Apr 3, 2014
commented on Your Favorite Indie Shop Is Out of Business if $15-an-Hour Happens
When the price of fuel went through the roof, airlines started nickel and diming us to death. Yet..... people still fly. For most, flying is not required for their livelihood, yet they pay the fees and grumble, but they pay the fees.
If my local eatery charges $10 for a burger and fries, and if the minimum wage increases to where I have to pay $12 for the same meal, that simply isn't a concern for me. By raising the wage, perhaps tips will become MUCH less important. (I've always thought it criminal that a business paid their employees so little that they have to depend on the kindness of strangers so their employees can eat.)
Feb 12, 2013
commented on Anti-Gay Bigots at High School In Indiana Can't Ban Gay Kids From Prom...
I wrote to the Sullivan School District before it became knowledge that they High School wasn't involved... This is their response:
"At Southwest School Corporation we value the importance of extra-curricular activities and encourage all students to get involved and actively participate in activities, dances, or school related events at all of our schools.
Our Grand March, Junior-Senior Prom, and Post Prom is scheduled for April 27th, and we encourage all of our students to participate.
I would also like to clearly state that the SWSC has never denied any student the right to attend any event, extra-curricular activity, dance, or prom based on their race, gender, sex, or sexual orientation. As superintendent it is my view that we treat each student with respect and dignity at all times.
The only time we have denied a student from attending a school sponsored activity is because of disciplinary reasons or if they were not one of our students and did not follow the procedures for being admitted as a guest.
We do prohibit anyone who is the age of 21 or older from attending the prom or school dances.
It is important to note that the Southwest School Corporation and Sullivan High School is not affiliated nor in anyway responsible for the Alternative Prom.
Information reported by WTWO Channel 2 out of Terre Haute, IN concerning Diana Medley. They identified her as a special education teacher, it did not state where she was employed, I want to make it clear she is NOT EMPLOYED by the SOUTHWEST SCHOOL CORPORATION which was not included in the story. In no way does the Southwest School Corporation support her beliefs.
Feb 3, 2013
commented on State Sends Initiative to Label Genetically Modified Foods to the Fall Ballot
We accepted the tobacco companies assertions that not only was smoking safe, heck, doctors recommended certain brands over others, but it was sexy!
So excuse me if I don't believe Monsanto telling me everything is wonderful out of hand. I see a lot of news of more and more physical and mental disorders. Could be just more reporting, I don't know. People in India are still living with the effects of a spill by Monsanto decades ago. And Monsanto has spent a lot of money denying it. And I'm supposed to believe they have my best interests at heart? Really? Just because they provide jobs?
I don't know that I can even trust the "organic" branding. I mean, I don't visit the farm. I don't know for certain they don't use Round-Up or buy their seed from Monsanto.
Nothing wrong with labeling. If a can of corn on a shelf says "improved by dinkering", and the one next to it isn't, I'll err on the side of caution.
And living in Washington state, I will be voting for the labeling.