Monthly Archives: February 2011

What If The Navy Went On Strike?

Prompted by the contentious political battle now playing out in Wisconsin between state government and the teachers’ union I now submit a question that is sure to be controversial.  What would happen to the condition of schools in Wisconsin, or … Continue reading

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Textbook Irony

A recent blog post by Anson Burlingame discussed how our public schools are doing a poor job of teaching children the fundamentals of reading, writing and arithmetic.  He is well qualified to address the issue because he has done substitute … Continue reading

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Cruising For Fun And Profit

Mollie and I have just returned from a treat in celebration of our 50th wedding anniversary (which was actually last December).  It was a week’s long Caribbean cruise aboard Holland America’s Nieuw Amsterdam, still in her inaugural season.  I thought … Continue reading

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Bowling For Brains

Anson Burlingame, who has actual experience teaching in the Joplin school system, has once again questioned the quality of American education and bravely challenged school board applicants to address problems realistically.   I too have addressed the topic in previous … Continue reading

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What Would George Say About Egypt?

How should America behave as the Arab world erupts in apparent chaos?  Al Qaeda, a.k.a. Islamic fundamentalism, is our enemy, and countering it and its ideas is the challenge we face. Anson Burlingame, my fellow Joplin blogger, in a recent … Continue reading

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