SHORT TAKES: 50 years of a dream


By Daily News • Last Updated 11:05 am on Wednesday, August 28, 2013

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the march on our nation’s Capitol and Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech.

It was a turning point in an ongoing struggle with our nation’s basic human conscience, and the beginning of new social and legal precepts. Regardless of the work still to be done, we have made meaningful advances in our social well-being.

We would be remiss if we didn’t continually remind ourselves that our welfare is as well an inextricable economic challenge. In a nation known for its creativity, we must find meaningful work for everyone seeking a fulfilling occupation.

At all levels of government including Congress and the administration, we have elected people who claim interest in the same. In admittedly overused, but still clearly apt terms: Let’s push them to lead, follow or get out of the way.

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Turning the clock back to another time, according to Sandy Main’s “Once Upon a Daily” Column, 100 years ago The Grand Rapids Herald heralded Greenville as the community that “refrigerates” the world, as the leading producer of 140,000 ice boxes, more than any other city in the world.

In later years, our venture into solar energy has been stalled, but who knows what might yet come? Plus, Greenville has for years had its share of entrepreneurs that have moved us way beyond the Gibson days. How we welcome potential entrepreneurs to this city should be a practice well-known to whole community.

If you’re interested, ask your city councilperson how the system works.

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While the Detroit Tigers are keeping a lot of sports fans anticipating a possible World Series, football is in the air. The TV tussle starts for a lot of fans who have Major League Baseball interests, as well as favorite college football teams.

Michigan will play Central Michigan at 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at home in Ann Arbor in its opener, then Notre Dame at 8 p.m. on Sept. 7 at home in a night game, followed by a noon game on Sept. 14 against Akron.

On Friday, Michigan State will open against Western Michigan at 8 p.m. in East Lansing, then at noon on Sept. 7 against South Florida, followed by a 2 p.m. game on Sept. 14 against Youngstown State.

In the same period, on Aug. 30 the Detroit Tigers will host the Cleveland Indians, they’ll be at Kansas City on Sept. 7 at 6 p.m. and they’ll host Kansas City on Sept. 14.

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You should also stay in tune with The Daily News for coverage of all area high school sport schedules. The season is just beginning, and The Daily News will keep you informed.

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

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