January 2005 Archives

Iraqi Elections

The Iraqis held elections today and, according to Fox News, the turnout was about 60%. Not bad! The US, in a relative time of peace, only had a 60.7% voter turnout for the 2004 election and the last time prior to 2004 that we came close to 60% turnout was in 1968. This is certainly a turning point for Iraq.

There were some terrorists attacks but far fewer than were anticipated. Whether there number of attacks were down because of preparations taken by the US, coalition, and Iqaqi military or because the terrorist didn't try too many attacks in immaterial. The Iraqi people did not know a priori whether there would be a lot or a few attakcs yet they turned out to vote anyway. They took the risk to vote in their first legitimate elections.

I heard some recent complaints about Iraq and all I can assume is that there are some serious sour grapes out there that the Iraqi people are free. One of the most frequently heard statements I've heard is that elections do not make a democracy. Well, certainly, whoever said they did. It is true that having elections does not suddenly create a democracy but it is a step in the eright direction. And not having elections is a sure sign that you do not have a democracy.

Americans have also become extremely impatient and have forgotten their history (if in fact they ever knew it). The US began its fight for independence in 1776 yet it was not until 1789 that we had a functionng constitution. Why then are we so upset that the Iraqi is not up and fully functioning? While the US was drafting its constitution our Founding Fathers were not hampered by bombs and terrorists. Given the length of time the fight for Iraqi freedam has been going on, it is amazing that we are at this point so soon.

And now, would all the liberal naysayers, all of the Democrats who swore that elections would not take place on 30 January, please step forward. I would like for them to once and for all admit they were flat out ill-informed and wrong. They were merely giving their biased opinions basede more on their haterd of the President than on any information they had.

Now, don't get me wrong. I am not saying everything is over and rosy in Iraq. It isn't. The Iraqi people have a long, difficult road ahead of them. US and coalition forces will be in Iraq for many years to come. We still have forces in Korea afterall so we should expect an immediate withdrawal of forces.

The biggest step for Iraq is changing opinions and attitudes of their own people. That is going to be difficult and will take a long time. For guidance let's look closer to home for an example. After the Civil War was over, the slaves were free yet many chose to remain on the plantations as freemen. They remained there because they knew no other life and had no where else to go. The Iraqia know no other life than what they had under Saddam. It will take them a while to get used to doing things they could not do previously.

The Civil War also did not end racism. The Civil Rights Act was not passed until 1964 and there are still pockets of racism in the country. Fighting wars and passing laws does not change minds and hearts--that takes time. And the United States will be there for a great deal of that time.

There is much at stake with Iraq. This is not merely elections for Iraq and the begining of their freedom and independence, this is the beginging of democracy in the Middle East. Once Iraq is up and running and a little bit more stable, they will have a great influence on their neighbors. This is indeed a good day.

Boxer Hearings or Rice Confirmation?

I caught a good bit of the Condi Rice nomination hearings on C-SPAN the last two nights and got a kick out of Barbara Boxer. This liberal Democrat from California didn't even need to have Condi at the hearings. Boxer talked more than Rice, made more statements than asked questions, and in general was, I thought, ineffective.

From the hearings I learned that Boxer:

1) Is a liberal
2) Does not like Bush
3) Thinks Condi lied
4) Is a liberal
5) Is from California
6) Does not like the war in Iraq
7) Has all the answers if only someone would listen
8) Is a liberal

Other than that, ididn't get much out of her time on the tube. She voted against Condi even thought she thought was intelligent, qualified, and had the ability to do the job of Secretary of State. Of course she is a liberal so it is ideology and feelings that matter, not facts or reality.

The other kick I got out of the hearings was from Kerry. He has ideas on how to run things in Iraq and in the world in general. Rice was very nice and said she would like to discuss his ideas with him. Now this guy is really clueless. He has ideas, so what? We heard the same ideas during the election and, guess what, he LOST. The Aemrican people have spoken and they rejected him and his ideas. But he just doesn't get it. And neither does Boxer.

Computers Will Never Catch On!

The more I work with them the more I think that computers are a passing fad and will never catch on--becasue they are too dang complicated! Okay, I being a bit facetious, but they do have a way of wrecking a day or two.

I've been having trouble with my ADSL connection the last few weeks. We first thought it was a DSL problem, waited a week for BellSouth to come check it while also noting that during the wait the modem went bad (as evidenced by flashing lights everywhere). No prob. New modem arrived, BellSouth said connection was fine, so off I went--for a few days. Then the same thing happened again, intermittent connection followed by no connection, no synch.

I called my ISP and we discussed possible causes and heard lots of static on the phone line. Thought maybe that was the problem so another call to BellSouth (a different repair organization this time) to come check the line noise. Found a very old wire outside that had broken and seemed to cause static when the wind blew. Got that fixed but still no DSL. Could it be, no, surely not anotehr dead modem? Yep, another bad modem.

Had the ISP shop me another one overnight (Saturday delivery no less). Arrived this morning before I had to leave for a meeting and I got installed this afternoon. I'm back up and running again. Internet Doorway (Netdoor) was very helpful in solving the problem and working with me. My only concern was that it took BellSouth so long to look at it for me. Of course it only takes minutes to test it but it takes a week for them to come out and fix it. You would think they would eventually eliminate the backlog.

We think the modem died as a result of a power surge. We had some storms pass through earlier this week and that may have killed it. The storm casued some damage around town, including to the Raspet Flight Research Lab. It blew off part of the roof and broke the glass in the control tower. I also noticed some banners on light poles around campus were also missing.

Dateline: Atlanta Hartsfield International Airport

As I sit in the Atlanta Airport, courtesy of Atlantic Southeast Airlines (ASA) not being able to adequately maintain their aircraft, I have realized how rude some people are. Delta was nice enough to provide these Relax and Recharge stations where you can plug in your laptop, do a little work, and recharge your computer batteries, all of which I tried to do. But, I had one person, a youth I believe is the currently accepted term, come in and plug in his CD player. No problem, hey save his CD’s batteries too but did he have to play his crappy rap music so loud that I could it from the other end of the table through his headphones? I tried to move but the other table was occupied by a girl talking up a storm on her cell phone. Okay, no problem, I don’t mind her talking (I’m not in a library after all) but does she have to be so loud and animated?

I decided to stay where I was and bank on the “youth’s” inability to stay in any one place too long. I banked correctly and he left soon thereafter. I thought things were going well until another girl came in with her laptop, set it up and put in a DVD. This time I really had no problem hearing it because she did not even bother with headphones, she played so we could all share in her poor taste of movies.

Well, I composed the letter to ASA, it is quite a letter, and there is a loud crying child nearby (if I were his age I would be crying too!) so I guess I’ll go spend ASA’s $7.00 voucher.

Dateline: Atlanta-Hartsfield International Airport

We finished up the policy board and timing was such that I was able to catch an earlier flight. Instead of getting home fairly late, I had the opportunity to get home not so late for a while it even looked I might be able to have a late meal with my wife. Delta Airlines was very cooperative in getting my flights changed and, even though there was an Air Traffic Control hold which delayed our departure from Jacksonville, it still looked like I might make it. Of course beyond control of Delta is that god forsaken airline called Atlantic Southeast Airline, or ASA.

Yet again ASA, or as well love to call them—Always Slow Airlines—cancelled my flight putting me back on my late flight. The reason given was maintenance. Now don’t get me wrong, I think airlines should be as safe as possible but ASA has too many “maintenance” problems for to believe they really have maintenance problems. Given their stellar track record and managerial ability, I am more apt to suspect that pilots did not show up, pilots were not scheduled, the aircraft was never used, or some reason other than “maintenance”.

But I really shouldn’t expect anything more other than incompetence here. Any child on street, unless they work for ASA, knows that maintenance is something you do to keep from having problems, not an excuse to use when you do have problems! ASA uses it all the time. A few years ago they had older Brasilia aircraft and I had no doubt that planes of that age were maintenance nightmares. But now they have new jet aircraft. So if they have new aircraft, why all the maintenance problems? Now you see why I am suspicious.

This flight out will probably be my last ASA flight because my time is worth more than the flight. When everything works well, flying to Atlanta can save time. But if a delay gets too long then the time savings goes out the window. Especially when they decide to cancel the last flight out and it means an overnight stay. Given that I only have about a four hour drive to Atlanta, I really can drive it in about the same amount time it takes to fly when you factor in airport waits, delays, ground holds, layovers, and the ever present “ASA Maintenance” problems.

I also worry about any organization that has this many problems. As I said, maintenance is something that you do to prevent failure and malfunction, not an excuse for it. So, if ASA is having these maintenance problems then there must be an inherent flaw in their maintenance system. And if there is a flaw in maintenance, then a catastrophic failure is surely in the not-to-distant future. I don’t want to be on that flight!

They did give me a meal voucher worth a grand total of $7.00 which, in this airport, is a Coke (yes, only coke products that I’ve seen here) and a bag of chips. If they really wanted to make me happy they would have given a pass to the Crown Room so I could a drink and have some Internet connectivity. But all I got was this stinking meal voucher.

I had, at one time, thought about a Crown Club membership but decided against it. For one it is too expensive for the times I fly. When everything works then I don’t have time to use it. When I do have delays I can’t see rewarding the airline with a membership when they are the reason I have to use it.

As a Republican I really am opposed to increased regulation but something must be done about the Airline industry. They have gotten out of hand and customer service has declined. Delta has cut fares on some routes but has service improved? Ideally the free market should take care of issues such as customer service but the airlines scream for government intervention. Remember the latest bailout? I say let them suffer. Let’s shut down some of these airlines and those that remain will likely get better. If the existing airlines are forced out of business, then if the market is still there for a new airline, one will start and perhaps be more responsive. ASA is certainly one airline I would not see going away. So, while I am opposed to increased regulation, I am also opposed to government bailout of a failing business with no promise of improvement. Either quit bailing them out, or tie a bailout to increased performance measures.

Now, to draft the letter to ASA, so that they can file in the trash, then off to spend my $7.00 voucher.

Policy Board

Dateline NAS Jacksonville

The Naval Reserve Readiness Command Southeast Policy Board convened today with seventeen items to consider. It was a productive meeting and actually went much faster than I thought. I also knew many of the people on the board which getting a little scary on one hand and comfortable on the other. It is scary in that I still think of myself as being fairly new to the program (yes, I know, 14 years is not new but I said I still think of myself as new) and comforting in that I am finding friends everywhere I turn.

We split into three groups and looked at a few items per group then reconvened to discuss as a board. It was interesting to learn what some of the concerns are out there and to be in a position to be able to do something about it. Many, if not most, of the items will be returned to the originator because policies already exist to handle the problem but the originators were unaware of them. As we discussed the issues, I found a wide disparity between how the various Reserve Centers enforce and interpret policy. You would think that if it is black and white then we would all be doing the same thing. Of course the truth is that even if it is in black and white there is still plenty of room for variations in interpretation. In many cases having that flexibility to interpret policy is a good thing.

Tomorrow we sum up our findings and wrap things up. I worked on summarizing the findings from our group tonight at the BOQ so we should be ready for editing in the morning. Then it is home to get ready for classes to begin next week.

Oliver Stone made a stinker!

Dateline NAS Jacksonville

I read in The Florida Times-Union today that Oliver Stone is surprised over how poorly his movie Alexander has performed at the box office. In speaking to the British Press he blamed the critical reception of his movie on the fundamentalist morality in parts of the country. He then showed his true colors when he said “They didn’t even read the reviews in the South because the media was using the words, ‘Alex the gay’.”

Well Mr. Stone, I live in the South and I never once saw your movie referred to as “Alex the gay” and I did read reviews. The reviews I read were not in Southern papers but on the internet and in national papers. Guess what? They consistently said your movie sucked! That’s right! The precious Oliver Stone who never hesitates to put his opinion before truth made a bad movie. I heard it was poorly acted, poorly directed, poorly made, and was so far from being historically accurate that it was impossible to watch. So, I chose to not see your movie because the reviews said it was bad. Perhaps instead of complaining about fundamentalist morality you could focus on making good movies.

And She's Off

My daughter left for El Salvador this morning on a church mission trip. She is going as part of a team to conduct site surveys for possible water treatment systems. She and my wife were teary when she left. I'm too excited for her to be teary. I do worry about her, very much, but the opportunity to travel like this and do this kind of work at her age is amazing. I'm hoping it will help settle her down academically and give her focus. She has great potential if I could only get her to realize it.

I tried to help her prepare for the trip but she inherited my stubbornness. She wants to do everything herself and learn on her own. I can't say I blame her but I would rather she learn new things that I've not learned rather than re-learn from the mistakes I've made.

She wanted an mps player to take with her, her old is now too small and not compatabile with her new computer, but alas none were to be had this time year. Seems they were more popular than the press reported for I've not found one anywhere, even on-line, with a reasonable delivery date. Perhaps for her birthday.

The Other Side of the Story

Recevied this via email today. Interesting in that it gives another side of the story not often mention in the mainstream press. It also ahs some interesting lesson from an organizational behavior point of view. Not sure of the author, no name was given in the message I received, but it doesn't really matter.

Subject: Happy New Year
Date: Sat, 1 Jan 2005

Greetings from a cold and, I hope for tomorrow anyway, snowy Kabul. It's Christmas Eve 2004 and I, along with about 70 other State Department employees and some 24,000 US and Coalition forces are getting ready to celebrate the Birth of Christ in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan!

When we read news reports from the States about the growing controversy over the very name of this Holiday, we all have to laugh. Here, in an Islamic State, Americans are allowed to put up Christmas decorations, sing Christmas carols and celebrate Christmas without fear that the Afghan version of the ACLU will demand that we call them "Holiday decorations" or force us to deny the existence of Santa Claus.

My Afghan friends, who universally wish me "Merry Christmas", just shake their heads when they read stories about a Virginia 7th grader who was asked to leave a school dance for wearing a Santa Claus outfit! So those of us here in an Islamic state will just keep talking about Christmas while you in the States choose you words carefully to make certain the no hint of "Christmas" escape your lips in a public place.

So how goes our effort in this land of high mountains, deep valleys and harsh plains? I think the sight of three PR guys copying and stapling reports at 11:00 PM provide a microcosm of what is happening in Afghanistan. December has provided a perfect picture of what is going right in Afghanistan and also, sadly, on what could possibly cause the country to revert back to its old terrible days as a one of the world's poorest and most backwards nations.

The good we hope, to paraphrase The Bard, oft-times outlives the bad, so let's start with the good. On ! Tuesday, December 7, Hamid Karzai was sworn in as Afghanistan's first freely elected President after receiving more than 55% of the vote of the both the men and, for the very first time, the women of Afghanistan in the October 9 national election. Both the election and the inauguration, each of which were threatened with violent, terrorist acts by remnants of the Taliban and Al Qaeda took place without any real disruptions. That they did were tributes both to the Afghan people and the many members of the "international" community that came to Afghanistan and paid a price in both gold and blood to keep to free the country and its people from more than 25 years of war and repression.

I think any of us who have been in Afghanistan as the events of the last few months have unfolded, the election, the successful conclusion of the UN kidnappings and the violence-free Presidential Inauguration, and this week's announcement of a cabinet that reflects all elements of Afghan society, including women, are pleased at how the people of Afghanistan have taken the opportunity given to them by the US and Coalition forces and made great strides in building a free and functioning society,

As I walk and drive the streets of Kabul, Mazur-al-Sharif, or Bagram, you can sense the renewed energy and drive as more and more Afghans open new businesses from the insides of dilapidated shipping containers selling everything from old car bumpers to freshly butchered sheep and goats. Traffic dominated by drivers who acknowledge no traffic laws including one-way streets, center dividers or sidewalks, rivals Bicycle Coalition Fridays in San Francisco as more and more people find work and make the terrifying commute each day. All these are elements of a burgeoning economic sector and the benefit of the decision of the Afghan government to adopt a free-market philosophy to business growth. All this bodes well for the future of Afghanistan.

However, what could put a stop to the growth, which if it increases by double-digits each of the next ten years will still only result in an average per capita income of $500 by 2105, is the complete lack of ability or desire to plan and the almost preternatural belief in the phase "Inshallah" or "If God Wills it." Going to an Afghan business meeting is almost like a trip to a nursery school. Every man at the meetings is willing, welcomed and involved in the discussion.

In fact, most times too many are too involved to get anything done. One of the amazing factors in an Afghan meeting is the sheer number of attendees. I've been to meetings where there were more than 20 Afghans in attendance, most of whom had nothing to do with what was under consideration. When you add to the mix the tea and sweet servers and the constant ringing of cell phones, (apparently it is an Afghan custom to answer every cell phone call and never to turn it off in a meeting,) it is extremely difficult to stay on subject and get anything accomplished. When combined with the lack of an agenda and no attempt at assigning responsibilities it is pretty easy to see why things don't get done very efficiently.

The other factor that contributes to the incredible inefficiency is the notion among most Afghans that saying "No" is not acceptable, even if one has no intention of doing what is asked. For instance, as we were planning a recent National Counter Narcotics Conference, we asked our Afghan colleagues about supplying busses for the participants to go to lunch. For two weeks we were told "no problem," though no one would acknowledge who, actually, would supply the buses. Not surprisingly, one-hour before lunch none had appeared.

That's when I took over as the "interim" Minister of Buses and Transport and conducted a full and frank discussion with an Afghan official that led to two things happening. The buses miraculously appeared and I was threatened, for the third time in my life, to be declared persona non grate in a sovereign nation. (I don't think anyone with any knowledge of the real situation would call my leaving Guyana abruptly the "third time." I'm only counting Saudi Arabia and Nigeria.)

The other situation we see is the lack of real desire to get things done, back to that "Inshallah" mind set. And that's were the example of the three PR guys copying and stapling at 1100 PM comes into play. The night before the afore-mentioned Counter narcotics conference at which the newly-inaugurated President was to speak, my two colleagues, one US and one UK, all of whom are fairly senior in our posts, were frantically copying and stapling Dari and Pashto versions of the next day's programs. (We had done the English version earlier.) We were doing this mundane labor because our Afghan colleagues had not finished the translations until late and, this is the essence of my concern, had no intention of sticking around or working late into the night to make certain that the material was ready for the next morning's event. So it was left to three Western guys to make certain the work was finished. (Some of you may be wondering why one of the crack State department admin assistants wasn't able to help us. The State admins I have worked with, for the most part, should all have tattooed on the forehead "Don't even think about asking me to do something, I only have 13 more years to retirement." But that's a story for another time.)

What is troubling about the Afghan attitude is the sense that someone else should do the work. Or that some work is beneath them. I notice the syndrome late in the evening when most of the Embassy folks, though not the admins, are working and not a single Afghan is around. It gives one pause, and also, says a great deal about! why the US and Western civilization are where they are and why Afghan, and other 3rd World countries are the way they are. As a noted social commentator and Combat Speechwriter says, "Countries are poor, dysfunctional and poverty stricken for a reason."

I am finishing this missive on New Years Eve 2004. Since I've been flat on my back for the past five days with a form of what is commonly called the "Kabul Krud" my celebration of the New Year will be severely limited. A bit of dinner in the mess hall with a few friends, followed by a dose of Ny-Quill, the best friend an American can have in Afghanistan. It's a snowy, windy night with more bad weather in the forecast. Nonetheless, looking back at the past year I think the pluses in Afghanistan far outweigh the minuses.

Three years ago the United States of America led a coalition of forces to free 26 million people from a cruel and oppressive regime that killed and torture! d with impunity. This year that sacrifice paid off when a President was freely elected and, in front of panoply of world leaders, was inaugurated. We should all be proud that we as a Nation had the courage to take action when action was needed. We should also look forward to January when Palestinians, under Israeli occupation, and Iraqis, under US and coalition occupation, become the first two Arab peoples to hold free elections.

Let's hope that when the newly-elected leader of Iraq is sworn in he remembers the words of President Hamid Karzai upon his Inauguration on December 7, 2004, words, by the way, were never printed in most major American newspapers "Whatever we have achieved in Afghanistan--the peace, the election, the reconstruction, the life that the Afghans are living today in peace, the children going to school, the businesses, the fact that Afghanistan is again a respected member of the international community--is from the help that the United States of America gave us. Without that help Afghanistan would be in the hands of terrorists--destroyed, poverty-stricken, and without its children going to school or getting an education. We are very, very grateful, to put it in the simple words that we know, to the people of the United States of America for bringing us this day."

Happy New Year

I particularly like the Christmas comments. It seems a new democracy is more tolerant of a religious holiday than is an older democracy. I know my liberal friends will scream separation of church and state on this issue but lets look at the facts. Afghanistan is a long standing theocracy, and not just any theocracy but one that is very strict in how religion is handled. They potentially have much more to lose by openly allowing the celebration of Christian holidays than does the United States yet look at who is more concerned about Christmas. If it were so sad, it would be funny.

Limitied Connectivity

Have spent the last several hours on the phone with my ISP tech support. I've been having DSL connectivity problems the last several weeks and the level of frustration hit me tonight and prompted the call. First you have to work through the troubleshooting which you've already done and going through it again is always frustrating. Fortunately the tech realized I seemed to know what I was doing and when I told I had already tried something he believed me.

We finally narrowed it down to a line problem somewhere so BellSouth will be out before Thursday night to check the line from the house. Before BellSouth tested the line I was at least getting some connectivity every now and then. After the test I was getting noting. I tried to power cycle one more time and then the modem crapped out on me. LEDs flashing everywhere. So, I also have a new modem on he way.

Right now I am limited to dial-up and I hate it. Life without broadband is not worth much but I hope to be back up to speed soon.

Leadership and the New Year

The new year begins and I go back to work on Monday (actually that is later today). The two weeks off for Christmas Holidays has been good but it always seems too short. I enter the vacation with a long list of things to do and exit it with a longer list of things to to do. I had planned to write and read and did not do nearly enough of either. I did however rest a little.

We now officially have a new Dean. He started before the holidays unofficially which gave everyone a chance to get their bearings before taking leave. There are many challenges ahead for us and now that this uncertainity has been settled, we can move forward. We were fortunate to have two outstanding interim deans but there is only so much anyone can do when they are given charge for an indefinite amount of time. The decision process took far too long butthat seems commmon in higher education. Change comes at glacial speeds.

One of the new tasks I have been asked to look into is how to best develop leadership skills of our students. I have had some valuable thinking time about that over the holidays and will try to get some ideas on paper this week. Higher education is certainly in need of leadership and I can thik no place better to begin that with our own students.

This afternoon I had even more time to think as I went in to the office. Actually I went on campus when things were quiet to get pictures of "flat Joshua" at campus landmarks for my nephwe but ended up in the office. I noticed that once again the floors were dirty and we have substandard custodial services. I decided that the only way the floors would get clean, to my satisfaction, wouldbe to do them myself. So, I puled out the vacuum cleaner and went to town.

I've met with the person who runs custodial services several times but I always get the same excuses; the budgets have been cut, they are understaffed, there are too many buildings, etc. While the excuses are true, they should not be excuses. Everyone has suffered budget cuts but we are educating more, not fewer, students. Our alumni were able to donate millions of dollars for the renovation of our building but the University can not keep it clean.

One thing I have learned over the years is that money is not always the motivator it is made out to be. Sure, there is a certain level you have to pay so people can survive, and you have to somewhat match the going rate in the market, but beyond that, money does very little to improve productivity. I've seen many people get raises and their productivity remained the same or even declined. What people value is being valued; they want to be a part of the team; they want to feel important. And that, my friends, takes leadership--leadership we seemingly lack in certain places.

Custodians are often underappreciated. They typically work at night or behind the scenes and do not receive much notice. The few exceptions I run across were while at USSOUTHCOM when they were always noticed. As they entered the doors it was announced that an uncleared person was in the room. Folders were closed, computer screens were locked down, desk drawers were closed, and some conversations were halted abruptly. We said hello as the custodian was escorted through the room to empty the trash and then left. Once the "Area Secure" announcement was made, we got back to work.

Our custodians no longer have ownership of a building anymore and I think it shows in the work. Years back a building "belonged" to a custodian and they took pride in their work. If something was wrong you knew was at fault. Now, there is too much room to spread the blame or credit and I think some pride of ownership has been lost.

Now that pride comes from the top. You have to have good people working for you but then the pride and sense of belonging to a team comes from the top. I have that feeling, why was I out vacuuming floors on a Sunday afternoon? And I'm not the only one either. In our office we all take pride in what we do and how our spaces look. It drives people in other departments on campus crazy sometimes byt we are very visible and people do form impressions of you based on appearances. If they see dirty, cluttered offices, their opinions are that we are dirty disorganized people and they question our ability to educate their children or meet their needs. It is really elementary but that seems to be missed by so many on campus these days. Our visitors don't care about budget cuts or staff shortages; they care about appearances.

One day, when I'm king, there will be some changes made. Leaders will be developed and those who lead best will be promoted and given even greater responsibility. The end result will be a more effective, efficient organization focused on meeting the needs of our external customers rather than worrying about budget cuts and staff shortages which, by the way, have been the norm for the 20 something years I've been involved in higher education. I doubt it will change anytime soon.

But no, for the bigger problem. How to make our students into leaders for tomorrow so we can break the leadership problem our country faces in many areas? Ideas? Email me.

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