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President Barack Obama urged young people to stay involved in the political process Monday during a conference call with student journalists. “You’ve got to take the time to find out where does your congressional candidate stand on various issues, where does your Senate candidate stand on various issues and make an educated decision and participate in this process — because democracy is never a one-and-done proposition,” Obama said. “It’s something that requires sustained engagement and sustained involvement. And I just want to remind everybody of that.” The Observer was one of many student publications to participate in the conference call, which Obama called in order to discuss issues facing students and other young Americans. Obama began by outlining his administration’s plans to improve higher education. He listed three goals, which are to make college more affordable, to ensure higher education prepares students to enter the workforce and to encourage students to finish college. “The key here is that we want to open the doors of our colleges and universities to more people so they can learn, they can graduate and they can succeed in life,” Obama said. Obama’s message was one of optimism, and he expressed confidence that students would be able to find jobs upon graduation. “Things are real tough for young people right now,” he said. “But having said that, if you are getting a college degree, if you’ve got skills in math and science or good, sound communication skills, there are still jobs out there even in a tough environment.” And while improving the economy should help stop the inflation of college costs, a certain amount of the burden lies on universities themselves, Obama said. “You guys have to be good consumers, and your parents have to be good consumers, and we’ve got to offer you more information,” he said. “You should know where your tuition is going. There should be a pie chart at every university that says, out of every dollar you spend in tuition, here’s where your money is going.” The conference call was part of a whole day in which the administration addressed the issue of education at different levels. Monday morning, Obama appeared on NBC’s “Today” show to talk about public education reform in elementary and secondary schools. Monday afternoon, Dr. Jill Biden, wife of Vice President Joe Biden, spoke at NBC’s “Education Nation” summit in New York City, where she emphasized the importance of community colleges in higher education. The conference call also came at the beginning of a national tour of colleges for Obama and Biden. Obama is scheduled to speak at a rally at the University of Wisconsin-Madison Tuesday, and Biden is scheduled to speak at Penn State Tuesday. Obama said the goal of those visits is to underscore the importance of young voters in the Nov. 2 midterm elections. “You can’t sit it out,” Obama said. “You can’t suddenly just check in once every 10 years or so, on an exciting presidential election, and then not pay attention during big midterm elections where we’ve got a real big choice between Democrats and Republicans.” read more
Interment will follow in the Vevay Cemetery, Vevay, Indiana.Friends may call 9:00 am – 11:00 am, Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043.Memorial contributions may be made to Mr. James Wesley “Blondie” “Jimmy” Miller Memorial Fund % Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home. Cards are available at the funeral home. http://www.haskellandmorrison.com/book-of-memories/2819932/Miller-James/service-details.phpMr. James Wesley “Blondie” ” Jimmy” Miller, age 46, of Florence, Indiana, entered this life on March 6, 1970, in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, the son of, Harry Wesley and the late, Julia Darlene (Stewart) Miller. He was a graduate of the Switzerland County High School. Jimmy was united in marriage on February 14, 1991, at the Vevay Nazarene Church in Vevay, Indiana, to Cristina Lynn Jones and to this union arrived three sons, Christian, Joseph and Jadon to bless their home. Jimmy and Cristina shared nearly 26 years of marriage together until his death. Blondie was employed for the Utilities Department for the Town of Vevay for 25 years. He was a member of the Jeff-Craig Volunteer Fire and Rescue and the New Life Fellowship in Vevay, Indiana. He was currently serving on the Board of Directors for the East Enterprise Regional Sewer District. Jimmy enjoyed tinkering with trucks and cars, building semi tractor trailer models, drawing, playing cards and grilling out. Jimmy will be deeply missing by his loving family and friends. Jimmy passed away at 4:03 am, Friday, January 13, 2017, at the University of Louisville Hospital in Louisville, Kentucky.Jimmy will be dearly missed by his loving wife of nearly 26 years: Cristina Lynn (Jones) Miller of East Enterprise, IN; his sons: Christian Andrew Miller of East Enterprise, IN, Joseph Paul William Wesley Miller of East Enterprise, IN and Jadon Isaac Miller of East Enterprise, IN; his father: Harry Wesley Miller of Winchester, KY; his brother: Harry Allen Miller of Winchester, KY; his foster brother: Buddy Davidson of East Enterprise, IN; his mother-in-law: Linda Jones of Vevay, IN; his aunt: Kawanee Arnold of Vevay, IN and his several nieces, nephews and cousins.He was preceded in death by his mother: Julia Darlene (Stewart) Miller, died September 24, 2014; his grandmother: Hazel Lucky; his father-in-law: William “Bill” Jones and his uncle: Paul William Stewart.Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday, January 17, 2017, at 11:00 am, by Pastor Larry Spoores at the Haskell & Morrison Funeral Home, 208 Ferry Street Vevay, Indiana 47043. read more