SHORT TAKES: Christmas Pops a yearly favorite

By Daily News • Last Updated 1:49 pm on Monday, December 05, 2011

One of the area’s most prestigious seasonal events occurs this coming Wednesday evening when the Grand Rapids Symphony Orchestra returns to Greenville High School’s Performing Arts Center for the 11th annual Christmas Pops Spectacular.

You’ll want to be in your seat for this high-voltage musical celebration of the Christmas season. If you’ve never experienced the excitement of the Grand Rapids Symphony, give yourself an extra-special treat this week. You’ll be part of a highly appreciative audience.

The occasion is a fundraiser for the Education Foundation of Greenville. The occasion is a fundraiser for the Education Foundation of Greenville. Tickets are $15 reserved and $30 premier and are still available at Hansen’s Music House, at 116 S. Lafayette St. in downtown Greenville.

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Speaking of Christmas, is there a Grinch in the United States Department of Agriculture, or is it just more politics?

A Grand Rapids Press article on Nov. 21 called attention to the department’s hold on the launch of a Christmas tree grower’s industry-funded program where Christmas tree growers selling more than 500 trees would assess themselves 15 cents per tree. They would raise funds for a marketing campaign similar to the dairy industry’s “Got Milk?” promotion.

The campaign would purportedly help boost sales of fresh locally grown trees against the increasing sales of imported artificial trees. The article indicated that conservative columnists and bloggers called the program a tax on Christmas trees and blamed President Obama.

The USDA hasn’t ordered such a delay in 15 years. It looks to us like more politically inspired government tampering in the free market.

Why is this important? Because Michigan is the nation’s third-ranking Christmas tree producer.

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Only in America: “Montcalm County Gets Homeland Security Snow Cone Machine” … Saturday’s Daily News announced that Montcalm was one of 13 West Michigan counties to receive a snow cone machine as part of a grant from the Michigan Homeland Security Program.

It was suggested that we look at it as an ice-shaving machine. Perhaps the government is quietly taking global warming seriously. Seriously, you can’t make this stuff up.

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West Michigan continues the celebration of the life of Greenville favorite son Fred Meijer with appreciation and remembrance of the everlasting qualities of the man.

The media accolades will diminish with time, but you only need look around you to realize that the gifts he gave us were forever.

Perhaps the most important gift of all is the collection of his philosophies of life. If education is paramount to success in life, then young people can do no better than to study the words of this man.

Editorial opinions are the consensus of The Daily News editorial board.

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