Day: July 18, 2014

Romney has done enough for GOP

By DEBRA J. SAUNDERS Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews he thinks that Mitt Romney will run for president in 2016 and that “he will be the next president of the United States.” The former Massachusetts governor lost the GOP primary in 2008 and then the general election in 2012. What would his 2016 slogan be, “the third time’s a charm”? Former GOP Rep. Joe Scarborough urged fellow attendees at Romney’s now-annual GOP summit last month to join the draft movement. More than 50,000 have signed a “Draft Mitt” petition. Onetime Romney aide Emil Henry wrote The Case for Mitt Romney in 2016 in Politico. Only Romney, he argued, can “roll into any major money center like New York, Los Angeles or Houston and mobilize his fundraisers on demand.” I think Romney ran a solid campaign in 2012. Like 45 percent of respondents to a Quinnipiac poll, I believe that America would be better off today with Romney in the Oval Office. And I relish the debate in which Hillary Clinton and Romney find themselves agreeing ardently that a couple can own two mansions and still be “dead broke.” But if Romney is thinking of running in 2016 (and he says he is not), my advice would be to stay home —or, more precisely, in one of his homes. Stay in the house with the elevator to...

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How do we get seniors to mentor kids?

Not that long ago, “senior” Americans volunteered in our schools and did so only to benefit from some heart-felt thanks.  Almost always under a teacher’s supervision, whose work they labored to supplement, their purpose was to help children learn to read, write and use numbers. Seniors working with kids in a school setting has been mainly viewed as a good-fit with successful relationships the pay off.  They’ve provided children one-on-one attention while feeling appreciated, that having been the standard of older persons volunteering in our schools. Now we learn that some of these great interactions have ended locally due to the fact that AmeriCorps Senior Corps, a service organization for those 55 and older, and run here by Center 50+, has run out of money for this purpose.  Meanwhile, whatever happened to the volunteer, those who gave of his and her time and effort warmly, willingly and without monetary reward? My surprise with the Foster Grandparents Program is that foster grandparents have read to children while being paid a $2.65 per hour stipend.  Is that what it takes any more to get older folks away from their TVs and into schools to help the youngest generation?  They must be paid a stipend to do it?  Yes, I know, there must be mitigating circumstances; yet, what’s the degree of incentive at $2.65 for earnings these days and, according to law here, why weren’t they most recently paid Oregon’s minimum wage at $9.10 per hour? Whatever the case, in our brave new world, if the $2.65 per hour is a do-or-die matter, there must be some means by which a 3-year federal contract of $114,663, with funding help from Center 50+ at $58,000, can come...

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