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The Board of Education and Rolaids

Monday, December 17, 2012

In winning the The Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) Better Boardsmanship Award of Achievement for the 12th year in a row the Le Mars Community Schools Board of Education went into the record books. Please congratulate those unpaid board members.

"According to my records, no other board has earned this award more than 10 years in a row before," said Charissa Bloyer of the ISAB. Only five other boards, none in northwest Iowa, won the award this year.

Gee, last week I complimented the Board of Supervisors too! Must be the Christmas spirit.

In the same news cycle we read of the Des Moines School Board authorized $300,000 a year to attract a new Superintendent. Feeling pressure, they have dropped that to 'only' a max of $275K. They really liked the previous chief who worked for $206K. She left in May and they don't plan to have the new person on board for 14 months.

When an organization leaves a key position open for so long, it makes one wonder how necessary is it?! Government seems to do this more and more, saving a bundle of bucks while a stand-in does the job. The Des Moines Board often makes Cook County, Illinois look good.

In nearby Ankeny the school superintendent presided over a public forum to explain a proposed $16 million dollar bond issue to build a new elementary school. Very few people showed up, understandable since they scheduled it on the same night their girl's basketball team played Dowling, one of the biggest games of the year!

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Our country needs changes and a disgusted, but smart friend suggests not electing the House of Representatives, rather drawing names from a list of qualified electors, similar to the selection of a jury. "If it's good enough to decide whether a man lives or dies...," he reasons.

They would serve just one year and each could introduce only one bill, which would have to be debated (with a time limit) and voted up or down.

I will hitch-hike on his idea and suggest one six-year term for the President. That would eliminate campaigning in office.

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The December edition of Newsmax Magazine (a conservative publication) has an article critical of President Obama's spending. Specifically that his White House costs us $1.4 billion a year! The article compares that to the entire British Royal family spending only $60 million per annum. Interesting, but a comparison to preceding presidents would have been more enlightening. However, any way you slice it, $1.4 billion is oBysmal.

The man just can't stop campaigning! As he trotted around the country, he took more than 30 days after the election before he sat down for a one-on-one meeting with Speaker John Boehner. That, too, is oBysmal.

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Which reminds me of Pepto-Bismol, which reminds me of Rolaids -- researching these topics calls for relief. You may have noticed that Rolaids are not now available. The company assures that although production is suspended, (due to a recall) they do plan to be back on the market.

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Meanwhile, back at our (expensive) White House, Obama told ABC News last week that he believed Republicans would join Democrats to extend current rates for 98 percent of earners by the end of the year. "I'm pretty confident that Republicans would not hold middle-class taxes hostage in trying to protect tax cuts for high-income individuals," Obama told Barbara Walters in an interview. That is truly amazing! I didn't know she was still living.

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Instead of meeting regularly with Congress, Obama went to Michigan to try to rally public support for his proposals to raise rates on the top 2 percent of income earners. It was undoubtedly coincidental that he was speaking to auto workers, at the same time the state was about to become the 24th Right-to-Work state. As I said, he apparently prefers campaigning to working at the bi-partisanship he espouses.

"He's eager to get a deal and he believes a deal is possible," the President's press guy, Jay Carney said. It may be instructive to note that he said it while flying off to Michigan.

Don Paulin, 2carpenterdon@gmail.com, 7557 30th Av, Norwalk, IA 50211 - 515-201-7236

By Don Paulin
Been There, Done That


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