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Summer's over, but future beckons for youth - Comments (3) View Comments
Mason Hess - 8/7/2009
The time has come once again; a time that is either loved or hated, awaited or feared. Summer is nearing its end, and the schools are getting ready to re-open. The stores are becoming stocked full of notebooks, binders, pencils and the like. Mothers are shopping for clothes and supplies; fathers are planning the fall sports schedule. Every year it happens the same, and every year it ends the same.
The graduated class of 2009, however, is facing a few difficult decisions. For those of us lucky enough to have gotten out of high school last year, the time is now upon us to make the choice: be free of school, for good, or grit our teeth and go back in it for another 4 year run.
For some, the word “college” simply means 4 more years of useless, time consuming boredom. For others, it’s simply another small stepping stone on the path to their life-long careers. Either way, it’s time to decide whether to head back to school, or head right into the working world and build your career from there.
Many influencing adults in our lives have stressed the importance of college since the start of high school, maybe even earlier. I’ve seen countless times, though, in which students will take their high school diplomas only and become very successful workers or business owners. The situation is also much different in a small town such as ours. Many families already own businesses that are simply passed through the generations. For those that don’t, a small town is probably one of the easiest places to find work.
There are still those, however, who strive for something more; former students who need to break out of the small town-cycle and achieve something greater. We want to be doctors, artists, lawyers, and everything in between. For these graduates, college is the way to go. Yes, it is another long 4 years, possibly even more than that, and it is going to be costly. But we like to believe in the investment. We like to believe that, like so many before us, we’ll take this road and it will lead us onto better things and bigger places.
The time of hand-holding is behind us, and we look now to the future. Many doors have just opened before us and it is now up to us to choose which path to follow. Each and every one of the graduated students of 2009 has a choice to make and a life to live. We’re shaping the future with our actions and carving the past as we go. No matter what we decide to do, we are now the future face of the world.
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Press Release for Sign On Letter
Our new organization the Green Peace Corps for sustainable food and environment, that will be coming to Colorado in October and has been delegated to send Colorado newspapers this important press release for a stronger Climate Bill here below. Please let me know if you receive it OK as I have been having problems sending it. I’m not computer savvy and my assistant has is ill.
Thank you in advance,
Thomas F Thirion
On Behalf of the “Green Peace Corps’
For Immediate Release, August 26, 2009
Kassie Siegel, Center for Biological Diversity, (760) 366-2232 x 302 (office), (951) 961-7972 (mobile),
Nick Berning, Friends of the Earth, (202) 222-0748 (office), (703) 587-4454 (mobile), nberningfoe.org
More Than 300 Groups Ask Senate for Stronger Climate Bill:
Broad Alliance Expresses Concern With House Legislation and
WASHINGTON— A broad coalition of more than 300 faith, human-rights, social justice, and environmental groups sent a letter to U.S. senators today calling for energy and climate legislation that is much stronger than the Waxman-Markey bill that passed the House of Representatives June 26. That bill contained massive giveaways to polluting special interests and would fail to ensure a rapid transition to clean energy.
The groups plan to hand deliver the letter to senators’ state offices next week as part of a larger, grassroots mobilization demonstrating far-reaching support for bold leadership in the fight to solve the climate crisis.
In the letter, the groups express “profound concern” about the House bill and ask senators to usher in “the transformational change and greenhouse emissions reductions required to avert catastrophic climate impacts.” The letter calls for legislation that:
• Reduces atmospheric CO2 concentrations to a safe level of below 350 parts per million
• Maintains existing Clean Air Act protections against global warming pollution
• Minimizes the use of offsets and other loopholes
• Protects vulnerable populations and communities
• Promotes abundant clean energy
• Eliminates polluter giveaways and
• Adheres to preexisting U.S. commitments to the rest of the world.
Comments from a few groups that signed the letter follow:
“We havent yet seen the bold leadership from Congress thats required to solve the climate crisis,” said Church World Service Director of Education and Advocacy Rajyashri Waghray. “Were sending this letter to demonstrate broad grassroots support for such leadership.”
“We have to have a stronger climate bill than the watered-down version that passed the House,” said San Bernardino Valley Audubon Society Conservation Chair Drew Feldmann.
“Were organizing on the ground, in communities around/throughout the country, to mobilize the everyday people who will feel climate impacts, and to defeat the entrenched, polluting special interests in Washington and pass a truly strong bill in the Senate,” said Appalachian Voices Legislative Associate J.W. Randolph.
“The everyday people of America have been left out of the climate debate. We are building a grassroots movement that reflects the diversity of America , to mobilize everyday people who are experiencing the affects of climate change. We aim to defeat entrenched fossil fuel polluting special interests in Washington and pass a truly strong climate bill,” said Tom Goldtooth of the Indigenous Environmental Network.
“Theres an impressive breadth of groups on this letter, and it demonstrates that the status quo isnt acceptable. Congress must pass a bill that actually gives us a fighting chance of avoiding runaway global warming. Theres no other option,” said Tyson Slocum, who directs Public Citizen’s energy program.
Other organizations signing the letter include the Center for Biological Diversity, Center on Race Poverty and the Environment, Central California Environmental Justice Network, Corporate Ethics International, CREDO, Communities for a Better Environment, Franciscan Sisters of Mary, Friends Committee on National Legislation, Friends of the Earth, Global Exchange, Greenpeace, International Rivers, Network for Environmental Economic Responsibility United Church of Christ, Rainforest Action Network, the Unitarian Universalist Association of Congregations, and many others.
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