College degree isn’t everything; all jobs are important

First off, I am not a Republican, nor am I any longer calling myself a Democrat. In multiple publications and on the internet I have read claims that blue states (Democrat leaning) have more educated people per population and red states (Republican leaning) have more uneducated people per population. In these examples, educated seems to mean those with college or university degrees.

To me these statements appear as a way to ridicule Republicans, but what they do is marginalize and ridicule those without a college degree and put forth that only educated people should govern and make the decisions and the rules. This way of thinking is arrogant, demeaning and wrong for America.

What I want to point out is that smarts, intelligence, common sense, wisdom and education are five different things. Educated does not automatically equate to smart or intelligent or a person having any sense or wisdom. I myself have a college degree but I do not think I am smarter or above those who do not have a college degree. I see the smarts, intelligence, honor and work ethic in those working in the trades, shop owners and workers, transportation workers, farmers, ranchers, etc. Their opinions, wants and needs do matter. Also, most jobs do not require a college degree but are honest, fulfilling and good jobs.

Gayle Olcott


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