~~~I attended Custer Elementary School, at least 3 times, my mother and father both went there, all their friends did, and my grandfather went there until he was 9 year old, and, because his mother had died, he was forced to quit school and work with my great grandfather on My family's farm, sun up 2 sun down, in order to keep it solvent, sustainable, and surplus creating.
That would have been 1942. The beginning of the 2nd Great War.
Custer School, like many if not most elementary schools in our country has been the victim of tragic cuts to funding for its arts and sciences programs.
@fter having done some traveling and exploring, and journeying, and adventuring, I have come to realize that, through the sober wisdom of time and distance, at least during my tenure there, Ferndale School District was a pretty damn good school district, and still seems to be so.
In fact, Far above the average in excellence of The Art of Pedagogue, when compared to other Rural School Districts across our Great Country, of similar or equivalent size.
In part, it is managed by a super team of geniuses on the School Board, something akin to the Super Friend, or The Obama Administration's WunderKammer. Many of the School Board members have Phds, and unlike many phd's, they don't suffer from Myopia, or starvation of vision. they are very liberated, and progressively minded.
Despite all the immense pressures that must have weighed upon Custer School over these past decades, these pressures doing all they can to close it down, and then ferry all of the students to the Palaces of Education that are located in Ferndale Proper,,, they have managed to stay solvent, and resist those pressures without loss to the quality to their education program.
Many teachers in Ferndale School District single handedly altered the course of my entire life. And, for better or worse, I would not be the person I am today without them.
I attended Custer Elementary, Central Elementary, Vista Middle School, and Ferndale High School.
All n' all, I attended something like 12 or 13 different schools from K-12. All of them in Whatcom County.
There are rumors circulating around town that The Custer Post Office may be moth-balled from the state or federal level due to lack of budget or otherwise impetus to keep it open.
This is one of the most brilliant things about having Roxbury Arts and Sciences Live-Work-Research Community in a town such as Custer.
What is going on globally, or at least naturally, is made highly apparent in a small town like Custer. For a lack of a better analogy, (Carl Steiner Halp!!), Small town America is a petri dish to the Laboratory of The Great American Experiment.
Small towns in America bear much of the weight and consequence of Economic Slag and Socio-Political Strife.
It-all-comes-tumbling-down, like a mudslide, or The Food Chain.
Essentially, as I understand as of this 11th hour, if we lose our Zip Code (98240) then after nearly a 150 years, Custer as a municipality is essentially disbanded. It would be the swan song of Custer. Of course, We could one day regain our zip code, but only @fter years of arduous wading through bureaucracy, akin to what a non-profit who hopes to snap off a small piece of radio bandwidth must experience when applying for a FCC License.
And to think! At one time, one spark gap radio transmitter would transmit across the entire radio bandwidth
All these things are of dire consequence for Custer, but I am not dissuaded. Rather I am encouraged and illuminated by the prospects of what can be learned from what is essentially a blank slate, a freshly gessoed canvas in The American Experiment.
Despite all the pessimism and misanthropy, and general Moribund State-o-the-Union, I think that our Forefathers, Jefferson, Franklin, Hamilton, Washington, etc would be highly encouraged by what We, The People have managed to create so far, and even more so by the delicious puzzle that The United States has always been, but even more so,,, when its future is so perilous.
And make no mistake, Our future is perilous, We stand on a knife edge.
But what We have, has never been done before, it has never been created in our all of our millions of years of evilution,,,
Experiments often fail, but, in an experiment, there really is no such thing as failure, it is merely experience. It is the Advancement of The Arts and Sciences.
~~~Re-create your xxxperiment in enough iterations, alter your hypothesis with The Tides of Reason, and one day, you've found the results that you have been seeking.
Whatever happens, this is not the End of Custer. Rather it is a rebirth, a renaissance.
A blank slate. a freshly gessoed canvas.
We, The People, decide what we want our future, and our children's future, and our grandchildren's future to look like.
Age is a state of mind.
We are all building tomorrow. Right here. Right now.
Thanks for you Time and Consideration,
Kody J. Bosch
@+Rx Founder and Prop.