The Spectacle Blog
The School Board in Stoneham, Massachusetts decided to pay for health insurance of school cafeteria workers by raising the price of school lunches from $2.00 to $2.75. The result:
In an apparent backlash against a 75-cent price increase on the cost of lunch, student participation in the program dropped 22 percent in the 2005-06 school year, Connelly reported.You see, if you raise the price of something, people will demand less of it. It would be a good lesson to teach the kids. Which is probably why they won't.
A $160,000 anticipated deficit can be covered with funds from other accounts, Connelly said, but the board needs to go back to the drawing board to address the problem for next year.
The committee had agreed to raise the cost of a school lunch from $2 to $2.75 last year, in the hope that it would raise $150,000 to offset employee health insurance costs. Instead, the mass student defection from the program wiped out any benefit from the increase.
Over at Opinion Journal, Michael Barone wraps up his analysis of the Plame affair with:
The pursuit of Karl Rove by the left and the press has been just the latest episode in the attempted criminalization of political differences. Is there any hope that it might turn out to be the last?
Answer: Fat chance. The left has succeeded in dirtying up the White House (as evidenced in Bush's low poll numbers) by criminalizing political differences. A similar strategy helped oust the effective Tom DeLay.
As long as criminalizing political differences is an effective tactic for the left they will continue to use it, no matter how morally bereft it is.
What is this, John? An invitation to ridicule, from a colleague? Not very polite. I am not "with" Oliver Stone. And I seem to remember the Discovery Channel doing a special on the hidden Kennedy assassin, too. Interesting show.
Put the driver in the trunk and a 1- or 2-iron in the bag, would you?
Good Lord, who knew: Lawrence Henry is with Oliver Stone on the Kennedy Assassination!
The single bullet theory is absolutely correct. The Discovery Channel's Unsolved History re-enactment proved its technical plausibility, and the alternate theory simply beggars belief: How could a multi-shooter conspiracy be kept secret for forty years (even after the fall of Communism and the accompanying opening of Soviet intelligence files) with no one coming forward with hard evidence? Imagine the money to be made!
The bishops took the plunge into a new translation of the Mass yesterday. Good news for those who have long lamented the current English translation's clumsiness.
However, the New York Times article notes, the bishops also rejected over 60 of the changes recommended by the International Committee on English in the Liturgy. The Vatican may still have a few things to say about that, Fr. Z points out, calling the bishops' move "a game of chicken." (Hat tip: Amy Welborn)