Thursday October 30, 2014
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Perhaps they should just throw every high school student's name into a hat and do periodic drawings to figure out who to feature on these banners. Once the student's name is drawn, the student can then decide whether or not they'd wish to be featured on a banner. I imagine you'd get a much more diverse selection of students that way. All in all, it seems to be a fairer way to go about it. Nice banners though! They look snazzy!
His stance on gun control and to write a letter in support of that stance is fine... but writing it on town letterhead was not the smoothest of moves. Understandably, a letter from a mayor written on official town letterhead to another governing body/leader implies the contents of said letter are representative of and on behalf of his/her constituents. And, it sounds like in this instance, that was not the case. A lesson learned... next time write it at home on plain paper and don't mention being the mayor, but rather just a private citizen. Not sure the resignation was necessary, but that was his move to make.
Hahahaha... this question cracks me up -- both the poorly written answer choices and the idiotic people who actually chose the fourth option overall! "Arizona 'don't' need education, it needs jobs!" Haha! I'm shocked (but then again, not so shocked) to see such grammatical mistakes; I thought this was a newspaper?
From a public health perspective, these statistics are more than alarming and incredibly tragic. With more and more people living unhealthy lifestyles in Arizona, the price of healthcare will only continue to rise for its citizens. I feel it's important that public programs exist to educate citizens on ways to live healthily, thus helping to mitigate rising health costs by keeping people out of the hospital to begin with. I'm all for government-run public health programs... they can work! We've seen them work in the past (e.g. quit smoking campaigns, seat belt laws, etc.). In any case, I would like to touch on one part of the article I found most alarming... sexual health. I would really like to see Payson High School adopt a sex ed program. It's "abstinence only" approach is clearly NOT working. I myself graduated PHS in 2003 with pregnant classmates. Having children is a blessing, but there's no arguing that having them at 15, 16, and 17 years old is not the right time. I hope PHS will get with the program and start educating its students on sex and the responsibilities that come with having it, etc. Let's be realistic here... teenagers are having sex in Payson! It's happening, so let's make sure they're having it responsibly. I live in NH right now, and it's a state that has one of the lowest teen pregnancy rates in the nation... it's also a state that requires its students to go through sex ed in school. The correlation is obvious.
If you are referring to the "Sludge to the Judge" cross country race that takes place before the Homecoming Parade, it is a high school tradition that has taken place on Main Street for at least the past decade. It happens on Main Street because people lined up to see the Parade afterwards are already there to cheer for the runners. It's another great tradition that only comes about once a year on Homecoming! Proud to be Class of 2003!
What would they be teaching these new Police Cadets? How to catch a "T.P.er" in process, how to catch those local dry ice bombers, or perhaps how to break up that group of teens socializing at Taco Bell? Seems like the only thing cops in this town do anyway is break up teenage fun. I've never seen a place that is crawling with as many cops as this one. I drive into town from being in Flag and pass 6 cop cars in the way home, after not seeing but 2 in a major metropolis! Makes me think that perhaps we've got some secret underground crime problem, or they're just bored and want to drive around and pick on the first teens they come across. Ugh.
As a PHS graduate (2003), I can definitely tell you that the AIMS is a ridiculously easy test for anybody that is even remotely educated. Unfortunately, in Arizona (one of the "stupidest" states in the Union) and especially in Payson, where the curriculum is definitely a LOT less challenging academically then most high schools in the Valley or other states... students don't take it seriously and aren't as prepared to take the test as they should be. Most other states have statewide tests that students must take in order to graduate, Arizona should be no different. In Payson, for students to start passing the tests, the education needs to be improved and students need to be motivated to go on to get their college educations, so they see a reason for even getting out of high school! Most of my fellow grads went to small community colleges and dropped out after a year and are now working "construction." How nice. Others got pregnant or married early. It's pretty pathetic. I wish we had teachers who were more inspiring... there are a few out there in Payson, but few and far between.
So that's what you HEARD, huh? In Payson that seems to be the way everyone finds information out. I'm a past PHS student, and I can already say that that's b.s. I know students who currently attend PHS and no such "chaos" is going on! In Payson gossip and hearsay usually spreads like wildfire, and gets imbellished along the way. Instead of helping to spread it, maybe you should check its validity.
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