I know that journalism has to work this way, so Forbes picked the picture above to show just how lousy our town is. To hell with them...I have a different image of Modesto, and it has to do with the spirit of our community...and science.
You may have seen my last post about science in our community, our recent Science Olympiad, and the incredible Science Community Center on our campus that OUR community decided to build, without state or federal support. They wouldn't have given it anyway, so we did it ourselves. And our community is responding to the wonderful opportunities it offers. Two more events crystallized my opinion towards Forbes this weekend. Take a look at the photos below:
Of course, who would want to show up for an educational thing? In our town? Oh, about 7,000-10,000 people or so. This is one of the largest community events that happens in our town. The local mineral society can be proud of this incredible event!
A final (added) thought about those "places rated" that continually put the cities of the San Joaquin Valley at the top of the lists of the worst places to live. The Great Valley of California produces something like 25% of all the food grown in the nation, and that food is kept cheap by exploiting the people who work the fields. We don't have an economic model in our nation that offers employment year-round for such people (we used to simply deport them back to Mexico), so our unemployment is continually high. The plowing of the fields keeps particulate matter in the air, thus our lousy pollution levels. To the Forbes people and others like them who enjoy poking fun at our lousy environment should realize that the cheap food that they eat and the wonderful California wines that they drink come at the expense of the living conditions of those who live in the valley.