"Schrag looks out on his state and sees...a place where racial and economic groupings are retreating into their own corners, where the social bonds that give people confidence in their futures are disintegrating." The author completely ignores the population issue: the state is growing by 400,000 per year. Why? One out of four in the state were born in another country. Now add in the millions of children of these Nuevo Californians. The result is huge demand for new schools, social services, jobs, energy, water, homes, etc. We are paving over the state for foreigners.
The sense of being "a people," of sharing history, and similar language, indeed humor--all have been gutted. At the same time the brainwashing continues unabated, as we are exhorted to "Celebrate Diversity" from every newspaper, every PBS station, every magazine writer. In the interest of honesty, it should be "Celebrate Overpopulation."
Wanda G. Berger
El Cerrito, CA
Jan 31 2010 - 10:08am