Today's Opinions

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


    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.

  • Looking Back

    Nov. 28, 1985 (30 years ago)

  • 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.