LION AND THE LAMB: No longer a safe subject
In the past when visiting some of our relatives, we’ve learned that it’s better to stay off such subjects as politics and religion and stick to less controversial ones like the weather. But recently we’ve discovered that the weather is no longer a safe subject, either.
WE THE PEOPLE: The bottom line is profit
Today, I want to discuss high-stakes standardized tests like PARCC, TCAP, the SAT, etc. We are told they measure “readiness,” “progress,” “excellence” or “aptitude.” They make a pile of money for the testing and textbook industry.
TIDBITS: Scholars and citizens
This week, Cumberland County Schools will send another class of students out into the world as The Phoenix School, Stone Memorial High School and Cumberland County High School all celebrate their graduations. In Friday's edition, we published the annual graduation keepsake edition, honoring all graduates for their hard work.
STUMPTALK: What is comprehensive immigration reform?
If you ask a politician in either party the purpose of the immigration reform bill and if he (or she) is being honest (it could happen) you will understand that calling the immigration legislation “comprehensive” is a method of getting voters to believe that the legislation is necessary to correct an immigration problem instead of helping him (or her) get re-elected.
That new car smell
My electric blue Pontiac G6 has been my baby now for seven years. But, the memories of how it felt to drive my dear "Stewie" for the first time are still as fresh in my mind as that new car smell. Remembering the day of the “Attendance is the Key to Success” drawing in 2007 is not hard for me to do.
We the People: Fear and Loathing
“This country is headed in the wrong direction.” We hear this frequently these days. To some it means returning to a former period of time in this country’s history when white men ruled. The same might be said about the U.S. House of Representatives and, to some extent, the U.S. Senate.
Lion and the Lamb: Plantation Politics
A fascinating drama has been taking place in our nation these days. Last week Cliven Bundy, a wealthy cattle rancher in Nevada, was in the news. Not only had he been discovered to be a welfare moocher because of a refusal to pay federal grazing fees for his four-legged property, but a strong racist, as well.
Tidbits: Sewing up the summer
Despite the efforts of my grandmothers, great-grandmother, mother, aunts, my home ec teacher and my 4-H leader, I merit only a “satisfactory” on kitchen skills. And that's being incredibly generous. My kitchen faux pas are legendary, from burning water to a recent attempt at cookies that, when posted to Facebook, garnered a lot of questions on “Are those hamburgers?”
Stumptalk: Are historical facts so difficult to learn?
It has been my experience to discover that many elite socialists are quite intolerable to any viewpoints other than their own. Socialists are always in a minority, mainly because their ideas concerning reality are so far from the mainstream of common sense and critical thought. Whenever socialists step outside of their own world only to discover their ideals and actions are unacceptable to most of the thinking world.
LION AND THE LAMB: Discouraging words from the west
In the early 1870s Dr. Brewster M. Higley wrote “Home on the Range,” a poem that quickly spread across the United States. Set to music by a friend of his, Daniel E. Kelley, the song became a popular one for various groups. Many have considered it the unofficial anthem of the American West and in 1947 Kansas adopted it as its state song.
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