Monday, February 21, 2011

Broader Questions Are Presented In The Bloody, Battered, Lethal Wake Of Trooper Samuel Nassan

Evidence indicates at least one of these points is true:
(1) Pennsylvania State Trooper Samuel J. Nassan III (right) is one of the unluckiest persons in the world, involved in a string of remarkable coincidences trailing back to an elementary school playground and culminating with a series of dead or injured citizens who crossed his policing path.

(2) Pennsylvania State Troopers Association President Bruce A. Edwards is a two-bit whore, willing to say or write anything for a price.
If unions representing local police officers, paramedics, firefighters and state troopers continue to defend with mindless uniformity the inexplicably violent, irresponsible and obnoxious conduct of their members, those unions seem destined to lose public support. Why those unions would follow such a risky course when government budgets and pension plans are stressed is difficult to understand. Most public employees serve the public well; why do their unions seem to perform so poorly?

Infinonytune: Don't Stand So Close To Me, The Police


Anonymous said...

How come you hate cops?

MH said...

How come you don't read so well?

Anonymous said...

I support police reforms because I like cops: I want all of them to be as good as they can be, and as good as the best among them.

Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, the teachers' unions also "...continue to defend with mindless uniformity the inexplicably ..., irresponsible and obnoxious conduct of their members..."

That is why we need tuition vouchers for ALL students in Pennsylvania, who are desirous of exiting the public schools.

An excellent public education system would be the ideal...unfortunately, except in the most affluent communities, public education is usually a failure.

Providing poor students access to functioning schools is the key to leveling the playing field so that the rich and not-so-rich have an equal opportunity for success in life.

Infinonymous said...

How come you hate cops?

Hard to tell. Maybe it was this. Or this. Or even this.

Or perhaps it was this, or this, or . . . or maybe we don't hate cops, although we object to dangerous bullies of any stripe.

Infinonymous said...

The public education system seems responisble for much of what is great about our society. Relegating children to parents' whims concerning for-profit pitches, superstition-based education, and the like seems unwise.

Arranging public schools whose funding is based on a statewide (instead of local) economic base should be considered. Encouraging teachers to excel, and helping or removing those who are substandard, seems worthwhile.

Dismantling the public schools, particularly to promote educators motivated by profit or by a desire to indoctrinate with dogma, seems silly.

Anonymous said...


How many public school classrooms have you sat in as a student? Hmmm.........

Shouldn't poor kids have the same opportunities that you did?

I guess poor parents, unlike your parents, are too stupid to be trusted to make decisions about their children's education.

Infinonymous said...

(1) It would be difficult to count the public classrooms, so let's just say it was all of them.

(2) Poor parents are found at every economic level.

James said...

I am a graduate of the Pittsburgh Public School system. I attended three schools from kindergarden to the 12th grade, and I saw a lot of classrooms.

Private schools have two distinct advantages over public ones: (1) They can turn students away, public schools cannot. Private schools can ask problem students to go elsewhere, public schools are compelled by law to take them. (2) Concurrent with point 1, private schools can compel parental involvement in their child's education by making it a condition of said education, public schools only dream of parental involvement, which as studies show make the biggest difference in a child's ability to learn.