Dick DeVos Finds Inspiration In His Own Children To Push For Education Reform

We often hear much about the way philanthropists provide funding and their time to specific causes, but we rarely hear much about why these wealthy donors feel so strongly about a specific subject; I was, therefore, pleased to read about the reasons why Dick DeVos and his wife Betsy have devoted so much of their time to the education reform movement over the last three decades. Among the information I found in an interview with Betsy DeVos from Philanthropy Roundtable was that the couple first became interested in changing the education system in the U.S. when their own children were of school age and they visited the Potter’s House Christian School close to the DeVos family home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The chance to explore the reasons why Dick DeVos chose to stand for election to the Michigan Board of Education in the early 1990s when he was at the height of his business career; Dick DeVos understood the difficulties of many families in providing their children with the chance to get a high quality education and decided to devote much of his life to supporting the cause of education reform far from his own state of Michigan.

 

I believe there is much to admire in the life and work of Dick DeVos, which I believe shows us the values he hopes to live his own life by and pass on to those he influences through his philanthropic work. Among the projects Dick has taken the time to become personally involved in are the Acton Institute that is based in his hometown of Grand Rapids, Michigan; the Wikipedia page of Dick DeVos explains the Acton Institute think tank bases its work on the development of individual liberty and add traditional religious principles to the lives of the people of the world. The work Dick DeVos has begun with the Acton Institute has been continued with his work for the Willow Creek Association that is dedicated to bringing traditional American values back to the lives of the people of the U.S.

 

George Soros – Little Known Facts

Much has been written about George Soros. First, George Soros was born György Schwartz in Hungary and survived the Nazi Occupation of Hungary. He also made his way to England to avoid the Communist rule. His parents changed their name to Soros due to the persecution of Jews by Nazis.

A closer look at events of his life shows George Soros stoically strengthened by life challenges and instinctively and acutely identified right from wrong.

By the time, he made his way to England, a penniless teenager; his first jobs were as a waiter and railroad porter. He unashamedly accepted handouts so he could complete his college education with a PhD in philosophy at the London School of Economics.

Always George and his parents feared anti-Semitism. The name Soros is Hungarian for “soar.” In Hungarian the name is pronounced, “Shorosh.” Somehow in his move to the U.S., it was pronounced “Sorose” as many immigrant names were mistranslated. He is unique in that he is one of the few in the world who speak the Esperanto language.

From Nothing to a Wealth
George Soros may have begun penniless; but his ambitious nature and innovative ideas paid off to make him the 400th most wealthy in the U.S. according to Forbes Magazine whose top seven wealthiest include:
. Bill Gates
. Jeff Bezos
. Warren Buffet
. Mark Zuckerberg
. Larry Ellison
. Charles Koch
. Michael Bloomberg

Read more: And Now: Anti-Semitism

George Soros wealth is placed at over $24 billion in the hedge fund industry. He ranks No. 19 among the wealthiest “self made” billionaires.

Wealth Earned and Wealth Shared
George Soros is respected for sharing his wealth. He annually contributes 45 percent of his wealth, approximately $735 million to a variety of philanthropic contributions in education, sports and various global charities.

Hendrik Hertzberg – “Puppetry.”
From typical Hungarian roots, George Soros is unafraid to speak his mind in a fair and equitable manner. His fear of the growth of anti-Semitism stems from his early experiences with Nazis.

In his article, Hendrik Hertzberg provides proof of right wing media’s attempt to paint George Soros as anti-Semitic. The attacks on George Soros seem to come from a need to paint him as a “wealthy Jewish man.”

These attacks are rife with violent imagery of World War II photos and other symbols of Nazism. It was Nazi, Josef Goebbels, Hitler’s Propaganda Minister, who said, “If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it.”

It is easy to see how this strategy is used against George Soros. However, all lies have consequences and only appear to be truth when people are kept ignorant of facts. Once facts are known, lies are easily disclosed.

Glenn Beck Smears George Soros
Glenn Beck, a TV and radio host attacked George Soros by tying his Hungarian nationality to distortions like the potential of Soros bringing down the U.S. government and other global conspiracies. Hungarians recognized this as veiled anti-Semitism which they endured during the Nazi regime.

Learn more about George Soros: https://www.project-syndicate.org/columnist/george-soros

Norka Luque the next Superstar in Latino Music

The music industry is filled with many musicians that come and go. While most of the new pop singers are only a one-time hit, the Venezuelan singer Norka Luque is different. Her voice has burnt up dance floors with the Latin American music fire in the Western parts of the United States. Norka can become a superstar in the music industry, for she has the help of Emilio Estefan. Emilio is a famous music producer known to produce the best hits in the music industry. When Norka released her first single dance music in 2011, she was nominated for the best pop female vocalist award in 2011. Since she released the song titled How can I do it, doors opened up for her and was nominated for other awards.

 

Norka credits most of her music success to Archie Pena and Emilio Estefan because they have helped her nurture her music to become world famous. However, Pena and Estefan refuse to take the whole credit, stating that Norka’s magical voice is the reason behind her success. Norka’s music reaches far and beyond because it is a story of her life.

 

Whenever she sings, or her music plays, it is a reminder to her all the challenges she has gone through and emerged a success. In a recent interview, Estefan stated that he decided to work with Norka because he knew she had the talent seen in other raw singers such as Shakira, Gloria Estefan, and other Latino musicians. Luque was born to be a singer and not an ordinary one. According to Archie Pena, Norka Luque is a superstar the world hasn’t discovered yet.

 

Norka Luque’s musical journey is a simple and beautiful one. Her parents recognized her talent at a young age of five. When she turned to eight years, she joined a music school where she trained her vocals and started singing. Norka fell in love with Shakira’s kind of music since the musical school feature Shakira’s music. Norka continually advanced her music with the study of piano, and she took vocal lessons throughout her secondary education. Knowing that Norka would need an education and a profession, Norka Luque’s parents sent her to France where she studied business administration.

 

Norka Luque has a variety of passions besides her music. She has engaged in other interests in her life. Her travel to study in France shows her love for travel, food and appreciating other cultures in the world. She loves traveling to different parts of the world, has a love food and enjoys sports.