Archive for June, 2008

Teachers need incentives to go to work every day

June 4, 2008

The Kanawha County School Board voted 4-1 to continue the incentive pay for teachers to show up for work every day. You don’t know how much I hate agreeing with Pete Thaw.

Obviously, if there’s been a sudden drop in illness among teachers, it shows that they were abusing their sick leave privileges in the past. You are only supposed to take off sick for legitimate illness or appointments. I wonder if students have noticed their teachers showing up for work more often?

I wonder how Joe Manchin would feel about this policy for state employees?


Dick Cheney is a dick

June 3, 2008

But we knew that before he made the stupid joke about West Virginia on video.

Nick Rahall gets quote of the day:

“We may owe the vice president a debt of gratitude for yet another great West Virginia slogan: ‘Dick Cheney is not from here.'”

A disrespected visionary?

June 1, 2008

Interesting items to take away from Phil Kabler’s report on the Fred Armstrong firing:

1. Randall Reid-Smith has a low threshold of pain when it comes to “disrespect.” Lack of self-esteem?

2. Kay Goodwin is not RRS’s boss. She didn’t have anything to do with hiring him, and was not involved (she says) in firing Armstrong. His backing comes from Manchin’s Chief of Staff. What the hell does she do over there all day? Apparently the Governor’s office didn’t even consult her before appointing RRS, which also shows that they were waiting for their opportunity to get rid of Troy Body and give the job to Reid-Smith.

3. RRS was given assurance he could “form his own leadership team when he was hired to carry forward his vision.” Apparently that included appointing a Museum Director with no prior experience in museums. One wonders if they are going to find an Archives Director of equal qualifications.

4. RRS claims to be a visionary, but the idea about the cafe came from consultants. Then again, no idea that RRS has come up with on his own since his tenure as Culture Czar has been a good one.