Every generation thinks they are smarter and worked harder than every other generation. As far as making fun of my generation being stupid you’ve seen recent examples. Sarah Palin thinks Paul Revere was riding to warn the British and Michele Bachmann thinks our slave holding Founding Fathers fought hard to end slavery. I pick on these two idiots because they thought they were bright enough to be president of these United States. We continually hear about how bad our education system is. I believe that is because conservatives want to wipe out public education just like they want to destroy every government-run entity so they can privatize it and put profit first. I watched the Republican debates yesterday where all the candidates praised the private sector and trashed the government. Why don’t these candidates do us a favor then and get private sector jobs and stay out of the government they hate so much. Why should they be miserable in a job they hate and therefore make us all miserable.
Are today’s kids dumber and less motivated than ever before? My college graduated son knows more about politics and what is going on in the world than I ever did at his age. Heck, he built my computer at age 14 and I call him when I have computer problems. My daughter has always worked hard at school and we never put any pressure on her because she put enough on herself. If she was given a project that was a month away she was working on it from day one. My generation and the one before it has pushed bad trade policies and the greed of wanting cheap junky products that have made it harder for today’s generation to find jobs. Add in that all the former decent paying union jobs now have second and third tiers or temp positions because the boomer generation sold out this younger generation.
We’ve all heard it said, find something you love to do and figure out a way to make a living doing it and you’ll have it made in life. There are two young brothers in my community that have done that and are to be admired. They are Ken and Dan Mizicko who started a company called, “Stuck in Ohio.” Ken and Dan have been into action sports for quite a few years and have gone into filming them and also music videos. A year ago the Warren Tribune Chronicle wrote an article about the Mizicko brothers, Stuck in Ohio company documentary, “Long Weekend.” The film was one of three nominees in the Emerging Filmmakers category at X-Dance, a film festival that celebrates action sports culture. If you spent four seconds (and I’m slow at typing) to Google ‘Stuck in Ohio” you could read that the Mizicko brother love their Midwestern roots. The term, Stuck in Ohio is an endearing term not unlike artists, writers or beer brewers who use the term Rust Belt. The bothers market a line of decals and apparel with the Stuck in Ohio logo. I went with my daughter at Christmas time to the Ski Chalet in Niles, Ohio where they are sold so she could buy some for friends. I have to hand it to these young optimistic brothers for creating a business out of something they loves especially in these hard economic times and I wish them well. Who could disagree with that?
The only one that would disagree with that would be a pessimistic, small-minded, opinionated, lazy, fact hating imbecile. That would be someone I’ve previously described as someone on the stupid ladder. He is now up to the highest rung and in danger of falling off. That dear readers would be the Warren Tribune’s Editor Frank Robinson who wrote this stupid editorial. Frank could have spent 4 seconds to Google, “Stuck in Ohio” and found out what it is really all about. Heck, if Frank would have searched the Trib’s own website he would have found the article they printed about the documentary award nomination from a year ago. Frank didn’t bother because he has no intellectual curiosity and doesn’t like facts to get in the way of his hate-filled small-minded rants. We need the positive vibes of the young in our valley not the negative vibes of major dicks like Editor Frank.
I know I’m going to get an e-mail or comment saying that extreme sport things like BMX bikes, skateboarding, skiing etc. are dangerous. I realize that but you know what they are not? They are not played in corporate welfare (read taxpayer-funded) stadiums. Ones like the Warren Tribune Chronicle’s owner (and Frank Robinson’s boss) the Nutting family has for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Stuck in Ohio is old school mom and pop (or in this case brother and brother) capitalism. On the other hand, the Pittsburgh Pirates are crony capitalism that privatizes the profits but socializes the costs. Rock on young entrepreneurs this valley needs you!
Dan Mizicko’s videos:
Trying to bring a skate park to Youngstown.
The Mizicko Brothers in action along with music by the Zou and the Kickdrums.
“Our youth are not failing the system; the system is failing our youth. Ironically, the very youth who are being treated the worst are the young people who are going to lead us out of this nightmare.” – Rachel Jackson