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Objects in Mirror: January 4, 2010 Archive

Does the news in review tell us who we are?

Posted at 9:32 AM on January 4, 2010 by Julia Schrenkler

The end of a calendar year drums up plenty of top lists and top picks, but what does a year-end review show us about ourselves? On News Cut, Bob Collins takes a stab at the stories that display the sum of 'us'. He writes why:

[...] looking back at the News Cut postings of the last year, I'm still blown away by the diversity of it all, whether it's the big-deal story, or the small factoid that nobody is paying attention to. Put them side by side and it's breathtaking in its ability to depress us and uplift us at the same time.

All of us are a little news story. Sometimes we're a big news story. But it's all of our experiences put together that define who we are.

Watch the slideshow and share your own experiences in the comments.

Contemplating debt for college?

Posted at 3:42 PM on January 4, 2010 by Julia Schrenkler

Today's Question looks for your reply: Would you go deeply into debt for a college education?

The answers so far are personal and often reflect personal finances. For instance, Brian says no, or at least not again:

"I have, and I wouldn't do it again. I could've gotten my current part-time temp job without spending $100,000 on grad school." - Posted by Brian

While Shane views it as a way to add rungs to the ladder:

"Already have. Around $45,000 just for undergrad. And I plan on going back to school in the fall and I also plan on taking out more student loans. In this day and age, the way to move up the ladder is not only by experience, but experience and education. People just need to keep reminding themselves that, although it is debt, it is considered good debt." - Posted by Shane

A good debt that still needs to be paid. Commenter Donovan explains why he thinks it is a good investment:

"Dollar for dollar a college education is still the best investment you can make in today's economy. That doesn't mean you need to spend four times as much on a private college especially for an undergraduate degree which are becoming more the norm, for even the lowest paying entry level jobs.

Technical colleges also make more and more sense these days when you can make a decent living on a two you program.

I am not an advocate of debt but if it meant going to college vs. not going, then you should go even if that means borrowing to get it done." - Posted by Donovan

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