On the way into work yesterday there were at least two stories on NPR that I thought more folks should hear about. The first is about some pissed off people in Washington who are upset over dangerously high levels of lead contamination in their drinking water.
News of dangerous levels of lead in Washington D.C.‘s drinking water sparks an outcry from the community—especially because city water officials knew about the problem and did little to warn the public. In the first of two reports, NPR’s Daniel Zwerdling explains that weak federal laws regulating drinking water are to blame.
We have Detroit city water here in Canton and we’ve got one of those Brita water filters installed on our tap in the kitchen, but this still leaves me wondering what the water quality here is truly like. Considering how the EPA has allowed this condition to continue for so long I find it somewhat ironic that one of the big news item in Michigan lately is how we may return to emissions testing on our cars because the EPA thinks the air in Michigan is too dirty.
The other news item that was interesting was about how enrollment in Comp Sci classes is diminishing as stories about tech workers losing their jobs and being unable to find new ones continue to spread as jobs are outsourced overseas.
A new survey shows a dramatic decline in enrollment in computer science programs at U.S. universities and colleges across the country. Some professors and business leaders worry about America’s ability to remain competitive. NPR’s Laura Sydell reports.
I must confess that I kept thinking “Good” when listening to this story. Seeing as I’m a technical professional who’s been forced into a non-technical position I’ve been looking for a new job that would move me back into my field of competence. On top of that I personally know technical people who have been out of work for awhile now including our own Eric Paulsen so a little tech worker shortage can only be a good thing in my eyes at this point. I can certainly see how in the long-term this might be something to be concerned about, but it’s hard to be too upset about it when you’ve got so many tech workers not working at the moment.