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There is an entire stretch of Route 30 - the semi-major commercial roadway here (part of the Lincoln Highway from Philadelphia to the Ohio border which was the first paved transcontinental highway in the US, in case you were wondering) - that is filled with businesses whose purposes I completely ignore. I suspect they sell things like flanges and sprockets, bushings and shearings, which are generally not high on my "To Buy" list. As a result, although I pass by them on at least a weekly basis, I cannot name any of them (other than the UHaul place where I once bought boxes and packing paper). (Stay with me here, there is a point to this. Even though it might still take a few sentences til we're in the vicinity.) So yesterday, I was returning from a grueling afternoon of clothing-sale-shopping and was driving down that corridor of invisible businesses. Something caught my attention enough to make me focus on a sign out in the front of one of these companies. "FREE GLOVES WITH BLADES." So, does Edward Scissorhands live? Or is it a Freddy Krueger franchise? And why are they free? Do you have to sign your life away for a pair? Is it a bait and switch (so to speak)? And I still don't know what the business was that needs to give away something that you can't even buy on eBay.

The American Association of University Professors set out to answer just that question [does the rest of America, other than their membership, care about the issues of academic freedom that are blazing across campuses], with a telephone survey of 1,000 people conducted in March... Most people, however, do not think that political bias in the classroom is the most important issue facing higher education. That title easily goes to "the high cost of college tuition" — chosen by 43 percent of the survey respondents. Political bias did not beat out binge drinking or "low educational standards." Just 8 percent identified it as the top issue... But it also found a sizable minority of people who favor what the AAUP sees as restrictions on academic freedom. That group, said Mr. Bowen, "consists of conservatives and people with low levels of education."
"Poll Finds the Public Opposes Government Interference in Academe", By SCOTT SMALLWOOD, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 16.June.2006

I'm *certain* he didn't mean to juxtapose those two groups in just that way.

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