Tuesday, March 07, 2006

A freshman perspective

posted by Rob at 3:17 PM

Nice op-ed in today's student newspaper at Appalachian State. I'm not sure what depresses me more, though. That so many of her classmates hate this country, or that the point of her column is so obvious it shouldn't need to be written. You can read it here.

Some excerpts:
Recently in one of my classes, my professor asked, “How many students think America sucks?” I was appalled by the response: over half of the class raised their hand. ...

In Africa, more than 25 million people are living with AIDS, which is 24 million more than North America. People in most Sub-Saharan African countries do not receive any kind of health care assistance. In the United States, a hospital cannot refuse emergency care to anyone, whether they can pay or not. ...

Despite the occasional litterbug, this is one of the most sanitary countries on the planet. In India, cows roam the streets freely creating animal waste that often goes ignored. Most people do not even have running water.

We have trash collection services, proper biochemical waste disposal and water treatment plants that maintain a clean water source for all who live here.

The unemployment rate in America is under 5 percent and is actually dropping, not rising. In Germany, the rate is almost three times higher than ours.

These days, any willing person can go to college. Financial aid is available to those who cannot afford to pay tuition, meaning that if you want to, you can get a degree.
Odd that I would read this the same day Matt Laurer softballs a teacher caught preaching America hate in class, such as:
Do you see how when, you know, when you're looking at this definition, where does it say anything about capitalism is an economic system that will provide everyone in the world with the basic needs that they need? Is that a part of this system? Do you see how this economic system is at odds with humanity? At odds with caring and compassion? It's at odds with human rights.


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5:32 PM, March 07, 2006  
Blogger yamiyakusoku said...

In regards to the section "how many students like India?" Newsweek recently released article about India becoming a superpower, there was a survey conducted revealing about 83% of Americans like America. For those living in substandard conditions it would make sense to believe this, but for those living at a comfortable level it isn't right to have this belief. Yes, the government does thing occasionally which we may argue with, but it could be much worse (Ex:Iraq, N. Korea, China, need I go on)

5:36 PM, March 07, 2006  

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