One More Time. “Freedom of speech” Does Not Mean “Consequence free.”

Every spring, I have to attend a state-wide supervisor’s conference.  It’s something I’d rather not go to, since it’s mostly “same old, same old,” but the main value is the social interactions with the other supervisors.  In the after-hours chatting, the buzz was about one of the supervisors recently having been fired.  What did they do?  They’d posted a very offensive racist comment on a newspaper story.  Unfortunately for them, this particular newspaper used the Facebook comment plug-in, which linked that comment right back to their Facebook page.  On which, they prominently had their job title and employer.  The numerous people offended by the comment promptly sent off e-mails and made phone calls to the head office.

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The Adirondack Population Crunch

One of the longer-standing issues in this area of New York state is the demographic shift that’s been happening over the past thirty years.  The absolute population numbers have been declining, and the remaining population is trending older.  My county is a good example, with median age of 53, and our school population, if put into one district, would still be considered a small school district.  Those figures, along with some other factors, have led to a serious problem for the local economy.

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Trump Never Learned What I Did – But Should Have

Over the years, I’ve had a number of bosses, both good and bad, as well as a lot of time being the boss.  Anyone who has listened to President Trump over the past few years has seen the chaos in his administration.     From just an overview in the recent Mueller report, it’s apparent that the White House is more like a version of some fictional royal courts, with courtiers vying to see who can gain influence, or avoid falling afoul of Trump’s displeasure.   He mirrors the traits of the worst bosses I’ve had, with none of the traits of my good bosses. What’s apparent to me is that Trump never learned the lessons I did along the way.  Like what?

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Thoughts for 2020 – And Beyond

We’re already in the start of primary season, and Democrats have a large selection of candidates competing to be the Party’s nominee.  There’s going to be a lot of horse racing commentary in the media, and polls being analyzed.  None of those really matter at this time, and won’t until we get toward the end of the year.   I’m not going to advocate for any candidate in this post, since I’m not even close to deciding.  However I do have some thoughts for the year 2020.  In addition, back in early 2018, I wrote a post with four thoughts for 2018 and beyond.  Those still hold true, and I’ll be revisiting some of that in this post.   What am I thinking?

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Civics: Dealing with what is

If there’s been one common feature between the left and the right over the past decade, it’s that they all have an idea for what they want to see changed about the government.   The specifics of those ideas depend on the particular ideological slant, but they all have a complaint with the way things are and “how it should be.”  I’ve seen calls to abolish or restructure the Senate, change to a parliamentary system, changing birthright citizenship, gun ownership, balancing the budget, along with calls for a third party.  Most of them come down to “we think we’re not getting our way,” and that a new form will get them that.  It’s nothing new.

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