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On the charity circuit attendance is down.... all it takes is a few big check writers to make up for that but quite a few grass roots events do not have that. by the way Don, Kima was proud to be the Dog Ambassador for the 3rd year for the Arthritis Foundation.
That is an interesting observation, and often a telling one as an economic indicator, Margo. Best, Don Bauder
You will rarely encounter a public body, such as a school district, that does not favor a tax, and if the tax could benefit that public body, it will certainly favor it. I'm not a fan of smoking in any way. Public smoking years ago drove me out of restaurants and other entertainment venues, and now that old habits are in place, I still don't make heavy use of them. It pains me to see any kid smoking, and I don't doubt the stats for teen smoking: the forbidden fruit turns into something that most of them try out. Then some get hooked. But take a close look at what the tax will actually do. It could end up hijacked and diverted into who-knows-what.
The tip-off for me is when a poster employs the phrase (you and...) "your ilk", as contained in the initial post in this thread. Them's fightin' words!
Pro sports are a tool used to distract the public from what the politicians are doing. Let's have a separation of sport and State. Let the teams build their own stadiums, and charge them a royalty to play here.
Good to hear. Hope it keeps going down and down, until they go bankrupt.
Tough regulatory enforcement would do justice to Bridgepoint and most of the other for-profit colleges, which are draining the U.S. treasury, are responsible for much of the student debt crisis, are not providing adequate education, and are overcharging students, among many things. Best, Don Bauder
You think they're doing bad today-wait until the taxpayers pull the plug on these for profit "schools" and the federal loan money (which will never be paid back) dries up.
I would like to think taxpayers will pull the plug on these for-profit colleges living off the government, but I doubt it will happen. They have very rich and powerful lobbyists. Best, Don Bauder
For-profit education companies should not be allowed to have their students get federal aid of any kind, loans or grants.
I would agree with that, Conan, but as I have said, these for-profit colleges have rich lobbyists and heavy support in Congress. Also, some phonies, such as Jack Welch, tout for-profits because they supposedly represent free enterprise. Free enterprise, when they get almost all their funds from the federal government? Ha! Best, Don Bauder
The decades-long push by the UC to become a first-tier research university has reached its conclusion, in that it now is repudiating its mission of educating state residents. That TAG program was one way that a student could avoid the cost of four full years of UC study and still earn a UC diploma. They're slamming the door on that just when it should be kept open and expanded. Then as the price to attend a UC campus incrreases, they further limit the number of otherwise-qualified students they accept from within the state while courting arguably less-qualified applicants from outside so that they can charge them far more. I wonder how many of those out-of-staters realize that what they are paying for is being rapidly devalued. I'd sure like to see some sort of accounting of what some of the UC campuses, such as Berkeley and LA, are doing with all those billions of dollars they have raised in recent years. Is any of that being used to assist the educational mission? Or is it all still funneled into prestige research projects and facilities? This whole picture is a sad one, and one that Californians should not just accept as part of the stinky economy. The UC can do better by its potential and present students.
You may be right, SurfPup. Then what? Best, Don Bauder
SurfPuppy619: in a fiduciary school board world you are correct - but you must have forgotten - THIS IS THE SWEETWATER BOARD you are asking to be cognizant of tax dollars, something about fiduciary responsibility and sweetwater do not equate.
Absolutely. He's getting a slap on the wrist instead of hard time in the joint, which is where anyone else would be going. Is Judge Lagotta one of those "tough on crime" types, along with Bahnee?
Oh, and then there's the matter of how unsavory this dude looks. Did the Carlsbad PD hire him so that he'd blend in with the lowlifes he'd be investigating? Or did they just hire a lowlife? Carlsbad is supposed to do better.
Good point, SurfPup. People can still get away with white collar crime. Regulators and law enforcement don't look at big-time crooks unless public opinion forces it. (Literally everybody responsible for 2008 crash has gotten away with it.) I remember a New Yorker cartoon. A judge is looking down imperiously at a tatterdemalion. Says the judge, "Crime doesn't pay at your level." Best, Don Bauder
Much will depend on Congress. Tax cuts and stimulus plans expire. We face a fiscal cliff. But if Congress behaves as it has the last four years, we are in real trouble. Also, the European situation is grim; we could get swallowed up in it no matter what we do. And there is a possibility China is a bubble ready to burst. Best, Don Bauder
A San Diego bankruptcy has been possible for several years. I don't foresee it in the immediate future, but the U.S., California, and San Diego economies will probably weaken dramatically next year, possibly going back into a pretty severe recession. That may be when the rubber hits the road. Best, Don Bauder
i'll miss ya...and most of all the words u speak about print journalism in general...the absolute dire quality of it all is so disheartening i could just cry about it
when i was a child all the big number films was heralded 2 but as kids only fare...the public's dumbing down to that instant gratification of sex and violence only is a sad sad thing
and the hope we will have critics warning and encouraging us about new films content coming out seem to be disappearing
disappointing is to limited a word for it
best to u David
What is this wonderful art you include with your messages? How do you do this?
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