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Instead of Going to War in Iraq, the U.S. Could Have Paid for Four Years’ Free University Education

Yesterday, I noted that the 21st Century war in Iraq has cost the United States 818 billion dollars, in addition to the loss of life, the loss of health, the loss of stability and the loss of trust. Forget all the unquantifiable losses for a moment and focus on the money. This is a lot […]

The Kids are Alright: Student Activism Continues at Ohio University

So you say that the youth of today is complacent, accepting, quiescent. Not like you were back in the day?

Naw. It’s just that on the television channels you watch, everyone’s heaping attention on schmucks who set off bombs. In the meantime, Ohio University students staged a protest against tuition increases, getting arrested in the […]

Higher Education: From a Hand Up to a Slap Down in a Generation

The deal on public university education a generation ago: If you’ve made it in life, that’s great. Chances are you did it with help. So take a portion of your income and pay taxes to help others make the most of themselves through a low-cost public university education. When they succeed, they’ll take a portion […]

Say Yes to the Future, No to Bank-Run America: Protest in Times Square May 15

I note in this morning’s Bangor Daily News that Governor Paul LePage and his Republican allies intend to cut funding for Head Start programs, despite solid empirical evidence that for every dollar invested in early childhood education, nearly nine dollars in economic benefit to society is generated.

I note two excerpts from yesterday’s New York […]