Again. A car goes off the road and crashes. Friends and loved ones grieve. Families and futures are irreversibly altered.
The woman began calling to her young daughter — probably in preschool or kindergarten — in what I thought was a Chinese language. The man standing between us “ching-chonged” her, imitating her under his breath. I’m not sure if the other woman heard him or what her reaction to the man’s mutterings was, but when I heard his gibberish, I just froze.
Designers of the International Space Station (ISS) had to make it self-sustaining because, once aboard, astronauts had no way to get water or discharge sewage and no connection to Earth’s power grids.
I listened with dismay this past week in a joint work session of the Commerce and Labor and Trade and Economic Development committees as trade groups and shippers detailed the challenges facing our ports amidst the slow-down of volume as a result of a labor dispute.
Lawmakers are looking at ways to make the election process cheaper for voters, easier to see who is funding campaigns, and harder to run initiatives with financial consequences. Holding fewer elections, paying the postage on mail-in ballots and new disclosure rules for pop-up political committees are among the ideas put forth thus far this session.
Student loans are the norm rather than the exception. As a result, student loan debt has shot past $1.2 trillion and more than 20 percent of American households have student debts averaging $33,000.
With the start of another year comes the promise of another session of the state Legislature and the prospect — no, make that a guarantee — of more laws.