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Kids need praise, but they can use humility, too
One of my college roommates had a propensity for dismissing a rule (or someone else’s interests) with “Pish posh! That’s for lesser mortals!” That came to mind when I read in “U.S. News & World Rep...
Mar 31, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 1 1 recommendations | email to a friend
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Grisham novel causes heartburn
Hey, did you hear this one: a guy walks into a Taco Bell in Big Stone Gap, places his order, and John Grisham serves him an empty wrapper. Grisham’s new novel, “Gray Mountain,” has generated a good...
Mar 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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The folly of standardized school tests
A 6th grader in East Texas recently challenged state lawmakers to do what she and every other public-school kid have to do during testing season: “Sit in a room for up to four hours, without talkin...
Mar 26, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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Loss of old grocery store is lamented
The old grocery store in my neighborhood is closing next month. Boy, does that make me sad. The family-owned store has been a staple in our community for more than 50 years. Its simple, spartan int...
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Burning the Constitution can’t be part of energy policy
Last week at an Energy and Power Subcommittee hearing, I was honored to hear testimony regarding the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) so-called “Clean Power Plan” from legal experts includin...
Mar 25, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend
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Community gardens could help solve many problems
To the Editor: I recently heard that many students in Wise County are going hungry. This is heartbreaking. There are many empty lots and public lands that could be used for community gardens. We ne...
Mar 24, 2015 | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend
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