International Right to Know Day

The collapse of traditional journalism in the U.S. may affect more than just the morning paper. It may impinge on freedom as well, said Barb Frey, director of the human rights program at the University of Minnesota, at a September 10 forum recognizing International Right to Know Day. Frey explained that the right to obtain information from governments is a human right-declared so by Article 19 of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. The press plays a critical role in upholding this right. “Journalists are the key,” said Frey. Continue Reading

Thumbs down: Despite recession, hitchhiking remains rare

A few decades ago, hitchhiking was something of a rite of passage among American youth. Chip Peterson, who graduated from high school in the 1960s, well remembers hitchhiking’s glory days. In the ’60s and ’70s, Peterson hitchhiked an estimated 100,000 miles across the U.S. and Latin America. He even spent his honeymoon thumbing through Colombia and Venezuela with his new bride. “I can remember times you’d have to line up for a ride,” says Peterson, “because there were so many hitchhikers on the road.”These days, it’s rare to see one upturned thumb, let alone a handful. Continue Reading