Sunday, May 18, 2014

Something to Know - 18 May

Stuart Carlson

1.  Immigration Reform is an often referred to wedge topic.  Unfortunately, it is not well understood, and is deep meaning is often ignored.  To that end, this piece from the NY Times offers us an opportunity to see what the issue means in Laredo, Texas, and how it may differ from the mainstream understanding

2.  I hope you give time to read this.  It concerns the bullying tactics employed by the Trans Canada Pipeline (Keystone XL) to plow their way through the Mid-West.   Standing in their way, is a grass-roots coalition of farmers and ranchers in Nebraska, who have united in spirit by issues common to them - their way of life and clean and fertile land.   Bill McKibben is the intellectual head of the movement, but it has taken abuse by Trans Canada and an awakening in values by Nebraskans to unite in spirit.   It's the old common people vs. the greedy corporation story:

3.  Frank Bruni of the NY Times offers up his opinion on how the elite colleges and universities are failing in really changing the upward mobility problem.  It's still the same old rich peoples' kids getting in and succeeding.  I think the abysmal situation is not a fault of the elite institutions of learning.   The problem is the shitty way we have neglected our elementary, high school, and state institutions.   Also, if we had a decent GI Bill, based not only on military, but public service, we might be able to extend to push for upward mobility to those who really need it, and who will actually do more to improve the overall situation.   Harvard, Stanford, and Yale, can continue to being who they are.   We need to focus support on those who have little or no name recognition:

A man who has never gone to school may steal from a freight car; but if he has a university education, he may steal the whole railroad.
-- Theodore Roosevelt

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