I have lived in North Carolina for more than a decade. Both the choice and the stakes are clear when it comes to the U.S. Senate race in the Tar Heel state this fall. I’d rank a state or two ahead of it in probability of flipping a Senate seat but it will certainly be one of the biggest battlegrounds. It may be a slight exaggeration but I see the choice akin to one between good and evil one.
Today’s topic deserves at least an essay if not a book. I haven’t written an essay in several years (the old ones were all lost in one of the hacks) and my book projects (yes, they exist) aren’t exactly moving at warp speed. Therefore, you have today’s title and format. The topic? It’s student debt relief that I do not feel can be discussed without touching on the larger topic of public education. Hence, the article’s title.
Baseball movies are usually far from the best in cinematography. That said, probably my favorite baseball movie of all time is the 1957 film, Fear Strikes Out. It portrays Jimmy Piersall’s (who was a very good major leaguer) fight against mental illness exacerbated (I’m probably being kind) by his father. In baseball basically the worst thing a hitter can do is strike out. It is the ultimate failure in any particular at bat. Piersall was afraid of failure/failure to please his father.
It is challenging to write about a dynamic situation and nothing seems to be more dynamic than COVID. That said, today I want to expound on an aspect that we seem to be ignoring.
Today is Veterans’ Day in America and for me, in particular, it is time to do a “clean up” article. As I sat down to write this I though what an appropriate juxtaposition of circumstances. In too many cases we asked our veterans to clean up our messes and I want to clean up the backlog of notes I have on things I have neglected to cover.