Prioritizing is never easy, particularly so for politicians when, for every government service, there is some sort of constituency, or special interest, wanting that service. That's true whether it is tennis courts, community rooms or kayak access.
Right now, even though the market has sold off recently, we remain in what is technically called a bull market.
To add insult to injury, schools spent their financial windfall in hard cash, while homeowners watched the equity of their property plummet as the housing bubble burst.
Despite naysayers in some of the highest offices in the land, the story of America may be the most compelling national story ever told in the history of the world, the story of men who fought and died for a universal desire â€” freedom â€” and then embodied that desire in a set of guiding principles that continues to this day.
Rod Thomson's recent editorial, "Reforms, Not Money, Working," was spot-on. His argument that money hasn't led to increased test scores in our educational system is true both at the international level and at our local level.
There are some issues that have been so badly reported, where the bias is so entrenched and the media agenda so intertwined in news stories, that it is difficult to unravel things enough to make a cogent argument. Everyone's mind appears already made up with insufficient information.
The Legislature violated in the past session one basic governing principle but upheld one unfortunately universal law â€” the law of unintended consequences.