Certainly, the opinion editorials Adam Milstein writes, in any given month, throughout the year have a message each its own. However, when the context of each piece is paired with another or even in group more than a message comes through. A dialogue reveals itself with various tones and exchange. With even more layers of complexity, different dialogues can be interpreted and even build to a debate.
In one editorial, Milstein points to the near miracle growth rate of Israeli-American Council as a marker to the growth of the Israeli Jewish community in the United States. He also points out events and developments between the community and the efforts of the council that supports healthy growth. This overlap is the background that puts current events into perspective. The context for the information provided is an inference that continuing effort needs to follow the growth of community in the US.
But like any good dialogue, there is a second point of view or contribution that adds salient information. Milstein’s article on the rise of anti-Semitic sentiment within the US on both the left and right side of the political spectrum illustrates a contrast to his other work. The condemning of the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions movement happening in the US makes the article’s context one of warning and alert. The purpose of the context is to the strength of a growing community on a specific problem.
When the context of the opinion articles Adam Milstein writes dialogue, the one that focuses on diaspora and identity adds a feeling of explanation. This feeling is based on inspiring statistics regarding the community from information gathered over decades. This one piece in the triad of thought and higher thought illustrates something interesting. It shows how the problems the Jewish and Israeli-American community come from outside destructive sources.
Education, healthcare, economic freedom and right-to-life are some of the biggest issues facing Americans today. And it isn’t just politicians and policy makers dealing with these issues, but also people working behind the scenes like Dick and Betsy DeVos. The DeVos’s are some of Michigan’s brightest entrepreneurs and civic leaders whose work has transformed Grand Rapids and the state of Michigan. Their chief company is The Windquest Group, a firm that attracts investors to businesses based in manufacturing, energy, and technology. But the DeVos’s have made a name through the philanthropy they’ve done through the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation, started back in the early 90s and continuing its endeavors to help others pursue the American dream.
Dick DeVos is the son of retired billionaire Richard DeVos, the man who co-founded one of the US’s largest direct selling businesses, Amway Corporation, and who currently owns most of the NBA’s Orlando Magic. Dick learned much of his business skills from his father, and after graduating from Northwood University he spent much of his early career working at and eventually running the family business. Amway saw a lot of overseas business increase and new markets opened while Dick DeVos was CEO from 1993 to 2002. He and Betsy started up The Windquest Group in 2002 and turned the focus more on their political work, and the foundation.
The Dick & Betsy DeVos foundation has donated much of its funds and resources to local charities and even national institutions. One of the largest donations received by them was the Kennedy Center’s art institute in Washington D.C. who then renamed it in honor of Dick and Betsy for their contributions. Dick also supports and chairs Grand Action, an organization that plans projects to help grow and revitalize the downtown Grand Rapids area.
But one the Dick & Betsy DeVos Foundation’s biggest endeavors is to reform Michigan’s education by giving young children school of choice options, and to help fund private school operations across the state. Dick at one time was elected to the state’s Board of Education, and has also helped start a charter school called the West Michigan Aviation Academy. The DeVos’s also support Potter’s House Christian School, and have helped start voucher and scholarship programs like the Education Freedom Fund. Other charities the foundation has supported include the Spectrum Health Foundation, a local children’s hospital in Grand Rapids, and Willow Creek Association.