On Goodbye, Mom: Family sends mother on final journey with hospice
AGAIN, I want to express GRATITUDE to DAN for sharing this very meaningful life experience and to SCOTT ANGUS for publishing it on the front page of the Mother's Day edition of our Janesville Gazette. I PRAY that this article w/the pictures will generate many healthy conversations among persons, especially spouses and children with mothers. Is it NOT the completion of physical life which best generates significant communications?! I think so. What do YOU think? Here we go... John W. Eyster
On VAL CROFTS "2013 Crystal Apple Award" featured on NBC15 TONIGHT?!
NBC15 - WMTV's video of the SURPRISE (it was a TOTAL surprise!) presentation of a 2013 CRYSTAL APPLE to VAL CROFTS masterfully showed WHY VAL was a 2013 awardee. The video & pics of Discovering Democracy on field study in Washington, DC were complemented by the interviews on camera at Milton HS.
If you want to see the video, use this link, http://www.nbc15.com/. Check videos on left-side of the homepage.
COMMENDATION with GRATITUDE to VAL CROFTS! Here we go... John W. Eyster
On "Was this the worst week ever in USA history?”
The Associated Press article, "Obama faces testing, trying week: Events could test president's agenda" which I cited in the post yesterday is published on p. 7B of today's Janesville Gazette. Here we go... John W. Eyster
On Discovering Democracy IV Director Val Crofts & students on “YOUR TALK SHOW” – WCLO (1230 AM) at 10 am tomorrow!
APPRECIATED the "DISCOVERING DEMOCRACY" segment on air on "YOUR TALK SHOW" with TIM BREMEL yesterday morning (4/19)! GOOD JOB, VAL & STUDENTS!! IF you want to hear the podcast, the URL is: http://www.wclo.com/play_window.php?audi.... Take time to listen to these Discovering Democracy people talk about their field study experience in Washington, DC late March. This was the 4th annual Discovering Democracy field study and VAL CROFTS is preparing for his 5th annual field study (April 2014). Here we go... John W Eyster
On LEGALLY REQUIRED transparency for Milton School District!
POIGNANT observation, NO FEMALE among the 6 finalists for our Milton School Board superintendency. (Sorry for typo...one is not able to correct comments after previewing and I missed that typo. Thanks for keeping me alert, "wislady"!)
Should GENDER be considered when selecting finalists? I appreciate the question by "Hizzoner." What do YOU think?
Wondering whether there were any women among the 20 candidates which Board President Roy reported. That's a statistic which ought to be revealed, I think. What do YOU think?
Here we go... John W. Eyster
THANKS to "wislady" for your comment posted at 3:06 pm yesterday identifying the 6 finalists for Milton superintency! I assume you saw the list posted by MILTON COURIER Managing Editor James Debilzen ONLINE at 2:54 pm yesterday, "Six finalists named for Milton's School district administrator" (URL: http://www.hngnews.com/milton_courier/ne...).
GLAD to see 2 district administrators among the 6 finalists. Would MILTON be best served with an internal selection? Does the INTERNAL selection of long-time (30-years) and very effective SUPERINTENDENT JON PLATTS provide valuable perspective? What do YOU think?
We need our newspapers to help our elected officials fulfill the requirements of our laws. Keep up the good work, JAMES!
Here we go... Gratefully, John W. Eyster
On New Life - Easter - FULL EQUALITY for ALL persons!
Fascinating discussion about same-sex marriage by New York Times' columnist, David Brooks published yesterday, "Freedom Loses One" (URL: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/02/opinio...).
I urge readers who oppose same-sex marriage to read Brooks' column and comment, please.
He concludes his column asserting, "The proponents of same-sex marriage used the language of equality and rights in promoting their cause, because that is the language we have floating around. But, if it wins, same-sex marriage will be a victory for the good life, which is about living in a society that induces you to narrow your choices and embrace your obligations."
FOOTNOTE: Very interesting article, "The story behind the gay marriage symbol taking over Facebook: How a red square with a pink equal sign became the new icon for marriage equality" - URL: http://theweek.com/article/index/242043/.... Here we go... John W. Eyster
On Discovering Democracy IV HOME safe & sound!
Clarifications: Read the blog post, please... there were 42 students and that is the factual posting!
Not at taxpayer expense - DD IV is funded by the STUDENTS & THEIR PARENTS. There is NO tax money for students. Employees of the SD-Milton are paid for SCHOOL DAYS (not last SAT & SUN and today started SPRING BREAK).
I will assert that the cost of DD IV is minimal to the taxpayer with HUGE BENEFITS of having young adult citizens who are informed & involved.
Let me make sure to inform readers of my WE THE PEOPLE blog that the DD IV students will directly report to readers that they are TAUGHT TO THINK & EVALUATE... they are NOT propagandized... and, truth be told, the readers ought to be aware of the personal political values of the staff.
AP US Government & Politics is taught as an academic course. It is NOT a partisan environment!
On What’s the point of Sunshine Week?
NOW that I have read the editorial, I commend YOU, GREG, on this very relevant and meaningful EDITORIAL. We do TRULY need SUNSHINE WEEK. I plan to follow-up on my WE THE PEOPLE blog on the situation you cite vis-a-vis our MILTON SCHOOL BOARD. And now, we need SUNSHINE on the "campaign" - we have 2 incumbents who were part of the crisis situation in our School District of Milton - on the ballot WITHOUT COMPETITION. So, we have a "SILENT" campaign. I myself will NOT vote for either candidate. I do PLAN to vote a WRITE-IN and am looking for a WRITE-IN CANDIDATE.
I do think you are terribly naieve as you assert that someday "SUNSHINE WEEK" could go dark when ALL persons in public office respond to requests for information "professionally." YOU discount HUMAN NATURE, GREG! SORRY... "SUNSHINE WEEK" will NEVER EVER be able to go DARK... IN FACT, how about a "SUNSHINE MONTH"?!?!
Thanks for your editorial... here we go...
John W. Eyster
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