Easy for Schumer to dismiss student loans; he’s from Washington
Every day, ordinary people go to work to produce something of value for their employer. At the end of the week, the employer returns a portion of the production to the worker in the form of a paycheck. When they cash their checks and put some of it into a savings account, they really put some of their production away for the future.
The paper with green ink we call money is valuable only because it represents someone’s prior production (unless, of course, one comes from Washington, where that paper is really just paper. It was printed without anyone producing anything).
If I borrow some money (production) from a friend or a bank, I have a moral and legal obligation to repay it. After all, someone had to produce something, or there would be nothing to borrow. If I don’t repay the loan, I am stealing the value of someone’s labor.
In a Feb. 28 front-page article, “Schumer proposal forgives student loans upon death,” our senior U.S. senator, who has obviously spent too much time in Washington, grossly proposed to cancel the obligation to repay a student loan if something should happen to the borrower. It was as though he truly believed the obligation to repay the loan of someone’s production did not exist.
Is it any wonder that certain federal politicians have lost sight of the fact that money has no value when it is simply printed without production of the wealth it should represent?
miSci in Sch’dy has something for everyone
Michael Goot’s March 3 article[“Science museums chart futures”] comparing miSci to CMOST [Children’s Museum of Science and Technology in Troy] missed an important point: The Museum of Science and Innovation (miSci) is a museum for everyone, not just young children.
Although there are exhibits for young children, most exhibits are for older children from middle school to college. In fact, miSci is also for grown-ups. For instance, on May 3, miSci and the Eastern Section of the Science Teachers Association of New York State will host “A Grownup’s Night at the Museum.”
The number of visitors to miSci provided in Goot’s article were from last year (40,000). This year, the executive director, Mac Sudduth predicts over 80,000 visitors based on a significant increase in attendance. For example, the winter had a record 7,400 visitors, which translates into a 232 percent increase over last year during that week. The IBM Think exhibit this spring, the robotic dinosaurs coming this summer, and the continuation of rotating Exploratorium exhibits should attract many new visitors of all ages. All of this is part of the metamorphosis of miSci to becoming a state-of-the-art science center in New York state.
Lastly, another major difference between miSci and CMOST is the huge artifact collection miSci possesses. Science does not just happen; it progresses. Understanding science also entails an understanding of its history. After all, science is a human enterprise. miSci’s artifacts demonstrate how science builds on the discoveries and inventions of past scientists and engineers.
Don’t stop protecting endangered animals
Forty years ago, President Richard Nixon signed the Endangered Species Act into law, but both Democrats and Republicans are now allowing it to be weakened.
It is not just about beauty, it is also about keeping the ecosystem in balance.
For instance, the gray wolf is about to be taken off the endangered species list. You might say, what do I care?
Well, the next time you hit a dear and have to pay the repair bill, know that a gray wolf might have kept this from coming to fruition. They keep not only deer, but rats and mice and coyote populations in check, and are stunning if you are ever so lucky to view one.
So let your congressional member know you wish them to keep the Endangered Species Act strong for all of us on this little slice of mother earth.
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