Recently, the accomplishments of four individuals, educated in Wisconsin, inspired me and demonstrated Wisconsin has a bright tomorrow.
For over an hour, MariKate Bock, a young soprano, completed one Carthage College requirement by melodiously filling the air with six solos and two duets sung in foreign languages. She and her father, Gene Bock, tingled my spine as they sang a duet and my emotions soared when, for an encore, she sang “Over the Rainbow,” while her brother accompanied her on a guitar.
Douglas Veenstra, the 50-year-old son of a fellow Atrium resident, displayed more than 25 objects he created by hand from recycled metal. One example: A replica of an old sailing ship measuring 7 by 6 by 34 inches. Two folded metal sails lashed to the boom and wire rigging holding the mast firm completed the model.
My 30-year-old grandson proudly showed me his office in Epic Systems Corporation located outside of Madison. The 9,000+ employees, located in about 20 separate but connected two- and three-story buildings, develop and publish computer software for hospitals. They also provide hands-on training.
My granddaughter presented me with an autographed copy of her recently published 433-page novel.
Unfortunately, President Trump doused my inspiration and confidence by proposing a $10.6 billion cut in America’s education budget. I wonder if his cut will negatively affect the potential careers of the young, up-and-coming singers, artists, executives and authors. Without a doubt, education polishes talent.
Earl O. Christianson