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Whatever happened to real freedom of speech? Maybe even more disturbing to me is whatever happened to freedom of expression, whether you are making a point about politics, religion or any other topic? I saw recently where a grammar school graduation for sixth graders was canceled after one parent protested because the graduation ceremony would include a prayer. At one time in this country, if a person didn’t agree with
Public education reform has been a hot-button topic at both the state and federal levels for several years. When the Bush Administration passed No Child Left Behind (NCLB), the plan called for every student in every public school achieving specific learning goals by 2014. Since the passage of NCLB, we have seen an increase in standardized and high-stakes tests across the nation and here in Tennessee, because many reformers believe
I find it comforting to live in a community that has so much civic pride. I recently embarked on a project to upgrade the middle school baseball field in the new park complex by providing a sod infield that would allow us to compete with other division schools. I wanted to let Coach (Darren) James know that the community would back him with a field he could be proud of.
National Volunteer Week is April 21-27, a time to recognize and celebrate the thousands of men, women and young people who volunteer in communities across the country. There are some special volunteers in our community who deserve recognition for the heroic work they do to ensure that people at life’s end find comfort, love and respect. I am talking about the hospice volunteers at Hospice Compassus. In 2012 more than
In the midst of winter and spring, it can be easy to forget those long, hot days of June, July and August. Even so, now is the time to start applying and planning to feed hungry children when the school year ends. More than 21 million children in the country receive free and reduced price meals during the school year, but when summer rolls around, only about 1 in 10
State Rep. Joe Pitts (D-Clarksville) said it best last week when he stated, “The very definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over, but expecting a different result. I believe the bill before us repeats the same mistakes we are currently making in our education policy.” This legislative session is full of public education “reform” bills that do significantly more harm than good for our students. There
The issue of whether local governments should post public notices on their own internet website is a question that was discussed more than once in the Senate State and Local Government Committee during the 107th General Assembly. The issue is sure to come up in the 108th. Local governments, looking for ways to reduce expenditures, are suggesting that they can save money by posting notices on their respective websites rather