Humble Rants 27 July 2011

Posted Wednesday, July 27, 2011 in Opinion

Humble Rants 27 July 2011

by Robert Skoglund, aka The humble Farmer

When Kassandra Hopkins out on Vinalhaven learned she had been awarded a $250,000 scholarship, she said, “I think I screamed. People had to come into the office to see if anything was wrong.”

It is a sad day when it might cost $250,000 to get through 10 years of any kind of U.S. college. As I recall, 50 years ago tuition was something like $50 a semester, and any rural kid could earn enough to get an education by working summers and after school and playing for dances on Saturday nights.

Nowadays any poor kid determined enough to go to school in this country is in hock to the banks for the next 10 or 15 years.

In recent years college has been discouraged by corporate America. An education does tend to create liberals.

Nowadays, a lucrative career in the military is becoming a viable alternative for our young people. It is becoming clear that the very last “entitlements” to be drained will be those of career military people.

I can understand that Kassandra screamed. When I received a grant from the International Congress of Linguists to attend their 1967 Bucharest conference, I remember screaming and jumping about 3 feet off the ground.

When I got to Romania and asked to be introduced to the other U.S. delegates, I was told that there was only one delegate from each country. I asked Dr. Mohrmon why they picked me to represent Harvard, MIT, Stanford and Husson. She slowly looked me up and down and said, “Perhaps you were the only one who applied.”

I advise young people to apply for every educational grant and scholarship that’s out there. If nothing else, it might keep them out of the Army.

The humble Farmer can be heard Saturdays at 5 on WERU Blue Hill, Sundays at 7 on WRFR in Rockland and Tuesdays at 2 on WMPG Portland.

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