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Once again, two teachers are being praised as heroes after the latest movie theater shooting.

What these two teachers did is just one of the many things teachers are trained to do – how to react in a crisis.

I’m sure when parents of school age children see these kinds of reports they are comforted to know that their child’s teacher is probably the type of person who will do most anything to protect their students and people in general.

There’s so much more than test scores that determine a good teacher. Maybe some day the “teacher bashing people” will start to realize that.  We can hope.

Written by alkleen

July 24, 2015 at 6:36 pm

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I will give a $50 gift card to anyone who helps get out the vote for me in my run for the presidency.

What ?  You say that giving out the cards would be illegal under current campaign laws ?

I say, “nonsense”.  That’s what Governor Rauner’s campaign did just before the election for governor, so it must be legal !

According to news reports, his campaign handed out thousands of $25, $50, and $75 gift cards to people helping to get the vote out for him.

If Rauner can do it, then so can I.

In addition, this is America, anyone with any corporate sense like Bruce Rauner knows how to get something done by circumventing laws.

Take the airlines as an example:

The airlines must pay federal taxes on their income when a person buys a plane ticket, but all the extra fees that airlines charge, that income is not taxable. Why do you think the airlines continue to find ways to bring in more “add-on” income?

The following example is perhaps the best example of circumventing a law that I can recall:

The University of Notre Dame wanted to end “ticket scalping” at their football games so they made the process illegal. People could not hawk tickets outside of the stadium. How did some “entrepreneurs” manage to circumvent that law ?  They sold programs for $200 each, and oh, yes, you got a “free” ticket when you purchased the program from them. They were selling programs, not tickets.

Ingenious to be sure. America, what a country!  No one does free enterprise better than us!

Just to be on the safe side, I will rescind my offer of the free gift cards.  Sorry. However, if you can prove to me that you got at least 10 people to vote for me, I will tell you about a location where I have heard that sometimes people miraculously find assorted gift cards just lying around on the ground.

Written by alkleen

July 24, 2015 at 3:33 pm

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I just finished reading a report about the massive pension debts in this country. The combined debt is well past 2 trillion dollars.

Illinois and Chicago are just a couple of the areas saddled with massive pension debts.

Almost all of these debts were incurred because governments failed to fund the agreed upon pension amounts over a period of many years. The funds that were earmarked for the pension systems were used for other purposes.

After decades of such abuse, WHY IS THIS PRACTICE STILL LEGAL ?

How difficult would it be to pass a law that required pension funds be funded up to the agreed upon amount?

Does anyone out there know of any pending legislation that addresses this crisis ?

Oh, wait, never mind. It probably was illegal but the various government bodies did it anyway.

It reminds me of what Andrew Jackson said when the Supreme Court ruled against his Indian Removal Policy. Jackson said something like the following: “The Supreme Court has made their ruling, now let’s see them enforce it.”

Written by alkleen

July 20, 2015 at 5:13 pm

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I sure hope the Illinois Teachers Retirement System has a large pension investment in Google stock.

For years I have been begging the system to hire better financial experts to invest in the stock market. Why do we see such meager investment returns in the pension system ?  Look at what the stock market has done over the last several years.

Today, shares of Google rose by $93.00 a share!  I’m sure some wealthy people had a million shares of Google going into today. A million shares, and bingo, turned into $93,000,000 in one day. How’s that for an example of the rich getting richer ?

Please tell me TRS had a large holding in Google before today.

Written by alkleen

July 17, 2015 at 4:33 pm

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No need to get upset fellow Illinoisans, just because governor Rauner refuses to sign a temporary budget bill to keep services going.

Look on the bright side. He did sign bills to allow Bobcat hunting and to restore the “happy hour” at bars.

Forget about the budget mess.  I suggest you spend the morning hunting bobcats and after that you could be in your favorite tavern by 4:00 P.M. for the $1.00 drink specials.

Ah, life is good in Illinois. Keep up the good work, Bruce. Thanks for signing the bills that really matter.

Written by alkleen

July 16, 2015 at 3:03 pm

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According to the Chicago Tribune, new Illinois state schools Superintendent, Tony Smith, (alias, “Tony the Union Buster”), Rauner’s hand-picked boy, has apparently found a way around the pension limits set by the new Tier II plan unpopular with educators. While his pension benefits would be reduced like all newly hired educators in Illinois, the Illinois State board of Education is giving him a stipend each year, expected to be worth thousands of dollars annually, to make up for his reduced pension.

Ah, the Rauner hypocrisy continues.

For once I have to commend the Chicago Tribune for their investigative reporting. The Tribune found the “perk” in a single paragraph in Smith’s eight-page contract, signed in May and obtained through an open records request.

I guess if you want to hire one of the best teacher union busters in the country, you better be able to fork over some big time money.

I can imagine before he agreed to accept the job, a conversation between Rauner and Smith went something like this:

Bruce – “Hey Tony, come to Illinois and be our school superintendent and help me destroy these evil teacher unions.”

Tony – “I’d love to Bruce, but big time union busters need big time dough, and I’m not going to come to a state with such a new pathetic limited pension system.”

Bruce – “Don’t worry Tony, we’ll find a way to compensate you so you don’t even have to worry about a pension.”

Tony – “Don’t you think that might be hypocritical for me to subvert the new pension system while thousands of others are expected to live with its limited benefits?”

Bruce –  “Don’t worry Tony, your contract’s going to be 8 pages long, you think anyone’s going to actually read the whole damn thing?”

Tony – “I’m you man, Bruce.”

Bruce – “Welcome to Illinois, Tony.”

Written by alkleen

July 9, 2015 at 6:44 pm

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I feel the need to defend the reputation of Mexican immigrants, and yes, even illegal aliens. Shame on Donald Trump for his disparaging remarks about Mexican immigrants.

I taught for 37 years and in three different schools. The vast majority of the students I taught were Mexican-American. Their parents were some of the hardest working people I know. They valued education, wanted the best for their kids, and had great respect for schools and teachers. They had as fine a sense of morality as any other group of people.

If I had to choose which group had higher morals, Mexican immigrants or billionaires like Donald Trump, I’ll take the Mexican immigrants every time.

How many Mexican immigrant families have you met, Donald ? I’m going to guess it’s a lot less than the many hundreds that I knew. These people are extremely hard-working and they are just seeking to be a part of the American dream.

Donald Trump, shame on you!

Written by alkleen

June 29, 2015 at 2:29 pm

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