Monday, January 21, 2013
Before you head out to run errands, check our list of what's open.
Many government organizations will observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day today. And before you head out, we wanted to let you know which ones are closed or have different hours because of the holiday. The following businesses are CLOSED: • Stow City Hall • Post offices • Banks • Stow-Munroe Falls Public Schools
Monday, January 17, 2011
How we can benefit from the holiday.
Since 1986, the third Monday of January each year has been observed as Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, although the federal holiday was not observed as such by all 50 states until 1999. Although, unlike Washington’s Birthday, it has not yet suffered the indignity of becoming an excuse for launching weekend-long mattress and furniture sales, it seems to me this civil-rights leader’s observance in some ways hasn’t risen to the same tier of some other federal holidays. Why is that? Maybe, in our own way, Americans are quietly drawing closer to embracing the double-vision reality of our heritage. Our greatest qualities − our courage, vision and determination to grow and overcome − have at times come at undeniable, unbearable cost. When, last year…
Now is the time to remember the words of the great orator.
When I graduated from high school in the late 1980s, the world seemed to be filled with hope. I had not known war, my family was prosperous even in the era of Reaganomics and it felt like the world was shifting toward permanent change for good. Racism seemed to have been eradicated by the panacea of education and time. I know now that I was young and naïve, convinced that I could make the world a better place simply by dreaming it. Then came the Persian Gulf War, Rodney King and Sept. 11. I am the first to admit that these events--as well as many others--have left me cynical and jaded. That flame of hope kindled long ago and that had once burned so brightly is now only faintly flickering. But there are moments when I can still feel it, and…