Thursday, April 21, 2011

Good morning to you. I hope the clouds move out. If we get sun and temps in the 50s, which the weather people say we will, I can put the seedlings out under the plastic. Bur right now I see frost on the rooftops and the thermometer on the patio reads 32.

I saw several stories yesterday about the new regulations put on the airline industry touted as a "passengers' bill of rights." Several of the people interviewed had the same response: "it's about time!" As usual I had a somewhat contrary thought. Answer me this question: "what does it say about the state of American business when the Federal government has to force an industry to treat its customers decently?" We have come a very far distance from the notion that good business involved good customer service. We still give the idea lip service. A large part of the proposed regulation on the mortgage industry is much the same. It says something pretty depressing when the government has to promulgate regulations requiring the business to obey the law and treat customers with respect and decency.

When we went shopping on Monday we drove past our favorite little gas station and were very glad we didn't need to fill up. It was packed. We didn't have to look far for the reason. The posted price was $3.92 which was $.22 lower than the other stations in the area. Normally the prices varied only by a penny or two. And that $3.92 was $.25 more than it had been the week before. Some stations in Chicago are charging $4.50+.

Here is another entry in the 'contracts don't mean anything any more' file. I can see the move to assign a PE teacher to 2 schools (depending on how many students are in the school). But to insist that teachers essentially work for free for 5 days during what is left of the school year and to count three snow days as furlough days already paid for requiring the teachers to refund that money to the school board is worse than cruel. And then for a school board member to remark that 'at least they still have a job' is beyond cruel. I am sure the teachers had a contract but no one takes contracts seriously. Just take a look at how seriously the new Superintendent of the Chicago school system took his contract with his current school system just signed in February. He seems to think that just because he didn't go looking for the new opportunity he should be able to skip out on his contract. Would you expect much 'good faith' if you were negotiating with this opportunist?

Two stories in sequence on Chris Martenson's Blog caught my eye. The first involved the dramatic increase in copper thefts in a Georgia town. The second concerned the arrest of two suspects who are charged with stealing catalytic converters in a California. Little wonder given the dramatic increase in metals and other commodities recently.

1 comment:

Looking to the Stars said...

We have had a BIG problem with copper & convertor thefts here. Didn't know that other places were having the same problem.

This attack on the teachers, I believe, is another way of dumbing down america's kids. No one is going to want to become a teacher with them wanting to do this to them and the teachers that are already there may look elsewhere. Thus quality teachers will be no more and the kids will suffer. But on the upside home schooling will be more apealing for those who can.

My husband's aunt (she lives in Missouri) teaches H.S. kids who have reading problems. She used my book "The Last Wizard" for her kids because it was easy and flowed fast. Attention span with them is low and my book was just right for them. She has been waiting for my second book but I have been working on my dad's book. I really need to get myself going on my second book for her kids. Any way, she can retire but she loves her kids so much she doesn't want to. You wouldn't believe all things the school board have thrown at her & she takes it because she wants her kids to excel. Dedication should be her middle name.

take care