Archive for March 2019

How Cheating Hurts Those Who Really Need Help

How Cheating Hurts Those Who Really Need Help
Granted, it is very unfair that rich and famous parents could bribe college officials, cheat on their children’s test scores, and create fake sports credentials to get their kids into elite colleges. The college admissions scam, Operation Varsity Blues, has dominated the news, probably because some celebrities (Lori Loughlin, Felicity Huffman) were caught in its... Read more »

Really Dumb Homework

Really Dumb Homework
Here’s an algebra assignment for a twelve-year-old. Go online to find a car to buy. Explain why you selected this car. Now research insurance for the car. Get several quotes for a student driver, including one with no accidents, one with a traffic ticket, and one who had an accident. Now, figure out what your... Read more »

Fundraisers and Advertisers: Help the Environment... Don’t Waste Your Paper on Me

Fundraisers and Advertisers: Help the Environment... Don’t Waste Your Paper on Me
How many return address stickers will it take for me to donate? How about those unneeded calendars, magnets, or slick newsletters with envelopes tucked inside? Or my personal favorite, the huge envelope pictured above filled with piles of papers soliciting money for an environmental group. I imagine some folks give to these causes that fill... Read more »
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Winter Hazards: Clear Sidewalks Make Good Neighbors

Winter Hazards: Clear Sidewalks Make Good Neighbors
Chicago winter weather since 2019 began has been frightful. As I write this, it’s five degrees out with a wind chill temperature of nine below. Good day to stay in and rant about folks who don’t bother to shovel their walks and the consequence of that illegal and unneighborly laziness. The picture above was taken... Read more »