The state’s unemployment fund is facing a $184 million deficit by the end of 2011. That’s huge, and can’t be solved by a single proposal. Rather, a multi-pronged approach that will require the unemployed to do with less and employers to pay more is the only way a deficit of this size will be resolved quickly. Unfortunately, the state Legislature may again postpone action until the following session because the answers are too politically hot to tackle.
The word “yikes,” especially when followed by an exclamation point, can have a pleasantly exhilarating meaning. But when spoken by the father of a tweenage girl, especially when followed by a wide-eyed expression of bewilderment and terror, “yikes” can take on a whole other meaning.
If you’re looking for a deeply moving opportunity for personal growth, I recommend letting your house get overrun by a plague of ladybugs. It worked for me.
It started in March, when, out of nowhere, hordes of the tiny, black-spotted red beetles showed up like so many miniature Volkswagens at a vintage car show. Within a few days the walls and ceilings looked like dot-to-dot pictures. Ladybugs crawled everywhere and clung to everything; it was nothing to find one perching on the end of the pen I was writing with.