Something To Think About - 5/24/17
Educational reform leader Ted Sizer believed that “Things remain the same because it is impossible to change very much without changing most of everything.”
Something To Think About - 5/23/17
Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse rightly notes that “Most of the really big challenges of this moment are not easily reducible to core Republican or Democratic platform positions.”
Something To Think About - 5/22/17
We can understand protecting college students from hate speech, racial discrimination and out of control fraternity parties, but now Harvard will no longer charge students 50 cents per day for overdue books because, quote, “We have witnessed firsthand the stress that overdue fines can cause students.” Maybe they could just avoid all that stress by being responsible and returning the books on time…”
Something To Think About - 5/19/17
Dutch-American historian and journalist Hendrik Willem van Loon once observed that “Nothing is ever accomplished by a committee unless it consists of three members, one of whom happens to be sick and another absent.”
Something To Think About - 5/17/17
Juxtaposed to Stephen Covey’s belief that “Strength lies in differences, not in similarities” is New York University’s Jonathan Haidt’s proposal that freshman orientations teach students “cognitive behavioral therapy so as to preserve their mental health in the face of differing opinions.” We thought college was about exposure to, not protection from, different ideas.
Something To Think About - 5/4/17
After a long period of accommodative Fed policy, interest payments on the debt bomb created over the past eight years increased in March by 30% while the budget deficit increased by more than half a trillion dollars over the previous year.
Something To Think About - 5/3/17
California’s population has increased 70% since 1979, while water storage has not. The Public Policy Institute of California estimates that five proposed reservoirs could add four million acre-feet of storage capacity at a cost of $9 billion, one-tenth what the Governor is spending on his fast train to nowhere. Yet environmentalists have opposed every significant surface storage project for three decades. The state is even razing four hydroelectric dams on the Klamath River. Meanwhile, communities and farmers have been forced to drill deeper wells and are pumping more groundwater to compensate for reduced imports from the delta, leading to severe land subsidence.
Something To Think About - 5/2/17
English philanthropist Charles Buxton once observed that “You will never find time for anything. If you want time, you must make it.”
Something To Think About - 4/29/17
Charles Kettering advised us to “Keep on going and the chances are you will stumble on something, perhaps when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.”
Something To Think About - 4/23/17
We’re as opposed to smoking as anyone, but surely the Legislature realizes that the recent two dollar tax increase on cigarettes is a tax primarily on the poor as 40% of all smokers are living at or below the poverty level.
Something To Think About - 4/22/17
Fifty-two thousand Americans died of heroin or opioid overdoses in 2015, four times as many as died from gun homicides and half again as many as died in car accidents.
Something To Think About - 4/21/17
American writer, artist and philosopher Elbert Hubbard advised us to “… not take life too seriously -- you will never get out of it alive.”
Something To Think About - 4/19/17
Its been said that the US is a giant insurance company with an army. With half of all spending going to Social Security projected to be broke in 17 years plus various health programs and 20% goes to the military leaving 30% for everything else.
Something To Think About - 4/18/17
When 85 Syrian civilians were killed in a sarin gas attack, we should have been shocked given Barack Obama’s, John Kerry’s and Susan Rice’s proud assurances that Assad’s chemical weapons had all been destroyed. Then again, they also told us that the Benghazi attack was all due to a YouTube video.
Something To Think About - 4/15/17
According to entrepreneur Sara Blakely, “If somebody can do something 80% as good as you think you would have done it yourself, then you've got to let it go.”
Something To Think About - 4/14/17
Among Donald Trump’s 16 cabinet positions, Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions are the only ones with law degrees. Alexander Acosta, tapped by Trump to run the Labor Department, would be the third. That is a sharp drop from the four previous administrations, in which lawyers accounted for about 40% to 70% of cabinet secretaries.
Something To Think About - 4/13/17
Theologian William Ellery Channing once observed that “The office of government is not to confer happiness, but to give men the opportunity to work out happiness for themselves.”