September 5, 2007

Couldn’t Help But Notice (090507)

Filed under: Education,Taxes & Government — Tom @ 7:47 am

A travesty of justice (HT Mark at WoMD; also here) turns into another reason to homeschool:

Brenda Nesselroad-Slaby won’t be charged in the death of her 2-year-old daughter, Cecilia Slaby, who was left in a car for eight hours amid searing heat Aug. 23, the Clermont County prosecutor said Tuesday.

Nesselroad-Slaby, 40, forgot she left the sleeping girl strapped in a child seat of a sport utility vehicle at Glen Este Middle School, where she is the assistant principal.

….. Nesselroad-Slaby intends to return to her job at the school, which she has held since 2001, Croswell said. She has been on paid leave pending the prosecutor’s decision.

“I’m sure she’s welcome back,” Croswell said. “I would assume that the school will welcome her back when she is physically and emotionally capable of coming back, which I would hope would be in the short term – for her own well-being and the school’s.”

Union Township police recommended she be charged with child endangering, but the department had no comment on the prosecutor’s decision, Lt. Scott Gaviglia said.

An Enquirer commenter (link may move if the thread allows more comments) caught this important point:

How convenient that Mrs. Slaby was not even minimally charged with child endangerment. Had she been charged and convicted of even that, she would have lost her teaching license but by not charging her at all, she retains her state license to teach.

Hence the emergency deployment of Darth Dilbert’s “Reasons to Homeschool” counter: http://farm1.static.flickr.com/48/139183224_c537ef3d6d_o

Follow-up Question: Anyone think a man in otherwise identical circumstances gets the same breaks?

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On one level, nationalized health care seems so “sensible,” at first:

Democratic presidential hopeful John Edwards said on Sunday that his universal health care proposal would require that Americans go to the doctor for preventive care.

Edwards said his mandatory health care plan would cover preventive, chronic and long-term health care. The plan would include mental health care as well as dental and vision coverage for all Americans.

“The whole idea is a continuum of care, basically from birth to death,” he said.

(Aside: I hear the original draft of Edwards’ speech had “cradle to grave” in it, but that was deemed a bit too obvious.)

Who can be against preventive care? But in a nationalized system, because of rationing, inefficiencies bureaucracy, and opportunistic politicians, the supposedly friendly nanny eventually turns into a caregiving gatekeeper, as this proposal from the leader of the supposedly conservative party in the UK shows:

Failing to follow a healthy lifestyle could lead to free NHS treatment being denied under the Tory plans.

….. heavy smokers, the obese and binge drinkers who were a drain on the NHS could be denied some routine treatments such as hip replacements until they cleaned up their act.

That’s sort of a break in the “continuum of care,” doncha think?

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I have a really bad feeling about this (HT Return of the Conservatives):

At Least 500 Big Dig Leaks Await Repair

BOSTON (AP) – About 500 leaks in Big Dig tunnels are awaiting repair, and that number doesn’t include leaks being handled by the project’s contractors, according to state officials who warn that future leaks are inevitable.

Project manager Michael Lewis also told the Massachusetts Turnpike Authority board Tuesday that the leak-repair program is “effective,” and should be viewed separately from new evidence indicating water continues to leak steadily into the Interstate 93 Thomas P. “Tip” O’Neill Jr. tunnel.

….. Leaks have vexed the $14.798 billion project – the most expensive public works construction in U.S. history – since it buried Boston’s Central Artery in a tunnel system. A large leak into the O’Neill tunnel in September 2004 backed up traffic for miles.

….. Inspectors found between 2,000 and 3,000 leaks in roof-wall joints after the September 2004 incident, Lewis said.

The goal now, he said, is to protect structural steel from corrosion.

Yeah, I’d say that’s a good idea (/sarc).

Has the Sumner Tunnel (completed in 1934) or the Callahan Tunnel (1961) ever had such problems?

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Moderate Muslim Bridge-builder or Terror-Sympathizing Bridge-burner? Patrick Poole has the goods on CAIR-Ohio board member Norma Tarazi here and here.

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5 Comments

  1. CAN SOMEONE, PLEASE, explain to John Edwards et. al. the term “DISECONOMIES of scale”!

    Comment by Joe C. — September 5, 2007 @ 9:03 am

  2. The case of no charges for the mom who killed her kid is just begging to be pointed at next time a neglected child dies. Imagine a single mom working two jobs who makes a similar mistake. Now imagine she is a black woman. Then watch the reaction after charges are filed. I don’t know what punishment is appropriate, but I do know that the prosecutor was wrong to dismiss the charge without letting the system play out.

    Comment by largebill — September 5, 2007 @ 3:59 pm

  3. #1, disecons of scale then turn into “too big to fail.”

    #2, it is an immeasurably horrible precedent.

    Comment by TBlumer — September 5, 2007 @ 4:25 pm

  4. This case makes me sick. This woman is going to get away with killing her kid. She went back to her SUV how many times? 2? 3? ?? She picked up the box of donuts sitting next to her kids dead corpse and she didn’t notice? Bullsh*t.

    She killed Cecilia. She knows she did. And now the District Attorney is not only giving her an ‘out.’ What kind of example does this set for other people who get tired of their kids and having to take care of them? How high is the death rate for children who die from heat because they’re parents are too stupid & lazy to take them (the kids) out of the car and in to wherever their going.

    Well, at least she made a good impression on the people that she served the donuts to. I mean, hell, what’s more important … serving donuts to a bunch of overweight spazztards or your kid? Hmmm. Let’s think on this awhile.

    Comment by Disgusted In OH — September 7, 2007 @ 11:57 am

  5. Addendum to my previous comment …

    I agree with “largebill.”

    Had the mother, in this case, been African American, or any lower income level, she would have had handcuffs slapped on her wrists, her other kids ripped from her, and been doing prison time … for murder … by now.

    Another aspect … what if it had been the father that committed this act? Oh, right, he’s a middle class white male also.

    Makes you wonder who’s getting paid off?

    Comment by Disgusted In OH — September 7, 2007 @ 12:34 pm

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