Framing the Dialogue

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Anyone Can Do It When It’s Dry

I spent part of my career working as the environmental manager for a large waste firm. I was part of a new management team that was coming into an older landfill facility that had a less than stellar reputation. When I considered leaving and taking the position I asked a colleague about the company and facility since he worked with them a lot his advice was that “they could sure use the help.” I took the challenge and spent nearly eight years with the company.  Most times I likened my days to what a surfer must feel like with a big wave.  I always had my day planned, but once I got on that wave it took me places that I had not planned.

News Briefs – Volume XXVIII

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…

Brief 1: Call out the “gender pedagogues” as the heading of this post News “Briefs” may not be gender neutral. Actually the gender pedagogues were hired by the Edalia preschool in Stockholm Swedento help staff identify language and behavior that risk reinforcing stereotypes” so that boys are no longer boys and girls are no longer girls…they are all referred to as “friends.” How cute! And when visitors come they don’t refer to “him” or “her” they call them “he

Air Scare

I am reading a book titled The Science of Fear (book review to come soon) and was struck by a recent op/ed in our local paper that hit on the essence of the book. Pittsburgh has suffered under the “Smokey City” label for years even though most of the steel mills and major industry has been long gone. My mother tells of the days when she had to change blouses twice a day because of the soot in the air. Pittsburgh is not that city any more, but many folks behave and advocate as if it is and groups use the historic image to bash the area while seeking stricter and stricter regulations on air emissions.  It is as if some of these groups cannot accept that things are way better.

Ole King Coal

“What I’ve said is that we would put a cap-and-trade system in place that is more — that is as aggressive if not more aggressive than anybody else’s out there, so if somebody wants to build a coal-powered plant, they can, it’s just that it will bankrupt them because they’re going to be charged a huge sum for all that greenhouse gas that’s being emitted.”

News Briefs Volume XII – Burgh Style

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…

This version is a glimpse into Pittsburgh politics dominated for decades by Democrats. 

Brief 1:  The Port Authority of Allegheny County (home of Pittsburgh) is the government agency tasked with running a transit system.  As you might expect the agency poorly run and constantly running in the red.  Facing another budget deficit the Authority has not threatened to streamline, become efficient, or even look to reduce labor costs their typical threat is to cut service.  That seems to make sense except that this threat is not meant as a way to cut costs, but to enrage the local citizens to pressure politicians for more money.  This tactic only works every time and lame duck Governor Ed Rendell has stepped and has threatened to”flex”[steal would be my term] federal highway money to save mass transit unless lawmakers raise taxes.  Governor Rendell never met a tax he didn’t like.

New Briefs – Volume X (Obama Unplugged)

News briefs are a collection of interesting news stories…

This session is all about our Organizer-In-Chief:

Brief 1:  Dorothy Rabinowitz wrote an opinion piece for the Wall Street Journal yesterday peering into the inner workings of Obama’s mind.  Rabinowitz describes him as “the alien in the White House” since he is more in tune with his ideology than average Americans.  As President of the United States he is, perhaps, the leader of the free world and he seems to gravitate to that role yet forgetting that his is our President first.