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Farmers await outcome of 2 pending bills

Wouldn't that be sweet, for software engineers, analysts, web-weavers, data-base designers to be able to deduct $3K-$4K for the costs of replacing hardware and software tools every couple years.

But even that would be no help at all to the millions of STEM (science, tech, engineering, math) professionals who are unemployed or involuntarily out of field (in survival jobs).

Come to think of it, this isn't going to be much help for unemployed and under-employed US farm-workers, either, and that help only indirect.

December 16, 2013 at 1:56 p.m. suggest removal

Third grade reading scores drop in Mahoning Valley

I'm starting to wonder what their definitions of "proficient" are and how they've changed over time. Are more children actually illiterate, or do they just have more trouble with bigger, less common words like antidisestablishmentarianism, acetylcholinesterase or eleemosynary?

(Geo-political changes have relieved them from having to master one of my favorite 3rd grade spelling challenges: Czechoslovakia, but do they know where the Uighurs live? Or why Good Uncle Wenceslaus was feasting on St. Stephen's day, or why his brother Cruel Grandpa Boleslaw had him assassinated? Do they even have regular spelling bees in 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grades, anymore? It's beginning to seem like spelling bees might be a good idea through high school in some places.)

Sure, some short-hand like "proficient" is handy, but it's good to be able to refer back to the definitions of those short-hand terms well enough to make judgments, and to have a widely-held good grasp on how those definitions have shifted over time.

December 15, 2013 at 12:33 p.m. suggest removal

More than half Ohio third-graders meet requirements to advance a grade

So, the grade-schools in Ohio don't have libraries (oh, that's right; they call them "media centers", now) or semi-monthly visits by a book-mobile? Parents in Ohio don't read to/with their children anymore? Parents don't take them to the local branch library every week? They don't buy books at local book-stores?

Or is it a more fundamental problem that they don't see academic achievement as valuable because we have so many people with university degrees (who can read, write and do calculus) who are unemployed?

Obligatory: Why, when I was a wee thing in Ohio, we used to drive 5 miles nearly every week-end to get to the closest branch library. The book-mobiles' visits to the school were a great treat. Before 8th grade I was hiking those 5 miles to the branch library or book-stores. My uncle used to take his shot-gun to school nearly every day and hunt for edibles along the way (though his brothers thought he was just trying to get out of some of the other chores).

It's time for the locals to step up the game. Neighbors could pitch in to take them to the library, take turns reading books and discussing what they'd read (to this day I have trouble resisting the urge to talk about the books I'm reading when folks give signs they aren't interested in the subject). If the book-mobile can't come to the school, schedule a twice per term "field-trip" to the library. Baseball cards, Pokimon, Fu-gi-oh, and Magic cards can help learn arithmetic. In 1st and 2nd grade, write fill-in-the-blank stories on the black- or white-boards to give them practice reading, writing and critical thinking (to figure out what word goes in each blank). No 21st century tech required.

December 13, 2013 at 9:25 a.m. suggest removal

NASA offers assistance to Northeast Ohio companies

hmmm, When I worked at a NASA research center, the engineers seemed to have plenty of work planned for several life-times. Since 1989, it seems like three-quarters of them have been dumped and large numbers having difficulty landing engineering jobs.

Now, SpaceX is launching geosynchronous commercial satellites, and while the remaining engineers at NASA, as ordered by the Obummer regime, are working to improve relationships with Muslims, in their spare work-time they're gadding about as contract consultants...

Meanwhile, tech execs are illegally bringing in aerospace engineers from Russia on B-1 visas (non-work visas for attendance at conferences), and whining about "STEM talent shortages" to get more H-1B visas, while only between one-third and one-half of new STEM grads are landing STEM jobs.

New "STEM" education programs are being created by federal and state grants in high schools and junior colleges and vo-tech schools.

Unemployment rates among STEM pros are running 2 to 3 times the full employment levels for these occupations and many more are "involuntarily out of field" in survival jobs.

There are a few things wrong with this picture... a bit of cognitive dissonance, a few apparent contradictions.

December 8, 2013 at 11:54 a.m. suggest removal

Ohioans don’t trust Obama

I am thankful (1) to be alive and (2) to know that most Buckeyes don't trust pres. Obummer. The ancient Romans used to say dum spiro spero -- while there's life, there's hope -- and this shows that therer is still hope for Ohio... and the USA, and, along with life, hope for liberty, justice, privacy and property for each.

November 28, 2013 at 9:03 a.m. suggest removal

Polling may go paperless

And before levers and cards, there were big, poster-sized ballots, that you marked with scannable markers, and before those, you marked them with an X, and before those you could write in whatever names you wished onto any scrap of paper that was handy and put it into the ballot box.

I recall lugging those huge canvas and leather (oops, those can't be PC, can they?) bags and the heavy wooden and metal poles for the voting booths.

But it's so much easier to hack electronic poll books, to disable the opponents' faithful from voting, and allow one's allies to vote multiple times. That's one of the earliest big electronic voting scams I've run across. And when the communications go out, you can't get the official data feed from the county office... or maybe the data feed is intercepted and a phony stream of data substituted. Printed books, while still subject to scamming, are much more secure; at the very least, you can require multiple persons (from opposing parties) to retain custody.

November 19, 2013 at 5:10 p.m. suggest removal

Youngstown State University graduate tapped for president’s climate-change committee

I don't see anything in the article about her having degrees in chemistry, physics, meteorology, mechanical engineering, civil engineering...

Should be perfect, then, for an Obummer commission... After all, there's been no "global warming" for over 17 years, now, so how much harm could she do?

November 19, 2013 at 12:56 a.m. suggest removal

Army STEM van stops by Chaney

Meanwhile, executives are spending billions and lobbying heavily to get another 150K/year cheap, young, pliant, low-skilled foreign STEM workers with flexible ethics to help ensure that they never have to seriously consider hiring a US citizen STEM professional ever again.

November 1, 2013 at 2:28 p.m. suggest removal

Cleveland legislator decries lack of political leadership

The problem is not a "lack of political leadership".

The problem is that the "political leaders" are eager to push us all over the cliff while dodging aside, themselves, at the last second.

Hence, their foisting on the citizenry abominations like ObummerDoesn'tCare, with no opportunity for the vast majority of legislators, let alone the public, before it was, ahem, deemed to be rammed through.

October 13, 2013 at 9:06 p.m. suggest removal

Government shutdown keeps stirring uncertainty for some

JC makes some good points. Those BLS figures make a big impression. Wow! 50K-60K too many federal employees in Ohio alone, almost always doing what they should not be doing, and not doing what they should.

We should shut down federal, state, county and local governments more often, so we can better appreciate that life goes on quite well without their initiations of force and fraud against innocent citizens going about their personal private business.

October 10, 2013 at 8:21 a.m. suggest removal


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