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A civil engineer for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
In the continuing fiscal crisis, magical thinking afflicts the State Capitol. Gov. Jim Doyle is again busy pushing -- and some legislators are buying into -- the politically handy myth that laying off public employees and cutting their wages are effective in helping ease the state's multibillion-dollar budget deficit. Not even close.
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Margaret Bassett passed away August 21, 2011. She was a treasured member of the Opednews.com editorial team for four years.

Margaret Bassett--OEN editor--is an 89-year old, currently living in senior housing, with a lifelong interest in political philosophy. Bachelors from State University of Iowa (1944) and Masters from Roosevelt University (1975) help to unravel important requirements for modern communication. Early introduction to computer science (1966) trumps them. It's payback time. She's been "entitled" so long she hopes to find some good coming off the keyboard into the lives of those who come after her.

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