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Mr. Boardman: from Fowler's, Irony is a form of utterance that postulates a double audience, consisting of one party that hearing shall hear and shall not understand, and another party that, when more is meant than meets the ear, is aware both of that more and of the outsiders' incomprehension.
Toggle Commented Mar 22, 2012 on Procter & Gamble Ohio ... at Vermont Tiger
re L.emery query: the share of young adults ages 18 to 24 currently employed (54%) has been its lowest since the government began collecting these data in 1948. And the gap in employment between the young and all working-age adults—roughly 15 percentage points—is the widest in recorded history.1 In addition, young adults employed full time have experienced a greater drop in weekly earnings (down 6%) than any other age group over the past four years. Pew Research Center: http://www.pewsocialtrends.org/2012/02/09/young-underemployed-and-optimistic/
Toggle Commented Mar 12, 2012 on The Betrayed Generation at Vermont Tiger
George, Well, "fair" covers a lot of ground, to include the anomalous situation of someone living in a million dollar home and getting a break on his "property taxes," which are levied to fund education. The system is in place and embedded, which is how the political class likes it. And, so, we get a school system that is, in the minds of some of us (without the time and/or wealth to run for public office) bloated and inefficient. Witness that Vermont's K-12 system produces graduates, 2/3s of whom lack the math skills needed to find a good job. And that is not just some sorehead on this site saying that. It is the governor of the state. We don't do algebra, it seems, and it comes as a big surprise to the educrats in Montpelier. One wonders: a) what else they don't know about the true state of K-12 education in this state. and b) was it just coincidence that we learn this one day after town meeting. Finally, you are absolutely correct that this site does not represent majority views of Vermonters. That is why it exists. On the day it does represent the majority view, we'll most likely close it down and go fishing or skiing, depending on the season.
Toggle Commented Mar 8, 2012 on Local Control ... at Vermont Tiger