Is higher education the answer?
Every time there's an article in the paper or a newscast on TV it is always said that American children are below or falling behind the rest of the world in math and science.
This is always followed up with we need more college graduates, more degrees in science and math if we are to keep up with the rest of the world. Let's look at science.
We have a multitude of highly educated scientists in America. Most agree that global warming is a problem that we all should fear. We have scientists who have compiled years of data, dissect this data the way they where taught to and still millions of highly educated people think it's a lie. New York and New Jersey were told by scientists that a storm like Super Storm Sandy would be a disaster like they've never seen. As you can see, it fell on deaf ears.
Now let's take a look at math. There's no doubt that America has its share of math wizards from the most prestigious universities. Many of them go into the business world to be CEOs of big companies. Companies like Exxon that made $44.9 billon in profit last year causing every person from the middle class down to try to find enough money to fill their gas tanks to get to work. Let's not forget about Wall Street and the banking industry, with all those math wizards that led us into the great recession. Of course we can't leave out all those highly educated business pros that sent our good-paying jobs overseas for more profit for themselves. Some other highly-educated people we should not forget about are the people in Congress, the ones who took America to the brink of default and made us look like fools to the rest of the world. So is degree after degree really going to make a difference? It appears that the better educated some people become the less common sense and compassion they have. So is higher education the answer to our country's problems or is it the problem? Maybe it's time to let some levelheaded high school graduates take a shot at it. I really can't see where they could do much worst.
Project isolates river from average citizens
I have a few thoughts concerning the ongoing riverbank restoration project on the East End.
Those steps of large cut stone, down to the water, lasted almost 80 years of high water. A quality job to say the least. They have never been repaired, so sure, several of those stairways have been undermined. Yet, when that project was undertaken back in the 1930s, the three large flood control dams at Bluestone, Sutton and Summersville did not even exist. High water on the Kanawha River was much more common back then. However, those officials decided it was still worth installing several stairways down to the river for the general public.