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Nov. 21, 2013 @ 12:09 AM

Amish right about smaller schools

I am very lucky, inasmuch as I have several Amish friends. Sunday, two weeks ago, I was visiting an Amish family and asked the question, "Why are Amish children so much more respectful toward adults than our children?" They said, "The answer to that question was very simple in that the Amish would not let the schools get too large."

He further stated that small schools and small classes mean closer contact with the adult supervisor. A larger school (i.e., number of students) means less contact with the adult supervisor and the greater likelihood that the children will follow the renegade example in the large group.

I think it is high time that we learn something from our Amish friends. Don't transport these kids from C-K to Buffalo and Vinson because it will make those schools much larger and harder to control.

Look at the damage to the communities' property value and esprit de corps that we have caused by taking their greatest source of pride -- their high schools -- and transporting the children out in the country.

Please start to follow our Amish friends.

Marshall T. Reynolds


It's time for career politicians to go

U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall and other Democrats are being targeted. Would it be because they arrogantly marched to the House of Representatives behind a woman whose stability has been questioned and carrying a huge gavel to hammer into law one of the most outrageous ideas ever heard of and proposed by a man who few had heard of before 2006?

I think it's time to drain the swamp of this longtime no-other-job-but-politics crowd. Politicians are like diapers. They both need frequent changes and for the same reasons.

Bob Roller




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