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Monday, May 30, 2016

‘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 dead, the ... 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 out of all that ... 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 that along with the ... 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 looked ... 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.              

“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 unemployment benefits ... Full Story

Slices of Life: There’s an app for that

Slices of Life: There’s an app for that

    By: Jill Pertler   I come from a generation where an application was something you filled out when you wanted a job. TV (all five channels of it) was in 2D. Phones were unitaskers and could hardly be described as smart. Times have changed. At least they are changing at my house. This week, we got our first smartphone – which, by logical inference, makes us a “smartfamily.” Or, since the phone belongs to my husband, maybe he’s the smart one. We’re not sure, because ... Full Story

Troy Davis Should Not Be Put to Death

Troy Davis Should Not Be Put to Death

          By John W. Whitehead September 14, 2011 "Troy Davis has three major strikes against him. First, he is an African-American man. Second, he was charged with killing a white police officer. And third, he is in Georgia."—Author and journalist Amy Goodman There is nothing moral or just about the death penalty—certainly not the way it is implemented in America, and anyone who says otherwise is either deluding themselves or trying to get elected by appearing ... Full Story

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