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Tuesday, March 06, 2001

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Benches and contributions

One of the A/P employees got an Employee of the Year award for the university. This is the second year in a row that we have had a winner in A/P. We are cool! and she really deserves it.

It was like a warm spring day today and I ran an errand after work just to stay outside then walked home, one and one half miles. The problem with this is that there is no air conditioning on yet and my apartment was very warm. I'm ok now but but I don't have any cross draft so it always takes awhile to get the temps down.

Ok, I got an email from ACLU that was very much against the McCain-Feingold campaign contribution reform bill and then I got an email from a prolife group that was also very much against it. I get the feeling that this is not a good bill. From what I've read it seems that the bill makes it difficult for any group or person to spend any reasonable amount of money on any issue they are for or against. $5000 was the number mentioned a couple times and $5000 won't buy a decent ad in a newspaper anymore.

There is no way that we can get rid of soft money without shutting everyone up since it takes money to get your ideas across and somewhere out there there is a politician who is going to be for or against those ideas and then the money you spent to educate people on the issues you are interested in will be considered campaign contributions. That's stupid. There is no limit you can come up with that would be fair.

Our not so swift city council finally decided that it would be ok for a private company to build and maintain covered city bus stops in exchange for putting their ads on them. That is such a no brainer. They are paying for the bus stop. They are maintaining the bus stop. My taxes don't have to pay for the bus stop. My taxes don't have to maintain the bus stop. It seems people were worried that they might put inappropriate ads on them. So? If this is a problem for them then I would suggest that they spend their own money putting up nice benches.

This same issue was played out in Oklahoma City when I was also riding the bus, and not by choice that time. I would walk a mile with my daughter, who was in preschool at the time, to catch the bus. One day, wow, there was a bench at the bus stop that I could sit on while waiting for the bus. Oh, dear, it had advertising on it. Within a few days some fine citizens of our city were whining that they weren't pretty enough. I didn't notice those fine citizens offering to put up "pretty" benches. I will also bet that they never in their lives had to wait for a bus.


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Rachel Aschmann 2001.
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