brown university review Another side of america revisited – coded naija

The institutions are standardized and highly strong with checks and balances. The country is an organized society with rule of law and freedom of press and association. With highly strong institutions that have stood the test of time, things work in a predictable manner. For example, there are traffic rules that regulate behavior of motorists.

In education, the quality institutions are replete with consummate professionals who work diligently and continuously to improve the science and art of their craft. Brown university gates the american higher institutions have produced many nobel laureates in various fields. In 2016, six americans won the prize. Duncan M. Haldane of princeton university, david thouless of yale university and michael kosterlitz of brown university won the nobel prize in physics. Sir J. Fraser stoddart of northwestern university was awarded, in part, the nobel prize in chemistry.

Similarly, oliver hart of harvard university and bengt holmström of the massachusetts institute of technology received the nobel prize in economics. The irony about these six american nobel laureates is they are all immigrants. None of them was born in america.

This year’s winners of nobel prizes in various categories have been announced. Again, individuals who are either americans or associated with america are represented. Out of three winners of the nobel prize in chemistry 2018 were americans. Does brown university have a law school prof. Frances H. Arnold, who is a professor of chemical engineering, biochemistry and bioengineering at the california institute of technology”, and prof. George smith, a “professor emeritus with the division of biological sciences at the university of missouri.” also, out of three nobel prize in physics 2018, one is an american—prof. Arthur ashkin, “graduate of columbia and cornell , he has spent his career researching microwaves, nonlinear optics and laser trapping at bell laboratories in new jersey.” READ ALSO: trio win nobel prize for chemistry2018/

Yes, america is well-organized! But despite all the good things in america, the country is burdensome. The tax burden and other encumbrances in america are very high compared to other countries, especially nigeria. On march 24, 2014, michael snyder carefully listed 97 different taxes americans pay each year.

Without a doubt, living in america has its own drawbacks. Without going into the complexities of the federal tax laws, one has to pay a percentage of his/ her income to the federal government every year. In addition to the federal income tax, people have to pay social security and medicare taxes. In some states, people pay state tax, as well.

I was having a conversation with some people both here and in nigeria about life in america. I told them person that in america, you pay for everything! You pay taxes on your house, sales tax on almost everything you buy. You pay for your sewage, water, heat, and air. You pay for your car inspection and car registration every year. You’re legally required to have car insurance and you must pay for it. I also told my friends that those who have health insurance through their jobs, pay expensive premi ums. I shared with the people that there was a time I was paying about $1,000 per month on health insurance. I continued by saying that we pay tax whenever we pump gas into our cars. Also, there are taxes included in our utility, phone and cable bills.

Chief ken jerry ike shared his personal experience in our conversation. He said the following: “homeowners associations (hoas) is one of the things that add stress to life living in america. Fraternities at brown university homeowners who live in an HOA must abide by its regulations and pay a monthly, quarterly or annual fee that pays for the management and maintenance of the community. The funny side of the whole thing is that if you buy a house in neighborhood managed by HOA, you are automatically a member. You don’t have the option of not belonging. When buying a home in a community with an HOA, you’ve got to add HOA dues to your budget. The dues vary, but typically run in the hundreds of dollars per month and also you must be ready to abide by all the rules and regulations.

Most of these regulations including not changing the painting on house to the color not approved, keeping to the pattern and color of roofing approved by your HOA; not making changes to your house without approval even changing the color or pattern of your pavement. Any break of these rules could attract penalty requiring the homeowner to pay a fine. If the homeowner refuses to pay, the HOA can take more punitive steps, up to and including forcing the sale of the home.” READ ALSO: homeowners’ charter initiative has achieved its objectives – amosun