Is Rochester where the future happens first?
Is California the place where future happens first? In his column April 4, Paul Krugman says the era of hamstrung government seems to be coming to an end, leaving Gov. Jerry Brown free to push an agenda of tax hikes and infrastructure spending. Is that what it will take to move California, and ultimately our nation, onto a road toward prosperity?
In 1976, California's school tax referendum failed to pass — necessitating severe cutbacks in employment and curriculum. Meanwhile, here in Rochester, the Volunteer Connection was initiated, enabling persons to give freely of their time, even retirees have been volunteering their expertise in health care and education — thus encouraging their own feelings of worth and self-respect as well.
The Mayo School of Health Services is an integral part of Mayo Clinic. A charitable, not-for-profit organization, the mission of Mayo Clinic is to provide the best care for every patient every day through integrated clinical practice, education and research. Professionals worldwide have been drawn to Rochester to participate in our phenomenal surge in medical and computer science expertise.
Krugman says the Golden State — more than the South — created religious conservatism, but California has grown more liberal, thanks to an ever-growing, nonwhite share of the electorate. However, with citizens of all ethnic origins and faiths, the city of Rochester leads going into the 21st century and beyond.
Joanna C. Rovelstad