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  •  We should be friends (8+ / 0-)

    My daughter worked on the Langston Hughes archive at WSU preparing it for his 100th anniversary. She will be the only student-not professional librarian- credited. I take some credit as she already knew all about Langston Hughes, and what he stood for, from her mother before she even attended WSU.

    I also started a post on the pride of Kansas public education but lost it somehow. We have an incredible history of education. We had 10 fricking colleges before we even had a state. KSU is the very first land grant college created- during the middle of the Civil War for heavens sake. It was also the 2nd public university to allow women and opened with 50% women and 50% men. Truly a proud tradition that not many recognize.

    I have encouraged all my children to leave the state as soon as they finish  college. I expect my partner and I to follow suit in a decade or so in retirement.  We make enough money that Brownback's changes really don't hurt us, and maybe help, but recognize the rupture in the social contract. So we will pay less than our fair share of taxes until we retire and then we will leave.

    Our oldest child is a sub-poverty level full time student diagnosed with a dangerous pre-cancerous condition diagnosed just before her Obamacare coverage expired and there is absolutely no state help available. They would truly let her die, or bankrupt her, as she is single without children.

    As our older family dies off, there is nothing here for us anymore. Still I mourn for what we were.

    •  We should indeed be friends! :-) I'm sorry... (0+ / 0-)

      to hear about your daughter's illness, and I also mourn for what this state once stood for. It's just embarrassing to claim residency here now.

      Also--really cool about your daughter's work on Langston Huges. I wrote my dissertation on his life and work, and as you know, he grew up in Lawrence. Again, another proud fact about this sorry state! Sigh...

      Let America be the dream the dreamers dreamed...

      by langstonhughesfan on Wed Feb 06, 2013 at 02:11:12 PM PST

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