Of wild geese, the P-G’s Brian O’Neill pleads, the story won’t die.
He discusses the issue with David Feld of GeesePeace, who makes some good points and some bad ones, and they end up here:
We can’t kill our way out of this mess, and there’s a strategy that might satisfy those that revere wildlife and those disgusted by the daily drop of 400 pounds of goose feces. That seems worth a try. Meantime, if you’re thinking of feeding the geese, remember that’s about as smart as reaching out with what you’re stepping around.
Sounds like Iraq, only substitute oil money for goose poop.
More importantly, Brian fails to come out against Dan Onorato’s abrupt executive extermination.
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Of school students, the P-G’s Ruth Ann Daily pleads that …
If you live in a healthy community, one with a good mix of businesses large and small, thriving churches, bustling restaurants and a fair number of entertainment options …
… then you should care about public schools — and not just your own.
Nonetheless, they argue, since the public schools are doing such a poor job, we should encourage the free-market competition that vouchers would bring to the system. That would force the bad schools to shape up or lose their student bodies and funding.
I don’t disagree with any of that, and if the condition of a school district like Duquesne doesn’t open our minds to consider alternatives, I don’t know what will.
We should have known Ruth Ann would find a way to get vouchers and charter schools into the mix, and she paints a tempting picture.
The Comet fears that these will greatly advantage only those with a parent or guardian that has the wisdom, the literacy, the inclination, and the free time to go through a rigmarole. Way too many of our children will still be left behind, in even worse public schools.
Still, she seems to arrive at her insistence out of an honest desperation.
We call on the gentleman from the Conversation. You got us in to this morass. The floor is yours.