SHORT TAKES: In case you missed it …


By Daily News • Last Updated 12:02 pm on Monday, May 13, 2013

If you missed reading your local Daily News last Wednesday, May 8:

You missed Greenville Public Schools’ Board of Education President Janet Ralph’s message about public schools tradition in Michigan. You probably will not be equipped to discuss and interpret the upcoming challenges of how our children are taught without much of the information she presented. Janet Ralph’s Wednesday article was preceded by Lou Kitchenmaster’s Tuesday May 7 Guest View, also about public schools. Those were two articles well worth reading about our greatest public responsibility.

You may not know the latest about the tragic case of 2-year-old Brooklyn, the daughter of 26-year-old Samantha Slater. In an aggravated child abuse case, the Montcalm County Prosecutor has offered a reduced plea. Child abuse has become an agonizingly routine element of news reporting. Learn what’s happening, and strive to help us all to find some answers.

And you may have missed news of the impending end of no sales tax for Internet purchases. The move means another hit for small businesses, but not necessarily local retailers. The change could present an impossible administrative obstacle for small business retailers shipping their goods across the nation. They would be forced to deal with thousands of local taxing authorities. Not a small matter for small companies that employ lots of people.

That was one day of The Daily News.

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Here are some other stories worthy of further consideration:

A Detroit News editorial last week told of plans by the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau to play politics with consumer loans for automobile buyers, along the same lines that led to the national disaster in home lending. Apparently the CFPB, in an attempt to prevent discrimination against minorities, wants to impose a flat rate for all auto financing, which would effectively raise rates for everybody. That kind of financial fantasizing took down America’s home building industry. The same policies could well finish off not only the automobile industry, but the American economy as well.

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“Soccer referee hit by soccer player in Utah dies: Slugged by an irate high school player.”

Obviously a terrible accident, and maybe the kid has a special problem. If he didn’t, he does now. It’s a tragedy in any case.

But is it not time for us to appreciate athletic prowess above brute force and to be more rewarding to sportsmanship and skill than simplistic spectacular mayhem. The professional leagues have sold out sportsmanship for the big dollars of TV violence. Their latter day Roman coliseums have allowed all-out blood and guts mayhem in order to boost television ratings and their financial bottom line. They and their TV cohorts should summon the courage and make a more obvious effort to present a more humanistic inspiration to America’s aspiring athletes.

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This week’s Daily News Extra has a little more of what you may have missed, including some upcoming events you may not want to miss and even some events from 150 years ago.

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

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