Updated: February 24, 2014 1:10PM
I hope all of you took time to reflect on what Dr. Martin Luther King accomplished before his unnecessary death, or even better, attended a ceremony such as Valparaiso University had to honor him and remind us of his legacy.
It would be so wonderful if, through that legacy, all of us recognized the inside of each other, instead of the outside covering.
King was so intent on putting an end to hate, and his memory lives on because hate is what took his life, yet sadly hate lives on and on and on — on both sides of the street. I have yet to understand what it accomplishes, but I have definitely seen the results of trust and hugs.
I wish all of us could be part of the innovation at Indiana University Northwest, where the Moraine Student Center gave students the opportunity to “change” their ethnicity. I don’t pretend to understand how it works, but the Race Experience Kiosk allowed students to choose seeing themselves as Asian, black, Hispanic, Indian or white, and contemplate how that difference would change the way others treated them.
Perhaps it would make us feel differently or uncomfortable, and help us realize that those we consider unlike us are just the same underneath skin color.
It is not just whites who need to change their negative thought process, but every ethnicity, if we are ever going to enjoy King’s dream becoming reality.
Maybe if we could walk in someone else’s skin for a few days, and know how they feel, it might make enough of an impact to change our way of dealing with others, and truly would be a part of a dream come true. Just some food for thought.
Accolades and congratulations to Valparaiso High School senior Paige Smith, who was honored with the Indiana Career and Technical Award for Excellence sponsored by the Indiana Department of Education.
Paige is a health occupation student, and was nominated by the Porter County Career and Technical Center by Principal Jon Groth.
There are 80,000 students throughout the state who could be eligible for this prestigious award, and 10 outstanding students throughout the state are chosen for the award. How awesome that one of those students is from Porter County.
Paige, your hard work has earned you this superb award, and I am honored to have you as my pet person of the week. I’m sure your future will be as bright as you are.
The Porter County United Way is offering a very kind service to low- and moderate-income taxpayers and to the elderly — free tax preparation.
To qualify, your adjusted gross income cannot be above $52,000. The free tax preparation will be available beginning Feb. 3.
All the volunteers will be certified under the Internal Revenue Service. The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance will be available by appointment only by calling 464-3583, Ext. 128 and speaking to George Kuebler, or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please include your name, phone number, and preferred time to receive a return call to confirm your appointment. Times are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday and Thursday; 2 to 6 p.m. Tuesday; and 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday. Be prepared to bring a picture ID, Social Security card, taxpayer ID number, birth date, wage and earning statement, interest and dividend statements, and last year’s federal and state returns, and then add a smile.
When you leave after having such a great service, I hope you have a great day because you deserve it.
Thanks for reading. Fly your flag.