TOM WARD - I’m looking forward to John Rosemond’s visit

TOM WARD - I’m looking forward to John Rosemond’s visit

I’d like to take a moment to catch up on some recent news, but first, there’s this: Our little newspaper is bringing John Rosemond, our “Traditional Parenting” columnist, psychologist, and author, to our area in October. Right now, tickets (there are only 25) are available for his two-day “parent retreat” at the Hampton Inn & Suites, in Smithfield, on Oct. 20 and 21. We’ll also have him make a 90-minute public presentation at Lincoln Middle School auditorium on Thursday, Oct. 19. There will be a small admission fee.

Rosemond’s goal is “to give parents the guidance needed to raise happy, well-mannered children who will, as adults, contribute value to culture and society.”

I’m delighted he’s coming, frankly, because I happen to think his common-sense approach to bringing up children makes a lot of sense. I also trust his decades of experience will help some parents who may be experiencing behavior problems with children, from toddlers to teens.

So mark your calendars. The retreat tickets – very limited – are on sale now at www.rosemond.com . Tickets to his public presentation at LMS will go on sale soon, so stay tuned.

Go ahead! Do 15!

A few weeks ago, our post-story comments lit up after Managing Editor Ethan Shorey reported on the traffic congestion and speeding in Cumberland. All of this is true, and there are no easy answers, with only two main arteries, both intersecting with I-295. A coming traffic “roundabout” at the I-295, Route 114 interchange promises to help, but many are unconvinced.

As part of the story, there was talk of the violation of speed limits in town, something which I have been responsible for in the past year. After a lifetime of “driving like an old man” since the age of 30, my now adult children were laughing like hyenas when they learned I had been stopped for the first time in my life for doing (I believe) 28 miles per hour in a 15-mph zone. First, let me just admit it: Guilty. I was “speeding” along Jencks Road at 28. (What a cowboy!) Second, let’s be clear. The officer was just doing his job and was quite professional. My beef? Fifteen miles per hour. Let’s stop kidding ourselves! To every single driver out there reading this, give it a whirl today. Find a quiet road, and drive 15. You can’t do it if you try to! You’ll go crazy! The idle will push you faster than that! I have lived 18 years on a road with a 15 mile-per-hour limit, and I didn’t even know it. Nobody goes 15 near my house – ever! So maybe we ought to look at that ridiculous speed limit.

And then, buses...

A shout out to Lincoln, whose administrators are finally asking parents of upper-age high schoolers: Are you going to use the school bus, or not? Most don’t. Take those kids off the bus route, and the town might save money. Good call. As most know, another reason for the traffic problem is parents dropping kids off at school, even though a bus provided for that purpose goes by the child’s home ignored. And they’ll do it 180 times, spewing diesel fumes every inch of the way. Maybe there’s a better way.

Finally, in the General Assembly, as the session draws to a close: First, I hope state leaders can find their way to pass a strong line-item veto for the governor – any governor, forever. It’s a simple “good-government” bill, and we need it.

Second, I hope legislators will push back against the anti-business bills pushed by progressives who think small business is some cow that needs to be milked for their vision of the greater good. “Small business” is actually people, trying their hardest, to make a go of it. They aren’t all rich thieves. If they were, they’d be out of business at the hand of market forces.

Third, I happen to agree with writer Tom Sgouros, a liberal policy analyst who wrote recently in the Providence Journal that Speaker Nicholas Mattiello’s car tax reduction bill will last for a year, maybe two. State “needs” will change, and that will be the end of it. Those taxes will never go away. They should, but Sgouros is right: they will not. The bill is just a bone for 2017.

Ward is publisher of The Valley Breeze

Comments

Tom,
My understanding is Germany's coal use dropped in 2016.
There were many days where most of the energy supplied across the country was from renewable sources.
The total CO2 emissions did rise from 902 million metric tons to 906 million from 2015 to 2016.
Although energy consumption increased by 1.6 % in that period,total CO2 emissions from the energy sector fell from from 335 to 332 milliom Metric tons.
The rise in total CO2 emissions is attributed to the transport sector that rose from 161 to 166 MMT.
The German renewable energy policy is arguably working.
The cost per Megawatt from wind is competitive with fossil fuel generated power and solar is not far behind.
Your point about production availability is well taken and leads to availability of standby reserve and dispatch, not increased use of coal.
Claude