to get the healthiest options in your cafeteria. "Everybody sees it as a problem, but no one sees it as a priority," says Marilyn Tanner-Blasiar, spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association and a registered dietician in St. Louis. "Administrators and the school board have a lot of power in school lunch programs." When a principal or superintendent embraces healthy school initiatives, it gives time-strapped teachers the permission to integrate nutrition messages and physical activity into the day. Too often, teachers see health needs of kids as an additional expectation for them to address, rather than a complementary thing that that they can do as a part of academics, says Pete Hunt, lead health scientist in the Division of Adolescent and School Health at the Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta. http://www.scholastic.com/browse/article.jsp?id=3754211
Jodi Hallen August 22, 2012 at 12:43 PM
I am a parent of 2 in the school system and have served on the NIS committee for over a year now. I feel that though many efforts and steps have been taken to make the UD food services healthier for our kids, the GOAL of what we are doing this for has been lost on so many.... Good Nutrition = Healthier kids . What's to argue? Yes, many of us parents could sit back and do nothing but how does that serve our children and isn't it up to us parents to speak out for what is best for our kids? I am proud to be a part of a commited group of parents who will do what is in the best interest of the kids' health in the school system. Bottom line should be if it isn't HEALTHY (as seen by nutirional content of the food itself) it has NO BUSINESS being served to our children.
Hammer August 22, 2012 at 01:41 PM
I'm reading the position stated by Stacey and the comments after it. I'm appalled. Any of you who are not part of the solution are perpetuating the problem. If we all can agree that we want out kids to be healthy and strong, live long - free of the obesity and diseases that plague those of us older folk who clearly "know better," and pass on good nutritional habits to their children then we need to stop fighting like this. You can be really BIG and comment on these Internet sites or get out and actually DO something. Attend the school board meeting and disagree if you choose. But to sit here on this internet site and vilify parents who are giving their time and energy to help ALL children, not just theirs, WHETHER OR NOT YOU AGREE WITH THEM, is cowardly at best. Get out and stand up for what you believe in if you must, but set your own kids a better example of how to get things done in this world. And Bill? You deserve a different type of disgust for making this a political arena. Shame.
Don M August 22, 2012 at 03:31 PM
Hammer, this is a disagreement over shades of gray, not black and white. No one has ever disagreed with the notion of supporting a balanced, healthy diet. What is missing is a true collaborative effort to determine what is reasonable (and affordable) and how to implement. The fact is that this program IS NOT WORKING as evidenced by parents' support (or lack thereof) of buying school lunches. School lunch program participation continues to drop and teachers and food service workers will tell you how much food is wasted by those who do participate because it simply is not edible since making these changes. I'd venture to guess that MORE snacks are consumed to substitute for the lunches they aren't eating. Not all goals are fully achieveable and every effort has limits: knowledge, financial and even at times political. The approach NIS has chosen to take has been divisive and determined by many trained nutritionists to be extreme and unnecessary. Contrary to the title of this blog, NIS is the group that tries to bully everyone into following its lead by accusing any opposers as somehow not caring for the children--THAT is why it's not worth fighting publicly. This will to conquor has reduced the credibility of the movement to an annoying rattle and is taking time away from far more critical issues facing our district like the budget which threatens class size and instructional resources. If we can't sustain a proper education, these meals will have no one to eat them.
Jodi Hallen August 22, 2012 at 05:52 PM
Hi Don-- just interested in knowing, are you on the school board and/or do you attend school board meetings? Curious to know.
Hammer August 22, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Don- although I disagree with you I respect your educated response. Are there any other collaborative efforts currently out there other than NIS? I am not aware of any, but if there are then make your voice heard. If not then I'd say that NIS is doing a job that no one else is currently doing at the moment, and as my kids are in UD schools, NIS is doing what no one else is willing or able to do, and that's creating/monitoring an important check/balance with regard to what our kids are eating for lunch. I'm not saying you must agree  with them, but if you don't, make your voice heard. It's defeatist to sit here and argue the merits or ills of a group amongst ourselves when all that energy could be used out there at least voicing your opinion.  For me personally I am very careful about what my kids eat at home - that's my choice of course. I believe it should go without saying that their lunches at school should be nutritious and not dangerous to their health. I'm betting few would disagree with me. If we all can get to that common ground then we've achieved an understanding vital to our kids' health, and, again, I bet few could disagree with that. If the argument, as you write, is how to get there...then start another  group dedicated to improving what our kids eat - and do it your way. Me personally - I'm just anxious to see people get involved. And frankly that teaches as much of a lesson to our kids as the nutritional lesson itself.
Hammer August 22, 2012 at 06:44 PM
(continued) Like you I'm all about sustaining a proper education. So were my parents. It's why they moved to UD to begin with, and why I moved my own family here. My and my wife's own personal choices are to pack lunch 4 days a week, and allow our kids the opportunity to learn to make a decision about food once a week. They're still young, this is our choice for them.  Not saying it works for everyone...but like many parents we do wish to have more control over their diets, that's how we do it.  I just know that there are many parents who don't have the ability to do this, and I don't believe there should be this unfortunate vitriol when discussing our kids.  Hate mail shouldn't be tolerated by either side of this discussion...it is only diluting the discussion and ultimately hurting our kids. 
justme August 22, 2012 at 07:07 PM
DON...this is getting tiring... "The fact is that this program IS NOT WORKING as evidenced by parents' support (or lack thereof) of buying school lunches. School lunch program participation continues to drop" -participation does not mean everyone who buys lunch, it is just who buys a reimbursable lunch, does not take into account those that buy a la carte. "food service workers will tell you how much food is wasted by those who do participate because it simply is not edible since making these changes."-sorry to say that I cannot trust what food service workers say since they had switched fresh fruit for preservative fruit and never told parents. Also the way the food is cooked has nothing to do with the initiative...even great ingredients can taste bad if they are not cooked properly "The approach NIS has chosen to take has been divisive and determined by many trained nutritionists to be extreme and unnecessary."-very mean DON....and what trained nutritionists made such a a statement "NIS is the group that tries to bully everyone into following its lead by accusing any opposers as somehow not caring for the children--THAT is why it's not worth fighting publicly."-since when is trying to change for the better considered bullying...good cop out for hiding behind the internet. "This will to conquor has reduced the credibility of the movement to an annoying rattle and is taking time away from far more critical issues" it is not the initiative, it is constant resistance
justme August 22, 2012 at 07:14 PM
Don...one has to wonder....usually when there is such resistance to something that is only for the good, there is more to the picture than meets the eye...so DON is there something else that we don't know, because the statements that you are making are not only very mean, but also are not based on accurate facts....if you really are that opposed to this initiative then I say you give really good solid fact based reasons so at least it would be a fair disagreement, because thus far I have spent every post pointing out the inaccuracies in your statements, which is just very unfair.
Don M August 23, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Bravo, Hammer, for exercising personal control over your childrens' diet as you see fit. I feel nor intend no vitriol and certainly no hate. If you want to see vitriol and hate, go to the political blog cesspool on Patch. I fear for our future. Here, though, when anyone raises any objections they are bullied and labled as "against children" because NIS has convinced themselves that there is no other option than their own position, there is no room for debate or even admitting they may just not be right about something. They won't even acknowledge there's another group of parents with opposing views but similar goals. As I've said before, my main objection isn't eating healthy, it's the countless hours and direct costs that are spent on this failed initiative: administrative meeting time and paperwork; school board committees; hourly (and overtime) wages paid to food service for meetings, training, consultations, and committee representation; legal costs; consultant fees; food testing and tastings, etc. If this initiative was able to distract the district from making even worse decisions like that unnecessary and expensive turf UDHS field, butter me up a tofu sandwich! If you want to see the divide, simply attend 2 board meetings in a row... one where NIS lines up 30 people to read beautifully scripted letters in near tears, then one where the more moderate and knowledgable group of parents refute those claims and offers a more achieveable plan.
Don M August 23, 2012 at 12:36 PM
No alterior motive beyond what I've explained earlier: this is not working yet NIS continues to keep plowing ahead with the same tactics, distracting attention from more crucial issues facing the district. Mr. Hallen, I am not on the board though I've seen NIS' presentations at meetings through UDTV and try to stay abreast of what happens in our township through newspapers and a diverse field of people (and not just those I happen to regularly agree with). Justme, you are unable to accept criticism nor admit that your approach is not working. You haven't proven any of my statements wrong, you've simply provided your own opinion which is normally part of a constructive dialog until it's implied I'm against children. Wasted food: absolutely true whether you verify this through food service, lunch ladies or teachers. Lack of participation: all evidence shows that meal purchases are down since instituting your new menu. Impirically, children complain the food is awful. Failed effort: after spending countless hours and dollars on this and adoption is not there, what would you call this? Recommendation: regroup, replan, re-execute. There's nothing wrong with being wrong but when you realize you are on the wrong road the last thing you do is continue driving. Change message and leadership, reach out to others, (re)build bridges with food service and find common ground. Good luck, I believe your intentions are good and honest which I do appreciate.
tex August 23, 2012 at 12:58 PM
Why do you need to ELIMINATE the "not-so-healthy" choices? Let parents actually do some parenting, instead of turning school cafeterias into a nanny state. If parents aren't going to instill healthy choices in their kids eating habits, force-feeding kids food they don't want isn't going to solve the problem. Parents need to be parents--plain and simple.
justme August 23, 2012 at 01:08 PM
Don M-this will be my last comment, as I cannot continue to waste any more of my vlauable time defending what I feel is the right thing to do. I have no problem admitting when I am wrong, but in this case NIS is not wrong. Just because people have a hard time with change and make things seem impossible to do, does not mean that they are impossible to do. It is sad, that Food Service has done such an amazing job of convincing everyone that this is impossible to do. Just know that it is not, and NIS is not responsible for the wasted time of everyone, including NIS members, Food Service is responsible for that . Every comment I made in regard to your allegations, was based on fact, you can believe it or not, but it is based on fact. Waste has always existed before NIS, and I would rather bad food go in the trash than into kids. I will say it one more time....it is not the ingredients, it is the cooking and the willingness to promote the food, neither is being done adequately. Thank you for the very last comment that you made, as it is ACCURATE...we are honest people with good intentions and the bottom line is THIS CAN WORK...but you need people who are willing to step up to the challenge, and until you have that, we will continue to go back and forth with inaccurate information trying to be corrected.
justme August 23, 2012 at 01:19 PM
One more inaccuracy to clear up "it's the countless hours and direct costs that are spent on this failed initiative: administrative meeting time and paperwork; school board committees; hourly (and overtime) wages paid to food service for meetings, training, consultations, and committee representation; legal costs; consultant fees; food testing and tastings, etc."- .... administrative empolyees are salaried and have meetings all the time for whatever needs attention,and by the way...they are paid, what about the countless hours that NIS members have spent for time unpaid doing work for the school district, no school board committee (BTW-school board members are not paid),no paperwork, no legal costs, no consultation fees
LancerRM August 23, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Tex, is your child (or somebody else's child) going to SUFFER because he/she can't have a dounut in the classroom? If so, please explain to the rest of us. Does any child also SUFFER because they can't smoke in school? Really??? The classroom situation is different than the lunchroom. The NIS is not doing ANYTHING to prevent a parent from sending in ANYTHING for your child to eat in the lunchroom, only the classroom. Any parent is welcome to send their child to school with a lunch full of any crap that they want if they don't care about what that crap is going to do their child's health. I wonder if the same people that feel that the ingredients in the food don't cause health problems in a person are the same as the people that don't believe that smoking contributes to causing cancer??? With regards to the issues of allergies, maybe the District should segregate the lunchroom and put a table in the corner for the children with parents that don't give a shit about what their kids eat, with a sign on the table that says so...
LancerRM August 23, 2012 at 02:11 PM
Don M... Do you have a background in nutrition, as you sound like you know more about nutrition than everybody else? You stated, "You MUST admit that there is a more moderate, educated group of concerned parents with actual degrees and backgrounds in nutrition who disagree with your policies and methods." Exactly where are these more moderated, educated people at the Board meeting? I have never seen any of them speak up at the Board meetings, although I would love to hear what they have to say in front of the Board. Maybe they have something to add? Maybe those "skinny" kids are eathing "healthier" than the kids that are overweight? As was said, skinny doesn't mean healthy. Also, unhealthy foods don't just affect those kids with ADHD or other issues, but they can also affect healthy kids too.
LancerRM August 23, 2012 at 02:14 PM
Bill, exactly where have you heard from UD or the NIS that they want to ban homemade lunches? This has NEVER been discussed at a Board meeting by anybody. I certainly don't want any food to go to waste either, so hopefully the District is willing to work at serving "healthier" foods that the kids will eat.
Don M August 23, 2012 at 02:17 PM
You really think these countless meetings have no direct and indirect cost? I will agree when I see all administrators, food service workers, support staff and everyone else work evenings outside their regular jobs on this issue because you are otherwise taking time out of their day and they have to de-prioritize their normal responsibilities. They weren't hired to cater to your specific demands, they were hired to run a district, ensure proper education, manage security, oversee ALL programs, set and work within a budget, manage human resources, manage transportation, evaluate and maintain hard assets, and about a hundred other things. Perhaps you should tell them which of those should be disregarded so they can focus more on food. You look at this as if it's in a vaccuum which it is not. So here it is again: your approach is not working. You admit food is being thrown out and food service is not able to meet your demands. Change something, take another direction, soften the approach, whatever will help you reach the goal. This is a negotiation between people; you are not leading a dictatorship and so you must be more open, collaborative and cooperative. This dictatorial approach is what drives people mad and prevents progress. Though I happen to be the one telling you the impression your group is leaving, it certainly is not my exclusive perception. I hope this offers an opportunity for reflection though by your response it appears to have not and so I'm done.
LancerRM August 23, 2012 at 02:25 PM
I'm pretty certain that Don doesn't attend Board meetings, although I would love to hear what he has to say/contribute at a meeting. Maybe he has some interesting/valid points, and can actually get the Board and Superintendent to actually speak up about this issue.
LancerRM August 23, 2012 at 02:37 PM
The NIS group should not be directing their opposition at the food service personnel. They should be contacting Dr. Pladus and the Board. Correct me if I'm wrong, but don't the food service personnel take "orders" from Dr. Pladus? Isn't he running the District? I just don't understand how the Wellness AR are read at the meetings and then we find out that the food service personnel aren't following them. I have NEVER heard Dr. Pladus speak up against what the food service personnel are doing, so I'm guessing that he is the one directing them on what to do. The NIS group should demand answers from Dr. Pladus and the Board and stop being so nice about asking for answers (think about it, have you really gotten anywhere with him). For the record, I don't want healthy foods to go to waste either, but would like healthier foods that will get eaten and kids will know are better for them than unhealthy foods.
Stacey Margo August 23, 2012 at 04:32 PM
Don M & Tex: Very last comments to you both as you both are entirely too exhausting: do either of you do anything to contribute to positive change in this matter? Don, I know you do a lot of researching on our backgrounds (with much inaccuracies, I must add). You seem to spend too much time nit-picking on ways things don't work--again, pointing the finger, wrongly accusing without any facts. Many people can "SEE" and find why things aren't working but when they really do the homework, they'll find out all the TRUE reasons why. The NIS has spent a ton of time looking into budgets (real and what the Food Services allows us to see,) menus (how it can work and what Food Services allows parents to see,); we attend board meetings with scripted (some do cause tears because our hearts are in it) and followup letters to Dr Pladus that go un-replied; we canvas ways to work with Whole Foods; we work with Chef Ann Cooper who has shown that this change can and will work with supportive schools, etc. Though you may not like our approach, and that is okay, it can work. But until you get off your sofa/computer and stop finger pointing and show another, perhaps better way...remember the words of the great Martin Luther King, Jr: "Nothing in all the world is more dangerous than sincere ignorance and conscientious stupidity."
Stefanie Loev August 27, 2012 at 12:36 AM
The wellness policy states that the following chemicals can not be in any of the food sold through UD cafeterias: Acesulfame K, Artificial Coloring (Blue 2, Green 3, Orange 3, Orange B, Red 3, Yellow 5 and Yellow 6), Aspartame, Butylated Hydroxyanisole (BHA), Butylated Hydroxytoluene (BHT), Caramel Coloring, Cyclamate (not legal in US), MSG (Monosodium Glutamate), Olestra, Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil (trans fat), Potassium Bromate, Propyl Bromate, Propyl Gallante, Saccharin, Sodium Nitrate, Sodium Nitrite. I want to thank Jill Florin and the NIS for making this happen - this has been a tremendous amount of time and effort on your part. Medical research and scientific studies have shown that these chemicals are poisonous. I am grateful that when my kid eats something sold at school, these chemicals will not be circulating through her heart, lungs, kidneys and all her precious "inside parts" as she calls them.
Stacey Margo August 27, 2012 at 12:40 AM
Thanks Stefanie. This is something that took a lot of effort and teamwork with the NIS and Board/Food Services to get approved! Hopefully we'll never see these ingredients in the UD cafeterias ever again!
Tricia September 23, 2012 at 10:45 AM
Stacey, I just caught up with all this and didn't realize that there was (or could be) such a controversy over serving healthy food in the cafeteria. As a parent of two elementary kids in the district, I'm personally thankful that there are people like you who are trying to effect some positive change in our schools and community. I don't really understand the vitriol being directed at you. I get the sense from some of the previous comments that those who are opposed to these (healthier) changes are just opposed to any kind of "regulation" at all, that somehow their rights to feed their children are somehow being compromised. Public schools are required to do what's best for the public good. School lunches are partially subsidized by the public school system, which means that they should subsidize what's considered healthy. I don't know exactly how school lunch programs are subsidized, but I don't want my tax dollars being spent on food that's not healthy. Period. Why shouldn't a public school serve food that is nutritious? No one's rights are being compromised. Send your kid into school with whatever you want. But why should the school subsidize food that's not healthy? Anyway, thanks again for all you do.
Stacey Margo September 23, 2012 at 12:28 PM
Thank you so much for this. It's easy to feel deflated after all the negativity and push-back. But your comment is a reminder of why we keep doing what we're doing. To say I appreciate your kind words is an understatement...thank you:)

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