Monthly Archives: June 2012

Education Reform Principles that Improve Student Performance

A panel on education reform at Washington’s Mainstream Republicans’ Cascade 2012 conference presented keys to improve student performance. Panelist Patti Banks, Superintendent of University Place School District said: “We only influence student learning by what we teach, how we teach … Continue reading

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Private Property Allies in an Agricultural Fruit Economy

Our homeowner’s association was uninformed about pesticide spraying. Fortunately, Deborah Moore, orchardist, master gardener, and former Grant County Commissioner moved into our condo association and we’re now spraying less pesticide more wisely. Wondering whether our ignorance was common, I asked … Continue reading

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Maybe I Should Invest in Facebook, Although…

My record buying individual stocks was fantastic, until I picked disasters. When their price soared, I was happy. When their price plunged, I was miserable. To soothe my frustrations, I sold miserable ones at their lows. One was Apple, selling … Continue reading

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Finding a Better Place to Discuss Controversial Politics

Five more months of Obama and Romney forces counterattacking each other depresses me. Having listened to Frank Schaeffer’s confrontational approach at the Democratic Jefferson-Jackson dinner (see the accompanying article), I phoned him to find a better way to converse. We … Continue reading

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