Humble Rants 26 September 2012

Posted Wednesday, September 26, 2012 in Opinion

Humble Rants 26 September 2012

by Robert Skoglund aka The humble Farmer

In response to a cartoon by syndicated editorial cartoonist Steve Breen of the San Diego Union-Tribune, which was mailed to Maine principals by Gov. Paul LePage outing a career in welding instead of first going to college:
One of the most valuable courses The humble Farmer ever took was from Raymond Flagg who taught him how to weld. Knowing how to stick two pieces of metal together is an invaluable skill on any Maine farm. But luckily for humble, he didn't decide to get rich as a welder because the fumes of molten steel are not all that conducive to longevity and even the hood doesn't fully protect your eyes.  

At one time there was good money to be made putting asbestos into Bath-built ships, too. 

With nine (9) years of a liberal arts college education in his curriculum vitae, humble is probably the most under remunerated person of anyone with his amount of education in the state. 

So the LePage cartoon was right on the money as far as The humble Farmer is concerned.  A good education does not necessarily enable you to trade in your pickup every 4 years. It does, however, make you wonder why some of your neighbors vote as they do. 

Perhaps the most valuable thing one learns in college is that one shouldn't believe everything one hears on the radio or on TV or reads in the newspaper --- because the media is usually owned by your employer's friends. They all have a vested interest in getting you to vote against your own economic interests.

Because you learn these and other interesting things in a liberal arts college, nowadays corporate America puts down college and instead encourages young men to make good money either as a soldier or a rude mechanical who will live happily with Titania forevermore in a rose-covered rented double-wide.

humble loved going to college. The other night he whispered in his wife's ear that he wished he was 19 again.

She said, "Why, so you could go back to school?"

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