Signs of the Times
Public recognition of good works is often slow in coming. And the peace movement has to take its testimonials where it can find them. So it was heartening to see in a recent issue of Peace Conversion Times that anti-nuclear demonstrators in Nevada have apparently made such a nuisance of themselves that the highway department has erected this small monument on their behalf.
Previously, highway travelers in this country could nod with approval only at the "END CONSTRUCTION" signs. Now we have "DEMONSTRATORS ON ROADWAY," and we congratulate the hard-working people who prompted this institutional recognition of their vigilance. (But we remind you that 25 mph is still fast enough for a large truck to blow down your banners and cast askew your signs. So be careful out there.)
Harvard, Still Leading the Way
We've come to expect only the best and wisest from the nation's pre-eminent academic institution, and it is with pride that we acknowledge Harvard University's latest example of impeccable moral leadership. It has just accepted a $15 million grant to study homelessness and other urban problems, and it is wasting no time in using the money to address these critical issues: It has decided to construct a building.
No, no, we understand, we really do. Harvard is looking for concrete ways to address these important concerns, so why not use real concrete? What better place to grapple with the needs of homeless people than in a new conference room: tasteful, modern art on the walls, cushy seats, maybe even some nice plants here and there. Just make sure the steam grates outside are large enough for a family of four. It's so hard to keep warm in the dead of winter on those smaller grates.
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