Monday, September 07, 2009

Random thoughts on browsing the newspaper

A small feature in the state section notes that homeowners are using less water. The Public Service Commission found that we residential Wisconsinites are using 7% less water than we used to use. Maybe the rain barrel craze is helping with that number.

In the National section: For those without a job, Labor Day is just another day in the struggle. For laid off teachers and school paraprofessionals, it's a reminder that the school year is starting without them. It's not that they're not necessary; the fact is that budgets are too tight to hire enough staff to fully meet student needs.

The editorial cartoon by Joe Heller reminded me of what I heard on NPR the other day: the H1N1 cases we know are just the tip of the iceberg.

Preparedness is a balancing act. I'm stocking the freezer and the medicine cabinet, washing my hands frequently, and in general taking all the precautions I can to prevent H1N1 from devastating my family. I'll be prepared, but I'm not going to worry outright until it happens close to home.

One commentary writer put the Obama speech in perspective with a satirical column asking "How dare Obama urge kids to succeed?" Really, folks. How did this planned short speech take on such conspiratorial tones? It's not a campaign, it's not a dramatic town meeting on health care reform. Whether your family supports President Obama or not, it's time to respect the office if not the man. Let's teach our children to listen and think and interpret what they hear rather than to plug their ears and shut out the elected leader of the free world.

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Blogger Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

I thought Dan Flannery's column was spot on! That reduced water use is encouraging...maybe we're using more efficient appliances, too. 7% is a LOT!

9/07/2009 7:40 AM  
Blogger Flea said...

My 12 year old had the flu last week. Doc says they're calling all flu swine flu right now, since flu season hasn't started. He was sick two days and bounced right back. It's treated the same way as regular flu, with all the same symptoms.

9/07/2009 7:49 AM  
Anonymous Lisa said...

I agree, we should respect the office of President. People looking for a controversy there are just getting hysterical. I used to say respect Bush and even Clinton, too. Even if I disagreed with them on things, they still held the highest office in the land. Only ignoramuses blind themselves to all viewpoints.

9/07/2009 4:01 PM  

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