March 3, 2011
Happy with yard work
Spring hasn’t sprung yet.
But it seems everyone has the fever.
I’ve have not broken out the short pants yet, but I know my son did a week or so ago – sandals, too.
Close to Nowhere
Horse show on the Gulf Coast
I’d never been to an “equestrian” show before this past weekend. I’ve been to plenty of horse shows and, of course, lots of rodeos, but this past weekend, Grace, my granddaughter’s best friend since they were three years old, was riding in her first ever hunter-jumper show.
Letter To The Editor
Parents first educators of their children:
I recently read a letter from the DeSoto Appeal, Olive Branch, entitled “Parents Fail Responsibilities” written by David Stanley. Stanley stated that “we have too many parents who are more interested in their cell phone and fingernails than raising their children.”
This statement struck a nerve. While I agree that “children without dedicated parents to teach them social and learning skills from birth until they enter elementary school are years behind when they start,” I disagree that parents are not interested in the education of their children.
After all, parents are the first teachers of their children. Educators need to find ways to engage parents.
I know this is a huge challenge, but the majority of parents are interested, concerned and hard-working.
We tend to highlight parents who are having the most difficult times. Let’s start highlighting those who give us support. The majority of the parents follow the rules we set for their children and are willing to follow our lead.
We need to find out what is working today and to rethink and change what is not. We need to hold everyone accountable for our children’s success -- teachers, principals, central office staff, parents, and students.
Children have a right to be loved, nurtured and supported by all adults in their lives.
Rising prices at the gas pump impact Mississippians
By U.S. Senator
Gas prices averaged just more than $2.99 per gallon earlier this month in Mississippi, according to AAA. That was approximately 50 cents higher than one year ago. During an economic slowdown, this extra expense causes even more strain on family budgets, which were tight already. As we approach the summer months when prices at the gas pump usually go up, the rising cost threatens a fragile recovery.
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