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Why the need to start school so early?

I have heard many parents, not to mention students, express their dislike and concerns over the proposed school calendar for 2016-17 that has been posed by the Jefferson County Board of Education.I must join in voicing the question of "What exactly are you thinking?" Why on earth would our ...

Heroin: The dangers affect us all

I?must admit that I had become immune to the words of the stories written and told about the dangers of heroin use and the many overdoses and deaths of young people in our community. Like many of you, I'm sure, upon reading the paper and seeing yet another headline touting the prevalence of the ...

Signs of spring…and elections

Just as the spring has brought any number of flowering trees and plants, so has election season brought us every size, shape and color of campaign sign imaginable. These signs have been popping up overnight in just about every location one can place a sign. They adorn lawns, roadways, shopping ...

Treasure the one who influenced you most

Is there a person in your life who stands out as a role model? One to whom you can attribute influences in your life? If so, treasure that person. Tell him or her exactly how they have changed your life.I have such a person in my life and I was thrilled to invite her to The Chronicle office ...

We need to stop pushing drugs

Reading all of the headlines and seeing all of news broadcasts regarding the drug epidemics here and around our nation, I can't help but believe that much of the blame for dependence on these drugs is fed by the greed of pharmaceutical companies.These "big drug companies" who are only seeking a ...

We need to end the madness

We watched the funeral of a young police officer this week -- one whose first day on the job turned into tragedy as she gave her life in the line of duty.The number of officers killed so far this year is unimaginable. Add to that those who have been injured including the two officers in ...

Agencies should know flag policy

As the time has passed for the funeral of Justice Antonin Scalia, I must again voice an opinion of how the entire situation was handled both on state and local levels.I was dumbfounded, when driving locally, to see that none of the flags at the federal buildings such as the post offices were ...

American people need to know cause of death

The devastating news that a U.S. Supreme Court Justice has died is enough to bring grief to the nation. It also brings questions on to who the successor might be as well as how that successor will be selected. Whether President Obama recommend a nominee or it lays over to the next president is ...

We need to be a more questioning society

Perhaps it is the job I hold; perhaps it was due to my parents instilling me with an inquisitive nature-who know? But for whatever the reason, I question things. And this week, I am really questioning why others don't question things!We as a society seem to have settled in to some "float along" ...

Did anyone really believe it wasn’t going to snow?

The weather forecasters blasted us all with constant updates on the huge amounts of snow that were to be dumped on our area by Storm Jonas. With today's instantaneous access to media and those forecasters, no one should have been caught unprepared for the storm. And anyone with a modicum of ...