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Take the politics and politicians out of education PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 9:36 PM

By Brian Gerber

Superintendent, Western Buckeye ESC

Educators should drive educational policy, not politicians. Education in America has been under constant attack since politicians started to drive educational policy in this country. Every decision governing education is made with political agendas in the forefront. How many of these politicians are putting students above their own political advanced agendas. I bet the percentage is fairly high.

 
‘Enjoy the heat!’ PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 15, 2014 5:48 PM

By Bill Sherry

It’s just beginning, the season we call summer and in my opinion it will be cold again all too soon. I remember a song by Nat King Cole that was played over and over in my youth that went something like this, “Roll out those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer.” The song ended with the line, “You’ll wish that summer could always be here.”

I found it hard to believe a few days ago I heard a comment, “I sure do wish it would cool down, I’m tired of all this hot weather.” I’m sure it was just a couple of months ago that we were wondering if we would get enough warm weather to melt the huge piles of snow in the parking lots and the drifts along 127 that were higher than my car. Well not everyone has had enough summer so bring on the heat and humidity, my opinion is that, I enjoy my air conditioned office, car, home, shopping centers, restaurants and yes even my church. So roll out those hot, hazy days of summer.

It seems to me that some people just need to complain. I think that some people would complain no matter what the weather situation; because this is something we can complain about and know deep down inside that there is nothing we can do about it except complain.

 
More than a meal, more than a mile PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 9:26 PM

More than a meal, more than a mile

By Marsha Yeutter

Paulding County Senior Center

It amazes me when people call the Paulding County Senior Center for assistance and when I explain to them the services that we provide I hear, “I didn’t know you did all that.” I try hard to have community outreach and networking so our information is always available. I hope this column will help someone who needs to know.

 
Do something PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, June 25, 2014 8:54 AM

Do something

By Kirk Dougal

This week we stumbled across the fun sort of item we love to find from time to time. It was a copy of Isaac Asimov’s guest column for the New York Times following his visit to the 1964 World’s Fair in New York City.

Asimov - a professor of biochemistry at Boston University, noted futurist, and author of such science fiction classics as the Foundation and Robot series - was fascinated by what he saw at the event. At the height of the Cold War, the theme expressed hope with “Peace Through Understanding,” a line of thinking that also ran through most of his writings.

 
Too many chiefs? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:33 PM

 

Too many chiefs?

By Nancy Whitaker

As I think of my grandma and grandpa, I just wonder what they would think of the world today. The streets where they lived and walked, the houses they lived in and everyone they may have known are gone. Would they embrace cell phones, computers, Netflix and cable TV?

I know they would be surprised at the price of gas, a gallon of milk and a loaf of bread. They would be amazed at the new high schools, the technicality of the ways of farming and the informality of what people wear to church.

 

 
Why immunize? PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, June 03, 2014 10:26 PM

Why immunize?

By Bill Edwards, BS RS

Paulding County Health Department

Why immunize our children? Sometimes we are confused by the messages in the media. First we are assured that, thanks to vaccines, some diseases are almost gone from the U.S. But we are also warned to immunize our children, ourselves as adults, and the elderly.

Diseases are becoming rare due to vaccinations. It's true, some diseases (like polio and diphtheria) are becoming very rare in the U.S. Of course, they are becoming rare largely because we have been vaccinating against them. But it is still reasonable to ask whether it's really worthwhile to keep vaccinating.

 
Receiving a miracle PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9:25 PM

Receiving a miracle

By Eileen Kochensparger

Secretary, Bargain Bin of Paulding County Inc.

How many of you have experienced a miracle in your life? We read about miracles all the time in books or hear about them through word of mouth or the news, but have you ever personally experienced a miracle? I am a miracle.

Nine years ago, I was stricken with Streptococcus pneumonia and given only a 24 percent of survival. I was in a coma for six weeks and remember nothing of that time. People who see me yet today call my recovery a miracle. But there are other kinds of miracles and the Bargain Bin of Paulding County has received a miracle.

 
A trip back home opened my eyes PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, May 21, 2014 10:24 AM

 

A trip back home opened my eyes

By Joe Shouse

Just the other day I went home. The place I was born, reared as a child, graduated from high school – the place I developed memories, good memories. Then I left for college and life took on a series of twists and turns that never allowed me to go back to Rushville, Indiana except for brief visits.

So, going home was an eye opener and not necessarily a good one at the start. My reason for going home was to attend a funeral. I was home for just a few hours but long enough to see how things had changed over the years. Leaving the funeral home in the processional and crawling through town at a slow pace to the cemetery, I had the chance to witness downtown, or at least, what is left of downtown.

 
Providing a 'hand up' in addition to a 'handout' PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 9:33 PM

Providing a ‘hand up’ in addition to ‘handout’

By Bill Sherry

Have you ever heard about something and wondered about what it is or does? I have and in my opinion we need to help people have a better understanding of things like The Grover Hill Area Ministerial Association which is moving in a direction that will, in my opinion be a ‘hand up’ in addition to a ‘handout’(more about this in future stories).

We are in the process of changing our services in order to make a bigger impact on individuals and communities. This change is represented in our new logo, “Come and see how the Grover Hill Area Ministerial Association is moving toward being a ‘hand up’ in addition to being a ‘hand-out.’”

 
The saga of the tomato hornworm PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, April 08, 2014 8:37 PM

 

The saga of the tomato hornworm

By Bill Sherry

Late last summer as I harvested a bumper crop of tomatoes I noticed several tomatoes and the leaves of the plant had been partially eaten. Upon closer examination, I noticed, or should I say I was startled by, several large green worms feasting on my tomato plants. I found that my moth identification book called these worms the tomato hornworm because of the large, horn-like growth at the rear of its body and noted that the tomato hornworms are a common large caterpillar that defoliates tomato plants. Their large size (3-4 inches long) and voracious appetite allows them to strip a tomato plant of foliage in a short period of time, so they frequently catch gardeners by surprise.

I took one of these monster worms to church the next Sunday. I used it for my children’s message about things God has made that we don’t often see. One young lady was fascinated with this monster worm, played with the worm and asked if she could take it home. I had brought some extra tomato leaves and we talked briefly after church about putting a couple inches of dirt in the bottom of the gallon jar and feeding the monster tomato hornworm until it didn’t want any more to eat.

 

The next Sunday, the young lady brought the jar back and informed me that the worm had stopped eating and that she could not see it any more. That’s because the tomato worm had borrowed under the soil and had formed a pupa. This is how the tomato hornworm pupa will remain until winter is over. I put the jar with the tomato hornworm pupa and buried in about 2 inches of garden soil in my unheated garage for the winter. This morning I was reminded that winter is almost over and something is about to happen.

I retrieved the jar from the garage this afternoon and the pupa is still buried in the garden soil inside the jar. It’s time to bring the jar out of the garage and expose it to some of the upcoming springlike weather and give the tomato hornworm a chance at changing from the ugly worm and pupal stage of life into a beautiful sphinx moth that loves to sip on the nectar of the spring flowers as it prepares to lay eggs on my tomato plants later in the summer.

In my opinion, the eggs will hatch and later in the summer I will find a some large green worms eating my tomato plants again this year.

I do hope to see you in church this Sunday; we need to talk because we have something in common.

William W. Sherry is a correspondent for the Paulding County Progress.

The opinions stated are those of the writer, and do not necessarily reflect that of the newspaper.

 

 
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