Rene David Gonzalez
83, Cropwell, Ala.
529 plans are no longer just for college. The recently passed “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act” added a provision that expands eligible education expenses to include $10,000 per child for elementary and secondary tuition. So parents who plan on sending their children to one of Mississippi’s many private schools should take advantage.
One thing reflects well on the Columbia Police Department as part of the scandal where four former officers were caught having sex with an inmate: It took action when the malfeasance was discovered rather than covering up for its own.
Every year as Martin Luther King Jr. Day approaches, I’m reminded of one of my favorite quotes of his: “Intelligence plus character — that is the goal of true education.”
Those two characteristics — intelligence and character — are they really the focus of the education system in America? I don’t think they are.
Standards of sartorial splendor in my family are sorely lacking, at least from my 4-year-old daughter’s point of view. Maggie would like to see us dress “fancy,” to use the word she got from the popular girls books, “Fancy Nancy.”
As I listened to Jeremy Bates, the “Hope Dealer,” Wednesday, I thought about a lot of what he said. Making good choices can lead to good things, while making bad ones can be a stumbling block or deterrent for things later in life. I’ll admit that I’ve made good choices and bad choices in my life.