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Guest Columns

  • Congress faces deadline to fund government

    Will December 11th mark another déjà vu moment for Congress?  This looming deadline is the day by which Congress must once again fund the federal government for the upcoming fiscal year.

  • General Assembly’s interim period winding down

    With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas and New Year’s Eve fast approaching, the General Assembly is winding down what it calls the interim and is preparing for the 2016 legislative session, which will start on Jan. 5th and last for 60 working days.
    Although it is impossible to predict what ultimately will become law, we are getting a clearer idea of the major topics that will be debated.

  • Embracing change

    Dear readers,
    I want to continue last week’s theme on change by completing the list of reasons why people resist change. This is an important theme for us as we move forward to improve our schools as improvement is “change” for the better. Last week I listed two reasons that people resist change which were loss of control, and excess uncertainty. This week I wish to complete the list. The remaining reasons people resist change are:

  • Thanksgiving is a time for families to gather, give thanks

    By REP. RICK RAND

    This week, our family and friends will gather around the dinner table as they have for generations to celebrate a holiday that is nearing its 400th anniversary.

    As even some of our youngest students can tell us, what is widely considered to be America’s first Thanksgiving took place in 1621, when the Pilgrims and a tribe of Native Americans came together for a three-day feast to give thanks for a successful harvest.

  • Readers encouraged to take part in school survey

    Dear Readers,
    Before I began the three part series on bullying I had spent some time discussing the mission and vision of Trimble County Public Schools. In that article was a link to a survey and this week I would like to share some of the results from the survey and continue to talk about assessing the school community.
    Survey Results:
    469 percent of the respondents know the Mission and vision statement
    463.6 percent of the respondents believe that their child’s teachers believe and practice the vision.

  • Give thanks for rural health

    By John Crabtree
    Center for Rural Affairs
    Thursday, November 19th is National Rural Health Day. On the Thursday before Thanksgiving each year, rural Americans give thanks for our health and the doctors, nurses, pharmacists and other providers that help keep us that way. In truth, most rural and small town Americans are thankful for our health, healthcare providers and the hospitals, clinics and other businesses where they work most other days as well.

  • All days give praise

    Sometimes when we’ve had a good day at our house, as we crawl into bed I’ll say to my husband, “Nobody cried and nobody threw hard-boiled eggs.”
    The “nobody cried” is self-explanatory. The “nobody threw hard-boiled eggs” refers to the time I became so frustrated and enraged that I took a plastic container filled with a dozen hard-boiled eggs that I had just finished peeling and threw them with all my might, one by one, on the entry floor.

  • Asleep at the Wheel

    By Kendra Palmer
    Director of Environmental Services
    Franklin County Health Department
    For The State Journal
    Driving while intoxicated gets the most attention, but about one in every six fatal auto accidents in the United States is due to driving while drowsy, according to a new study by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.
    Even worse: 41 percent of us are guilty of driving while drowsy.
    Falling asleep at the wheel is scary and unsafe, but being drowsy also affects your ability to drive safely.

  • New study confirms education does pay

    In the late 1990s, the state rolled out a simple but effective campaign summarized by two words: “Education pays.”
    That popular slogan came on the heels of a landmark overhaul of our public postsecondary schools and the creation of such programs as KEES, the lottery-based college scholarships that high school students earn with good grades, and “Bucks for Brains,” which added hundreds of millions of state and private dollars to our university research budgets.

  • Ways to determine if your child is the one bullying other children

    Dear Readers,
    For the past two weeks I have tried to offer some information concerning the very important issue of bullying. This week’s article is the last I will write on this topic for now and I will hope that the information has been useful. In the first installment I defined bullying and explained the many forms it can take, in the second I discussed signs to look for and steps you should take should your child be bullied. This week I want to discuss how to determine if your child is the bully and what steps you should take once this is discovered.