Posted by Brian, a resident of the Evergreen Park neighborhood, on Feb 25, 2013 at 4:20 pm
Seems like a reasonable choice to me. Since he very well could be a presidential candidate, it will be a nice opportunity to hear him up close. He certainly has potential to attract a lot of the political "middle" ground.
The soda tax, while unlikely to be successful in fixing obesity and other ill effects of our diets, is certainly increasing the visibility of the problem and of one of its significant causes. I'm ambivalent about the tax, so that doesn't bother me.
Bloomberg's decision on the NYC campus, while disappointing for us, was likely necessary (politically) once Cornell got into the mix. I wouldn't hold that against him either.
Posted by Brian, a resident of the Evergreen Park neighborhood, on Feb 25, 2013 at 4:25 pm
Also, in response to "West is Best", I agree with your sentiment, but don't expect Easterners to treat us nicely because of Kennedy's Stanford connection. I doubt if many people realize that he spent an ENTIRE quarter here (after graduating from Harvard and before enlisting in the Navy). :)
Posted by traitor, a resident of the Downtown North neighborhood, on Feb 25, 2013 at 5:19 pm
Bloomberg is a traitor to his fellow one percenters. After Hurricane Sandy wiped out parts of his city, Bloomberg became a believer in global warming. Other one percenters are holding the line on global warming denial, no matter how much evidence the scientists give them.
Posted by Ho hum, Still not as good as Steve Jobs, a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood, on Feb 26, 2013 at 9:58 am
Brian, thanks for the great and humorous clarification on the JFK "one quarter" at Stanford. And besides, people should stop comparing the two coasts educationally. Stanford does just fine with respect to the world's perception of it as a great educational and research institution, and now apparently, one of the best fundraisers, exceeding one billion this past year. Surpassing both Harvard and Yale!
Posted by Old Stanford Grad, a resident of the Duveneck/St. Francis neighborhood, on Feb 26, 2013 at 6:43 pm
Let me see if I've got this straight: Hennessy and Stanford invest 3 million outside dollars plus much more in internal expenditures in a proposal for a campus in NYC. Bloomberg plays bait and switch at the last minute and Stanford bites the big one. Sayonara, Stanford, congrats Cornell!
Now Hennessy and Stanford are inviting the architect of this disaster to be the commencement speaker at Stanford's graduation ceremonies. Bloomberg, the very same guy who's using his big bucks to buy his way in, in an extraordinarily classless way, to London society. Question to psychology dept: Is Hennessy a masochist? Or will Bloomberg buy us the Bloomberg Underground Repository for excess sugar from 16 oz drinks in return for his visit?
This is even better than Carly Fiorina, architect of the HP disaster.
When my daughter graduated, Ted Koppel spoke.
When I graduated, someone else spoke, can't quite remember who, but he had something to do with cameras.