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Friday, April 18, 2014

‘Voices & Thoughts’ Archives

Life’s Outtakes: A little bit of motivation

  By Daris Howard Arden stormed into the house and dropped into a chair, tired and discouraged. His wife, Rachel, brought him a cold drink of water. “How’s the harvest going, Dear?” He shook his head. “Not well. With all of the men gone off to fight Hitler, getting the beets topped and off to market seems impossible. I thought it was an answer to my prayers when they decided to let the schools out for harvest so the boys could help. But they have no motivation to ... Full Story

Epitaph for the 3-R’s

Epitaph for the 3-R’s

        Last week President Obama signed an executive order allowing states to "opt out" of the reading and math requirements of No Child Left Behind. After all, who needs to know math when everyone has their own calculator. And kids don't need to read when they've got video games. Oh, and the last "R", writing, was already dead - everyone "texts" these days. That's why so many entering college freshmen need to take a remedial writing course. With the 3-R's ... Full Story

Yes on 3A

Yes on 3A

        The gravity of the current situation in our school district is one key reason to vote yes on 3A, the Mill Levy Override. Unfortunately, it is quite frequent that a student comes into the counseling office with everything under the sun going wrong. I made a suggestion to one heavily burdened student to take on just one of the many challenges instead of staying frozen and overwhelmed by everything. I asked this student: "What is one important item ... Full Story

Pharaoh and balanced: Perry’s Ponzi Plan

Pharaoh and balanced: Perry’s Ponzi Plan

 

Supports Kerrigan for Board of Education

Supports Kerrigan for Board of Education

        To the Editor: Bob Kerrigan, a native Coloradoan, and Berthoud resident for the past 20 years has decided to run for School Board. Bob realizes the importance of education in achieving success. In fact, while his children were in High School and College, Bob wisely took himself back to school to earn a B.S. in Business Management. That degree has given him the best opportunity for growth in building his career and a viable business. He knows ... Full Story

Slices of Life: In Search of fitness

Slices of Life: In Search of fitness

    By: Jill Pertler     I’m seeking fitness. Again. You haven’t seen him, have you? It’s a recurring theme in my life. I seek fitness. I find fitness (sort of). Time passes. Fitness, fickle friend that he is, hides from me, and the game begins anew. Olly olly oxen free! When things first begin to slide, I attempt to ignore the circumstances by pretending fitness is still in the room right by my side. Then I opt for the position that fitness is ... Full Story

A Technology World

  By Daris Howard   I had been grading papers all day, and I was exhausted. As the work day ended and I left my office, it felt good to step out into the fresh air. I decided to take a longer route to the parking lot to see if I could clear the cobwebs from my head. As I turned the last corner, about 100 yards from where I was parked, I joined a couple of young men who were coming from the lower part of campus. Their clothes were rough and their appearance unkempt. They ... Full Story

Obituary: Johnny “Ace” Kostka

Obituary: Johnny “Ace” Kostka

  Johnny Kosta was born November 6, 1943 and died of cancer on September 14, 2011. His wife, Mary Jo Kosta, son Kevin Kostka and daughter Kerri, will be celebrating his life on Sunday, September 25 at 4:30 p.m. at Grace Place, 250 Mountain Avenue, Berthoud.              

Help the library, take a survey

Help the library, take a survey

          Dear Editor, I want to draw our community’s attention to an important opportunity. From September 12 to October 2, the Berthoud Community Library will be conducting a survey to better understand how our community benefits from free access to computers and the Internet at the library. The IMPACT Survey is anonymous, available in English and Spanish, and takes 10-15 minutes to complete. People from all walks of life use library ... Full Story

“Son of Stim”

“Son of Stim”

          The President's "Jobs Plan" calls for another $400 billion dollars in BORROWING. Yes, that's what you call it when you spend money now and say you'll pay for it somehow over the next ten years. Oh, and by the way, exactly how does having workers and employers NOT pay into Social Security stimulate the economy? Isn't Social Security going broke one of the major concerns causing insecurity in this economy? And how again does increasing ... Full Story

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