Sunday December 21, 2014
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Well, the House Republicans with the help of some Democrats passed a spending bill which averts a government shut down. Good news, except for some provisions that were inserted at the last minute. Do you remember the great bail out of the banks, etc. that happened a few years ago? Do you remember the outcry about the bail outs? Well, a bill had been passed (Dodd-Frank) that was meant to shield taxpyers from future risks from complex financial trades. In other words the little guy would not have to bail out the big guy again after the big guy made risky investments. Well, thanks to a last minute insertion in the spending bill, the protection of the little guy is gone. The taxpayers are again on the hook for a bail out. Also, the spending bill increased the amount of allowed personal contributions to political war chests -- as if enough hasn't and isn't being spent on political campaigns.
I don't know, I see it as a choice -- who do we help out the big guys or the little guys in need of a hand to pull them up?
Tom, I have always been treated well by the CH2M Hill office staff and I have no beefs with them. Also, we were very lucky to have CH2M Hill with us a couple of summers ago when PSWID had that water outage.
I was trying to make the point that because of the current payments to CH2M Hill and loan payments, I think PSWID is already on a very tight budget. I don't know where they can possibly get any extra money to pay higher fees to CH2M Hill.
And, while we fiddle around we still don't have a master plan.
It doesn't matter whether Jodi Arias gets life in prison or the death sentence. The case/matter will go on and on with more and more appeals, costing the innocent taxpayers many $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$.
Pat, you, unfortunately, are 100% correct. It is regrettable that so few people have an interest in something as vital as their water supply. The PSWID Board members are working their ___ off, trying to make the best of a bad situation. If we can't, or won't, go to the meetings, let's at least pray for them.
CH2M Hill seeking an increase in the dollar amount to the existing contract for managing the water district????????????? Quoting from the draft of the November 20, 2014 PSWID minutes, "Rus stated that of the budget CH2M Hill took 1/3 and the loan took 1/6 which totaled half of our working capital." It sounds to me as if PSWID is already stretched very thin with loan obligations and payments to CH2M Hill. Can PSWID afford any more? Has the PSWID attorney reviewed the contract with CH2M Hill concerning an increase? Will any money be left over to start making needed improvements to infrastructure?
I hope people will come to the December meeting. It is very important that the citizens of Pine/Strawberry and PSWID water users have first hand knowledge of what is transpiring. How can the message get out about the importance of attending PSWID meetings.
Pam, what is the status of the Master Plan that CH2M Hill was developing?
We all have so much to be thankful for. Happy Thanksgiving --
Tom, you want to overlook "equal opportunity." If you don't like the common core, work to change it. I FIRMLY believe that there should be "common grade standards." In other words a child does not get passed on to second grade until he is reading at first grade level, doing math at first grade level, etc. There has been too much passing just because it is time to move on.
Tom, we both know that there are teachers out there that do not do their job. And some schools ???????????From my substitute teaching experience, I could tell when I walked in the room, and looked at lesson plans (if there were any) what type of a job the teacher was doing. You wouldn't believe some of the situations I ran into.
Please remember THIS IS THE LAND OF OPPORTUNITY. Our ancestors came here for the opportunity to practice religion as they wished and for the opportunity to have a better life for themselves and their children. Education is an important part of getting that better life.
We have an obligation to ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity for a good education. If we don't ensure equal educational opportunity we are not living up to our responsibility as USA citizens. We must demand that teachers and schools do their jobs as best possible.
Tom, I don't think these programs try to make us all "equal" so much as they try to give all an "equal opportunity" to develop our God given abilities/talents to the fullest extent possible. Let's face it, some schools and some teachers simply are not up to snuff.
Some with take advantage of the equal opportunity and give back to society, others?????
So true, Pat, especially since they seem to be able to change according to the audience.
According to the website "Arizonans Against Common Core," Arizona adopted the Common Core State Standard Initiatives (CCSSI) for English Language Arts and Math in June, 2010. Also, Arizona leadership went to Washington, D.C. in 2009 and 2010, and as a result received $25 million to implement common core.
Common Core Standards for science are up for public comment now.
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