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A column I read on Sunday made a case for resurgence of unions in the United States.

The columnist was long on passion and history, but he came up short in defending his premise.


Among all the issues that have swirled around and throughout public education, the issue of tenure never seems to go away.

A judge’s court ruling in California would end tenure in that state. But Gov. Jerry Brown recently filed an appeal. The California case sits at the top of the tenure debate, but that state is not alone.


Much of what we read and hear about “sustainability” focuses on oil: shortages, prices, fracking, domestic drilling, economic independence and the list goes on.

No question, it is an important topic.

But lately, I have been reading about two commodities — one that we have too much of and like oil, one that we have not enough: plastic and water.