Adrian Daily Telegram: Walberg mingles with students on education, government
SAND CREEK — U.S. Rep. Tim Walberg visited Sand Creek Community Schools Friday to meet with students, answer questions about government and to present a congressional document of record to one of the district’s coaches for a lifetime of achievement.
Walberg, R-Tipton, recognized Sand Creek varsity boys track and field coach Ernie Ayers for his recent induction into the Michigan Track Coaches Association Hall of Fame. Walberg presented Ayers with a copy of a speech he made from the House of Representatives floor in January. The speech is now part of the permanent congressional record, Walberg said. In 2017, the Sand Creek Board of Education named the football field complex in Ayers’ honor.
The congressman spoke to several classes during the morning in the gym before moving on to the eighth-grade classrooms. Walberg spoke about his career serving at both the state and national levels, and took questions from the students.
Walberg told the students to think about their lives and how they want to pursue their education and careers.
“Think about where you want to go to college, or if you want to go to college,” Walberg said. He said technical and manufacturing or engineering training centers can help students get certification in skilled jobs and fill those careers.
“We need manufacturers; we need people in medicine, we need people to get into professional trades, in IT,” he said. “A one-size-fits-all plan seldom works.”
“Find that sweet spot that you have — what excites you, and go for it. And that may not be what someone else thinks you ought to do,” whether it’s college, trade school or the military, Walberg said.
“But whatever you do, continue to upgrade your skills,” he said.
When asked if he has ever met a president, Walberg said that he has indeed met every president since Gerald Ford, including current President Donald Trump.
On the topic of socialism and if he supports Bernie Sanders, Walberg said he does not support a socialist way of life, and asked students who support socialism to “read history” to better understand socialism.
“Socialism doesn’t work,” he said. “And, I am sorry, but I cannot support Bernie Sanders” and his push for socialism.
And Walberg’s favorite topic in school? Biology, zoology and botany, he said.
Before ending his first session with the high school juniors and seniors, Walberg talked about the government and U.S. Constitution, and the democratic process of voting. He encouraged those turning 18 to register to vote and be part of the process.
“I am elected every two years (to Congress),” Walberg said. “I was there from 2007-08, and in 2008 I lost my seat. I didn’t like that but that’s how it works. Two years later, I ran for election again and voters put me back in. But that could change. In 2020, voters might want to try someone new.”
“That’s the beauty of (the voting process),” Walberg said.
“You have the opportunity to vote, to read the U.S. Constitution and to make decisions,” Walberg said. “Our country is the best place in the world with the strongest governmental system in the world.”
This article originally appeared in the May 4 edition of the Adrian Daily Telegram.