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The competition for teaching jobs in District 81 is fierce. If teacher pay is too low, there would be no or far fewer applicants. Like it or not, basic economic principles refute the suggestion that their pay is too low. And suggesting that higher pay is an issue for students is shameless.
You want to see some walk outs at public schools? Give parents vouchers for their kids' tuition to be spent at the schools of their choosing, and watch the kids go. Then the union would have something to cry about, and deservedly so. But because most parents don't have choices, the union and their members can throw a tantrum with impunity.
In a head to head poll of Republicans between Ms. Farris and Hillary Clinton, I bet Ms. Farris wins handily. Then again, Mickey Mouse or Daffy Duck would beat Ms. Clinton too, and rightly so. They'd get a lot of money from Acme Co., but they wouldn't lie about it, and their positions on foreign and domestic policy are every bit as insightful as hers.
Mielke got a degree to advance his career, and that's bad? He networks to find another job like unemployment counselors suggest, and that's bad? Didn't the Utah candidate leave his last position under an ethical cloud due to outside consulting, and yet he's "well-qualified"? Wouldn't anybody in the position be an at-will employee and subject to pressure from County Commissioners? This seems like a lot of handwringing without much substance.
Murray is a die-hard liberal, but can still compromise, negotiate and succeed. And she's learned that you have to act in good faith by keeping your word and not insulting your opponents. I wonder how she managed to learn these lessons, which the President has not learned.
Stapleton's album is a good one, and worth every dollar. If you liked it, you have to listen to Sturgill Simpson. His amazing voice is a combination of Hag and Waylon, and his song writing is classic, authentic, and witty in a wry way. Do yourself a favor and get his albums "High Top Mountain" and "Metamodern Sounds In Country Music."
If the stuff is harmless for children, sell it in vending machines at schools. It'll increase tax revenues and supplement school budgets. Once you've got a significant number of kids using it before and during school hours, classroom behavior will mellow right down. No more of the hijinks caused by kids who are hopped up on caffeine, sugar or Ritalin.
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