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20 November 2009
at 8:33 a.m.
All day kindergarten is fantastic. My daughter who is in Mrs. Linsacum's class has shown tremendous improvement, and we have been amazed at how quickly she has learned. When she started kindergarten we were concerned as parents because when we worked on the letters with her she would simply say I don't know and no matter how much we worked with her, it just didn't click. Now three months into school not only does she know her whole alphabet, but last week she came home from school grabbed a notebook and started writing a story using full sentences. We have been blown away by the progress.
I would like to thank Mr Zach Allen and Mrs. Linsacum and all of the others who worked so hard to get the full day kindergarten started here in Craig. Our daughter has truly been blessed by their hard work. Thank you.
1 October 2009
at 6:37 p.m.
I have to agree with some of the comments above. One bad apple should not destroy the reputation of the entire law enforcement. I have worked with the law enforcement many times and have always been thankful for their help and the safety that they have provided. Tbe decisions of Mr. Johnson were wrong and corrupt and I think it is great that he is going to be held accountable for the things which he has done. Cindylou, your comment rings true all to often and I am sure that you have learned first hand how things like this can destroy a persons life, marriage and family.
16 June 2009
at 3:48 p.m.
I agree with you cowgirlmc, but they do this in my hometown every year for the fair, and you would not believe how many people they still catch drinking and driving. Although the people know that there is a check point, they still are arrogant enough to think they won't get caught. Isn't it great what alcohol does to your judgement?? Also the first year that my hometown did this the people that were caught and charged filed a lawsuit against law enforcement stating that the check point was not fair because there was no warning, and they won. So now law enforcement has to announce that there will be a checkpoint every year, so that those drinking and driving have fair warning and can devise another route so they do not get caught.
8 May 2009
at 12:17 p.m.
Redneckgirl, kids need to experience different things. You never know weaving may become very important in the future and open doors for your child or I should say son. I can already hear the argument coming, but listen to this example. When I was a freshman in high school I took a pottery class, was it something that I or my parents thought would help me in the future?? No, but it was a break from the rest of the school work. Well I liked pottery and found that I was very good at it. I continued to take pottery classes all through the rest of the years of high school, and who would have guessed that an art scholarship would pay for my first year of college. Pottery, weaving, whatever, those pointless classes that aren't going to get you anywhere sure helped me. It started off my college career, and now I have a career that pays excellent and has fantastic job security. So again who would have guessed that a freshman pottery (art) class would still be affecting not only my life but that of my families years later.
5 May 2009
at 5:37 p.m.
Cowgirlmc, your argument against full day kindergarten does not make sense. I too am a stay at home mom and I feel that all day kindergarten will be a great benefit to my child. I also attended the meetings and listened to those who have taught both full day and half day programs, and I have done my own research. I have found that most studies suggest that students who are enrolled in all day kindergarten perform better. The research is there and clearly states that all day programs are beneficial and that students that attend them do better on standardized tests and do better socially. You state that “american eighth grade students rank 15th in an international study on math achievement. By the time they graduate high school, they score near the bottom of all industrialized nations,” so why not give your child a head start and hopefully raise the scores on these tests. Kindergarten has changed a lot since we were kids. When we went we learned the alphatbet, colors and shapes, now if your child does not know those before kindergarten they are already behind. I have a child in kindergarten this year and he thinks that it is “no fair” that his sister will get to go to kindergarten all day next year. He wanted to attend all day. My point is all day kindergarten is there to help the students no matter why the parent wants them enrolled in it. I do not need the daycare, I just want to give my child the opportunity to learn more and to be that much further ahead of the game.
11 April 2009
at 3:01 p.m.
Buck is right in that if a person breaks the law there should be consequences. My objection to this article is bringing her husband's employment into it. I don't think that if he worked out at one of the mines that the article would have read that he is a heavy machinery operator, because no one would care. If I interpret it right (please correct me if I am wrong) Buck's belief in this whole situation happening is due to “karma” because of the fact that Alvin Luker is a police officer and he deserves this. I have worked with many of the police officers here in town, and no I am not a city or county employee, and I have seen what they have to deal with. Officer Luker has always been respectful to the people that he is working with. I know that there will be some backlashing for stating that. All in all I think this whole situation is sad, especially for the children and parents who have depended on them for daycare.
7 April 2009
at 12:07 p.m.
One of the things that True mentioned is that getting preventative care would help save health care dollars, and that people are not able to get this care due to preextisting conditions. I agree with all of this and yes as the old saying goes prevention is the best medicine. I don't think that we can blame only the insurance companies for the lack of prevention that is costing us millions of dollars, we as people need to do our part of prevention. Having worked in healthcare it amazed me when people would come in and say that they are sick now because they couldn't afford their medication, meanwhile they have a pack of cigarettes in their pocket. How much do cigarettes cost these days? If we want to be able to provide health care for everyone, whether by insurance or socialized medicine, then we as individuals need to do everything we can to prevent health issues. So many of the medical problems that are breaking our healthcare system financially are preventable. COPD/Emphysema, lung cancer, liver failure, diabetes, STD's, hiv/aids, many of these are preventable if people restrain from dong the things that have been found to cause them. While many people have type 1 diabetes, the increase in type 2 has been found to be caused by the increasing number of people with obesity. Smoking, drinking, and not taking precautions in relations with other people cause a lot of the other problems listed above and that is what is costing each of us a lot of money. Anyway I could go on and on. Again the only way to save healthcare (either insurance or socialized) is the individual doing everything they can to prevent their own illness.
30 March 2009
Mr Allen, thank you for the information. I was unable to attend the last meeting, but will make it a point to attend the one in April. Thanks again.
28 March 2009
at 8:47 p.m.
Gold mining upsteam by amature gold miners. I looked it up and found that a few ounces of mercury, used to help identify gold in a pan or a slu can polute a very large body of water.
28 March 2009
at 1:07 p.m.
As I was reading this article a lot of questions came to mind. I am posting some of these on the forum in hopes of getting answers and I am sure that there are others who have the same questions. I believe that all day kindergarten is a good idea, I have neices and nephews who live in other towns who have had all day kindergarten and it has been a great benefit for them. One of my concerns is the cost of this program (I do realize that the financial aspect will be worked out in April). Mr Allen states that the tuition would be $230/ month without stimulus money, or $100/ month with the stimulus money. My question with this is will everyone be paying the same amount? Right now there are children who attend all day kindergarten due to special needs. Will the parents of these children have to pay the tuition? Mr Allen also stated that “the NEA has policy priorities for full-day kindergarten, including mandatory attendance.” If it becomes required for the students to attend all day, why are the parents having to pay for it? Also what happens if the parents cannot afford it? Is the district concerned that there will be a decline in the number of students attending kindergarten because of the potential tuition?
As stated before I am in favor of an all day kindergarten and I feel that it would be great for my child. I am willing to pay for my child to get an education because it is important, but I feel that it should be fair.
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