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Wondering what all the fuss is about over the use of Common Core standards in school, I looked up what information I could find.

Frankly, it gets pretty weird. One expert said that requiring kids to meet certain standards at each grade level was demeaning and destroys their creativity. Hmm, I’ve seen some of that creative math at work when a kid at Mc- Donald’s can’t make change.

One must dismiss opinions that teachers come up with because they are, after all, union members and unions exist to protect teachers, not students.


My wife, Kaitlin and I both grew up in Franklin, and when we got older and got married, we both knew that we wanted to stay here in this community. One of the biggest reasons that we knew that we wanted to stay in Franklin, was the wonderful closeness of friends, families, and neighbors. We had both grown up our whole lives, seeing communities come together to support one another, and neighbors helping neighbors. It instilled in both of us a sense of how to be kind, generous, and uplifting to those less fortunate, or in need, and it’s something that we will never forget.

Never did we expect, however, that the day would come that we would be the ones on the receiving end of that same kindness and generosity. A couple of months ago, I had a very unexpected, completely unforeseen medical emergency that very nearly cost me my life. Emergency surgery saved me, but then I started on the road to recovery. The overwhelming generosity was evident immediately, as donations of food and money to help with the bills started coming in. My wife was spending her every moment caring for me, and the food was a tremendous help, but we were still worried about our medical bills, especially considering the work that we were both missing.


After I was in the service, I attended a community college for two years before transferring to a four-year institution. Many years later I taught a few courses at Greenville Tech when they were in a bind for an instructor. So I have experiences both as a student and instructor at that level.

When I was a student at my local community college, classes were offered and filled every day and evening Monday through Friday. While I worked full time I was able to get most of the credits needed for an AA to transfer to a university in the evenings alone. This was a tremendous help to a young person trying to get better prepared for the responsibilities of life.

Greenville Tech prepares thousands of people for the surging auto industry throughout their area in addition to providing traditional courses toward various two-year degrees. (I taught nursing students there.)


In recent years, being a businessman has become a dirty word and anyone who is especially successful in business is demonized. We saw that when Governor Romney was running for president and who was demonized for being successful.

Let’s see if I can break this down into its elements. Somehow, anyone who builds a business and hires people is getting rich off the backs of workers. Under this premise, one must assume that this newspaper has slaves working for it.

The alternative the Left gives us is to have everyone working for a central government where everyone does the bidding of a bureaucracy but I must remind you that the political class always get rich off the backs of the workers. The idea finally brought down communist Russia and while it still works in Cuba to some degree, control is only maintained through force and terror. Cubans are not a free people.


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published: 10/18/2013
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