Time for some more Linky Love, courtesy of the local rag. Not because I'm completely pissed, but because I actually found some articles that I agreed with! I wonder if the editor was asleep last night.....
Oh, wait, it's the Times, not the
First up is a letter written by a parent in Seattle. While I have no hope that this letter will be thought upon by the majority of Seattleites, it's still good to see that someone feels the same way I do. If you can get through much of the feel-good psyco-babble that the woman writes with, she makes some very good points.
I would like a system which encourages kids to discover and develop their individual interests and gifts, rather than be forced to suffer through boring, lifeless standardized textbooks and exams, forced to memorize things which they will forget two weeks later.
I would like each person in the community to take time and discover with their own visions what an ideal educational system might look like, and then begin to take steps to demolish the present system.
But of course, this IS Seattle, and what would Seattle be without the latest cause de jour of the Left?
Towns large and small, from Sacramento, Calif., to Avon, Mass., had a financial stake in ensuring that the mammoth and complex $31 billion bill never made it out of the Senate.
Oh really? And why is that?
Their concern was a provision that would prevent communities from collecting damages from the makers of MTBE, a gasoline additive designed to reduce air pollution. More than 1,500 cities and towns claim that it has contaminated their drinking water.
That would be the additive pushed on the gas companies by the very same eco-freaks who are now screaming about it! Too bad they didn't listen when people who were in the know told them it was a bad idea! But NOOOOOOOOOOO, the eco-freaks had to PUSH THIS JUNK onto the fuel companies!
John Kneiss, vice president for regulatory and technical affairs for the Oxygenated Fuels Association, said that the Clean Air Act of 1990 required oil companies to develop cleaner gasoline. If Congress now "changes the rules" and bans MTBE, he said, the transition to an alternative product could cost from $30 million to $100 million per plant.
Just to be clear: Legislation forced the gas companies to put this crap into their fuel. Now it's been found to be really bad shit, and people want to sue. Who do they want to sue? The very same companies who the eco-freaks forced into adding this crap. Dear God, will people ever learn?