at Patrick & Co.
at 90 Parkridge Stairs
at Golden Gateway Apts
It looks like Gay Shame is back… sigh. We need something to energize our community, but this is not it. (at MUNI Bus Stop #15653)
The post office has been made to look inefficient and obsolete, as if public enterprises are incapable of generating public revenues; yet the postal service has been both self-funding and profitable for over two centuries. If we refuse to allow our government to make money through public enterprises, we will be destined to bear the burden of supporting government with our taxes, while we watch countries such as China, Korea and Japan, which do allow public industries, enjoy the fruits of that profitable and efficient arrangement.
At $10 an hour you’d have to work 1,250 hours to cover the UW’s $12,500 tuition (more, once you take out taxes). In a 12-week summer, that’s more than 100 hours a week.
What really made me feel ancient is that the 1981 UW student guide shows the Med school charged only $1,029 a year back then. Today: $28,040!
Now, I didn’t go to the UW. But I’m going down Husky memory lane because last week The Seattle Times featured a crop of harried UW students looking rueful and broke. The story said skeptical state legislators often say how “they worked their way through college. And then they ask: Why don’t students do that today?”
Of all our delusions, we old farts cling to this bootstrap one the most. We worked our way up on sweat and chicken grease, we say. Can’t this generation? What’s wrong with them?
What’s wrong is that after we got ours, we cut it off for them.
The reason a summer at KFC could pay for a year of UW med school in 1981 isn’t that we were so hardworking and industrious. It’s that taxpayers back then picked up 90 percent of the tab. We weren’t Horatio Algers. We were socialists.
Today, the public picks up only 30 percent of UW tuition, and dropping.
Yes, this is it! I’ve been saying something along these lines for a while - the boomers are really the most self-absorbed and self-centered generation: they got theirs and then they slammed the door right behind them, systematically dismantling everything that made America great (education, infrastructure spending, investment in sciences, investment in anything beyond their narrow, self-interests) with their incessant demand for lower taxes and more for them.
Summer is definitely here now… (at Market Spiral)
Left (at Under the Central Freeway)
at Washburn Alley
across from Starbucks… (at Starbucks)
the Icon… (at Castro Farmers’ Market)
at Castro Pride Flag Pole
a pleasant surprise near the top of the steps (at Burnett/Gardenside Stairs)