Education, Country Music and Afghanistan

California college students protesting proposed tuition hikes

Of all the problems associated with the economic downturn, the saddest has got to be California’s proposed 32 precent college tuition hike. Many, many students will be forced to drop out, transfer or rack up frightening loans. Administrators called a protest takeover at UC Santa Cruz ‘futile,’ and they’re probably right. If some students can’t/won’t pay the new tuition, someone else will, gladly. The problem is that they’re forcing middle class and economically disadvantaged (read: minority) students out of top-notch schools to lesser ones, or none at all. There has got to be a better way.

I’m not a country music fan, but it’s incredibly funny how much time and energy people are wasting, hating on Tayor Swift. You would think folks would have something better to do with their time than obsess over a 19-year-old girl. It’s almost creepy.

And elsewhere in the world, violence in Afghanistan has reached its highest levels since 2001. Some 1,500 civilians were killed between January and August this year, according to the United Nations.  It’s an ugly situation, and doesn’t look to get much better for the forseeable future. Hopefully, we can do some good over there.


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