3rd Grade Reading

3rd Grade Reading I was listening to talk radio the other day and once again, it reminded me what is wrong with the world. A politician from my great state was explaining(?) why he voted against a bill requiring school districts to “hold back” students who could not pass a third grade reading assessment. I… Continue reading 3rd Grade Reading

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Free Money

Free Money Years ago, as a member of a subcommittee created by the school board, a member excitedly spoke about some new program. As I pondered the program and its value, it struck me as a lot of money for a select few students. Not much “bang for the buck” as a whole. It was… Continue reading Free Money

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A Third Party is Not a Panacea

A Third Party is not a Panacea There are many parties in the U.S., but it is primarily a two party system. Do we need another party, or two, three or four more? Please no. There is a concerted effort to divide this country and creating additional parties, or splinters of existing parties, will only… Continue reading A Third Party is Not a Panacea

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Half

Half Polls are a dime a dozen and journalists and groups quote the ones they like when the numbers prove the argument. With a little money, questions can be structured to affect a certain lean. But polls are a little like science fiction, there is often a bit of truth in them. What is fascinating,… Continue reading Half

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Teachers

Teachers There are teacher shortages in many places, even before Covid, and some administrators and Legislators are mystified as to why. Some of it is money and while an argument is often made that teachers are paid a reasonable salary when time off, benefits and retirement advantages are included in the calculation, closer scrutiny deflates… Continue reading Teachers

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Super Majority

Super Majority Copy of a letter sent to a State Senator… I heard on the radio the other day that you intend to offer legislation to pay STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) teachers in the K-12 system an additional stipend in an effort to improve the 4th and 8th grade math scores. At first… Continue reading Super Majority

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Lies

Lies Gaslighting, or lying, has been discussed in this blog before. As most of us were taught when we were young, it is wrong to say something that is known to be untrue. In some cultures, there are grey areas and lying is excusable. There are white lies and other protective or face saving lies… Continue reading Lies

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What is 2Seatsin

What is 2Seatsin As the first week of 2022 nears its end, I wanted to remind people to pay attention to who is running and their corresponding platform. Consider running for office, please! This country desperately needs people who desire to introduce common sense into our Republic. It is not only Federal Office that needs… Continue reading What is 2Seatsin

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Stock Picks

Stock Picks Public service should not be a money maker. It should pay a decent wage but bonuses and stock portfolios (and other investment vehicles) should be prohibited. If you want to get rich, get out of public service. If public servants accumulate wealth, while in office (and perhaps later), additional scrutiny should be applied… Continue reading Stock Picks

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Pensions

Pensions As the stock market hit all time highs this week, there is little talk of pensions and the deck of cards on which they are built. When the market crashes to reflect the fiscal irresponsibility of both Congress and the Fed, what will happen to these companies that have promised, and for many, provided… Continue reading Pensions

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A Late Christmas Wish

A Late Christmas Wish There is a desperate need for an objective research group. I implore some rich person to fund the creation of some of the following: A voting website: The goal here is to create a web page where a zip code is entered and takes the user to a page with all… Continue reading A Late Christmas Wish

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Merry Christmas

Merry Christmas I was at the Public Library the other day and noticed there was no Christmas Tree or any other holiday decorations. When I inquired as to why, the response was a sheepish, it is against library policy. FFS, another unelected board makes a decision to keep a minority of people happy. I don’t… Continue reading Merry Christmas

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Implosion

Implosion The headlines suggest the build back better legislation is dead, at least with its current price tag. The new push appears to be voting legislation. This legislation is worse and the lies that accompany its marketing campaign are outrageous. The media ignore these blatant lies and refuse to admonish the liar. The 6th Circuit… Continue reading Implosion

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