Monthly Archives: June 2011

A Boy’s Blue Highways

My blog friend Keith Spillett has posted a well-written little memoir about car trips in the twenty-first century, noting the boring sameness of the experience as he and his family traveled the interstate diagonal from the Southeast to the upper … Continue reading

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A Different Gulf Disaster?

For ye have the poor with you always, and whensoever ye will ye may do them good: but me ye have not always. — Mark, 14:7 A basic principle of physics and engineering is that there must be a difference … Continue reading

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That’s The Way It Is

All too often newspaper commentary is banal, predictable and light on originality, so when I find a column that is none of those things I think it is worth some attention.  Investigative reporter and journalism teacher Max McCoy (whose picture … Continue reading

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Student Loan, Leech on Society?

In a previous post I asserted that the quality of a college degree is more a function of talent and work ethic than it is of instructional quality, and that universities are basically selling prestige and a monopolistic imprimatur.  The … Continue reading

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