Following are excerpts from a Nov. 17 New York Times article by Steven Rattner, Wall Street executive and recent returnee to his first job as a contributing opinion writer for the Times. Rattner’s headline: “Inequality, Unbelievably, Gets Worse”.
A Thanksgiving message to my hometown. I haven’t been home for nearly 20 years, so I’m sure it’s no longer the same, but there are things I would like to share about my travels.
I received a survey in the mail for the proposed swimming pool in Walla Walla. I was happy to fill it out and send it back. It was nice to be able to express my opinion of what we needed.
It is never a surprise when a government entity balks at a public disclosure request and then squawks about how onerous it will be to fulfill the request.
The recent agreement between China and the U.S. to reduce greenhouse gas emissions is great news The follow-up announcement that China intends to cap its coal-fired electricity generation by 2020 is even better news.
Don’t believe the hype. Washington does not rank 47th for class size.
The day JFK was assassinated, I was in school. A few years later my fiancee and I were glued to the TV as Neil Armstrong took “one small step.” When the 9/11 attacks occurred, I was on my way to work.
Washington state Insurance Commissioner Mike Kreidler is a Democrat, but he isn’t anybody’s yes man — including President Obama’s.
Education has been reformed so many times in Washington state it seems to have come full circle. The state is starting over.
Jonathan Touboul is a French mathematician and neuroscientist who typically publishes papers with titles like “Pulsatile localized dynamics in delayed neural-field equations in arbitrary dimension” and “Propagation of chaos in neural fields.”
Several people have asked what is going on with the Columbia River salmon.
On a high school football field near Pittsburgh, an assistant coach tackled a topic unrelated to the upcoming game.
Modern political strategy rests on seeking the most flamboyant and attention-grabbing way of doing nothing. You must appear to be decisive in indecision, consequential in ineffectiveness and earnest in amorality. That is the right thing to do.
The voters have spoken, and Initiative 1351 will become law. A bad law, but a law nevertheless.
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