…when stories like this don’t exactly make me feel bad like they’re supposed to.
Yes, on days like this, when my initial reaction is “Great! All the more space for me, then.” I know, I know, a place can’t possibly be desirable unless it’s packed full of people. Sedate me now, I’m obviously having a psychotic break. What educated person in their right mind wouldn’t want to live in an overcrowded, overdeveloped air-conditioner-dependent beehive in sterile, overpriced, cookie-cutter neighborhoods requiring daily one-hour commutes? Who among us can live as a fully realized human being without an adequate number of Starbucks and Ikea?
But seriously… there’s nothing wrong with Upstate New York’s image. If there’s any problem with its image, it’s that it’s unknown, not that it’s got a bad image. The problem, as we all know, is the poor business climate, and it is nothing more mysterious than that. Jeez, I sound like a Republican. But come on. We know what the problems are, and we know what is keeping them from being solved.
Lastly, I must say that I find noteworthy the assumption that “educated” people will be the best problem-solvers. America at large is more “educated” than ever before. We are shoveling out “educated” young people by the truckload in this country, at staggering expense, and yet there we are in Iraq, bleeding away our moral authority and military might, and not one of these “educated” folks appears to have any clue as to how to solve that little problem. So why don’t we just try to attract courageous and adventurous people to our little backwater instead? College degree or no degree. Maybe they could do some actual good.