One should not beware the day too much. After all it was 2056 years ago on 15 March that Julius Caesar was done in by Brutus. I am not superstitious; I simply never make important decisions on March 15. That said, the continuing saga of the reorganization for better or worse of maritime training and education at the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy continues. For those not recalling – and why should they – the school had its continuing education program shut down, its internal midshipmen pub closed, its training ship taken away and its new superintendent summarily fired. Of course the paranoids got loose and along with the Cassandras and Chicken Littles created quite an Ides doom-sooth. That may not be accurate, however. The budget has increased and for the first time the Academy is getting a proper strategic plan, The Secretary of Transportation has averred that he will make Kings Point the "jewel in the crown of the federal academies" [of which there are five]. We wait and see. The motto of the place is Acta nonVerba. There have been deeds and now there are words. Let us see if deeds follow those new words and this is not a case of government Verba non Acta. Take a tour of the place at www.USMMA.edu.
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