Category archives for: Columnists

Hemphill: Loosening the grip of the labor unions

Allen Hemphill

It is a great day in America, or at least in Wisconsin. Freedom!

Wooton: Helping teens with eating disorders

Will Wooton

In my opinion, the hardest and most high-risk clients are those suffering with eating disorders. I’ll choose facilitating a group full of pill-popping, weed-loving tweekers and junkies over eating disorder clients any day.

Lyles: The dumbing down of America

Dick Lyles

The sad truth about too many Americans today is that they couldn’t care less about what’s going in our country and the world. And we’re all paying the price.

Roost: Everyone fights their own private battles

Amy Roost

Rarely, if ever, do we know what others are going through — so convincing are the masks we wear.

There’s plenty we don’t know about the drought

Thomas Elias

We know a fair amount about the drought that has now afflicted California for about three years: It has been the driest period since record-keeping began in the 19th Century. If their wells are deep enough, farmers can still pretty much pump all the ground water they like, while homeowners can be fined up to $500 for watering down a walkway. Water use actually rose after Gov. Jerry Brown asked for a voluntary 20 percent cutback.

What keeps me awake at night

Barry Cronin

The year 2014 is a centennial, but not one for celebration.

Roost: Vested interests have sold us a bill of goods on Common Core

Amy Roost

The U.S. has never been the world leader on education tests. Yet some how we’ve far surpassed — economically and technologically — all those nations whose students get higher scores.

Lyles: Children don’t benefit from standardized mediocrity

Dick Lyles

Like most recent federal initiatives, the Common Core Initiative has created more division than cohesion among Americans. Unfortunately, many of the arguments on both sides are rife with misconceptions. It’s time to get real about what common standards can and cannot achieve.

Hemphill: Teaching English should be federal responsibility

Allen Hemphill

I am so tired of hearing that the reason for California students ranking 47th in the nation is that we have so many English learners who not only score poorly on tests, but hold back the English speakers.

Emery: ‘Tunas’ in my swimming pool!

all emery tunas

For those that mourn the younger generation’s lack of motivation or drive, I give you the Tunas in rebuttal.