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For Your Monday Morning Consideration

Posted by whforums on October 26, 2008

Walking through the Center this weekend, I was heartbroken to see Lane and Lenge was gone (I was on the other side of the street and saw an empty store front. I pondered — and then said to my wife “Isn’t that where Lane and Lenge was?”). We had our wedding flowers done by them (and, by the way, they rocked and I highly recommend them to any local couple in the “market”), so I walked over to the storefront to read the signs posted to the door. Turns out they’ve left the Center and moved to Park Road. While this sucks, it’s still much better than having lost them! So go to Park Road and buy your significant other (maybe your husband, because we like getting gifts, too) some flowers from Lane and Lenge and help offset their moving costs …
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Connecticut Magazine has ranked the top 35 high schools in the state. Hall came in 13th (that’s 90th percentile) and Conard came in 22nd. Not too shabby out of 135 high schools, huh? While you’re over at Lane and Lenge, buy flowers for our teachers, too …
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To the person who keeps landing on this site via the search term “Is 1690 a good SAT score?” The answer is, sure. It’s good. I mean, it’s not super-great, but it’s not by any stretch of the imagination a bad score. It will get you into a good college. But, really, most colleges are good. So, stop worrying about your score, and start worrying about how you’ll make the most of your time in college. Start by declaring a philosophy major.
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To NeefBremo and SpooryDroopy, my two most prodigious spammers, who send me 20-30 posts a day about viagra, tramadol and direct-print coupons — enough. I love you both, but I’m going to have to put you in spam time-out if you don’t chill out a little bit …
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Speaking of “being put in time-out” — no word from Visconti, Larson or Fournier per West Hartford Forums’ invitation to write guest posts before election day. Maybe I’ll write in old Noah …

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7 Responses to “For Your Monday Morning Consideration”

  1. Lucy said

    I’m sure that if Congressman Larson submitted a post on the pressing issues facing West Hartford, the others would follow.

    So why don’t we all call and email this fellow and tell him that his boss’s bosses are waiting to hear from him:

    Link.

    “Don’t fall in love with politicians, they’re all a disappointment. They can’t help it, they just are.”

    -Peggy Noonan

    Removed contact info from this site, linked to it on an external site. Ed.

  2. My latest rant:

    America is in deep trouble. It’s not just the economy. Our way of life is falling apart in front of us. We used to be a nation, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. Today we’re a homeland, indebted and indentured, forced to present ID to enter a public building and forced to tolerate outlaws in public office. Good-bye, Liberty! Good-bye, Justice!

    Democrats and Republicans in Washington put us in this mess and they have no plans to change course. They’re going to keep on waging war, keep on making secret deals, keep us burning oil, keep on spying on us, keep on making the rich richer while the rest of us get poorer.

    We didn’t vote for this. We didn’t vote for two wars. We didn’t vote for a trillion dollar blank check for bankers. We didn’t vote for a health care casino that leaves millions sick and broke. We didn’t vote to neglect the levees in New Orleans or to assemble mercenary armies for deployment to our streets. Democrats and Republicans in Washington, stuck in the 20th Century, gave us all that.

    I’m running with the Green Party, because I’ve left the the 20th Century behind. In the 21st Century, we don’t do war. We do public works instead. We don’t do clandestine deals. We do the public interest instead. We don’t subsidize bankers, and we don’t coddle irresponsible debtors either. We don’t make people shop for health care. We join the rest of the industrialized world and make it a tax-funded entitlement. We work against all odds to end fuel-burning and restore the earth, sooner rather than later.

    As a lawyer and a professional persuader, I plan to put intense pressure on Democrats and Republicans to clean up their act. Restoring our republic is a dirty job, and I’ll do it if I win this election.

  3. whforums said

    Thanks for the post, Steve. You won my vote.

    To press you for a minute — now that we did just drop a trillion dollars on a “rescue plan,” and considering the fact that we do have two wars going down that are going to cost a lot more money before we can end them, how are you going to fund health care as an entitlement in the near future?

    I mean, I hear that, and I like it. But it seems impossible.

  4. A centralized system will be cheaper to operate even with full participation. Pay a visit to the billing clerk for a small dental or medical practice. Hours and hours are spent sorting out various insurance plans. At the other end, there are additional bureaucratic functions to perform, and there’s the profit to account for. By the time the dentist gets paid, it costs twice as much for the service, and we all pay for it in the end. Europeans spend a fraction of what we spend on health care, and they cover everyone. The only reason we don’t have a comparable system is that the people who make a profit on health insurance control our government leaders with money. They have plenty of it, and they don’t need to spend that much to wield disproportionate political influence.

  5. Lucy said

    I find reading about the Green Party both stirring and depressing. Stirring because they are 100% right on virtually every issue. Depressing because they have had so little impact on the political debate and have failed to win significant electoral support.

    How did we become stuck with two such horribly compromised, conservative, undistinguished and indistinguishable parties as the Republicrats and the Democans? Helen Keller called then “Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dumb.” With the exception of the occasional “Tweedle Dumber” (is anyone out there STILL “Waiting for Perot?”), America seems suicidally satisfied with its lack of political choices.

    I’d be interested to know Mr. Fournier’s take on why America seems so oblivious to the truths his party tells.

    I have my theories – nothing especially unexpected. Here’s where I start:

    > Clearly, campaign finance and electoral laws have been carefully designed to block interlopers from crashing the “two parties” system. Whatever the intentions of Connecticut’s new campaign finance laws, I can’t see much difference today. Money still finds a way to buy politicians and power. And why would the elected officials who’ve successfully gamed the existing system ever – in our WILDEST dreams – make a serious attempt to reform it?

    > I lay blame on our school systems – and the parents who aren’t holding them accountable. I’ve got kids in all school levels, studying Social Studies and Government and World History. What don’t I see? Serious efforts to promote critical thinking. Encouragement to question status-quo explanations of who did what, and why. Emphasis on the importance of holding America, yesterday and today, to the highest moral standards.

    So where does this leave the Green Party?

    To WHForums:

    The best research shows that we could provide quality, affordable health care to every American for half the amount we now waste in America’s current “non-system” — a patchwork of health care programs and plans that puts profits before people at every turn.

    In fact, universal health care is probably the CHEAPEST way to help turn the economy around. Half the people currently going through home foreclosures list medical debt as a significant factor behind their financial collapse (the collapses that kicked-off our economic depression.) And MORE than half of all personal bankruptcies are due to unpaid medical bills. Healthy people = a healthy economy.

    Regarding the wars: You are correct. It IS hard to imagine progress towards a government that gives families and businesses the support they need to survive and grow, when we are spending more than $10 billion a month on two unnecessary, unpopular, and unwinnable wars. So the war games have to stop. The arm-chair generals and the real generals have to put away their killing toys and bring our soldiers home.

    America can be an economically, morally and politically strong country – or we can be held hostage by, as Ike put it, “the acquisition of unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military industrial complex.” But we can’t afford both.

  6. Because of resources like this one, voters can view debates, listen to interviews, consult voters’ guides,and inform themselves in a dozen different ways. This is unprecedented in electoral history, and eventually it will produce a better-informed electorate and elections that aren’t determined by the size of the campaign treasury. This could happen any year. It will become easier for citizens to recruit good candidates because there will be a prospect of winning without compromising principle. The two major parties will fight this movement to inform, and they will lose the fight.

  7. Lucy said

    Steve,

    I admire your optimism – and I think it is contagious.

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