Today is Veteran’s Day, a day in which we pause to recognize our fellow citizens who have served in our armed forces and who have sacrificed part of their lives — in too many instances, life itself — to make life for the rest of us more secure.
This month we observe Veterans Day, which is a special holiday first set aside by Congress in 1919. Originally it was called Armistice Day, and declared by President Woodrow Wilson as a day to be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory” of World War I.
Last week I introduced a discussion about Finnish schools in this column. My reason for doing so was that Finland was once an “also ran” in international test rankings but has in recent years soared to the top. I raised the question as to why we are not studying their system to see if we can learn from them.
A copy of “Michigan’s Top-To-Bottom Ranking,” published by the Mackinac Center for Public Policy” arrived in my mail recently.
This week we featured two stories on our front pages about businesses in northeast Montcalm County. One was an inspiring example of a local businessman who took an already successful manufacturing idea and expanded upon it.
Some of my most cherished memories are of the time I have spent playing games with my eight grandchildren. One day I was playing a board game with our oldest granddaughter, Jordan, (now a mother herself) when she was about 3 years old. She had won the game. I congratulated her and started to clear the board. “No, Grandma,” she said. “You have to keep playing so you can win too.”
The government of the most powerful nation on the globe is supposedly shut down. What can be said about that situation other than there is an obvious lack of leadership on both sides of the aisle. Forget about who’s right and who’s wrong: both sides have legitimate arguments. But we hire these folks to settle the differences in a way that benefits the country as a whole. That’s their job … and they get lifetime benefits for their trouble.
Chet Guild just doesn’t get it. The Edmore village president has repeatedly shown a lack of basic understanding when it comes to running an open meeting since he was elected to office a year ago.
This will be the final column in this series on virtual schools, but I can assure you not the last time that we will discuss the issues of school choice, charters, virtual schools and the future of the public schools. These are very important topics. I firmly believe that the future of our democracy depends on a strong system of locally controlled public schools. I also believe that our public school system is at risk.
This is the time of year when leaves start to turn to bright colors of red, yellow and orange. It also is the season when hunter pull out their orange vests and caps in anticipation of a safe and successful deer hunting season.