This week's edition of the Grand Rapids Business Journal had an announcement that the local chapter of Junior Achievement is giving Silver Leadership Awards to Doug DeVos and Mike Lloyd and a Bronze Leadership Award to Bert Bleke. I don't get it. What is there to honor in being the son of a MLM scam artist, the editor who devolved the newspaper of record into happy-talk community bulletin, and the school superintendent who presided over the mass exodus of students to other districts?
I realize that these days we are awash in the exchange of tributes, honors, and awards for this, that, and the other thing. It's all part of the mutual admiration society that River City mucky-ups hunger to join. But JA has had some credibility as a substantial organization. Are its honors now meaningless too?