I have read with interest and reflection the opinion pieces and letters to the editor about the Oklahoma Taxpayers Unite effort to collect signatures for a referendum on the tax increases passed by the state Legislature.I wholeheartedly agree we need to have our teachers at salaries that attract the best and the brightest to educate our most valuable resource, our children. We should have the highest-paid teachers in our area of the country and the most accountable.But what happened in the Legislature will cause Oklahoma to fail, not succeed. The Legislature has raised over $1.1 billion in new taxes since 2015. But what they have not done is look at every state agency and ask what is the goal of each, how do they spend their money and are they transparent with the resources they get. Bureaucracies by their very nature are not efficient. Their goal is survival and expansion and most are not mission-focused, but survival-focused. That is just human nature.Take, for example, the recent … [Read more...] about Dr. Tom Coburn: We should pay teachers better, but tax increases without oversight won’t work
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JOHN BOYEGA grew up on the same South London housing estate where his sister’s ten-year-old friend Damilola Taylor was stabbed in the leg and died. A deeply affected John, then aged nine, found solace in attending a local theatre group, where he studied ballet, tap and contemporary dance. He occasionally got bullied for it — “Doing ballet in Peckham. You’re going to get whooped in the back of your head!” he once said — but since landing a major role in Star Wars and other mainstream Hollywood movies, it’s fair to say he’s having the last laugh. And this week, controversial US stripper-turned-rapper Cardi B has been defending her colourful past as part of Bronx street gang Bloods by pointing out: “I was just raised in a bad society.” In other words, where she lived, joining a gang wasn’t a choice as such, it was an act of self-preservation. And it was a love of hip-hop that ultimately proved her saviour. The point being … [Read more...] about Giving prisoners a chance to do arts can help them to clean up their act
FOLLOWING airstrikes on suspected chemical sites in Syria, Britain is bracing itself for a response from dictator Assad's major ally Russia. Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson has warned the UK needs to be prepared for a Kremlin-directed cyber attack. Will Britain be hit by a cyber attack? The Foreign Secretary said UK intelligence agencies were taking “every possible precaution” to protect against online warfare. There are fears an attack would cripple the UK - striking hospitals, transport, water or energy supplies, banks and even air traffic control. Britain's spying agencies have been put on stand-by to hit back against the Kremlin if they launch a retaliatory attack for Britain’s role in the 105-missile blitz on the Russia-backed Syrian regime on Saturday. It came as intelligence insiders even warned that Russia’s revenge could come in the form of ‘kompromat’ – the release of embarrassing information on leading UK politicians … [Read more...] about Will there be a Russian cyber attack on the UK, what methods could be used and how would Britain respond?
Are lawyers prone to anxiety, or is the pace of the profession the culprit? The ABA Journal’s Stephanie Francis Ward speaks with Will Meyerhofer, a psychotherapist who has also been a practicing attorney, to learn more about anxiety and get tips on how lawyers can manage and overcome it.Related articles:ABA Journal: “How lawyers can turn fear into an ally”ABA Journal: “32 of lawyers’ most common fears”Podcast TranscriptStephanie Francis Ward: You might think that panic, feelings of restlessness and sleepless nights are just a part of practicing law, but they’re also symptoms of anxiety, which is a significant health problem in the profession. I’m Stephanie Francis Ward, and on today’s Asked and Answered, we’re talking about how lawyers can address their anxiety in a healthy way. Joining me is Will Meyerhofer, a New York therapist who is also a lawyer. Hi Will, welcome to the show.Will Meyerhofer: It’s good to be … [Read more...] about What can lawyers do to manage and conquer anxiety? (podcast with transcript)
I’ve strongly felt like there’s a lot of noise when you’re trying to understand consensual dispute resolution (also known as, CDR) in India. There’s, unfortunately, no uniformity in the way we understand labels like ‘conciliation’ and ‘mediation’ – our law and literature, both scarce and pointing towards a divide.I’m of the belief that the dichotomy is damaging to mediation practice, as well as the efforts of many who are preaching the gospel of CDR and access to justice. This piece has the following four propositions to deliver – (A) that mediation and conciliation are the same, and in doing so, reconciling the key defences that suggest the opposite, that they are exclusive to each other in absolute terms;(B) how does one reconcile the use of two separate words (‘mediation’ and ‘conciliation’) in the 1996 Act, and the CPC; (C) how does one reconcile the logic behind the use of two different sets … [Read more...] about Why Do We Need A Mediation Law? After All, Mediation & Conciliation Are The Same Thing, Right?