O'Green Day?

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O'Green Day?

Should St. Patrick's Day and Valentines Day be changed because it was named after a Saint at some point in history?

A Massachusetts school principal is renaming "St. Patrick's Day" with "O'Green Day" in an effort to be "inclusive and diverse," while some parents are blasting the decision as "stupid" and illogical.

Lisa Curtin, principal of the Soule Road School in Wilbraham, Mass., decided to change the name to ease discomfort that some students might have in celebrating St. Patrick's Day or Valentine's Day -- which last month was renamed to "Caring and Kindness Day," according to parents with children in the school.

The St. Patrick's Day holiday falls on a Saturday this year, but students at the elementary school will still be encouraged to wear green during class on Friday and eat green vegetables in the cafeteria.

"I think it's ridiculous," said Dina LaMotte, whose daughter is a fifth-grader at the school. "What's next, birthdays?"

"It should be either in or out," added Wilbraham resident Theresa Finnegan. "They're still celebrating it by calling it a different name, which makes no sense to me. It's totally illogical.

"Those two holidays are holidays that have become over the years very secular in nature," she said.

Curtin referred all media inquiries to Wilbraham Schools Superintendent Martin O'Shea, who was not immediately available for comment Thursday.

LaMotte and others say Curtin's heart is in the right place, but claim her ruling is "political correctness gone too far."

"It's really stupid," said Janet Carlyle, whose three children attended the school.

"Everybody is Irish on St. Patrick's Day," Carlyle told FoxNews.com. "It's not a holiday that's generally associated with a religion."

What's worse, Carlyle called the renaming of the holiday insulting and "unfair" to Irish Catholic students for whom the holiday might have special meaning.

"I would have been really annoyed if my kids were still in the school," added Carlyle, who is not Catholic but said she celebrates the holiday "like most normal people do" by eating green mash potatoes.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/03/15/massachusetts-principal-renames-st-patricks-day-with-ogreen-day/#ixzz1pCzQ8wJx

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:stpatricks: Poor kiddos. She sounds like a total nutjob.

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"wlillie" wrote:

:stpatricks: Poor kiddos. She sounds like a total nutjob.

total crazo.
At our home we don't dress in green or do leprechaun stuff, We learn about St. Patrick and Irish History, we are going to have a feast too this year. with Irish Stew, soda bread, Queen of Pudding, Colcannon, and some Irish beer for the adults. This year I am excited to teach the kids about Irish emigration to the US.

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Crazy. If you don't like the origins of a holiday, then don't celebrate it.

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Nutty mcNutster. Oh, and has anyone heard of Willbraham, Massachusetts? I live here, and I've never heard of such a town.

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"LiveFreeOrDie" wrote:

Nutty mcNutster. Oh, and has anyone heard of Willbraham, Massachusetts? I live here, and I've never heard of such a town.

Wilbraham is the home town of Friendly's. Its in central MA

If you drive down the mass turnpike there is a huge "FRIENDLY'S" sign cut out in the grass near there

And for the non Mass population, its pronounced "Will-Bram" Anyone from Mass should have assumed so Smile

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"kris_w" wrote:

Crazy. If you don't like the origins of a holiday, then don't celebrate it.

Ya. Totally this!

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"KimPossible" wrote:

Wilbraham is the home town of Friendly's. Its in central MA

If you drive down the mass turnpike there is a huge "FRIENDLY'S" sign cut out in the grass near there

And for the non Mass population, its pronounced "Will-Bram" Anyone from Mass should have assumed so Smile

Ha ha ha...this my dear Robin. That's about all I know of Wilbraham. And now this. Crazy western Mass. people.

I completely disagree with not celebrating these days. I no of no one who uses any religious connection for these.

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A year ago I got to celebrate this great holiday ( as a non catholic eye talian) with Robin and Soxychris in Boston. I found it to be a very inclusive holiday. I felt very included despite my ethnicity. This lady is some rogue weirdo - no one would be for this Shiz but like a JW or some other explicitly unhappy group.

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"KimPossible" wrote:

Wilbraham is the home town of Friendly's. Its in central MA

If you drive down the mass turnpike there is a huge "FRIENDLY'S" sign cut out in the grass near there

And for the non Mass population, its pronounced "Will-Bram" Anyone from Mass should have assumed so Smile

I'm learning all sorts of Wilbraham trivia Smile I was pronouncing it to rhyme with Abraham.

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A year ago I got to celebrate this great holiday ( as a non catholic eye talian) with Robin and Soxychris in Boston. I found it to be a very inclusive holiday. I felt very included despite my ethnicity. This lady is some rogue weirdo - no one would be for this Shiz but like a JW or some other explicitly unhappy group.

Oh man, that was a year ago already!?

I'm still jealous

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"kris_w" wrote:

I'm learning all sorts of Wilbraham trivia Smile I was pronouncing it to rhyme with Abraham.

That's not even the weirdest pronunciation we have. Try Worcester or Haverhill. (It is not Wore-cester nor is it Hay-ver-hill)

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"Jessica1980" wrote:

That's not even the weirdest pronunciation we have. Try Worcester or Haverhill. (It is not Wore-cester nor is it Hay-ver-hill)

Barnstable

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Woostaah.

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"KimPossible" wrote:

Oh man, that was a year ago already!?

I'm still jealous

You should be. You saw the photos. Be. Jealous. Smile We missed you terribly, however.

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In Boston-ese they are pronounced Barnstable=Bahnstibble. Worcester=Wista and Haverhill=Hayvrill

I also live near Assonet. Work on that one Smile

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"kris_w" wrote:

I'm learning all sorts of Wilbraham trivia Smile I was pronouncing it to rhyme with Abraham.

I have an ancestor whose son's name, in one census, was written as "Aybram." I've always guessed that he was really an Abraham with a strong accent.

ITA with the others, either celebrate the day for what it is, or don't celebrate it at all. I'm hoping the rainy weather might keep the activity at the Irish bars down the street on the low-key side this year. Last year was crazy noisy. They all get permits to serve outside, and they take over parking spaces and sidewalks, one place had a band playing outside until 1:30am, in what is essentially a residential neighborhood! Ugh.

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"kris_w" wrote:

Crazy. If you don't like the origins of a holiday, then don't celebrate it.

Ditto.