KUOW's April 13 show called "The Conversation" had talk about a 4 day school week. There's a proposal to allow 4 day school week in some districts here in the state of Washington.
Many of the callers seemed in favor. Is being done in parts of Colorado. Could even enhance education.
Main problem being what to do with kids on the day off when both parents are working.
Answer: 4 day workweek, in my opinion.
Here are some other tidbits I have found recently related to slowing down. Yes, I'm in favor of slowing down. Slowing at least moderately for a healthier life.
Recession can be bad news for some people, but good news for others.
City of Bellingham has been planning a repaving project on Forest Street for this summer. According to a recent Bellingham Herald, bids are coming in lower than expected for many road projects including the Forest Street repave. When contractors and materials are in less in demand, prices can come down.
Like the State Street repave of several years ago, they are also planning to go from 3 car lanes to 2 car lanes.
2 wider car lanes with a bike lane.
No need to have 3 car lanes (6 lanes total with Forest going north and State coming south) It all ends up in 2 car lanes on the Boulevard anyway; within just a few blocks.
Then I remember recently chatting with a real estate agent in my favorite sauna.
He mentioned that property prices are still too high and should come down more so people can afford houses again. Lower prices might mean more real estate transactions as people will be able to afford to buy again.
In my opinion, property values have been way ahead of average wages. Declining values can hurt some people, but it wouldn't necessarily devastate the real estate industry. Realtors can still get a percent of sale.
The smaller sale that happens can be better than the bigger sale that doesn't happen.
America is still being bogged down from too much overhead, prices, land values, health care costs, interest on deficits, overpaid executives.
I don't mean to bog you down with too long of a list.