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Chilean miners, off shore drilling and college football

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The ongoing saga of the Chilean miners offer a number of lessons in endurance, faith, hope and, even, American ingenuity. It is an U.S. company that drilled Tunnel B that is going to be used as the escape route for the men.

The coverage has been riveting. CNN deserves praise for its ongoing coverage. On Saturday it stayed on the scene as the saga unfolded. I felt the tension and barely contained excitement and elation when the tunnel reached near the chamber where the men was imprisoned.

Miners everywhere, every day risk their lives. I hope this story has a happy ending for all 33 of the men, though there may be some explaining to do about the girl friends of the men who have wives!

Back to the U.S., today President Obama lifted the moratorium on deep water off shore drilling. I guess the oil industry, lobbyists and others have convinced him the mistakes, errors and omissions of the BP Deepwater Horizon spill  will never be repeated. Yeah, right.

Oil is a finite resource. The nation needs to go on an energy diet, and we need to put our American ingenuity into finding viable, plentiful and non-environmentally sensitive alternatives.

The auto companies are being converted, but electric-powered vehicles are not energy-efficient if you dig behind the plug and find out how the electricity is generated. In a lot of places in the U.S. it is by burning coal.

Kudos to Google for investing in wind. Perhaps some exploration of the hot air in Washington D.C. and state capitals around the country should also be explored.

And how about the Michigan State Spartans thrashing of the University of Michigan Wolverines on Saturday.  Great day for the green and white! Two good teams played a solid, exciting game.

 

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October 12, 2010 at 8:44 pm

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Suicides and foreclosures

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College used to be a place where students could easily shed their high school personas. One of the most liberating part of college was knowing really cared where you came from or who your friends had been in high school, people accepted you, welcomed you for who you are. The cliques of the past didn’t seem to exist as much in the melting pot of a college dorm.

The sad story of the suicide of the Rutger’s freshman Tyler Clementi shows how much college has changed in the past few decades. Has college become merely the 13th, 14th, etc. grade?

Now on to the foreclosure issue. Nice that Bank of America has stopped foreclosing houses in record numbers in a lot of states–states that require the foreclosure process to go through the courts. I doubt this is altruistic on the bank’s part, just as it was not on GMAC’s part. The issue becomes irregularities and procedural flaws, like faulty title, that could allow homeowners to turn around and sue the bank. Sadly, Michigan, with its large numbers of ongoing foreclosures, does not offer that protection for its citizens.

I even know of a doctor who is buying a home in Akron, Ohio. He faces foreclosure because he got a job in North Carolina and has moved. He is current and never behind on his mortgage payments. I just don’t get the sense in this.

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October 3, 2010 at 8:24 pm

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