A couple weeks back, I gave a talk at the Christopher Program, an Alternative High School in downtown Columbus, Ohio. The class I talked in was doing some tremendously creative “Service Learning” projects. One student was doing an education program about “Environmental Awareness in the Work Place.” Another student was working with a local social service agency to help further awareness about domestic violence and sexual assault. Yet another student was doing a form of street theatre to raise awareness about safe driving habits… As a spin-off, I said I’d interviewed a man who owns a Driving School in Loudonville, Ohio. he told me there are 33,000 traffic fatalities every year in America, one death every 13 minutes. That’s almost five deaths every hour, or 120 traffic deaths a day. The man said that would be the equivalent of a half-full airliner going down every day in this country! America has lost a little more than 4,000 Service people in Iraq over five years. We’ve lost some 165,000 motorists during that same time. Our roads have become “war zones,” it’s just that we don’t look at it that way, I said. Among a number of things, I said our administration would push to have highway speed limits go back to 40 mph, like they were in 1941. This would significanlty save on gas, cut down, just as significantly, on carbon dioxide gas emissions, and make the highways tremendously safer. Several students indicated I might not get a lot of votes with that stance… Note: Several days later, I got an e-mail from Jonathan Renard, one of the Christopher Program students. He wrote: “I especially found it interesting when you said: ‘Do you want to vote for a president that says what you want to hear, or do you want to vote for a president that challenges your thoughts?’ I have been thinking about that all weekend,” he added.