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Presidents’ Day…why?

I am “of a generation” that remembers the two holidays for two presidents - before the merge. In my childhood, it did not matter where the holidays landed – mid-week or not, we remembered the men for whom the holiday was set.  

You know, before it was a consumer-focused day: “three-day sales” at local malls.  Such an odd way to honor political turning points in our American heritage.

Take time today to ask someone under 30-years-old what this holiday celebrates – other than a day away from school or the office.

Planning your Presidents’ Day blowout

A serving suggestion.



Unless, of course, you just keep pounding them down.

Hammes: Wrong Day For Protest

Tone deaf? At least, but maybe it’s even worse than that. Maybe it’s just a case of being so insulated from the rest of the world that what is obvious to the most of us is a mystery to them. That’s not to say teachers did not have reason to protest. The proposals by Superintendent of Public Instruction, Tom Luna, for dealing with the shortage of money and the plenitude of future are significant. These are not minor modifications the legislature is considering. The proposals Mr. Luna has made would mean a major shift in how public schools do business in Idaho. Given all that, it makes sense that teachers staged protests throughout the state. But did they have to do it on a government holiday?/Dan Hammes, St. Maries Gazette-Record. More here.

Question: Did you see anything wrong with teachers protesting against Tom Luna's education "reform" plans on the Presidents' Day holiday?

Kevin: The Year Of The Protest

There is, at least, one good thing about the contentious and difficult 2011 legislative session. On the issues that matter most, Idahoans are the most engaged. On Saturday, about 1,000 Idahoans gathered at the Statehouse to protest cuts to Medicaid, one of 17 rallies held across the state. On Presidents Day — a school holiday, but a working Monday for the Legislature — more than 1,000 people converged at the Capitol to protest state superintendent Tom Luna’s sweeping plan to overhaul public education. Again, similar events took place statewide. Democracy should work this way. Issues of statewide importance, and generational significance, ought to be debated on a statewide stage/Kevin Richert, Idaho Statesman. More here.

Question: When did you last attend a protest rally? What was it for? How did things turn out?

Presidents Day Trivia

In honor of Presidents Day, here is some Oval Office worthy trivia.

Before President's Day, the U.S. used to have Washington's Birthday as a federal holiday. What's Washington's real birthday?

The faces of what four presidents are carved onto Mount Rushmore?

What four state capitals are named for presidents?

What political party elected the fewest presidents, and how many was that?

Two presidents were elected  unopposed. George Washington was one of them. Who was the other?

What four presidents lost the popular vote but won the Electoral College vote?

What president had the most children?

Who was the last president not to attend college?

Answers inside the blog.