As I read this one, several articles caught my eye. They really have no relation to each other, but they all struck me as poignant in different ways. The first was a series of articles on rising fuel prices and their affect on our nation. It seems that people are becoming more conscious of fuel consumption - they are selling or parking their SUVs, riding public transportation, riding bicycles, and selling their homes far out in the suburbs to move closer to their jobs. It’s interesting to me that they could have been doing these things all along, but only now with pinched wallets change their lifestyle. This goes along with an article I read a while back in National Geographic. That author observed that almost every decision made in
The second article that caught my eye dealt with child labor in
The last article that caught my eye was one dealing with US Army bases and how the living conditions in some of them are not up to snuff. I understand that troops need places to sleep and shower, but here’s a quote in regards to temperature in one building that makes me wonder what kind of soldiers we have in the US Army:
“There are now two furnaces per barrack, but Corriveau (an Army official) said the building can’t be updated to provide room-by-room temperature control, upsetting many soldiers during the cold winters. (emphasis mine)”
It seems to me that there is something wrong with a bunch of ‘soldiers’ being upset by a being cold. I mean come on, what kind of people are being recruited these days? What kind of training are they getting? Al-Quaida is living in caves and our guys complain because they can't have better control over a room's temperature. But even worse, it was a soldier’s dad who helped break this story with videos showing “rusty stairways, peeling paint, broken toilet seats, a flooded bathroom and mold all around.” I agree the conditions aren't great, but just imagine his fellow soldiers' reactions when they found out their buddy's dad had been whining on his son’s behalf.