Wednesday, March 9, 2011
In The News
After scanning the newspaper this morning, and listening to news/talk radio, I have some impressions: Charlie Sheen? Really? Do we really care this much about a wacky actor? Are we really that entertained by watching a man and a family go off the rails? Are we enjoying the agony of defeat? Is Bill Gates really an expert on public education? He has never gone to a public school. He does not have a college degree. He is self taught because he is a genius and he was fortunate enough to get access to a super computer in the basement of a building at the University of Washington. He knows what kind of workers he wants, but does he really know how to create them? Does he really think the solution is in how we pay and promote teachers? Why are gas prices rising so fast? There is no shortage of oil. Libya produces only 10% of the world's oil. Unrest there is worrying investors. So Wall Street is messing with us again? And finally, a tribute: Shuttle Discovery is the Grande Dame of the Space Shuttle Program. Over 27 years, she has made 39 missions. Today she completed her last mission. She is retired. Hail, Discovery! Well done! And, oh, how we hope she comes to rest at our Museum of Flight.