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Shocking

July 5, 2006 at 12:30pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

State Senator Marian Price wants automatic external defibrillators (AEDs) in every Lincoln Public School building. The Board of Education recently rejected the idea on a 4-3 vote. The Board didn’t like the installation costs ($140,000+), maintenance costs, liability issues, and so on.

AEDs are proven to help save lives in critical scenarios. I wonder how many lives could potentially be saved by following Senator Price’s plan? My gut tells me it’s probably quite a bit less than one life per year, but I could be wrong. How much are we willing to spend per life saved per year? It’s a valid economics question, even though it does make you feel a little dirty for thinking of a life in terms of dollars. One hundred forty grand doesn’t strike me as an obscene cost, but by the time you factor in hidden and ongoing costs, maybe it’s not worth it any more. I don’t know.

In the Cards

July 5, 2006 at 12:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Shame on Councilman Ken Svoboda for using a shady return address on graduation cards his campaign sent to Lincoln’s high school graduates. The cards featured a return address of city hall. I’m a little surprised his campaign was dumb

unwise enough to let that sort of a thing slip. If you’re working on a campaign you’ve got to know that sort of thing isn’t kosher.

Warehousing Down South

July 5, 2006 at 12:25pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Neighbors might not like the idea of the area housing industrial uses, but I think it’s great that somebody is already proposing a 300,000 square foot warehouse near 25th and Saltillo Road to take advantage of the future South Beltway. The Beltway needs to be as much an economic engine as a transportation corridor.

Don’t Forget the Big Kids

July 5, 2006 at 12:20pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Cheers to Jessie Lierz and Paige Bakula, both age 11, who want parks designers to remember big kids, too (last letter):

We would like to express our feelings about the new Roberts Park equipment. We are very displeased with little slides, swings, and no basketball court.

Our new park is very small and the builders think there are lots of kids around the age of 2-6 that can play with the equipment. We would like the builders to know that there are a lot of kids around the age of 8-13 who can’t play on the equipment.

We would like bigger slides, so it would be more fun for us older kids. We would like one of the swings to be higher so we aren’t scraping our feet and touching the ground. We would like our basketball court back, and we would like the baseball diamond that they told us we would have.

We would truly like bigger and better equipment for our park. Plus a new bike rack.

Good letter, kids. Good luck to you.

A Rare Complaint

July 4, 2006 at 6:52pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

It is rare indeed to see the government complaining that its vehicles aren’t on the road enough.

Stormy Weather, Revisited

July 4, 2006 at 6:48pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

I was right, there really haven’t been many tornadoes this year. It’s not a bad problem to have, but it has made this year a bit dull for those of us who love a good storm.

The Reason for the Season

July 4, 2006 at 1:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

A gentle reminder:

John Trumbull's 'Declaration of Independence'

Go Get Your Hens Laying Eggs

July 3, 2006 at 12:00pm By: Mr. Wilson Posted in The Lincolnite Blog

Lincoln vendors can begin selling fireworks today from 8:00 AM to 11:00 PM, and tomorrow from 8:00 AM to Midnight. Happy shopping!

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