Paul Adair is a 21-year Germantown resident, retired scientist, writer, and lecturer.
The Indiana State Legislature recently called for a study to determine why there is a teacher shortage in that state. Anyone with half a brain could save them the consultant fees and easily explain the shortage. For years, Indiana's state government, along with those of other GOP-dominated states such as Ohio, Kansas, and Wisconsin, have been attacking teachers and public education.
Last year, we discussed two studies that found a correlation between your name and your political leanings. There is certainly a rationale behind these findings, since a person's name is often related to their gender, ethnic background, religion, and even age - all factors that are highly correlated to voting patterns.
David Koch ran for Vice President in 1980 on the Libertarian ticket. The Party's platform seemed very radical for the time. They wanted to eliminate Social Security and Medicare. They wanted to abolish the Department of Education, the EPA, the Department of Energy, and the US Postal Service. They wanted to close all public schools and public roads. They wanted to end public safety functions such as the FAA, the FDA, and OSHA. Thankfully, the Libertarians lost that election
The New York Times magazine section recently did a human interest story on Texas Sen. Ted Cruz. The article revealed that Cruz is a science fiction fan and especially likes the Star Trek series. During his interview, Cruz opined that Captain Kirk, from the original series, was probably a Republican.
An attempt was recently made by the state GOP majority (including our own State Sen. Alberta Darling) to exempt lawmakers from our Open Records Laws. Following a loud public outcry, that brazen proposal to scrap one of Wisconsin's primary defenses against corrupt government was abandoned.