Friday December 20, 2013
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Where?????????????????????? Beer garden? Eating? Geezzz, what a crap job of reporting. Remember the 5 Ws?????
Great job, Pete.
Your editorials are basically the main reason I read the Roundup. As owner of KRIM (96.3), I receive a lot of news - but nothing with the depth of understanding your editorials possess.
By the way, I have photos of the Rye junkyard that have been sold all over the world (along with 2 international awards). In fact, if you visit www.dustylens.com you will see one as the intro page!
You are doing a great job. Please, hang around and keep at it.
I concur with Dan..
"Pat, please consider my friend Michael Day. His company is Point communications."
The company name is actually, Pointe Wireless. The website is http://www.pointewireless.com/
Since SuddenLink took over, my internet is anything but sudden! The download speed is fine if you can get get the internet to recognize your attempt! (sometimes a real problem)
Michael Day answers the phone himself and fixes the problem himself. Amazing in this day and age.
In California, our models for the identification of gifted students originated during simpler times, when one IQ test was popular throughout the United States, and it generated a single IQ score. The cut-off for admission to programs for the gifted was generally two standard deviations above the mean on the Stanford-Binet Intelligence Scale, around 132 IQ. When the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children (WISC) won over the American market in the 1960s (Lubin, Wallis & Paine, 1971), some states and districts determined that admission to gifted programs would be based upon Verbal, Performance or Full Scale IQ score in the gifted range (130 or above). Regardless of which IQ test was used, the IQ scores were relatively comparable and measured similar variables.
Now enter the new arena of Gifted and Talented. It gets a lot more complicated.
I thought I would join in as I am a retired educator of some 33 years (teaching from grade 4 through college including principal level in California). I also taught the gifted classes for three years. What a fun trip that was!
I know many things have changed since I retired 20 years ago, but the problems are much greater here in Arizona. From statistics I have read, Arizona constantly ranks near the bottom in percentage of money spent in non-secondary education (50th). http://blog.bestandworststates.com/2009/01/29/state-rankings-on-education-spending.aspx
And yet their achievement scores are consistently above average (sometimes you get more than you pay for?). http://nces.ed.gov/nationsreportcard/states/
The real question might be, what are we leaving out? Real gifted classes? Real music and art classes? Adequate PE classes? You see we are teaching for the tests and leaving out what some might consider very valuable classes. Classes that inspire.
With family time diminishing every generation (due to increased divorce rate and/or both parents working), who will teach these youngsters how to cook? How to shop at the grocery store? How to appreciate something other than rap music? How to do woodwork? The list is long. You see, education means more than teaching reading, writing, and math. We live in a fascinating world, fast moving and complex.
Perhaps we need to spend more time, energy, and yes, money, teaching the love of learning. If we can do that properly, our students will teach themselves. It happens! Remember when a teacher first turned you on to something that excited you? Remember how it then became something you loved? Your passion. It happens.
Yep. You are absolutely correct. However, when I see other Counties surviving without sending taxes through the roof, I wonder. Basically, the County takes whatever it needs! I wonder who is watching the budget? I am not sure I can do anything about it except bitch. My taxes were sent April 15, 2011. Most of Northern Gila County haven't seen theirs yet. If you finance your home or business your first clue might occur when your impound account demands more money.
My assessed valuation was fair so I can't complain there. In short, I have no recourse other than to accept what is!
The Gila County taxes were issued April 15th for most residences. Even though my property valuation went DOWN 30 percent, my taxes went up 12%. Scary. It seems that Gila County can set the rate depending on what THEY need. Geeezzz. Mine went from less than $3,900 to $4,519.54! Now consider the poor struggling businessman who must pay double the rate for his commercial property. Gila County remains fat while the rest of us struggle. You see, our only line of defense is our County Representative, Tommie Cline. I am not sure how she voted, but this is scary. I suggest you check YOUR tax bill, released April 15, 2011.
KRIM-FM, in its continuing effort to offer Payson and the Rim Country the very best in FM radio, has now branched out into the Internet. However, after considerable deliberation, we decided to go with the very BEST technology available. We are now live streaming using the latest Orban technology, the industry standard for broadcast radio. What this means is that you might want to upgrade your audio system? We are broadcasting better than CD quality over the internet! Yep. Right here in Payson. Should we get enough requests we can easily go to surround sound 5-1. Meanwhile, enjoy the best music mix with the best sound quality.
Actually almost everyone I talked to was very much in favor of keeping the very traditional name of Star Valley. I saw no infighting, no arguments, and nothing but pleasant conversation relative to the suggestion - which, by the way, was anticipated many months ago.
No controversy here, sorry. By the way, the people here in "Star Valley" are very appreciative of the tremendous support we received from the good people of Payson. Thank you!
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