As the back to school season swings into full gear this fall, there are many opportunities for adults to volunteer and support school activities.
With Washington not showing much leadership these days, states defaulting, and big companies laying off, we may all soon be relying much more on our local economies and communities to get us through hard times.
The Institute of Medicine, an independent panel of doctors and health experts, has just recommended that insurance companies be told to stop charging co-pays for contraception and several other types of women’s preventive health care in any new health plans. Ending those extra out-of-pocket insurance charges will be good for women’s health and good for women’s pocketbooks.
Should a 13-year-old be able to purchase a school-shooting simulator without parents’ knowledge or consent?
Last week, I received the A.A.R.P. bulletin in the mail. In most cases, I enjoy the articles and points of information. I’m not interested in well-known celebrities unless they can relate how they overcame adversity and bounced back to a normal lifestyle.
Two years ago this week, 4.5 million of America’s workers enjoyed a modest pay increase, as the federal minimum wage rose from $6.55 to $7.25 an hour. The increase was the final of a three-step boost enacted in 2007.
Hubert Humphrey once said “that the moral test of government is how that government treats those who are in the dawn of life, the children; those who are in the twilight of life, the elderly; and those who are in the shadows of life, the sick, the needy and the handicapped.”
It’s estimated by the U.S. Department of Agriculture that a whopping 34 percent of the average farmer’s production cost comes from controlling agricultural pests. Thankfully, this state we’re in is one of eleven with a special laboratory dedicated to helping farmers and conservation land managers find ways to control pests without using prohibitively costly chemicals that sometimes persist and pollute our soil and water.
How to improve the evaluation of teachers has become a hot topic. For one thing, the U.S. Education Department’s Race to the Top competition, which has added billions to reform efforts, demands more selective and rigorous teacher assessment systems.
Reading fluency is the ability to read quickly, smoothly and correctly. Fluent readers recognize words instantly and do not need to sound out letters as they read. They are able to incorporate inflection and emotion when reading aloud.