When I am asked to speak to a group of people, especially young people, about an intricate subject, I will often recall a few pages in The World Book Encyclopedia of my childhood. The pages illustrated the various systems of the human body or the internal physiology of a frog.
Some of you may remember the transparent pages that represented the skin, the muscles, the internal organs, the muscles, the circulatory system, the nervous system, digestive system and respiratory system. The pages provided a simple way to portray complexity.
The other day I was looking for several books in Powells Bookstore in Portland when I stumbled into an entire section of books on chess: strategy, history, opening moves, famous players, memorable games, technique, defense, offense and closing moves.
Sometimes I see the world as a frog being dissected by the turning of a page. The complex is made simple if I can discern the layers. At other times I see a series of chessboards stacked one upon another to form a three-dimensional cube of organic activity with interlocking and interdependent components and people, each able to move in various ways, thereby influencing outcomes. Depending on which piece on the respective board represents a person, situation or relationship in real life, it is possible to visualize the potential outcomes from each individual action and interaction. Education is a key to unlocking interest and understanding of a variety of subjects and has also given educated individuals ability to grasp intricacies in complexity.
I often think of the sad and tragic consequences that result from simplistic binary thinking and shoddy decisions that are made in ignorance and naiveté, as compared to the beauty and precision of the learned mind navigating through highly complex issues and finding solutions that would have otherwise evaded the inquirer. The ability to do this is satisfying and gratifying, and is a direct result knowledge, education and learning.
The Blue Mountain Community College Political Action Committee has been meeting and working for several months to present information intended to convince voters to support the Bond Measure (Measure 30-96) on Nov.5.
Part of that work has been a distillation of key points that have been iterated and reiterated in recent editorials and letters to the editor such as: (a) no increase in current taxes, (b) funds to be used for capital improvements in locations in Morrow and Umatilla Counties, (c) improvements to existing, but aging facilities, (d) replacement and improvement of well-used infrastructure to achieve cost savings, (e) upgrades to technology and computer infrastructure to achieve operational efficiencies and savings and (f) increased study areas to enhance instructional delivery systems.
The role of BMCC in the region has been emphasized, and community leaders and key people in various sectors of the economy have given their voices in support of the Bond Measure. I add my voice to theirs. Please join me in supporting Bond Measure 30-96 on Nov. 5.
Kim B. Puzey
BMCC Board of Trustees