The conclusion

The voters of the Caledonia Community Schools district have chosen Jennifer Nichols, Tim Morris, and John Brandow as trustees for the district’s board of education. Mary Anne Timmer, Eric VanGessel, and I got fewer votes. (But thank you to the thousands who did vote for us!) So the new school board will consist of Jennifer,Continue reading “The conclusion”

Why is GLEP promoting your opponents?

Always read the fine print on advertisements for candidates. Recent mailings for candidates John Brandow, Tim Morris, and Jennifer Nichols are paid for by the Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP). GLEP calls itself a “a bi-partisan, non-profit advocacy organization supporting quality choices in public education.” In fact it is a highly partisan, billionaire-funded lobbying groupContinue reading “Why is GLEP promoting your opponents?”

Are you a liberal or a conservative?

Liberal or conservative? Can I buy an “and” to replace that “or”? The most tiresome and discouraging thing about the current political mess in the USA is that we are supposedly compelled to choose between two polar opposites in answer to every question. No thanks. One of the greatest minds in the Western tradition isContinue reading “Are you a liberal or a conservative?”

What are your thoughts on the REAL questions?

Here’s the biggest problem for me personally in this campaign: how much time to spend on the real concerns, and how much time to spend countering distractions and disinformation? I think it’s necessary to do both, but a couple of people have suggested to me, in different ways, that I’m spending too much time onContinue reading “What are your thoughts on the REAL questions?”

What do you mean when you say someone is “speaking in code”?

Some critics of our schools, including some candidates for school board, speak in code. Speaking in code is an evasion and a subversion. It is an evasion in that people do it to avoid taking responsibility for that they are saying. It is a subversion because it undermines the usefulness of language.