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6 I OPINION I March 7, 2018 MID RIVERS NEWSMAGAZINE EDITORIAL We are Community This week, we introduce “Random Thoughts: A Community Conversation.” This new feature fills the space, though not the void, created by the retirement of columnist Thomas Sowell in 2016. We keep returning to the same thought, “there are a lot of really interesting people in our community that we'd love to be able to sit down with and just chat about totally random things.” We wanted to have a community conversation – one that could include a resident on the street just as easily as a politician, local business leader, philanthropist, celebrity or … the list, we realized, could go on and on. This week, we spent some time with Donna Hearne, who is an author, teacher and former Reagan appointee to the U.S. Department of Education. Donna also heads The Constitutional Coalition, a tax-exempt educational and research organization that annually hosts The Educational Policy Conference, which turns 30 next year. Keeping the conversation totally random, we drew seven questions out of a hat – literally pulling folded slips of paper from a bowl containing more than 200 questions ranging from consequential to comical. Donna described the resulting interview as “most interesting and fun.” We hope you agree. We also hope you'll join the conversation by submitting questions to add to our collection and by recommending people you'd like us to interview. You can send your questions and ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. Want to express your opinion? Submit your letter to: email@example.com In this Issue 10 State of the County County Executive Steve Ehlmann says the future holds mostly good news. Also, this week we're implementing something many of you have requested over the years – a table of contents below our Letters to the Editor. We know. What happened to the cartoons? Simply put, we thought it was time for a change – and the conversations we were having with readers seconded that notion. Finally, we're asking you to help us out with one more community action. It's time again for our annual Excellence in Education Teacher of the Year campaign – and we need you to nominate all those amazing teachers who dedicate themselves to local students from preschool right through university and at every level in between. One of the best things we do all year is surprising the Teacher of the Year winner with a collection of goodies including an iPad and flowers for the teacher, cake for the classroom and thanks from our sponsors. Yes, sponsors! Recognizing excellence in education absolutely is a community event and our sponsors are local companies that delight in celebrating student and teacher success as much as we do. Our hats are off to Bone & Joint Chiropractic Center, Busey Bank-O'Fallon, Dream Play and Sylvan Learning Center for joining us in this celebration, many for consecutive years. Thank you for letting us know what's important to you. We are a community and we need to keep talking. We need to learn more about each other than just the titles we hold and the jobs we do. We need community conversations. 17 Summer Camps You’ll want to keep this handy directory of some of the area’s best camps. 28 St. Patrick’s Day The info you need to navigate the annual Cottleville parade. Letters to the Editor Honoring those who served To the Editor: Regarding your article “Fifty years later: The TET Offensive remembered,” for all of the brothers in arms, thanks for remembering. Joe McCarthy Vietnam veteran Empty words of politicians To the Editor: Paraphrasing an earlier show-biz celebrity who became POTUS [President Ronald Reagan]: “There you go again, Donald.” To which I would add, “Once again, it’s all about you isn’t it, Trump?” In the simplistic Twitter world of Donald Trump, Parkland is not about the slaughter and terror inflicted on innocent high school students; nor the easy availability of military-style guns, magazines and bullets on a scale never seen anywhere else in the world; nor a need for better leadership and coordination between local, state and federal authorities to head-off such tragedies. It’s not even about the Second Amendment. Sadly, all of that is on a continuum dating back to Columbine and Sandy Hook. To Trump, it isn’t about that continuum nor the kids in Florida. It’s all about getting the FBI off his back – he actually says the FBI did not effectively prevent Parkland because of FBI preoccupation with the Russian collusion investigation. This time, however, Trump may have gone too far. The angry high school kids of Parkland, Florida, know this isn’t about Trump, it’s about them and the classmates they will never see again. Columbine was a first and the children of Newtown/Sandy Hook were too young to step up for themselves but these Florida kids are different. Too many heard the sound of bullets whizzing past them and slamming into someone else. They now realize the reality of Columbine and Sandy Hook, and they are telling us they are outraged and that the empty words of disconnected politicians are not going to cut it this time. A whole lot of their counterparts in schools across America are echoing that message. 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