Monthly Archives: May 2016

On campus, students of these subjects are by far the least politically engaged — Quartz

Tufts University’s Institute for Democracy and Higher Education recently scrutinized the voting habits of millions of eligible college students from 2012, hoping to uncover patterns relevant to this year’s presidential election. Researchers found that college students in the US overall vote at a rate of 45%—but that number swings widely depending on personal details, such…

via On campus, students of these subjects are by far the least politically engaged — Quartz

The Blank Check

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 “A veteran is someone who, at one point in their life wrote a blank check made payable to The United States of America, for an amount up to and including their life.”

That’s an unattributed quote that gets thrown around a lot this time of year-specifically this weekend.  It’s a thought that’s never quite squared with me, in the way something that makes you sound gloriously better than you are doesn’t.  I’m a veteran.  And when I signed up, I didn’t write any blank checks.  I signed up to do a job for a reason.  I did it because it was a good and honorable profession.  And because it paid for my college.  And I kept doing it because it paid me well, and took care of my family.  And when I couldn’t do it any more, I stopped. Or at least I tried.  But I couldn’t.  Because I…

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