[quote][b]dawgette[/b] - Frankly, I don't think he should have an office at ALL! I think he should be gone so the new President can carry on without the old one hanging around. [/quote]
Certainly not defending him, but if he is teaching a course at UGA, why not give him an office similar to what other adjuncts or TAs might have? You know, a run down hole in the wall in the basement somewhere. That way he can remember how all the "little people" who do much of the heavy lifting at the university live.posted @ Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 09:14
Well said Mr. NeSmith.
But I don't think that the ingenuity and work ethic really left (much of) America and that the opportunities were taken away. Companies up and left for cheaper wage markets, happily uprooting to go where they only need to pay a few dollars a day equivalent. Fortunately, some firms are realizing that for some products having a well trained, hard working workforce that you do pay more for may be better in the long run, and thus "onshoring" manufacturing here again.
I had a chance to tour the plant a few months ago also and was impressed as well by how the company seems to actually care about the employees.posted @ Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 08:58
[quote][b]fishin4u[/b] - This is humorous as Jeffery Imelt (sp) was head of the POTUS' job creation committee, you know, the CEO of GE, as jobs were moved to "cheaper markets" overseas....[/quote]
True, and he learned from his predecessor Jack Welch who I believe was quoted as saying that the ideal factory would be one that is built on a floating platform ready to set sail for the lowest wage scale market of the day (or something to that effect).posted @ Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 08:50
[quote][b]E.J.[/b] - On the other hand, a major in English is not a major in English literature. ....English is not just about grammer and punctuation; it's about effective communication in writing. And it, like the clothes you wear, communicates a great deal about you, in speech as well. [/quote]
It is amazing that when I saw this post you had a "neg" score of -5. Some people apparently could not read well enough to understand it.
Although maybe it was for the one misspelling.
"Huckaby can, and almost certainly will, apologize for his comments. "
I wouldn't hold my breathe on this one. You would think a person who has been involved in politics or political oriented jobs for so long would have a bit more tact.
I understand his basic premise; too many students don't know or understand the nature of the job market. Some may want to take a certain major that is considered easy (the old "underwater basket weaving" joke) so that they have more time for important things such as stimulating the economy of downtown Athens at night.
That said there is a need for a well rounded education, even if a student was in a STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) oriented major. Getting an understanding of different cultures, languages, etc. makes one better prepared to be a member of this global economy and culture we have now.posted @ Saturday, May 25, 2013 - 08:39
[quote][b]Used2baFreeCountry[/b] - I didn't know that Jim occasionally writes news articles.
Well, it is the summer vacation season, and maybe he was doing the good thing by filling in.
Or PERHAPS he was looking for the free lunch!
(ha ha, just kidding JT)
@jlscott: Do you mean it is good that there is a proposal to increase capital requirements, or good that big banks are holding everyone hostage as the article implies?posted @ Thursday, May 23, 2013 - 08:43
[quote][b]autumnlark[/b] - And the CEO of the Chamber of Commerce has the gall to say this law treats educators like the professionals they are. It's indecent, hypocritical, stupid, and morally repugnant for Chris Clark to say something like that whose kids have grown up in private schools, or Peachtree City schools, which amounts to the same thing. Why should the Chamber of Commerce have any opinion at all on this? [/quote]
Well, I can see where in general the Chamber of Commerce wants to see education get better, in terms of having a better educated society. At least that is the high moral ground view of what their position should be.
But you are right, I am not sure why they took such a big position on this, opting for what has turned out to be a failed policy of relying so much of student test scores.posted @ Monday, May 20, 2013 - 08:45
@E.J.: Great idea, if it is done right.posted @ Monday, May 20, 2013 - 08:41
The general message he gives is overall good, that is the need for people to worked hard and contribute.
But Mr. West has tended to turn into a party line person, such as insisting that "“They (Democrats) believe in a hammock,” he said, meaning Democrats and the Obama Administration want Americans to “lay back” and become dependent on government.", meaning all Dems believe that way. Or in saying "Republicans need to tell African Americans about the value of school choice as a means to educate themselves into a better life." Rather than telling them to get involved with your school to make it better and as a parent to be involved with your kids education, he takes up the "school choice" mantra.
[quote][b]Thomas Jefferson Snodgrass[/b] -
But acting on behalf of a particular policy is not political.
True. But such a fine line that makes it unclear.posted @ Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 17:44
They may have been denied because of the code section they were applying under didn't allow for political activities. It's not a thing that should exonerate the actions toward other non-profit applicants. [/quote]
I think that is the whole issue behind this. From what I understand that section of the tax code was written fairly vaguely, but specifically denies tax free status for an organization that spends 50% or more of its money/time on political activities.
I am not defending the actions of the IRS, but I wonder if this is being blown out of proportion. The definition of political is vague, but an organization that calls itself the "Tea Party of [fill in the blank]" would seem to be basically political in nature, and thus NOT qualify for the tax free status.
Why have the political nature barrier for tax free? Because the issue I think mostly is for the groups to qualify as a tax free organization so donations would be tax deductable to the donor. Thus, someone donating money to the "Tea Party of [fill in the blank]" would get that as a write off on their taxes.posted @ Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 08:11
[quote][b]Curls[/b] - Biofuels are not cost competitive with the newly available, cheap natural gas. Plus more energy is spent in using biofuels than in using natural gas. How long will we continue to support this noncompetitive energy source ?
The key word here Curls is "sustainability". Long term, other options than digging deeper for more "dead dinosaurs" are needed.posted @ Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 07:33
A flatter organization structure means a lower number of administrative paper pushers required.
With this coming fiscal year bringing another budget cutback, this would be an opportunity to cutback on administrative expenses. Surely one of those senior admin types could be encouraged to "retire with grace" and not be replaced. This is how it is done in industry.
That would give a good signal to the rest of the university that has suffered through cutbacks, no raises, and higher expenses for the past several yeras.
[quote][b]autumnlark[/b] - Republicans everywhere should read this:
While perhaps a little crude in some of the comments, it does reflect much of what I think as well, only that I am closer to his parents generation. He expresses the reasons why I am an independent. (Could probably write a similar article about some of the Dem's policies).posted @ Monday, May 13, 2013 - 09:03
[quote][b]Abbesays[/b] - Do you have to wear those special 3-D glasses to fire the gun?[/quote]
Good one, thanks for the laugh.posted @ Monday, May 13, 2013 - 08:53
@fixit: OK, but what's the point. 3-D printing is a whole different game.posted @ Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 21:57
Instead of discussing or arguing who's demographic base is growing, why not discuss/argue about what will benefit all involved (that does include all).posted @ Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 21:52
Yes we do seem to be held captive by the Middle East and the feeling that we need to be the world's enforcer.posted @ Sunday, May 12, 2013 - 21:48
[quote][b]melmarino[/b] - The bouncers corralled them after awhile, but it was a hoot!
Except maybe for those would got the wrong end of those "fishin' poles"!posted @ Friday, May 10, 2013 - 08:14
If you had left the letter with the main theme of self-defense, I think many/most would tend to agree. But, unfortunately you rant on and on sounding like a self-proclaimed expert while disparaging anyone who you disagree with.
You could turn your own words against you "... so riddled by debatable assertions and questionable facts that any comment is futile." as you rant on a whole paragraph about Mr. Editor's Desk Jim Thompson's moral lapses in editing of letters (sounds like a history there). And you disparage the background of the letter writer you disagreed with as being a "music scholar".
I am not sure if Jim Thompson edited this letter or not, or perhaps he gave you enough rope this time?
[quote][b]scooper47[/b] - Can anyone tell me what this represents?
Not sure either, but I think this is representing Congress tying the hands of any attempt to close Gitmo (?).posted @ Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 08:44
"Much ado about nothing."
Although not really related in topic to the Shakespeare play, the title seems appropriate for this.posted @ Tuesday, May 7, 2013 - 08:40
[quote][b]jlscott[/b] - Another piece of feel-good fluff from notorious moonbat enclave Seattle. Add another level of regulation to to the burden of trying to make a living, make everyone a little more miserable.
Wouldn't you think people and shareholders have the right to know how companies spend to influence politics? Not really much difference than the Georgia lobbying limit bill. These are publicly traded companies not small business owners trying to "make a living".
Fluff and moonbat apply to ideology on both sides.
Getting more involved in Syria is a no-win situation.posted @ Monday, May 6, 2013 - 07:59
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