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Federal Employees News Digest : Nov 25, 2013
Kristi Dougherty General Manager Phil Piemonte Managing Editor Sherkiya Wedgeworth Online Managing Editor Becky Fenton Circulation Manager Nathan Abse Writer Mike Causey Columnist Edward Zurndorfer Columnist Published by 1105 Government Information Group, Anne Armstrong, President. 1105 Public Sector Media Group is part of 1105 Media, Inc. Neal Vitale, CEO. 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But if you do not, or if you live and work in rural Iowa or downtown Dayton, things look different. For good reason. What may bother so many people about those of us in Washington is that we don't get it. Whatever "it" is, we just don't get it! And they may be on to something. In many of our large number of Super ZIP Code areas, 98 percent of high school kids go on to college. One in four D.C. households is in a Super ZIP, according to the Post. That includes my very modest home, which is surrounded by McMansions inhabited by people who wish I would go away, taking my house with me. A study by the Post and other outlets says that only much larger New York City has more Super ZIPs. With all of our Super ZIP money--- much of it from rich politicians, law- yers, lobbyists, some journalists and the nation's largest percentage of shrinks--- comes brain power. And ego. At one time, the Post story said, doctors married nurses and lawyers married their secretaries. Now with women outnum- bering men in college and with degrees, it is doctors marrying doctors, and lawyers marrying lawyers. More income, better life style, better educated (and also more insulated) kids. Years ago, a friend explained to me why she sent her daughter to a private school that was further from her home than the neighborhood public high school, Walt Whitman. At that time, it was rated among the top five high schools in the nation by Parade Magazine. And it was free, compared to the private school, which charges $28,000 per annum for grade school kids and about $38,000 for high school students. (President Obama's daughters go to the same school, as do the grandchildren of Vice President Joe Biden and the kids of some members of Congress.) My friend said she liked it because it was a Quaker school and taught the principles of peace. That's a worthwhile lesson, I thought, but a tad pricey for regular folks. Although the elite have always lived apart from ordinary folks---geographi- cally and emotionally---such a large con- centration (like here) in the seat of power makes some folks uneasy. How, they wonder beyond the Beltway, can somebody who lives and works in a Super ZIP (like 20815 in Chevy Chase, D.C.-Maryland) know what life is like, or what people want and need if they live in an East St. Louis neighborhood, or down- town Detroit? Good question. Answer to follow. Just maybe not right away. INSIGHT by Mike Causey continued from page 1
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