Every day I tell myself that the hiatus is over. Then I keep going about my business, trying to maintain a sane lifestyle while taking care of various business and chores around the house, which now include keeping the grass cut and the garden maintained.
conservatives take the high road. Fair enough. Remember, this is the same magazine who called George H.W. Bush, World War II veteran, Yale varsity baseball player and 80-year-old skydiver a wimp 15 years ago. Shows you what they know. I can probably count the number of times on one hand I've picked up a copy of Newsweek in that time. It's an irrelevent publication in my mind.
People are also pointing out that Michael Isikoff is the same guy who broke the Clinton-Lewinsky story. Right. But what happened? Newsweek sat on the story as long as it could before the competition started getting wind of it.
I just have to ask: Why the desperation on the part of the mainstream media? What are they hoping to accomplish?
I watched with interest the Guilford County Board of Education's debate on raising its compensation. I was also a bit surprised at the N&R's editorial reaction
, which cut board members no slack:
"School board members may think they should be paid more, and they may be right. But they decided to run for the office despite the meager salary. They should accept that and turn their attention to more important funding issues. Raising their own pay won't improve education in Guilforde County one bit."
But in my mind, the majority of board members made their case for at least a slight increase in pay. I thought Kris Cooke's proposal was the most reasonable: $250 per month over the next two years. It's a gradual raise and yet still slightly less than what county commissioners earn.
The most compelling argument came from Dot Kearns, who pointed out that school board members, unlike the county commissioners, have no administrative support. There's no central office, no central phone line, no staff. Mind you, the county commissioners are busy men and women who, for the most part, are doing a lot of county business out of their places of business. But if they need it, the help's there.
The way I see it, everyone, and mean everyone, deserves somne sort of raise in pay over the last 12 years. I also think the concept of "getting what you pay for" also comes into play. Kearns made the comment that the task before board members is "one of the most critical in the nation." And while this is comparing apples to oranges to a certain extent, board chairman Alan Duncan, while suggesting a raise in pay for Terry Grier, said that the school superintendent's job is probably the most important in the county.
So who does hold a more important job, school board members or county commissioners? When answering this question, it helps to keep in mind that that the schools make up the majority of the county's budget. The way the county commissioners are acting these days (or is it every day?), it becomes a more difficult question.
Then again, the board could just cut the $500,000 in "anti-racism" training from Crossroads Ministries, and there wouldn't be a problem with raising the board's pay. Right?
Wednesday, May 11, 2005
It should be obvious by now that this guy
does not belong behind the wheel of a race car.
Monday, May 09, 2005
I'm still coping with adjustments to my work and writing schedule. Basically, my normal writing time has been drastically shortened. I was getting a bit sensitive to firing off angry, hyper-caffeinated posts anyway, and I think the shortened writing periods would only exacerbate that problem.
But the fact that intelligent readers like Guarino
still check in is enough to keep me going. I'm gojng to experiment with an altered schedule this week.
That said, interesting lead to N&R wire service story in today's life section:
"No matter which route Reginald Burns takes when he drives to work each morning in Houston, he knows every doughnut shop along the way. Almost every day, he stops for a fix: a Diet Coke and six doughnuts — any kind as long as they have just emerged from the fryer."
Six doughnuts? Okay. Diet Coke? Gross.
Friday, May 06, 2005
I've been very busy lately and thus unable to adequately digest all what's going out there.
I'm also pretty depressed. The Reds are on an eight-game losing streak. It would suck if they dropped out of the pennant race before I've even had the chance to watch them.
Then today I find out we're doomed.
Doomed, I tell you.
Monday, May 02, 2005
hasn't left the building, and he probably never will:
"A mulitmedia marketing blitz with a budget estimated at $10 to $20 million is under way to promote a new round of entertainment programming about Elvis Presley.
Also on tap: A 24-hour Presley music channel, called Elvis Radio, which will be among the choices offered by Sirius