So you think that the electoral process is not a meaningful or effective process for choosing civic leaders. How should we choose them? Perhaps pick them from a list of paunchy-looking guys who sit at keyboards all day spinning out blather for alt-weeklies? H.L.Mencken once proposed that congressmen be chosen the way we choose jurors, by finding someone who doesn't want the job and forcing him to do it. That might work. At least it would weed out the narcissists and egomaniacs.
@W. Plaster: You're assuming that they are going to do something useful with the timber like sawing it into boards or chipping it up for a paper mill. Sadly, in most projects like this, they just throw it into a pile and burn it. What a waste of resources.
Yeah, I mean the collective farm thing really worked well in the Soviet Union. Oh, wait. Never mind.
This is another example of the death of common sense. It was also poor judgment on the part of the teacher, who of course has the zero-tolerance policy to hide behind. Zero-tolerance policies are really zero-accountability policies. Teachers will natter on endlessly about how they are professionals and need to be treated as such. However part of being a REAL professional is exercising judgment and being held accountable for the results of that judgment. Sorry, but if you're not accountable, you're no more a professional than your school's janitor is. I won't even go into what abysmal morons the police look like in this case.
This is a curious column considering the virulently anti-motorcycle screeds that Mr. Mordock has written in the past for the City Paper. Taking it all together, I can only conclude that the Gospel according to Will is as follows: If you are white and ride a motorcycle, even if you are not part of the "biker culture", but only, say, an impecunious student looking for cheap transportation, you are a cretinous sub-human who should be banished from South Carolina, if not the planet. On the other hand, if you are black and own a motorcycle, you are a poor put-upon minority who needs protection from the Wicked Witch of Columbia. Don't take that last bit as a defense of our governor, who I consider at best mediocre, at worst flat-out incompetent.
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