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December 22, 2012
The Journal

Big turnover in ISD88

THUMBS UP: We knew there was going to be turnover on the District 88 school board this month, with Susan Nierengarten, Carol Ackerson and Patti Gramentz all leaving. Thursday night was their last school board meeting. We were all prepared to write a big thank you to them for their service. Then Superintendent Harold Remme announced that he would be leaving the district at the end of the school year.

This is indeed a big jolt to the district. Remme has been an outstanding leader for the school district, a well trusted advisor to the school board and a strong advocate for education. His dedication, work ethic and attention to detail have been second to none. We've often thought of him as the James Brown of the school district - the hardest working man in education.

To our outgoing school board members, and to Harold Remme, thank you all for your service to the community and to the children of District 88.

We made it!

THUMBS UP: Well, the Mayan calendar has expired, and we're still here. That's good news for the world, but bad news for the White House and House Republicans, who have been approaching the Fiscal Cliff negotiations as if they expected the anticipated cataclysm to make an agreement unnecessary.

Actually, the parties came oh so close this week to a meeting in the middle, with House Speaker Boehner saying Republicans would accept a tax increase on incomes over $1 million a year in exchange for concessions on entitlement reform. But it seems Grover Norquist still has more control over the House Republican Caucus than Boehner, who's proposed tax plans failed to get the votes it needed from his own party. Members, Boehner said, didn't want to be perceived as raising any taxes. So his "Grand Plan" and "Plan B" both have withered away.

So here we are, 10 days away from the fiscal cliff with chances of a deal fading rapidly. But at least we are still here, Mayan calendar notwithstanding.

NRA's solution - more guns

THUMBS DOWN: The National Rifle Association broke its silence Friday, a week after the terrible massacre at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The slaughter of 20 innocent first graders and six teachers and administrators by a crazed young man armed with a military assault rifle has raised the issue of gun control once again, bringing it up for a national debate.

The NRA's solution was spelled out by CEO?Wayne LaPierre in a press conferenceFriday - to prevent future shooting in schools, put armed police officers in every school in the country to stop any invaders. If there aren't enough police officers, LaPierre said the NRA?would develop a school emergency response program that would put gun-toting volunteers from the NRA's ranks in the schools.

One doesn't have to abandon the 2nd Amendment or one's support for responsible gun ownership to see this is a dangerous, ludicrous solution.

Maslow's Hammer, or the Law of the Instrument, states: "If all you have is a hammer, then everything looks like a nail." All the NRA has is guns and its solution to everything, apparently, is if there's a problem, shoot it.



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