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  1. bherbert commented on Drabble 7 days ago

    If we privatize the post office, it very well might take 11 stamps to send a less than one ounce, first class letter to Idaho.

    Differential postal rates would be one of the biggest problems with that scheme. But I’m sure private industry would LOVE to get its hands on all those revenues.

  2. bherbert commented on Pickles 11 days ago

    A consumer advocate from our state government was on the news the other day and said that there is a growing probnlem with the phony IRS scam. Scammers call and say that the “mark” owes money to the IRS. They tell you that you’re going to be forced to appear before a “magistrate judge” (a magistrate is a local level hearings officer who would never be involved with an IRS case because IRS is a federal agency) unless you pay the “amount owed” by giving them you’re credit card number or bank account number.

    Apparently, there has been an increase in the number of people falling for this in our state.

  3. bherbert commented on Drabble 24 days ago

    How did her glasses end up completely on the left side of her nose? I can’t make mine do that.

  4. bherbert commented on Doonesbury about 1 month ago

    I don’t know if it’s still the case, but a few years ago when I worked on some textbooks, books were tailored to the Texas and California markets. It was both because of their size and the fact that both have (or at least HAD) uniform textbook adoption rules. Under such rules, schools throughout the state are automatically authorized (more like required) to use the book adopted by the state commission.

  5. bherbert commented on Non Sequitur 2 months ago

    Why doesn’t Jeffrey just give her a summary of the adventure she didnt have?

  6. bherbert commented on The Barn 2 months ago

    The Oregon Legislature just passed a law that has the effect of making it illegal to drive the speed limit while rewarding drivers who excede the posted limit. It applies on any road with two or more lanes and a speed limit of 55 or more MPH..

  7. bherbert commented on Non Sequitur 2 months ago

    In many ways, this is true. But it doesn’t go far enough. It’s really the states of California and Texas, with their uniform textbook adoptions, that control what content will be in textbooks. Authors often must write to the standards in those states because of the size of the markets.

  8. bherbert commented on Drabble 2 months ago

    Given Sears’ financial condition, let’s hope they bring your refrigerator before they go bankrupt and cease deliveries altogether.

  9. bherbert commented on Doonesbury 3 months ago

    Ignorant, incompetent people are already voting. They’re Rush’s “dittoheads” and views of Faux News Channel. Should we suppress THOSE people’s votes?

  10. bherbert commented on Doonesbury 3 months ago

    With presidential primaries and a general election coming, this is very much THIS YEAR’S (and next year’s) news. There’s still time to combat these ridiculous rules through the courts, but that process has to start now. And that requires awareness—which is what GT is promoting.