Get passionate about helping students succeed
Everyone has something they believe in, are passionate about, or have a heart for.
Kids are what I have a heart for. Someday I hope to be an elementary school teacher.
I had the opportunity to observe a first-grade classroom in Nicholasville. Although I loved the kids and my experience, I was saddened to see how many kids are struggling in school. We all hear about it and read the statistics, but it's not often that we see it.
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So many kids have needs that aren't being met or parents who don't have the time. Teachers can't give all the help each kid needs by themselves.
This is why I want to encourage people, especially parents, to volunteer at our schools. Teachers need all the help they can get, and I know many who would gladly take it.
Some children just need something as simple as help with reading a book or practicing spelling. You don't have to give up your whole day, even just an hour a week would be appreciated by many teachers.
A good education is important, and kids need their parents' help, but sadly some can't get the help they need. If you can make the time to volunteer at your local school you can make a big difference.
Our kids are our future. If they don't succeed, then how will we?
Those were the days
During the last two years of World War II, people making more than $200,000 paid 94 percent in income taxes. For almost 70 years, the highest tax bracket paid more than 70 percent. How is it that the solution to return this country to prosperity is reducing taxes?
By failing to pay off the deficit through tax cuts, we will handicap ourselves further through the interest we accrue on the rising debt. The only other options are to cut programs that help the poorest or to say that you can only take out of social programs how much you've put into them.
Either of these solutions will hurt Americans. It's just as patriotic to pay taxes as it is to vote and protest. We should all be civil servants.
Thank you, letter writer Oliver Purdom. I thought I was the only grammar cop reading the local paper and listening to the local or national news. I see and hear a great number of errors in the use of was/were, I/me, is/are, and come/came.
It's like nails on a blackboard each time. The good English teachers are being sabotaged because children will speak and write what they hear.
Ellen Clark Marshall
Why are we satisfied to remain broken?
Have you ever researched who ranks the highest for the best health care in the world? I have, and I was shocked to find that America is 37th on the list. The first is France, then Italy, then San Marino.
Now, here is the part I don't understand. Why are those 36 countries above us satisfied with their health care system? They must be doing something right. Why are we so afraid of change? Why are we satisfied to let people die every day due to a broken health care system and not care about our own people?
I suggest we take away health care insurance from every individual. No insurance for one year, for anyone. For one year, everyone would have to pay for all medical costs out of their own pockets. No help.
Let everyone experience the hardship of being turned down and, better yet, let every single individual experience the physical agony of not being able to afford their medications and go without them. Let everyone experience the fear, frustration and pain of not being able to afford adequate care.
I believe at the end of one year without adequate health care resources they might be more inclined to approve of health care reform.
Where's the news?
On Feb. 12, in Perryville, the Merchants Row Cafe and Antiques was robbed of many Civil War relics, guns and old coins.
The owner, James Pope, had spent years collecting these items and was quite appalled by the experience. Law enforcement was notified and a continuing investigation is being conducted.
This story was never mentioned in this paper, yet the TV stations did more than one. Much of the news we hear today is not good, but for a newspaper to not print an event like this is disappointing to readers.
Vicky Douglas, who operates the restaurant, was also appalled as the thief got some silver out of the cash register and stole some homemade doughnuts.
For 11 years, I wrote news items for two newspapers in southern Illinois and always tried to keep the people informed. Why was not one of your reporters sent down here to cover this story?
For the first time in about 50 years there is now a business in all the Merchants Row buildings on the left side of South Buell Street, and much renovation has been done to these buildings.