SHORT TAKES: Real American hero passes on

By Daily News • Last Updated 10:08 am on Monday, October 29, 2012

A Montcalm County real American hero, Ed Johnson, died last week at age 93.

He was a soldier that landed at Normandy, a member of Big Red One, in the greatest and most costly assault by our troops in their effort to save the world as we know it. He received battle stars as a result of his courageous efforts to save his fellow soldiers under enemy fire. He was also given one of the highest honors the government of France can bestow.

God bless you, Ed, and also Mae, his wartime nurse and lifetime mate.

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Not with a bang, but a whimper, the Detroit Tigers lost the 2012 World Series in four straight, with an extra-inning gem that ended with a strike-out of their Triple Crown winner Miguel Cabrera.

A really unofficial series analysis seems like the Tigers watched an inordinately number of strike balls (without swinging) in the series. It’s not what we wanted, but it’s lost.

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Here’s a reality check relative to where we live that all Montcalm County and surrounding areas should take note: In a town hall meeting in Sidney at Montcalm Community College last Friday, Gov. Rick Snyder reminded all in attendance that “The Big Three” in Michigan no longer refers to General Motors, Ford and Chrysler; it stands for agriculture, autos and education.

We like his acknowledgment that agriculture is the biggie.

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Not to be taken lightly also was his program to move social service workers out of their offices and into Michigan’s public schools. We know that all sorts of impediments to learning stem from problems outside the schools. Why not put the people ostensibly part of the solution immediately available to the kids? Nice move, governor.

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In light of the extreme battles going on with the upcoming election and the incessant emotionally driven and misleading information in TV advertising, we especially need a reality check.

With respect to ballot proposals, gather your thoughts and understand the nature of the turf battles that are under assault — in every instance — it’s ultimately our tax dollars, how they’re spent and the ultimate return to the public that determines our state’s future.

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In a similar vein, relative to our economic future, Sunday’s 60 Minutes on CBS showed a segment with the message: If you want a brighter future, we must create it ourselves.

Their example was the success of American entrepreneurs rising to China’s desire for American-made products. For decades, quality foreign-made products have thrived in American markets: Why not sell our good stuff to the rising economy of China?

It’s late in the prime political season, but ask your candidate congressman about how they’d make it easier to do.

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

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