Tuesday, June 30, 2020

How many colleges and universities will survive?

NYU prof: 'Hundreds, if not thousands' of universities will soon be 'walking dead' is a discussion about a point we've talked about several times, that colleges are over priced, and so students will find other ways to get an education.

I did find this thought very sobering:
Approximating that a thousand to two thousand of the country's 4,500 universities could go out of business in the next 5-10 years, Galloway concludes, “what department stores were to retail, tier-two higher tuition universities are about to become to education and that is they are soon going to become the walking dead.”

Hat tip: Instapundit

Thursday, June 04, 2020

Think about where you spend your ounce

Several years ago I came across this quote:
"You say the little efforts that I make will do no good; that they never will prevail to tip the hovering scale where justice hangs in the balance. I don't think I ever thought they would. But I am prejudiced beyond debate in favor of my right to choose which side shall feel the stubborn ounces of my weight."
- Bonaro Overstreet
I love this quote.  I try to be involved in the political process.  For decades I've written letters to various state and federal officials.  

Recently I made some postcards via VistaPrint.  These were 5.5 by 8 inches.  They had a picture of the Constitution on the front.  On the back I had:
The Constitution of the United States
Ratified in 1788, the Constitution is the supreme law for the United States of America.  To help prevent tyranny the Founding Fathers crafted a form of government with separation of powers.  The Federal level was broken into three branches:  legislative, executive and judicial.  The responsibilities and powers of the federal government were spelled out in this historic document.
The Preamble of the Constitution is:  “We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”
(Image from: https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/downloads)
Previously I had made up a bunch with the Declaration of Independence.  And after these I plan to have an image with the Bill of Rights.

I have sets of postcards where a set will have the address for my Senators, Congressmen or President Trump.  I find it easier to motivate myself to write a couple times a week.  They are sitting there on my bookshelf.  I've already paid the money.  And it is fairly quick to write a short note after reading some news about an issue which I have an opinion.

I encourage you to think about where you spend your ounce, and to look for ways to make it two ounces, or more.  We live in crazy times.  It is good to be involved.