2013 Elections / Education / Hampton Roads / Local / Politics / Virginia

Quick hits 10/7/13

QuickHitsA few things I ran across:

  • The third choice for governor – Pilot editorial board editor Donald Luzzatto hits the nail on the head with this one. I met with Sarvis a while back and have been trying to write an article about him but couldn’t quite pull it off. Luzzatto captures very well the conundrum Sarvis’ candidacy presents.
  • McDonnell seeks NSU board resignations – I caught wind of this last week. It has been rumored for a while that this was the next step at NSU, after the firing of president Tony Atwater. I hear most of the board has refused – or are willing to resign only after McDonnell’s successor is sworn in. This thing isn’t over.
  • A right way to clean voter rolls – The Roanoke Times editorial board makes some really good points as Virginians get ready to go to the polls in less than a month.
  • Mainstream – If the RPV hadn’t changed its method of nomination, Bolling is the guy I would have voted for in the primary. No, his voting record isn’t far from Cuccinelli’s but during his time in the LG’s office, he has demonstrated that he has grown beyond being simply a party hack. His latest missive was rolled a week ago and in it, he embraces things that I have advocated for: bipartisan redistricting, a two-term governor, and a change to the budget cycle. (It should be noted that Cuccinelli advocated for the latter years ago.)
  • In Conversation: Antonin Scalia – This New York magazine interview is a must-read.

Lastly – I often find myself in conversations with students about their career plans. I spent some time yesterday with a few of them who are like many of ODU’s students: not straight-from-high-school ones; thus, they are older. Traditional wisdom has been that CPA firms – the students I see are, of course, accounting majors – don’t look to hire older workers. I ran across this article –  Some employers see perks of hiring older workers – a few weeks ago that blows up that conventional wisdom. Among the firms listed is KPMG, one of the Big Four firms. I particularly liked this:

Stereotypes have prevailed. Hiring managers often still view older applicants as having lower job performance, higher absenteeism and accident rates, and less ability to solve problems and adapt to changes. But Capelli said research has found older workers outpace younger ones in nearly every metric.

My advice to those student: don’t give up.

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