Published: Tuesday, Dec. 18 2012 11:50 a.m. MST
'Washington' and several of the states are like the gang that
couldn't shoot straight.I am grateful that Utah leaders are
highly competent in managing the states finances, we are not in debt to the
gills.There is room for improvement though, Utah is rich in natural
resources and we have among the LOWEST mineral severance taxes. Given our
continual struggle to adequately finance education, this ought not be the case.
What is wrong with being having an AVERAGE severance tax on minerals?Speaking of education, I have personally tried to get my school district to
once again have math on the AP track where students are not handed facts in
geometry, but where everything is proven and students are the ones doing the
proofs. I have asked them to lead students to have the opportunity do highly
challenging problems, and not stop at lower medium level problems which they now
do. Math has devolved since I went to public school and I can see the
difference.School district officials have ignored my requests. Being
a union supporter I used to not be in favor of vouchers. I have changed my mind.
Power needs to return to parents.
cjb: Here is another take on the geometry: Maybe the teachers are not capable
of explaining the proofs. When our sons were in trigonometry, the teacher was
incapable of explaining many of the concepts. It was our sons who started
explaining to the other students when the teachers couldn't. Our sons
failed the class because they did not do the homework. They understood the
concepts. Made good grades on the exams. There is something wrong with the
school system in America. This happened in two different states with two
different sons. Today, our sons would be in charter schools or we
would home school.
I am actually for raising the retirement age slowly in order to keep retirement
programs and pensions sustainable. I'm not for most of the 'right to
work' legislation that seems to tell me as an employer that I can now do
wrong things to my employees that I wouldn't have gotten away with before.
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