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A long time ago, my sophomore English teacher, Father William Campbell, saw something in my writing and predicted that I would someday become a newspaper columnist. He suggested the perfect title for my column--"Leaves of the Palm." Now that I have a little extra time on my hands I've decided to put Father Campbell's prediction to the test. I'm going to start using this blog site not just to reprint opinion pieces I've published elsewhere but to try to get more of my ideas and opinions out there. Feedback is welcome. To find out more about me, please check out my Web site: www.EdwardFPalm.com (Click on any of the photos below for an enlarged view.)

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

President James Gaudino's $500K Retention Bonus

I am thinking I need to take time out to travel to Ellensburg to catch Central Washington University's President James Gaudino's next water-walking demonstration.
      Today's Seattle Times reports that CWU's Board of Trustees has approved a $500,000 retention bonus aimed at getting Gaudino to agree to stay at least five more years.  This is on top of Gaudino's $290,000 annual salary.  And it comes at a time when Washington's colleges and universities have already had to adjust to substantial cutbacks in funding with more on the horizon.
       In this fiscal climate, it seems to me that Gaudino better be able to do something as spectacular as walking on water in order to justify that bonus.  --EFP

Saturday, October 15, 2011

Postscript to My Previous Post

Regarding the necessity for political compromise, I suddenly remembered something I should have included in my previous post.  A theme that runs throughout several of Shakespeare's plays is that a virtue misapplied or carried to extremes becomes a vice.  Would that I could drag some of today's Tea Party types through the Shakespeare class I used to teach. --EFP

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Beyond Compromise

The other day, I heard a woman tell Rush Limbaugh that if Romney gets the Republican nomination she will not vote.  Her complaint:  Romney does not adhere strictly to conservative principles; he is too prone to compromise.
      This woman was echoing a theme Limbaugh had been sounding all week--that there is no room for compromise with the "Democrat Party" and what Limbaugh sees as their socialist agenda.
      I wonder if these people understand that there is a fine line between upholding conservative principles and being an ideologue.   How many people have to be ruined so that the Tea Party types can put their conservative principles to the test?  --EFP