Dan Kolbert, a remodeler in Portland, Maine was upset when the local school system was considering a rule that would require high school seniors to apply to a post-secondary educational or training program. No application—no diploma.  As Kolbert saw it, the proposed rule put the construction trades in a bad light. It was as if the school system was saying only a loser would graduate from high school and then go into construction, even though the trades are an excellent way to make a living. So Kolbert wrote a letter to the editor of the local newspaper. You can find the letter and get JLC’s take on it by clicking here. Be sure to read to the bottom of the page because there are some interesting comments there from JLC readers.