... There’s often an upside to a down economy. The trick is to be in a position to capitalize on it.
Such is the case for Coastal Bend College. With the economy hurting and the job market tight, students are opting to stay closer to home for their education and save a few bucks where possible. Others find it an optimum time to train for technical skills that are in demand even in a tight market.
Both scenarios fit CBC’s educational niche beautifully. Wednesday’s headlines announcing an increase of 36 percent in the college’s fall enrollment year over year bears powerful testimony to that point. It’s a smart move for both students and families in this economy.
... Shortly after going to press Wednesday with our editorial chastising Congressman Rubén Hinojosa for failing to conduct any town hall meetings in the area to discuss healthcare reform, we received a press release. It’s headline trumpets, “Hinojosa Joins Congressional Delegation to Southeast Asia to Discuss Nuclear Proliferation, North Korea Issues, Copyright Piracy and Related Issues.”
Hmmm... what to do during summer recess? Go back to the district and try to explain voting to raise the price of everything through the Waxman-Markey energy tax and defend government taking over nearly 20 percent of the U.S. economy or tour Asia? Tough call, but clearly Rep. Hinojosa was needed half a world away. It’s not like we have a state department or anything.
... On a positive note, most forecasts call for local highs to stay just below 100 Saturday and Sunday. So readers might want to get a jump on fall and dig out those light jackets.
Think positive. Break out an umbrella while you’re at it.