From LoHud.com: (Lower Hudson Valley, NY)
Like a number of well-to-do Americans, Hederer lately has been reappraising her fashion spending habits. Her feelings are sometimes conflicted.
On the one hand, Hederer said, some economists are urging those with jobs and incomes to help the economy by firing up their credit cards. On the other hand, she thinks the affluent should show some solidarity with the rest of society by cutting back in tough times…..
But a number of social scientists, behavioral experts and sustainable-living or “voluntary simplicity” advocates say holding to such resolve and self-imposed moratoriums isn’t likely to be simple. It’s an attempt to alter, in a relatively short time, attitudes and routines acquired over years, if not decades. Peer pressure, class expectations and self-perception can make it all the more daunting. And the task is likely to get even tougher once the recession lifts…..
Tim Kasser, an authority on issues related to consumption and values who teaches at Knox College in Galesburg, Ill., says although the current economic crisis could spur new ways of living, he doubts long-lasting change will result.
From the Virginian-Pilot: (Hampton Roads, VA)
Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert found the perfect use for his honorary doctorate: Joke material.
At the conclusion of his enormously entertaining commencement address to Knox College in 2006 - a transcript is here - Colbert gently mocked honorary degrees in his final words of advice to the graduates:
“First, being pre-approved for a credit card does not mean you have to apply for it. And lastly, the best career advice I can give you is to get your own TV show. It pays well, the hours are good, and you are famous. And eventually some very nice people will give you a doctorate in fine arts for doing jack squat. “
By Amelia Flood ‘07
From the Madison County Record: (Edwardsville, IL)
Former Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor remembers when she ran for her first judgeship in her home state of Arizona. That experience - and her respect for the Founding Fathers - has made her a staunch advocate for reforming how states pick the men and women who sit as judges.
While most states, like Illinois, elect judges in increasingly heated and well-funded contests, O’Connor said she would like to see changes toward merit-based selection processes.