Feeling out of sorts? That’s understandable.
A cryptic threat of bloodshed aimed at schools in Elkhart and St. Joseph counties has more than a few people on edge. Recent U.S. history prompts us to take threats of school violence seriously, regardless of the seriousness of intent. “Us” includes students, teachers, parents and law enforcement. “Us” is a big tent.
On the international scene, hopes of a dawning new age in North Korea have been dashed by bellicose statements out of the renegade regime. Posturing and hot air? We certainly hope so, perhaps because the specter of armed conflict is too awful to contemplate.
All this negativity can leave one with an appetite for some good news. We say dine at The Goshen News.
Consider the top of the fold on A3 of Thursday’s paper. There’s a picture of 25 eighth-graders who were honored for earning straight A’s for three straight years at Goshen Middle School.
In a word, wow.
That remarkable achievement says so much about the young pupils who set goals and worked hard. It’s also a reflection on loving and supportive parents who, no doubt, sometimes cracked the figurative whip. And it’s tribute to the committed guidance of our local educators.
A scan of that day’s paper will also yield another source of pride.
On page A2, you’ll find an article about Phil and Sharon Wogoman of Millersburg. They’ve been picked to be the parade marshals of this summer’s Elkhart County 4-H Fair Parade.
In announcing his selection, 2013 fair president Tim Graber said, “I couldn’t think of someone who was more befitting of the honor of being our parade marshals this year than Phil and Sharon. They tirelessly serve out here, as you all know.”
We applaud Graber’s pick. The Wogomans have a combined 50 years of service to the fair, their work most often done behind the scenes and unheralded.
It’s worth pointing out that Graber made his announcement to the members of the county fair board — people who are in the same league as the Wogomans. They work to provide a showcase for our 4-H youth, and annually put on a summer showcase that is the envy of county fairs locally, regionally and nationally. They are your friends and neighbors. Be proud of your neighborhood.
Feeling glum is forgivable in these often troubled and unsettled times. We also think there are plenty of reasons to feel pretty good.
Feeling out of sorts? That’s understandable.
- MORTON MARCUS: Personal property tax evidence needed, not theoretical arguments The Indiana General Assembly is generous when giving away the revenues of local governments. The latest scheme, advocated by the politicians wielding power at the state level, is to give a nice tax break to businesses at the expense of local governme
- FROM THE STATEHOUSE: Survey results both predictable and surprising Every year at about this time, Statehouse reporters like me ask lawmakers what their priorities will be for the coming year. The more interesting inquiry is made by the people at Ball State's Bowen Center for Public Affairs because they ask Hoosiers
- EDITORIAL: Legislators should replace tax revenue The top priority of Gov. Mike Pence and the Republican super majority in the Indiana Statehouse for the 2014 short session has been proclaimed. The state's GOP will fight for a major tax cut, specifically the elimination of the business personal prop
- It's the season to be charitable Weather forecasters are calling for a high temperature of 25 degrees today in the Goshen area, and a low of 18. The calendar informs us that the official first day of winter isn't until Dec. 21. For all practical purposes, it's arrived. Many of us w
- EDITORIAL: National RV trade show illustrates growth For the past few days, Goshen News Business Editor Roger Schneider has been hoofing it around the Kentucky Expo Center in Louisville, Ky., at the National RV Trade Show. What he has seen and has reported is substantial progress. Oh, how far we have c
- MORTON MARCUS: The Devil is in the denominator While most folks have heard of the Terminator, many have forgotten the denominator. That’s the number below the line in a fraction.
- FROM THE STATEHOUSE: Gay marriage to put Indiana under a mircoscope If there was any doubt that the coming fight over the same-sex marriage ban amendment in Indiana was going to be elevated to the national level, it’s gone.
- Shopping local is a real treat The tradition continued. "Black Friday" arrived this week to usher in the more official start to the holiday shopping season. Consumers thronged to box stores nationwide in a quest for retail deals. Actually, the Friday in Black Friday is a misnomer.
- POINT OF VIEW: Don’t neglect to shop local By REP. REBECCA KUBACKI The holiday shopping season is here, meaning it is crunch time for businesses. The next few weeks will be critical for retailers, especially on days like Black Friday or Cyber Monday. There are so many choices nowadays that it
- MORTON MARCUS: Indiana has experience with confusion in the world of computers It was not surprising to see the confusion and attacks generated by the federal government's effort to make the purchase of health insurance easier. We have seen it before. In business, universities, governments at all levels, new computer applicatio
- More Opinion Headlines