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Make a difference: Vote Yes


Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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Monday, October 29, 2001

Lately, local school districts have been digging deep into their pockets, hoping to grasp some leftover change. But when that hand comes out of the pocket, it holds nothing. Why? Because there is no money. Due to these results, many schools are trying to pass levy referendums. Does the voting public have enough information if they themselves have not experienced the true dire status of the school’s conditions?

In all the hubbub, the concern for the outcome of the students seems lost in all the emotion, along with thoughts of the future. So many questions arise. What problems are our schools forced to face? Who is really affected by the school systems? Without needed moneys, will the local schools survive? If the school dies will the community eventually die with it? Questions are answered in this journey through one student’s perspective.

Students and teachers are confronted with year ‘round problems. At the very beginning of the year, high school students are responsible for choosing classes for the year ahead. Some problems arise. First, students find out that the classes they want to take may not be available because of teacher shortages. Due to financial troubles the school is encountering, teacher cuts are made. This problem forces the student to take a class that may not interest him, but because he must fill the hours of his school day, a choice must be made. A discouraging start for any students year!.
Then, the student enters his classroom to see thirty or more kids in the room. Why? Once again, there is not enough money for optimum student-teacher ratios. In classes that have exceedingly large numbers of students, desks are in short supply; some students consequently are without a desk or share with a classmate. These large class sizes directly take away from the education of students. It takes more time to correct assignments, ask questions, discipline students, and take attendance, which in the end equates to less learning time. Once again these disadvantages overwhelm the students inside the classroom because of the lack of funding.

Yet there is another obstacle to leap over---the building conditions. Buildings may be so poor that animals consistently enter classrooms, causing a disruption. Heating and cooling are sometimes reversed, cold in the winter and hot in the spring. Frequently students wear their winter weather gear (gloves, scarf, and jacket) to class and it is so hot in th .....
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Lost and Found

Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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Monday, October 22, 2001

I finally must admit that I am no longer approaching old age; I have crossed the threshold. I first became aware of this when I realized how many things that I have forgotten. Last Monday, I was about to explain the co ..... 
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Commute 006

Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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Monday, October 8, 2001

Chautauqua is a place in western New York state that I visited this summer. If you were to look up Chautauqua in the dictionary, you would also find that it has evolved into a common noun, as in "Let’s have a chautauqu ..... 
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October the Sports Solstice

Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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Monday, October 29, 2001

October is the month when the four major sports converge, meeting like some kind of Autumn solstice. Hockey players are on the ice, their sticks held high; basketball is just taking shape with the exhibition season und ..... 
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It's a Disaster!

Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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Monday, October 29, 2001

We see the birds flying in V's overhead with their long white necks stretched to their full lengths. We are close to our destination--Rieck's Lake, three miles north of Alma, Wisconsin along the Mississippi River. We r ..... 
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On the Move

Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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By John LevellMonday, October 22, 2001

The chill in the night air leaves little doubt that summer is actually gone. Area trees are trading their vibrant warm weather greens for more multi-hued autumn clothes. Our woodland ..... 
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Searching for Canadian Explorer

Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, October 29, 2001

Last week I visited my mother who lives in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. One of our favorite things to do is shop in Canada. We have discovered a wonderful garden center full of hardy plants grown to ..... 
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Fall is Apple Time

Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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Monday, Octovber 22, 2001

It’s Sunday afternoon. Time to watch theVikings if they are winning. This usually leaves time to do something else. This particular October Sunday is cold and wet, too nasty to do much outside. I happened to stop at J ..... 
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Contemporary Bunkshooters

Fri, Oct 26th, 2001
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Monday, October 1, 2001

The Rev. Jerry Falwell is what poet Carl Sandburg would call a bunkshooter. Pat Robertson is one too.

Full-flushing, bonafide bunkshooters. Conjurers, magicians, illusionists, pulling the wool over many people’ ..... 
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