Most people who watched our choices for president debate Monday night were likely asking many of the same questions, and I’m not sure we got many answers. Clinton stuck to her well-crafted, prepared, talking points and Trump spoke off the cuff, with emotion. Certainly, the media will try to pick a winner but my analysis goes a bit deeper than who won or lost.
It’s a well-known and acceptable default to place blame on those in public service. Many times the charge is accurate, which is unfortunate because public service should be an honored. Well-meaning letters, editorials and columns have been written over the past few years that have detailed the woes of our city’s lack of economic diversity. We all know the importance of the mines and power plant as economic drivers in our community and they have certainly been taken for granted by many in our community.
One of the most difficult skills to teach young people is rhetoric, which is effectively using language and style to persuade an audience. Controversial topics can be hazardous to the orderly functioning of a high school classroom especially when we discuss hot-button issues like: presidential candidates, free college, building walls, healthcare, immigration and even how people choose to identify.
Yes, I’ll admit it... I’m on the Trump Train and coming clean about the fact that I’m voting for the most unlikely of candidates is a little like betting on the Italian Stallion when he went up against Apollo Creed in “Rocky II.” Yeah, I know, that was a long time ago but this presidential race is gearing up to be a pugilistic panorama of epic proportions as we head into the final two months.
Tests are a relative measure of student academic success and are certainly at the forefront of any discussion regarding the effectiveness of our public schools. In a country that increasingly puts an emphasis on college preparedness, the pressure is on to perform on tests that measure academic ability with a greater stress on graduating with a diploma that will serve as more than just a ticket to get into the workforce.
All kinds of different groups have been formed to try and lay out a plan for moving forward with all of the initiatives that will help make Craig a more attractive destination but also a legitimate community that offers families more than just a job.
It’s just about time for the busy season that lasts about nine months and accounts for three-fourths of the year. It involves a huge investment by our community and always manages to bring with it a few bumps, dips and detours. Each of these seasons — my 18th here in Craig — produce their own particular memories and offer local residents a bevy of ammunition for both praise and critique.
What a great weekend for Moffat County and the city of Craig! The Moffat County Balloon Festival was a great success even if Saturday morning’s questionable weather had the balloonists grounded for safety reasons. The event was well-attended, and I experienced a host of local citizens enjoying the different venues and taking in the sights and sounds of classic cars, big trucks, fun rides for kids, various competitions and of course the hot air balloons.
What the people are saying and what the media and certain politicians are hearing has reached an epic divide. It’s become a “read the news you wanna hear and avoid the rest” kind of election. Depending on your news source, evidence is mounting — as if most of us didn’t already know — that news reporters are biased. What a surprise, proven by the degree that channels go out of their way to celebrate their objectivity.
Perhaps it’s no coincidence that I’ve been intrigued by a series of Civil War novels as part of my summer reading. With political party conventions taking place this month, we’re being told there is a deep divide in our country. The gap between those who will definitely vote for one party or the other is increasingly more diverse and at times largely uncivil in tone. It’s difficult to get through the bog of prognostications and predictions that are part and parcel of the coverage, but just as in the books I’m reading — it comes down to the people.