CRM, the new administration, and our jobs
I've been in this field for nearly 30 years and I've paid my student loans off long ago. I feel the worst for those who have newly joined this field, who have taken out student loans in the many thousands only to have their career taken from them and left in debt. Those still in college can still make a change to another field of study.
Do we just accept it for what it is and do nothing? Do we join with ACRA and put aside differences and work together? What are our options?
Post ID#20811 - replied 11/16/2016 9:07 PM
Post ID#20814 - replied 11/24/2016 8:42 AM
Don't be afraid to leverage popular support. The American people are very much in favor of archaeology, at least in the abstract. Remember that our mandate to conduct CRM, specifically, is rooted in the idea that if the federal government is going to support or conduct an undertaking, then it must be in the interests of the American people m- basically, to hold proponents accountable for impacts they may cause. If nothing else, a president-elect who ran on a platform of pluralism and "make America great again" suggests that there is a willingness to conserve heritage resources.
As archaeovagrant posted above, an increase in infrastructure without a concomitant weakening of regulations could be a huge boon for us. Whether it's likely I can't say, but now is a time to seize every opportunity to display that archaeology and CRM, broadly, do have public benefits and can be of benefit to communities.
I'm worried, uncertain and anxious. But I'm not ready to gove up and I'm hopeful that we can drum up enough popular support for preservation to blunt the worst effects of deregulation.
Post ID#20823 - replied 12/16/2016 10:38 AM
Post ID#20824 - replied 12/16/2016 11:06 AM
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