November 10, 2008

Globalization hits the roads of Iowa

Al Tompkins had a brief piece on how Brazilian road salt could cause problems in Iowa.

Now I ask, how can it be so much cheaper for Cedar Rapids to import salt from more than 5,000 miles away than the Detroit or Canadian version? I would think that any reporter would ask this question but Channel 9 in Cedar Rapids did not make that connection. They went with ONLY the danger to car windshields from the larger grain Brazilian salt.

Is the lack of curiosity a result of limited air time -- so they could not discuss the larger issue? Or is it a result of what we are seeing in more and more U.S. journalists: a complete lack of interest in the rest of the world?

And are our students any better?

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