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Students advising students

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In my lifetime, I’ve taught hundreds of classes with diverse students: 4- H club members, prison inmates, senior citizens, undergraduates, graduates, and in the past year telecom union employees, primarily AT&T, using web-based instruction (this means at a given time, I turn on my computer and my camera in my home, mount my PowerPoint and start talking to my students who are located from Minneapolis to Pittsburgh).I’m always loved teaching and believe that I was teaching even as a full-time college administrator, working to get board members and those whom I supervised to understand that our mission and actions should always be focused on students and their needs.


Signs of summer’s close

We are quickly coming to everyone’s favorite time of year. The signs of summer’s close are the start of school, Labor Day and another deer season.Autumn in most states brings cool mornings and warm evenings. It’s the days that country folks enjoy the screen door and open windows. The air seems cleaner and fresher, and the once hazy skies are now as clear as a mountain stream.The most prominent signs of fall are the leaves that are changing from hues of ...

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Journalist’s death a grim reminder of job’s hazards

The horrifying murder of American journalist James Foley by Islamic extremists has shocked the world and provided chilling evidence of the brutality of the militant group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria or ISIS.The video released of a masked terrorist beheading the freelance photojournalist is the latest atrocity of the group whose members have overrun parts of Iraq and Syria, as they rape, slaughter and plunder scores of civilians — Muslims, Christians and any other non-beli...

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Lower Medicare, Medicaid costs projected

Reduced costs for medical services and labor have trimmed the 10-year projected cost of Medicare and Medicaid by $89 billion, the Congressional Budget Office said Wednesday.Medicare spending is projected to drop by $49 billion — or less than 1 percent — from 2015 and 2024, while Medicaid spending is expected to drop by $40 billion — or about 1 percent — over the next decade, CBO said in an update to its April forecast.

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The president of these United States

In this time in our history as a nation, if ever a president needed prayer, this one does.Some people stand behind every word President Obama says and every move he makes just because he’s a Democrat, and some do it just because he is the first African-American president. I personally choose to think for myself and weigh the facts in the balance.

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Dr. Harold Pease Columnist

In yet another emerging scary scandal, not well publicized, the CIA recently acknowledged that it “had secretly searched Senate computer files related to an investigation of the agency’s Bush-era harsh interrogation program.”Searched Senate computer files!!! Good grief, that is our own government that they spied on!! Is there nobody safe from spying???Their admission that they had lied for several months when accused of having done so and their apology ...

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Thursday, August 28, the 240th day of 2014. There are 125 days left in the year.Today’s Highlight in History:On August 28, 1964, two days of race-related rioting erupted in North Philadelphia over a false rumor that white police officers had beaten to death a pregnant black woman.On this date:In 1609, English sea explorer Henry Hudson and his ship, th...

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Obama golfs while the world burns

President Obama has officially become the laughingstock of the world, happily ensconced in the wonderland of Martha’s Vineyard on one of his many vacations, while a junior varsity terrorist group runs amok lopping off heads of everyone in their path, the borders remain a sieve, Gaza remains a battleground, and the Russians toy with taking the Ukraine among a few crises that are boiling over.It is utterly appalling that Obama, the king of optics, would make a perfunctory state...

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Social media users mum on opinions

WASHINGTON (AP) — People who use Facebook and Twitter are less likely than others to share their opinions on hot-button issues, even when they are offline, according to a surprising new survey by the Pew Research Center.The study, done in conjunction with Rutgers University in New Jersey, challenges the view of social media as a vehicle for debate by suggesting that sites like Facebook and Twitter might actually encourage self-censorship. Researchers said they detect what the...

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Mortgage fraud settlement a big boost for state

In 2008, the weight of lies and greed that built the subprime mortgage industry finally grew so heavy that it collapsed and took the economy with it.Tens of thousands of Kentuckians still suffer the aftershocks from losing their homes and/or their jobs and from the sluggish economy that, six years later, is still not safely back on track.So it was more than welcome news Thursday that the Kentucky Retirement Systems, thanks to the efforts of hard working attorneys in the ...

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Wednesday, August 27, the 239th day of 2014. There are 126 days left in the year.Today’s Highlights in History:On August 27, 1964, President Lyndon Baines Johnson accepted his party’s nomination for a term in his own right, telling the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey, “Let us join together in giving every American the fullest life which he can hope f...

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Help teens cope with negative peer pressure

Peer pressure is probably the most important influence in your teenager’s life. While parental opinions certainly are considered (if only because of the consequences of ignoring them), it’s more often the opinions and actions of peers that help teens decide virtually everything from hairstyles to clothing choices to academic efforts.Often, peer pressure is a good thing that can lead to involvement in sports, religious activities and academic excellence. But peer pressur...

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Air Force changing recruiting

The Air Force has come a ways in reforming recruit training since sex-abuse scandals rocked the service’s boot camp at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland. And it is now making equally important strides with recruiters.An Express-News article by Sig Christenson on Monday shed some light on the Air Force’s revamped training program for recruiters — Inspire, Dissuade, Detect, Deter and Hold Accountable, also known as ID3A.It was bad enough when sexual abuse o...

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Why government openness matters

One of the fundamental lessons of the 9/11 tragedy was that our government carried a share of blame for the failure to stop the attacks. Not because it was asleep at the switch or ignorant of the dangers that Al Qaeda posed, but because the agencies charged with our safety did not share what they knew, either up and down the chain of command or with each other. The attacks were preventable with shared information.

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SOAR questions linger

HAZARD – Does surface mining harm the health of people in the east Kentucky coal field? And why haven’t more elected officials participated in this summer’s meetings to gather ideas to diversify and improve the economy of Appalachian Kentucky?Those were the two biggest questions raised Friday as 18 leaders of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative gathered in Hazard for a meeting of chairs of the SOAR working groups that have been holding “listening s...

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Today in History

By the Associated PressToday is Tuesday, August 26, the 238th day of 2014. There are 127 days left in the year.Today’s Highlights in History:On August 26, 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson was nominated for a term of office in his own right at the Democratic National Convention in Atlantic City, New Jersey. The Kinks’ single “You Really Got Me” was released in the United States by Reprise (rih-PREEZR...

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State helps ark park defy science

When Darren Aronofsky’s “Noah” was...

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Letter to the Editor

This being the Fourth of July, I felt led to share my...

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