Three years ago, when I was forced into retirement (after 30 years of excellent performance reviews in Michigan and Clark County) and replaced by a younger, grant-sponsored, less expensive “newbie,” I contacted the personnel department about substitute teaching. While still employed by the district, I was instructed to go online and complete the application process, including new transcripts (from the 1960s-70s no less), a new tuberculosis test and new fingerprinting — all at my expense.
It’s a lovely evening at my wife’s shared summer home, next to Lake Winnipesaukee. The water is perfectly calm, and the night is clear; the occasional late-August shooting star rushes up the sky dome to the Milky Way.
In the Aug. 24 letter “Will NRA back this plan?” responding to Nicholas Kristof’s comment comparing gun and auto deaths, the writer states “at least auto operators must have insurance to protect second and third parties.”
The short-term future of politics in the nation’s capital will be determined in large part by which party ends up in control of the Senate. But for a sense of the long-term future of politics in the country as a whole, watch the governors races.