John Schneider

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Lollygagging
My Schwinn LeTour 10-speed turns 40 this month, although it’s had an easy life for the past 20 years, mostly hanging upside-down in my garage, like a bat.
Half a dozen times a year, I lift it off its hooks, add a little air to the tires, and take it out for a spin.
I encounter squadrons of serious bikers, flying tight formations in their spandex shorts and aerodynamic helmets.
We are two distinct species. They are the hares; I am the tortoise.
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Lollygagging

My Schwinn LeTour 10-speed turns 40 this month, although it’s had an easy life for the past 20 years, mostly hanging upside-down in my garage, like a bat.

Half a dozen times a year, I lift it off its hooks, add a little air to the tires, and take it out for a spin.

I encounter squadrons of serious bikers, flying tight formations in their spandex shorts and aerodynamic helmets.

We are two distinct species. They are the hares; I am the tortoise.

Read my Michigander column by clicking on the photo.

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The boy in the box
The accoutrements of toddlerhood, including the toys, become more and and more elaborate all the time. But some things never change.
I would say that empty cardboard boxes have been intriguing to children for as long as empty cardboard boxes have existed.
They are, after all, so full of possibilities. 
Here grandson Colin rides his box car across his kitchen floor.

The boy in the box

The accoutrements of toddlerhood, including the toys, become more and and more elaborate all the time. But some things never change.

I would say that empty cardboard boxes have been intriguing to children for as long as empty cardboard boxes have existed.

They are, after all, so full of possibilities. 

Here grandson Colin rides his box car across his kitchen floor.

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The debate on the bus goes ‘round and ‘round
It’s a no-brainer, right? Seat belts on school buses would help protect our most precious resource - our children.
Well, not necessarily. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration analysis found that seat belts would do almost nothing to reduce serious injuries or deaths on school buses.
Nonetheless, there’s a law currently rattling around in the state Legislature that would require seat belts on all new school buses.
Why? Because it seems like the right thing to do. Never mind the facts.
Do you know how many kids were killed in school-bus crashes in Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton Counties from 2009 to 2013? Zero.
For the complete LSJ story, click on the photo.

The debate on the bus goes ‘round and ‘round

It’s a no-brainer, right? Seat belts on school buses would help protect our most precious resource - our children.

Well, not necessarily. A National Highway Traffic Safety Administration analysis found that seat belts would do almost nothing to reduce serious injuries or deaths on school buses.

Nonetheless, there’s a law currently rattling around in the state Legislature that would require seat belts on all new school buses.

Why? Because it seems like the right thing to do. Never mind the facts.

Do you know how many kids were killed in school-bus crashes in Ingham, Eaton, and Clinton Counties from 2009 to 2013? Zero.

For the complete LSJ story, click on the photo.

Filed under John Schneider seat belts on school buses Michigan Legislature

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Resurrection
It’s not usually the case in these parts, but every now and then we get an Easter Sunday morning that actually looks and feels like an Easter Sunday morning.
Today the sun was shining, the birds were harmonizing, the turkeys were gobbling … 
Stepping outside, you couldn’t help feel the rebirth in the air.

Resurrection

It’s not usually the case in these parts, but every now and then we get an Easter Sunday morning that actually looks and feels like an Easter Sunday morning.

Today the sun was shining, the birds were harmonizing, the turkeys were gobbling … 

Stepping outside, you couldn’t help feel the rebirth in the air.

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