There’s an opening in the public sector

On Tuesday, Nov. 3, only a couple months from now, local elections will be held across the continent. These races will result in new faces and old faces being sworn in to sit on city commissions, county commissions, state boards, and to fill a slew of mayoral seats.

These are the people who will be tasked with setting your property tax rates, as well as the cost of water and sewer services. They’ll determine whether garbage gets picked up once a week, or more often. These are the folks who will plan for snow removal this winter, and struggle with the budget if it falls short this year in an attempt to make sure the shortage doesn’t persist next year.

These office seekers are also the people who will decide if your local airport stays open or closes. It will be their call as to whether they’ll modernize the facilities or not. Virtually everything of importance that happens at your local airport will fall under the purview of these public officials. [Read more…]

Legally blind man learning to fly

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Jason DeCamillis of Ypsilanti, Mich., has wanted to learn to fly a plane ever since he was a child. However, he never thought that it would be possible because he is legally blind due to Retinitis Pigmentosa, a progressive condition that slowly affects his peripheral and night vision.

“I have about 20° of central vision now, which some refer to as tunnel vision,” said DeCamillis, a special education teacher and advocate.

Earlier this year, he saw a video online of a pilot who had lost his license due to the same condition, but kept on flying by taking flight lessons.

“I thought, ‘Wow. Maybe I could do the same thing.’ I had just never thought to ask,” DeCamillis said. [Read more…]