There are two key assumptions about human nature that help me predict who the next U.S. presidential candidates will be. Putting these two assumptions together will help determine who the candidates will be in 2016.
For some folks the signs of fall include football season, a return to school and trees shedding their leaves. For me, fall is red hot applesauce. As long as I can remember I have visions of my grandma’s knobby fingers cutting, peeling and dicing apples with her silver-handled paring knife. She would hunch over the kitchen sink in the farmhouse, flanked by large boxes of freshly-picked apples until a large pot was filled to just the right amount.
The only "common sense gun law" that might have prevented the Oregon Community College shooting.
Americans are having a debate over what makes someone a good leader, according to George Friedman in a recent Stratfor article entitled, “The Crisis of the Well-Crafted Candidate”. The current debate over whether business experience matters much in politics was reinforced in A Christian Science Monitor article by Pieter Grier called, “Does Carly Fiorina’s Business Experience at HP Matter?” The current pool of presidential candidates demonstrates there is change in voter attitudes about what makes a good president.
How does one introduce Shakespeare to teenagers? As soon as you mention the name of the famous playwright in a classroom, most students react in a Pavlovian fashion and tune out the lesson. I know, because I was one of them. Ever since reading Hamlet in the seventh grade, I never thought I’d really understand, let alone like, Shakespeare’s plays.
It might help one problem, but exacerbate another.
Fines are mounting against the state for not having a plan to ensure public schools are adequately funded. When Gov. Jay Inslee meets with Democratic and Republican lawmakers on the matter Thursday, it will be 43 days since the Supreme Court imposed its sanction. At $100,000-a-day, that’s $4.3 million. Ka-ching!
Do you know that attitudes created in the 1787-88 ratification of the Constitution are still with us today in our two major parties? Back then they were called Federalists and Anti-Federalists. Today these two perspectives are alive and well within the Republican and Democratic parties.
Who killed charter schools? Who suffers? This weeks editorial cartoon is by Frank Shiers Jr.
It caught my attention when the second Republican presidential debate took place Sept. 15 at the Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif. I, as part of a group of teachers, visited the library on a weekend break during the National Academy on Civics and Government in July.
Which hat (or robe) are the Washington State Supreme Court Justices wearing?
Try as it might, Washington just can’t get this charter school thing down right. For years, backers of this privately run, publicly funded model of educating endured rejection by voters worried that diverting public dimes in this manner might sink the state’s school system. The mood turned in 2012 when billionaire believers of this education alternative put serious amounts of their money into helping pass Initiative 1240. An alliance of national experts hailed the measure as one of the best written charter school laws in the nation.
Why do we need government anyway? It seems we argue about how government should be – smaller if Republican, bigger for Democrats – but we seem to ignore the greater question about the need for government in the first place. History and philosophy provide some of the answers.
I sense a move afoot to make me appear grouchy and less than Mr. Cool and up with the times. How ridiculous is that… me… Mr. I am Sunshine. Let me present the complaint without distortion or twisting any facts.
Jack Zduriencik was fired from his Seattle Mariners General Manager position after seven seasons.
As a result of marrying a non-native-to-the-Plateau, giving directions and describing locations around town has occasionally been a test of marital communication. The landmarks of the pickle factory, Pete’s Pool and the old junior high have all been a source of mild contention at times. I may have accidentally referred to Coast to Coast, as well.
Can you fill in the blanks? “We hold these Truths to be self-evident, that all Men are created ______, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are _______, ________, and the __________ of_______________.”
School preparation is different now than it used to be.
It is always easy to point out flaws. To prove this, just look at whatever is hot in the news media right now: the police and race, terrorism, the job rating of the president or Congress, the Republican primary process, the Iran vote – the list can be nearly endless.
For centuries people have separated children based on their gender. When a girl is born, she is the little princess and when a boy is born he is the little man. There is nothing wrong or bad about this. Wrapping a newborn girl in a pink blanket as opposed to a blue one for a boy has no affect on the child. It only becomes wrong and possibly harmful to the child when parents force a child to grow up based on these sex stereotypes.