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“Visions of the future: Young people see bright prospects for Janesville’s tomorrow” & "Vision 2020"

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John Eyster
Sunday, April 7, 2013

“Visions of the future: Young people see bright prospects for Janesville’s tomorrow” & "Vision 2020" - The front page headline article offers opportunity for a VISION of our FUTURE and introduces the supplement, "Vision 2020" in today's Gazette. Be sure to carefully read both! YOU will be glad you did! I AM glad I read them both!!

Reading Shelly Birkelo's feature article one gains the responses of several Janesville high school students to 3 basic questions which the Gazette posed to 40 students. As the headline announces, the students "see bright prospects for Janesville tomorrow." I urge you to read this valuable article.

The feature article enticed me to start paging through the special supplement in today’s Gazette, “Vision 2020.”

WOW! I started skimming the supplement and then about half-way through, I went back to start reading very deliberately and thoroughly and thoughtfully!

COMMENDATION to Scott Angus, Editor and his staff for the valuable work done to write this supplement. Having read the Janesville Gazette for many years, I feel identity with essentially all of the journalists, so as I noted by-lines, I knew the identity and the expertise of each writer. Each has valuable background for the article(s) s/he wrote. GOOD JOB!

Scott introduced the supplement telling us that this supplement replaces the “People Who Matter.” I agree with his assertion that that series had a great run. I also agree with the decision that it was time for something new.

Believe me, “Vision 2020” is TRULY SOMETHING NEW! Reading the supplement gave a SIGNIFICANT BOOST to my AUDACITY of HOPE for the FUTURE of Janesville and area! I urge you to read the supplement and then comment. I will be reading comments with much interest.

I share Scott’s assessment and hope for this supplement, “While this isn’t the definitive look at all that might be, it’s an informative and often exciting vision of the possibilities, some of which are more likely than others. We learned much in our endeavor. We hope you do, as well.” I DID, THANKS SCOTT and colleagues!

I know that looking over the table of contents was impressive to me – here it is for your assessment: Economy – Agriculture – Demographics – Government – The Rock River – Education – Environment – Culture – Health Care.

The development of the contents is replete with valuable DATA (Thanks to Tony DiNicola for the graphics! I myself love charts and graphs!) and complemented by relevant local pictures (Thanks to Bill Olmsted, Dan Lassiter and Nico Savidge! Who doesn’t like to look at pictures and learn?!)

I KNOW I am going to keep this “2020 Vision” supplement for future reference. I hope you too will read it and comment on it. I will be reading your comments with interest. Thanks!

I do have to cite the article in “Destinations” by Ellen Creager, Detroit Free Press, “Soak it in: Iceland’s quirks attract thousands of travelers each summer.” Marilyn and I discovered the wonderful benefits of a STOPOVER in ICELAND en route to or from NORWAY. A STOPOVER in ICELAND is NOW considered a required part of any trip we make to NORWAY!

Take a look at the box, “Seven Quirks of Iceland” – we agree with each and every one! We could add a few more from our travels the whole route around the edge of ICELAND and into the INTERIOR. Amazing landscape!

Be sure to note that the cost of visiting ICELAND is NOW less expensive than it was before 2008 due to the loss of exchange rate of the Icelandic krona against our US dollar. Nevertheless, ICELAND is VERY EXPENSIVE! Be sure to check online to consider costs and YOUR resources.

IF you fly ICELANDAIR (our favorite airline for US to NORWAY travel), you have special benefits for a STOPOVER in ICELAND. Regardless, YOU do get a break ON EARTH as part of the trans-Atlantic flight. Marilyn & I liked the break and we wanted MORE… so, STOPOVER!

If you want more information about a STOPOVER without additional airfare, use this link “ICELAND STOPOVER…at no additional airfare!” Try a STOPOVER; I know YOU will enjoy it! Be sure to INCLUDE the Blue Lagoon as part of your trip to the airport before your trans-Atlantic flight to USA. We did and it was SUPER!

I hope a trip to NORWAY with a STOPOVER in ICELAND is in my FUTURE before 2020!

Here we go…

Mr. E.

Last updated: 9:20 am Tuesday, July 9, 2013

John W. Eyster lives in the Edgerton area. He is an adjunct professor assigned with the online/distance education faculty of Viterbo University, LaCrosse. He continues his personal mission supporting democracy/civics education in Wisconsin K-12 schools through Project Citizen, We the People, Discovering Democracy (Milton HS). John is a community blogger and is not a part of The Gazette staff or management.

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