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.
Civility fundamental if we’re going to get along
Can we all get along?
There’s nothing to indicate Rodney King wanted to become a celebrity, any more than he wanted to be beaten by Los Angeles police in an incident that became a national news story in 1991.
When the four policemen involved were acquitted in a criminal trial (two would later be sentenced to prison for civil rights violations), it touched off a firestorm of outrage that led to riots and another moment when our country had to face the race issue.
Community support important for schools
Results of the second annual and controversial A-F Report Card for Oklahoma public school districts and schools were released with mixed reviews and opinion last week.
Implemented by the Oklahoma State Department of Education, the system, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi said, is “part of a larger comprehensive effort to heighten accountability and transparency for Oklahoma schools, providing parents and communities with readily understood information about how well their local schools are doing.
Quality art show remains open
More than 100 works of art are on display at the annual Duncan Art Guild’s Fall Art Show at the Stephens County Fair & Expo Center.
United Way agencies need your help
A tip of the hat to executive director Lauren Ellis and volunteer leaders of the United Way of Stephens County’s 2013-14 campaign.
Cost reduction ideas are needed
When members of the Duncan City Council meet Tuesday, it appears they are likely to pass along the expense of electricity costs and adjustments to the residents of the city.
Barbara “Sissy” Cathey
Barbara Cathey, 55, of Duncan, passed away Monday, Nov. 4, 2013, at her sister’s home in Empire, Calif. She went home to her family and a week later went on home to be with her Lord.
Services are at 1 p.m. Friday, Nov. 8 at Eaton Family Funeral Home in Modesto, Calif.
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