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Monday, November 24, 2014

CDC Questionnaire for Students Isn’t Academic – Part 1
John W. Ashbury

It isn’t a surprise that a public school education isn’t what it used to be. Those who have taken that 1895 Kansas high school test are keenly aware that even their education of some years ago didn’t measure up to what children learned “back-in-the-day.”

CDC Questionnaire for Students Isn’t Academic – Part 2
John W. Ashbury

Here’s are questions 42 through 78 on the CDC questionnaire for high school students.

CDC Questionnaire for Students Isn’t Academic – Part 3
John W. Ashbury

Here’s are questions 79 through 99 on the CDC questionnaire for high school students.

Friday, November 21, 2014

The Government Takes Over The Pulpit
Joe Charlebois

Controlling religious speech seems to be on the agenda of more than just Houston’s Mayor Annise Parker these days. In nearby Prince George’s County, the county’s environmental director Adam Ortiz has been given approval to waive a majority of the “rain tax” fees that churches are required to pay if they only deliver “green sermons.”

Shepherding by Distance
Roy Meachum

As the town’s only newspaper pointed out on Wednesday, we have mornings that seem to chill out. As The Frederick News-Post informs, in the inside pages, we seemed to have arrived at the cold months. It’s about time!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

And So It Begins…Again.
Patricia A. Kelly

President Barack Obama, having waited until after the election, has announced that he will do what he can, using executive order, to create immigration reform. Republicans responded by suggesting that he is violating the Constitution, trying to look good, attempting to create a legacy, trying to pick a fight, etc.

A Case to Better Manage Sports Pains
Harry M. Covert

The sporting life of these modern times is over the moon, to borrow an old expression. As was mentioned recently, federal agencies are getting into the act, supposedly to keep everybody clean, quite possibly pure.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

It Didn’t Exist, But There It Was
Tom McLaughlin

Balikpapen, Indonesian Borneo – This is a fast-paced oil and gas town with business people signing contracts, salesmen from all over the world arguing which product is best and westerners busy training the locals. Cranes are everywhere constructing new high rises buildings.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Day with Federal Agents
Harry M. Covert

I’m feeling sorry today for athletes at all levels. Time is, perhaps, for sports fans, political watchers and regular people to have a rest and think about the good days to come, Thanksgiving and Christmas.

“President Was in the Election”
Roy Meachum

U.S. Senator Ben Cardin admitted what was common knowledge. After meeting with The Frederick News-Post editorial board, the Maryland Democrat said: “The president was in the election.”

Monday, November 17, 2014

Meet the New Boss
Richard B. Weldon Jr.

A recent column discussing the local general election results consumed more space than the esteemed publisher prefers, so musings about the gubernatorial outcome just didn't fit.

Trash Talking in Brunswick
Jill King

One day while walking down the street, mom and I got into a discussion about who should be walking closest to the road. Since she is elderly, it was natural for me to decide that she was less alert and that I should be on the outside to protect her.

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