Monthly Archives: January 2009

Record Suicides Among US Soldiers

January 29, 2009
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I have been posting about this since my last incarnation of The Madrigal Maniac. There is a looming mental health crisis and we are not prepared to deal with it. On the same day that it announced record suicides among its soldiers, the U.S. Army said Thursday that it will soon conduct service-wide training...

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City Workers to Lose a Weeks Pay

January 29, 2009
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I would not want to pay poker with Mayor Coleman. After the firefighters agreed to a pay freeze, the very next day he cancels a training class for the police, whose union did not agree to the freeze. Now the other three unions who also did not agree to the freeze are facing consequences....

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Police Recruiting Class Dismissed

January 27, 2009
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I am not sure if this is the mayor’s retribution for the police union not agreeing to a pay freeze. But it is interesting that the day after an agreement was reached with the firefighter’s union to fore go pay hikes, Coleman lays off the latest police recruiting class. Days before their scheduled graduation...

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Firefighters to Delay Pay Hike

January 26, 2009
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Mayor Coleman asked the five city unions to delay their raises for 2009 due to the dire state of the cities finances. Four out of the five refused to even let their members vote on the proposal. These unions evidently believe in fighting fire with fire. It’s not surprising that the firefighters union is...

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Unions Will Not Give Up Pay Raises

January 24, 2009
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Unions in Columbus say they will not agree to give up raises in their contracts for 2009. This from The Columbus Dispatch. Four of the five unions representing Columbus city workers rejected Mayor Michael B. Coleman’s ultimatum yesterday that they give up 2009 pay raises or face more layoffs. On a day the city...

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Support Pay Equality for Women

January 8, 2009
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I received this email today from the National Association of Social Workers. It concerns upcoming legislation regarding women and the workplace. Lilly Ledbetter, who was receiving less compensation than her male counterparts during her two decades long career at Goodyear, decided to sue them. The case went all the way to the supreme court...

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More Cuts and a Tax Hike Likely for Columbus

January 6, 2009
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Despite recent significant cuts in social services, the City of Columbus is considering more. City Auditor Hugh Dorrian reports that the city will fall 13 million short in revenue than was originally planned. That means more cuts are almost certain in a spending plan that already calls for 130 layoffs, 11 recreation-center closings and...

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Ex-Mt. Vernon Teacher’s Trial Resumes

January 5, 2009
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I posted about this topic in October of 2008 when I pointed out that John Freshwater, a Mt. Vernon teacher who was fired for burning crosses into students arms and teaching Christianity in the classroom, was not an honest person regarding the incident. His trial resumed today and already the apologists are out. The...

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Idiots Shooting Guns in the Air on New Years in Columbus

January 2, 2009
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This is amazing to me. What makes someone think that shooting a gun in the air is a good way to ring in the New Year? Alcohol? A lack of knowledge regarding the laws of gravity? Do you not understand the bullet will eventually come down somewhere, possibly injuring someone? But here’s what police...

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