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Monday, 18 July 2011

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Alex Jones

I have actually attended several of the public meetings and listened to the discussions from the Education Planning Committee. I’m not sure if you realize this or not, but the committee consists of parents, concerned residents and educators from both school systems and VSU. The committee also has members who are supportive and opposed to school unification, and it includes both city and county residents. In fact, Sam Allen even attended and participated in the last meeting.

The objective of the Education Planning Committee is to develop a school reform plan that is independent of the school unification issue. The Committee has said from day one that the final recommendations on school reform will be presented to both School Boards and to the public in late August or early September, which is well before the November 8th election.

Rather than sit on the sidelines and criticize CUEE, I encourage you, the NAACP and others to attend these meetings and participate in these discussions about what we - as a community - can do to improve our public schools and ensure all children receive a quality education. If you take a quick look at the testing data locally and for the state, you will realize what we have today is not working for a large number of our children.

Our community needs to have a “public dialog” about how we can improve our public schools, and I believe the Education Planning Committee is well on its way to offer some important recommendations or this discussion. I only hope both School Boards will support and implement these recommendations regardless their views of CUEE or the final vote on school unification.

walter mattson

I'll agree that childhood education and to eliminate prison time for possession of drugs are worthwhile things to do. However, we have got to be smoking something to assume that renewable energy jobs are going to be higher paying than most other ventures. The jobs associated with solar and many green jobs will go to off shore facilities because the government refuses to get to the root cause of employment in this country. The government must begin making the US industries more competitive with foreign countries. To do this it must dump or revise all regulations that act as major blocks to companies. This does not mean that environmental issues should be ignored but they must meet a cost benefit analysis with meaningful environmental concerns. The government needs to open up the exploration and implementation of fossil fuel and nuclear energy. The government must throw out the existing tax code and replace it with a flat or fair tax that eliminates most deductions for industry, business and individuals. Companies should not pay a federal tax since the existing tax is passed on to the customer. Sixty years ago, most companies did not care as much about paying a tax since the US was the major producer of most products and they could pass the tax to the consumer. Today, they still pass the tax onto the consumer but suffer a loss to foreign competition.

Lowndes Area Knowledge Exchange

Two out of three ain't bad, but your assertions on the third point don't add up.

If we look at the numbers, they show that solar and wind employ twice as many people as coal and three times as many as nuclear: http://lake.typepad.com/on-the-lake-front/2010/03/the-jobs-are-in-the-trees-reforestation.html

U.S. corporate taxes are lower than almost all other developed countries:
http://thinkprogress.org/economy/2011/07/05/260535/graph-corporate-tax-second-lowest/
U.S. income and payroll taxes are lower per capita now than they've been since the 1950s: http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/06/21/are-taxes-high-or-low-a-further-look/

Meanwhile, fossil fuels get twelve times more subsidies than renewable energy: http://lake.typepad.com/on-the-lake-front/2010/12/12-times-more-subsidies-fossil-fuels-vs-clean-energy.html

U.S. DoE says solar can be cheaper than coal in six years: http://lake.typepad.com/on-the-lake-front/2011/03/sunshot-solar-cheaper-than-coal-in-six-years.html

GE says five years: http://lake.typepad.com/on-the-lake-front/2011/06/solar-cheaper-than-fossil-power-in-five-years-mark-m-little-of-ge.html

If solar was subsidised like coal and oil, it would already be cheaper. As for nuclear, Georgia Power has already hiked rates for its twin nuke boondoggles.

U.S. has plenty of solar energy everywhere: http://lake.typepad.com/on-the-lake-front/2011/06/us-has-plenty-of-solar-energy-everywhere-jennifer-decesaro-of-doe.html
Even Alaska has as much sun as Germany, the world leader in solar.

Pesky things, facts. They show green jobs are what we need for employment and energy independence.

-jsq

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