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According to AnnArbor.com, over the past six years Ann Arbor Public Schools paid a firm $441,000 of taxpayer money to consult with the district on addressing the achievement gap. Yet for all the money spent, 27 of 33 Ann Arbor schools were recently cited for failing to meet the state of Michigan’s standards.
The election season is over and by estimates from the Center for Responsive Politics, it cost $6 billion to elect our president. Records from the International Monetary Fund show that is more than the gross domestic product of several small nations like Grenada, Malawi and Belize.
So, who wants some legal weed and a political science debate?
There is so much to say on the topic of eating meat: The treatment of animals at the slaughterhouses, how the meat is processed, the health considerations in eating meat, accessibility of quality meat, mass consumption and so on.
By the time these words are printed and read, the oh-so important presidential election will already be over. We will know whether our country will ascend to unprecedented heights of glory or plummet to the status of a developing nation. Of course, the closing of the electric campaign season means, perhaps most importantly, the end of irritating, often-misinformed tweets and Facebook statuses pertaining to elections.
Answer this question: Why was it important to know which presidential candidate was leading in the national polls on October 22? If you properly answered “It wasn’t” then you may move on to the next column. However, if your interest is sparked, continue reading.
Lately something happened to shock me out of a state of newsy apathy. Between the onslaught of mind numbing political drivel and the terrifying prospect of New York City going without subway service, I heard on Halloween that the Walt Disney Co. had bought Lucasfilm Ltd., the company behind the 1977 sci-fi classic “Star Wars.” Finally the news media reports something of substance.
As Friedrich Nietzsche once famously said, the Force is dead.
The presidential debates are over, and we’re winding down the last few days before the election on Nov. 6. The candidates are crisscrossing the nation, hitting the very limited barrage of swing states that remain, seven now according to NBC News, and those of us here, enshrined in reality, are ready for it to be over with.
The most inept comment to come from a Republican official this election season wasn’t from Richard Mourdock, the Senate candidate in Indiana, or from Todd Akin, a candidate in Missouri, both of whom made outlandish comments about rape. Women’s health wasn’t the issue either.
Not so long ago, the only way to know what a friend had for lunch was to either eat lunch with her or make a rather strange phone call. Now, all you have to do is log into Facebook and look at the status update she posted at noon.
“Obama: ‘Stage 3 Romneysia’ – because cancer references are HILARIOUS. If he’s ‘the smartest guy in the room’ it must be one retarded room,” was the Oct. 23 tweet offered by Conservative loudmouth Ann Coulter. She completely missed the Romneysia jab as a play on amnesia, that is, Romney routinely “forgets” what he has articulated about certain topics in the past. More pressing, however, is her unabashed and provocative use of the word “retarded” to insult President Barack Obama.
Last week, the final debate of the presidential election ended. This time, I decided to watch the debate in Eastern Michigan University’s Student Center after the Mock Presidential Debate ended.
This open letter is to all my students: the lefties, the righties, the in-betweens, the first generations, the legacies, the undecided and the undeclared, the absolutists and the atheists, the Pell granters, the parent payers, the dreamers and doers and those who dream to do.
Apparently David Siegel didn’t get the memo: It’s the 21st century, not the 19th.
Recently, President Barack Obama called to attention some comments made earlier this year by Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. Back in March, Romney criticized the president’s foreign policy. Obama had met with then-Russian President Dmitry Medvedev in South Korea to discuss nuclear weapons reductions.
“Senator Clinton has a different approach,” said the slender Chicagoan to the Stepford Wife.
The U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency has denounced marijuana legalization initiatives that will appear on ballots this November in Colorado, Oregon and Washington on the grounds that marijuana is a dangerous drug. If the DEA wants to continue their war on marijuana because they consider it dangerous, it should also urge the prohibition of alcohol for the same reason.