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Monday, May 27, 2013 11:07 am
Steve Benen commented on the May 23 collapse of that interstate highway in Washington state so I wouldn’t have to again. (See my Daring to imagine the future from 2010.) Benen was reacting to a post at Business Insider by Joel Weisenthal pointing out that public construction spending in the U.S. has reached a 20-year low as a percentage of the overall economy.   “We have high unemployment...
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 called for streetside planters or swales to capture stormwater...
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 into law on March 23, 2010, and which takes effect next year -- was still on the books. Nearly a q...
Friday, May 10, 2013 06:58 pm
A while back I griped about the failure of federal prosecutors to seek criminal charges against bankers and others who perpetrate financial crimes. The Economist of May 4 reminds us that in Britain not one senior banker has faced criminal charges relating to the failure of his institution. In this country the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation has filed more than 40 lawsuits against officer...
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 critics have to ask, Are the expectations of a superintende...
Tuesday, May 7, 2013 04:16 pm
I have written before (here, here, here and here) about health care – an important topic in a town like Springfield in which the health racket industry in all its manifestations is the top employer. I take it up again here to vent about the now-famous (among wonks) study of Medicaid outcomes in Oregon – or rather about the reactions to it. Much has been said by Ezra Klein, , Kevin Drum a...
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 (and well-reported) wrangles in state legislatures about whether an...
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 formal curriculum, but you often end up knowing what you do ...

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