New owners offer stability, optimism
The acquisition of automobile dealerships for Chrysler-Dodge-Ram-Jeep and Chevrolet-Buick-GMC by Randy Byford and David LeNorman is good news for Duncan, Stephens County and southwest Oklahoma.
Teacher honorees have all served well
One of nine nominees will be chosen Duncan’s Teacher of the Year this week. Before one is singled out, let’s offer a word of praise about them all.
Tammy Bennett, Duncan Middle School; Denise Clark, Duncan High School; Amy Benton, Horace Mann Elementary; Christy Jarboe, Emerson Elementary; Holly Kelly, Will Rogers Pre-Kindergarten; Kyle McPherson, Plato Elementary; Cindy Millirons, Woodrow Wilson Elementary; Lisa Snider, Duncan High; and Michelle Spurgin, Mark Twain Elementary have been selected best-of-the best.
Numerical snapshot counts, too
Today’s message, brought to you from the Oklahoma Policy Institute, focuses more on numbers than words and outlines how we compare with other counties in Oklahoma. The snapshot of how we rank among other counties is an interesting one.
Formed in 2008 as a non-profit organization based in Tulsa, the institute is an independent think tank that provides timely and credible information, analysis and ideas. Its annual statistical research provides comparative data on health, education and the economy for all 77 Oklahoma counties.
Civility starts with remembering good manners
While pondering a growing lack of civility in American culture, during the column-writing process I had a reoccurring thought: You know, big boy, you’re painting this picture with a pretty broad brush.
And that’s true. While discussing the Age of Angst and what I perceive as a continuing cultural drift toward incivility in the public forum and among individuals, I do so in generalities.
Cavazos, Linehan deserving winners
Jenel Cavazos is an assistant professor in Cameron University’s department of psychology. She remembers her favorite teachers were accessible, interested and involved. She tries to be just like that.
Monika Linehan is an associate professor in the department of art. She spent more than two decades as a graphic designer before finding her way back into the classroom as a teacher. She works hard to know all her students and to serve as a role model for them.
Registering rooms a safe, sound idea
Emphasis on registration of safe rooms in Stephens County occupied significant attention here when emergency officials staged their annual session aimed at preparation for catastrophic events that could occur.
Residents are encouraged to register their locations by visiting stephenscountyok.com or contacting Jimmy Pryor, assistant emergency management director and flood plains manager.
Actions have consequences
In July, Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius, the former Governor of Kansas, said the government was ‘on target’ to handle the anticipated volume to the federal health care exchange site. Last month, Gary Cohen, the federal official in charge of health insurance exchanges, promised federal legislators that, “on October 1st ‘consumers will be able to go online, they’ll be able to get a determination of what tax subsidies they are eligible for, they’ll be able to see the premium net of subsidy,’ and they will be able to sign up.” Right.
Work together instead of fighting over semantics
He was so tired of the words “stop”, “defund” and “regurgitate” that ex-congressman Ron Paul created a replacement word, “nullification” - to continue his ineffectual attacks on the Affordable Care Act. We hear from talk show to talk show that “they” have a plan for controlling the cost of health care. The problem with that rhetoric is that “their” plan is what got us into trouble in the first place. Lack of regulations - Republicans proposing deregulation to allow insurance companies to sell policies over state lines — is one leg of the rise in premiums. Another is the lax control that some states maintain over the insurance companies. By comparison, why are we criticizing the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act?
Despite some chiding, I’m secure as a gourmond
Several months ago, I assumed an alternate role as Chef Jeff and regaled readers with tales of sumptuous foods I consume, diet tips and recipes for those of us who are true gourmands.
In the process, I also bared my soul and brought many readers to weeping by recounting how the other three people in my family react to dishes like Poached Eggs a la Hash, chipped beef gravy, fried corn meal mush, chicken gizzards, creamed eggs and radish sandwiches.
Accountability present in Duncan schools but not in current state evaluation model
Accountability in Duncan Schools has always been a priority and transparency is one of the cornerstones for doing business in our district. In May of 2011, the Oklahoma Legislature passed H. B. 1456 to grade school performance on an A through F scale. At the time the law was passed, we did not completely understand the details of the grading system but fully intended to follow the law and embrace the evaluation model to improve student achievement. H.B. 1456 was intended to provide a system that would be useful to parents, educators, and students. It was to be a fair and equitable model that fairly assesses students through high stakes testing in grades 3 through 12. Unfortunately, the A-F grading system has failed to meet the intentions of the legislators responsible for the passage of HB 1456.
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