Merry Christmas y’all

Antelope Valley Press - - Opinion -

It wasn’t an easy de­ci­sion to leave our home of over four decades. There were many friends and fam­ily to bid farewell. How­ever, Cal­i­for­nia had be­come so de­crepit and crazy we knew it was time to seek a bet­ter home.

When­ever I wrote of the many rea­sons be­hind our move it seemed to elicit the same re­sponse. Namely, that we chose to live with ig­no­rant racists in the rem­nants of the Jim Crow south.

That’s a de­mean­ing stereo­type em­ployed by the in­tel­lec­tu­ally lazy who wont ac­knowl­edge (what they can see with their own eyes) has hap­pened to Cal­i­for­nia. Rather than dis­cussing the causes of the golden state’s de­cline, they fo­cus at­ten­tion on a phony straw man.

In­stead of look­ing down their noses at the “ig­no­rant south­ern­ers” they ought to look at what is hap­pen­ing in their home state. Cal­i­for­nia is the state with the largest per­cent­age of res­i­dents 25 and older who never fin­ished ninth grade. Yes, you read that cor­rectly — adults who never even fin­ished ninth grade. Two and half mil­lion adults in Cal­i­for­nia have less than a ninth grade ed­u­ca­tion. It’s also the state with the small­est per­cent­age of adults who grad­u­ated from high school.

The once golden state now leads the coun­try with the most un­der ed­u­cated adult res­i­dents in the na­tion. It wasn’t al­ways so.

Merry Christmas y’all.

Bill Ho­man

Myr­tle Beach, SC

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