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Saturday, May 18, 2013 11:19 am
The press is filled with pension talk, but other recent news reminds us that cutting a too-generous COL adjustment is not the worst way that governments can screw workers. Turns out that the plant manufacturing highly explosive anhydrous ammonia which blew up in west Texas, killing 14 and injuring more than 200, was equipped with no alarms, no firewall and no systems to automatically shut do...
Friday, May 17, 2013 11:05 am
Back on April 30, the Kaiser Family Foundation, which is one of the most reliable and most interesting of the organizations tracking public thinking on health care, issued a new poll result. Fewer than six in 10 of the American adults asked knew that “Obamacare” – the Affordable Care Act signed...
Friday, May 17, 2013 12:05 am
I paid a visit to one my old haunts the other day, thanks to the internet. I learned that two blocks in the heart of the business district of Multnomah Village, in Portland, Oregon’s southwest side, is getting spruced up. In addition to the usual street furniture and wider sidewalks, Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services has...
Thursday, May 9, 2013 06:21 pm
District 186 school superintendent Dr. Walter Milton leaves Springfield having disappointed a lot of people. (See Board games, Feb. 28, 2013.) The new District 186 board met May 3 with parents and other community members to discuss what each wanted in a new superintendent, which opinions will guide the search for candidates. Fair-minded c...
Monday, May 6, 2013 12:26 am
Readers with long memories might recall my rant in 2010 about voter ignorance. (“The new Know Nothings,” Nov. 18, 2010.) Apparently the public has not taken my criticism to heart.   After years during which Republican Party candidates and Fox News repeatedly, even obsessively talked about little else, after the more recent ...
Friday, May 3, 2013 06:37 pm
A while back, in “Teaching idiots,” I ventured the view that it has never been easier than it is today to give oneself an education. I did not however settle the question of whether is might be wise to do so. The self-taught tend to have patchy educations. This can be bad, it can be good. You know less than people schooled to a...
Thursday, May 2, 2013 06:29 pm
James Krohe Jr. Remember the news, announced by District 186 in March, that 68 of Springfield’s 1,329 public school teachers did not have the required paperwork in their personnel files showing them to be fit for the classroom? This except from A New Guide for Emigrants to the West, written by the American Baptist ...

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