Ted Siefer's City Hall: 'Sexting' episode on Facebook becomes topic in real world
BOB LaPREE/UNION LEADER ¬ Manchester Mayor Ted Gatsas delivers his inaugural address at the Palace Theatre Tuesday. (1/5/10)
"Fortunately, that I am a practicing Catholic does not mean I am perfect, nor does it mean I am inherently hypocritical," he said, "What separates us from those who do not believe is we understand we must accept responsibility and seek forgiveness from those we have hurt, repent ... and redeem yourself."
"I think 'dropout' has a stigma," he said. "I think 'non-completer' says we're not sure if the student let himself down or the district let him down. I was hoping we could change our philosophy."
There was one wrinkle. As the assistant superintendent pointed out, "dropout" is a technical term used by state officials.
A one-man city institution is retiring: Mike Roche, the Manchester Water Works technician who is also the longest serving president of any city union.
Roche said his decision to retire had nothing to do with the fact that contract negotiations will be kicking into high gear later this year - and the city will likely once again be looking for concessions on health care and other benefits.
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