Lance Scranton

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Lance Scranton: Many thanks to many people

Giving thanks is the theme of the week as Thanksgiving approaches, and families, friends and relatives begin thinking about who they’ll visit and what they’ll be eating.

Lance Scranton: In their debt

It’s a debt we can never repay. We have history to look back on but recent times offer up scarce examples of a loss of freedom in our country. Sure, it’s election season, and I could rant and rave about any particular group whose political bent either confuses or defames my traditional sensibilities. But, regardless of my particular identification as an elephant or a donkey — it’s because of our veterans that I get to choose.

Lance Scranton: It’s the demographics!

I’ve been following demographics around the world and especially in our country as a pastime for many years. It wasn’t until the lack of students in our schools began negatively impacting our operating budget that I really began to pay attention.

Lance Scranton: Scared?

Halloween is a few days away and all kinds of kids will dress up in all kinds of costumes to celebrate the scary time of year. Dressing in costumes at school has fallen out of favor in many school districts for fear of something scary happening. I remember kicking off the Thanksgiving season by dressing up as an Indian or a cowboy or maybe even a clown so I could glean a little extra candy out of my teachers. My parents frowned on the whole scary thing so I would marvel jealously at the cool kids who had blood dripping from their mouth or a hatchet taped to their skull or the one kid who went all out to dress in a cape, slick back their hair and wear some pointy teeth.

Lance Scranton: How is your story unique?

Time and time again, it’s the story that really matters. The most effective communicators tell stories every chance they get to drive home their point.

Lance Scranton: What’s your story?

Time and time again, it’s the story that really matters. The most effective communicators tell stories every chance they get to drive home their point.

Lance Scranton: Christopher Columbus' forgotten history

On the heels of a great homecoming week, we’re in the mood for celebrating. Thanksgiving isn’t too far away, Christmas is on our radar (at least at Walmart) and in a few weeks it will be Halloween.

Lance Scranton: It doesn’t make sense

If you teach or parent you’ve have heard the expression countless times and experienced the frustration level of a student or child who say they don’t understand. Couple frustration with a “drive-thru lane” mentality and you have a recipe for learning resistance that can get the better of even the most seasoned educator. It isn’t really that kids just don’t get it — it’s often that they aren’t willing to spend the time working through the steps and struggles of understanding concepts and calculations that add all those new wrinkles to their brains.

Lance Scranton: Pull up to the table

It’s been a good two or three weeks with various government and judicial rulings making life in an energy town a little less worrisome. The mining lawsuits seem to have slowed down but more will be on the way, I’m certain. The sage grouse will not be listed as an endangered species but other regulations may make energy exploration and development fairly laborious and difficult.

Lance Scranton: Pondering the refugee crisis

It’s difficult to look around the world and not think that it is changing radically. There are very real issues of human suffering and border security not just in the United States but also in Europe where countries are being literally overwhelmed by political and economic refugees. Most are escaping ISIS and the tsunami of radicalization that is taking place in the Middle East, Syria and Northern Africa.

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