With the passing of former president Gerald Ford and his burial here yesterday, our city did shine in the national spotlight. Downtown G.R. may not be the big city, but it is pleasing to eye, especially under a rare break in the winter overcast that let the sun blaze away upon it. The authorities did a good job of organizing the influx of 57,000 mourners downtown, so much so that anyone more than a one block or two away was oblivious to all the hub-bub. As for those mourners, they were mostly area residents who graciously welcomed home to his final resting place a man who hadn't called Grand Rapids home for more than a half-century. Kudos, River City.