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View Diary: My public conversation with a RightWing woman & friend in CO (257 comments)

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  •  Liberal from CO tx you & Morrill Land-Grant Act (9+ / 0-)

    As you will already know, Montrose County is also hugely conservative.  But we are also surrounded by some pretty progressive hamlets, such as Telluride!  It is sometimes insufferable to live in such a milieu.  Thanks for your comments to this woman and for your diary here at DK.

    It angers me that so many people can't seem to recall the beneficial things that we have all done together as a nation that help individuals succeed.  For example, public higher education.  I recently submitted the following letter to the editor.  It wasn't intended to raise eyebrows, just to make a simple point:

    "In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed into law the first Morrill Land-Grant Act, which provided grants of federal lands to the states to fund the establishment of public universities and agricultural education programs nationwide.  'Without excluding other scientific and classical studies and including military tactic,' the act was envisioned 'to teach such branches of learning as are related to agriculture and the mechanic arts, in such manner as the legislatures of the States may respectively prescribe, in order to promote the liberal and practical education of the industrial classes in the several pursuits and professions in life.' As a result, higher education was no longer available only to the wealthy and political elite.  The daughter of a land surveyor and a cafeteria worker, both of whom missed out on the opportunity to attend college because of the Great Depression, I consider myself fortunate to have both an undergraduate and a graduate degree from a land-grant university.  On this 150th anniversary of the first land-grant act, I salute public higher education."

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