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Back to school PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, September 06, 2011 9:09 AM

It doesn’t seem possible, but school is back in session. Where did the summer go?
 Over the past few months, both Forest Park and West Iron school boards, administration and staff have been putting everything they can into place to insure a successful school year for students and staff. Both districts face deep budget cuts. Both have been diligent in finding ways to make those cuts without negatively affecting the quality of education they strive to provide for our county children.

Last Updated on Tuesday, September 13, 2011 9:30 AM
 
A new season PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 30, 2011 10:41 AM

 You can’t stop time. You can’t even slow it down for a while. Time goes on regardless. What can you do?
 You want summer to never end, but it’s ending. This is the week before Labor Day, and many people are taking one last vacation trip before the realities of September and fall set in.

Last Updated on Tuesday, September 06, 2011 9:09 AM
 
An ode to summer PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 23, 2011 8:35 AM

 Where has summer gone? That’s becoming the sad lament from most of us as we hear the wind rustling through those drying leaves, a definite signal that there’s change in the air.
 Parents are out with kids in tow to fill the list of required items for their particular school-age child. Enough pencils, pens, paper, markers, tissue paper… new shoes, jackets, slacks, tops, socks… lunch pails, bags, hot lunch money, snacks…

Last Updated on Tuesday, August 30, 2011 10:41 AM
 
What’s next? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 09, 2011 9:25 AM

 Last Thursday, the Dow Jones stock index fell over 500 points. After trading ended last Friday, word came that Standard and Poor’s had downgraded the United States’ long-term credit rating. As this is being written, it’s mid-morning on Monday, and the market is taking another serious hit.
 It’s not pretty. Remember the relief early last week when Congress worked out a last-gasp agreement that headed off a default crisis? Remember the relief that Congress wouldn’t drive the national economy off the cliff after all?

Last Updated on Tuesday, August 23, 2011 8:35 AM
 
Postal closings coming PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, August 02, 2011 11:31 AM

 It’s hardly a secret that the U.S. Postal Service is looking to downgrade its services by closing some of its offices throughout the country.
 Thanks to the loss of billions of dollars as more and more Americans hook up with email and the Internet to communicate, times as they say have been tough for an institution that’s older than our constitution.
 Right now, the Postal Service is conducting studies to determine which offices of some 3,700 offices can be closed with the minimum affect on customers. Even Ben Franklin’s post office is in risk of being closed.

Last Updated on Tuesday, August 09, 2011 9:25 AM
 
Making our world work PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:22 AM

Nearly every municipality in Iron County is currently involved with or getting ready to begin or has recently completed some form of infrastructure project.
 Water and sewer lines are being replaced, fiber optic cable is being installed, roads being repaired. When we drive down those roads, turn on the tap or flush a toilet, do we think about what keeps all those systems going and flowing?

Last Updated on Tuesday, August 02, 2011 11:31 AM
 
Would they? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 19, 2011 8:24 AM

 Imagine a conversation taking place in a financial advisor’s office last week. A worried couple looks anxiously around, because the conversation is about the economy.
 They just asked a question that hangs in the air: “They can’t be that stupid—can they?”
 And for all the reassurances that Congress will eventually raise the national debt so the U.S. government won’t default on its financial obligations, nobody could say that no, it absolutely won’t happen.

Last Updated on Tuesday, July 26, 2011 10:22 AM
 
Changing perspectives PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 12, 2011 8:45 AM

“You can’t see the forest for the trees.”
 That old saying came home last week when a newcomer to the area was “extolling” the delights of some of Iron County’s historic landmarks.
 “You have some really amazing places here in this county,” he said. As a native of Iron County, I looked at him with raised eyebrows and a rather smirky look on my face.
 Amazing places? Landmarks?

Last Updated on Tuesday, July 19, 2011 8:24 AM
 
Unwholesome food choices PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 05, 2011 9:46 AM

One of the reasons milk and dairy products are considered wholesome is because they’re healthy and safe. There’s a reason for this—it’s called pasteurization. Remember Louis Pasteur—the chemist who, in 1862, discovered a breakthrough process that helped prevent nasty diseases brought about by micro-organisms, i.e., germs, such as typhoid, diphtheria, scarlet fever and Q fever. By heating food, such as milk, for a brief period of time the germs are reduced or destroyed.

Last Updated on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 8:45 AM
 
Ready for July? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 28, 2011 9:27 AM

 The busiest month of the year, July, is upon us. It starts this Saturday, and it’s going to be packed with events and festivities in Iron County.
 Yes, you can argue that May (preparations for summer, Memorial Day and graduation) and December (the countdown to the holiday season) are both frantic, and we won’t deny that. But when you look at all the events taking place every week, planned by local volunteers, July has them all beat.

Last Updated on Tuesday, July 05, 2011 9:46 AM
 
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