I’m sure there are plenty of jokes out there about how journalists aren’t exactly the greatest when it comes to math. Truth be told, I’d guess I’d fit the stereotype pretty well. It may seem odd, but my rather large mathematical deficiency is one of the reasons why I’m so excited about the news concerning the new Montessori program going in at Waltrip High School. To explain why, perhaps it’s best to talk about my own elementary and middle school education growing up in a rather poor school district. I attended Beverly City School in New Jersey while growing up – a kindergarten through eighth grade school that had maybe a few hundred students, many of whom could likely be labeled at-risk. The school itself is rated in the second lowest socioeconomic rating by the New Jersey Department of … [Read more...] about Better choices in education benefits everyone involved
Dear Editor: There was a poll in the Chronicle created by Ms. Mellon who is the person with the Chronicle who does the educational “beat.” The results of that poll was 87% said NO to the name change 11% said yes and 2% said to change some schools. It seems that this poll has been ignored. WHY? Seems like a pretty good consensus that a vast majority of people don’t want the names changed. Jim White Dear Editor: Yesterday, I spoke with a beautiful 96 year old alumnus who graduated from John H. Reagan in 1937. She was a Redcoat and possibly the oldest living gratuities. She is adamantly opposed to the name change. I wish I could attend the rally, however I will be helping out with my new granddaughter in Minneapolis. Would hope to have another rally and have news media cover the … [Read more...] about Reader: Reagan High School alumni to hold rally to preserve current name
THE CURB – Here I am performing my weekly task to create a greener planet, add to the beauty of Texas and commune with nature -- taking out the garbage. Across the street performing the same task must be our new neighbor, Elmo Hammod from Syracuse. I go over to welcome him to Running Rats Acres. “Greetings, Elmo Hammod from Syracuse.” He smiles and extends his hand. “Actually, I am Al-Mohammed from Syria. We are refugees from the war. Thanks for letting us live here.” “You speak good English for a foreigner. Learn it in grade school?” “I’ve spent much time in your country. I was born in Damascus, raised in Pampa and received my doctorate from Rice in bio-generic molecular engineering and a post-doctorate from MIT in atomic isotope transmissions as they relate to auto-physical neutrons. … [Read more...] about Who was that mosque man?
A former boss of mine, now retired from the newspaper business, called last week to check in on me. He knows where I work, what I do, and the struggles our industry has faced over the past number of years. Why do you think he’s retired? During our monthly conversations, this former publisher always seems to take pride hearing about our successes, but he’s also quick to offer warnings about this newspapering business. "The money is going everywhere else," he said just last week. This old boss of mine is never negative; he’s a realist and his wisdom is priceless. When our monthly conversations end, I always hang up with the same two thoughts. First, I wonder if this is the last week we’ll ever publish a newspaper. Will the advertising disappear, which means our business would crumble a week … [Read more...] about Still telling important stories, even in print
Dear Editor: Columnist Lynn Ashby exposed himself as misguided on two fronts in his recent article. He laments about the record campaign spending for the 2016 presidential race, but completely ignores the connection between money and the influence and weight of government in our daily lives. When we have a government so woven into routine business decisions made by companies, what exactly does Ashby think happens to campaign contributions? Boeing could not even build a plant in South Carolina, rather than in Seattle, without major legal hurdles from the feds and the National Labor Relations Board. Major insurance companies, drug companies and hospitals are inextricably tied to the success or failure of Obamacare. Our 74,000-page tax code favors major companies like General Electric, … [Read more...] about Reader: Lynn Ashby misguided?