Archive for the ‘Housekeeping Posts’ Category
I welcomed a new member to my family a few days ago and I’m taking time away from the blog to enjoy the new baby. I’m not sure how much time I’ll take off, but I imagine I”ll be back in a few weeks. Until then, start researching the candidates for next year’s council election. Their names are here.
It’s been awhile since I’ve addressed the anonymity issue and I’ve been meaning to return to it. Regular readers (and anyone who reads the “About” or “Frequently Asked Questions” pages) know that I blog anonymously. On the About page, I’ve given you a reason for that:
I choose to blog anonymously because this blog isn’t about me. It is about Carbondale, SIUC, Jackson County, and the surrounding area. I’m interested in writing about local government, business, and civil society. I’m not interested in writing about myself.
By writing anonymously, I keep the focus on whatever I’m writing about. The focus is on ideas and issues instead of on me. I’m not running for any office. I have no desire to be a public figure. I do enjoy talking (or writing) about local issues, and the blog gives me the opportunity to do that. Adding my name to the posts doesn’t make my opinions any better or any worse.
What I didn’t tell you on the About page is that I had two other reasons for blogging anonymously. Read the rest of this entry »
I’m sure readers have noticed that I’ve been on an extended hiatus from blogging. There are a couple of reasons for the break. First, and most important, I’ve had other priorities. Second, I made a promise to myself when I started the blog that I would never resort to nastiness. During and immediately after the faculty strike at SIUC, I felt that I could not write anything in this space without it turning ugly.
Regular readers will know that I opposed a strike by any of the four IEA unions. I want to be clear about this. I support the right of workers to organize, and I support the right of unions to strike. I’ve walked a picket line myself. But that does not mean that I think every union is a good union or that every strike is a good strike.
I won’t comment on whether I think the IEA unions are good unions, but I will tell you that I think the faculty strike was foolish. I suspect that it damaged SIUC and this community (we’ll know for sure when enrollment numbers for spring and fall 2012 are in). Despite the union’s attempts to blame the administration, I think the union is responsible for the strike and whatever damage it causes.
I think the damage to the university and the community achieved very little. The union will argue that it won the strike. I think the fact that the faculty returned to work without a tentative agreement suggests otherwise.
I have no desire to re-fight the destructive and unnecessary union wars that occupied most of the last year. There is no point in discussing it. Reason is not an antidote to suicidal fanaticism. I’ve said my piece, and I’ve been as restrained as I can be. Now I hope never to discuss it again.
One last thing: I’m blogging again, but I can’t say for sure how frequently I’ll post. I mentioned at the top of this post that I have other priorities, so it’s going to depend how much time I can devote to it. At a minimum, I hope to post on each city council meeting. We’ll see how it goes.
Comments are welcome, but I urge you to take a look at the comment guidelines before posting.
If you’ve visited the blog during the last few weeks, you’ve seen that I haven’t posted in awhile. The blog isn’t shutting down; I’ve just been busier than usual. I expect to be busy through most of June, so posting will probably be light.
For some reason, WordPress is selectively holding comments for moderation. I’m not sure why this is happening – it’s been set to automatically accept comments since the beginning. I checked the settings and they’re still correct. I’ll investigate and hopefully get the problem fixed. Until then, if you leave a comment and it doesn’t immediately appear it’s probably because of this bug. I’ll approve the comment as soon as I see it.
Sorry for any confusion or inconvenience.
I’m going to be traveling over the next several days, so I doubt that I’ll post until after the new year. Happy holidays!