Higher education needs some trimming

Gov. Bobby Jindal is right. The answer to financing college education in Louisiana is not higher taxes. It’s cutting down on many of the unnecessary expenses we have.

For many years, many public colleges and universities in the state were politicking to get bigger and more expensive programs. And the state government went along with it.
Many colleges that should have remained at the two-year or, at least, undergraduate level started offering graduate degrees which should have been reserved to very few.

Also, programs at different colleges not far apart could have been combined. And vocational schools could have provided most of the education residents need to make a good living.

Hopefully, those things will be pursued in the future instead of raising taxes to provide educational institutions that are not needed.

One of the greatest movies ever
If you’re looking for an excellent movie that won’t occupy most of an afternoon or evening, check out “Beyond All Boundaries” at the  National World War II Museum under the Crescent City Connection in downtown New Orleans. Narrated by Tom Hanks, it tells the story of U. S. involvement in World War II starting from Germany’s opening shots to take over Europe in the 1930s.

It relates how we offered sympathy and then material support in weapons to stave off the enemy which did not have much effect. Then Japan made the war worldwide on the other side of the globe by invading islands in the Pacific.

The bombing of Pearl Harbor brought us fully into the fray on both sides and, at first, it seemed to be a lost cause. But our heroic forces gradually started pushing back the dictatorships that wanted to rule humanity.

After the British and Americans landed in Normandy and started pushing the Nazis back, the Italians surrendered. Our troops pushed into Germany and it wasn’t long before Hitler committed suicide and that part of the war was ended.
Meanwhile on the Pacific side, things were not going well for the Japs with the Americans finally taking over one of the  Japanese islands. The atomic bomb was the final blow and our enemies’ aggressions were over.

The movie is less that an hour in length and is shown on a giant curving screen in 3-D. It is shown hourly Sunday through Thursday from 10 a. m. to 4 p. m. and 10 a. m. to 5 p. m. Fridays and Saturdays. It is probably the most spectacular film ever offered to the public.

See it and you’ll appreciate the efforts and dedication that our public officials and troops put forth to win that war that could have destroyed democracy and much of the world.


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