Archive: Thu Jan 2013

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    District dumps federal school lunch regs, will lose aid

    Wow! One school district has had enough! New York’s Niskayuna Central School District is severing ties with the National School Lunch program, tossing out its adherence to federal regulations for more fruits and vegetables on lunch trays. The Niskayuna Board of Education unanimously voted to terminate participation in the…
    Terry Stoops, January 24, 2013
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    I Have A Feeling Rep. Patrick McHenry Will Bring It Up

    Ryan Olson points out at the Heritage Foundation blog that the agenda of this week’s World Economic Forum doesn’t include economic freedom. And that’s a problem, writes Olson. Among the members of the U.S. Congress attending is North Carolina’s Rep. Patrick McHenry (NC-10), a staunch conservative and defender of…
    donnamartinez, January 24, 2013
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    NCTQ gives NC a D+ on teacher prep

    The National Council on Teacher Quality (NCTQ) just released their 2012 State Policy Yearbook.  Here is the breakdown of the grades for North Carolina: Area 1: Delivering well prepared teachers: D- Area 2: Expanding the pool of teachers: D+ Area 3: Identifying effective teachers: C- Area 4: Retaining effective…
    Terry Stoops, January 24, 2013
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    The cost of expanding government

    As the power, scope, and cost of government expand, economic freedom shrinks. In this piece, Hans Bader of CEI writes about the latest bad news about where the US ranks compared with other nations. We’ve been falling ever since 2000 and if anything at all is clear it is…
    George Leef, January 24, 2013
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    An Aquarium for Concord

    Let me just start off by saying that I love aquariums.  I always have.  I’m not an animal person, and I’ve never had fish at home (apart from some goldfish when I was seven that we managed to keep alive for about two weeks).  But for some reason, I find…
    Julie Tisdale, January 24, 2013
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    Schizo

    Your taxes must go up, so you might as well feel inclusive about what you’re getting in return. (No. I am not schizo. I am drawing from the PC lexicon.) Henderson County residents are invited to stop by the Fletcher Branch of the Henderson County Public Library (120 Library Road…
    Leslee Kulba, January 24, 2013
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    ADD

    Western Carolina University wishes to improve student retention rates. This not a measure of how much they retain in their memory, but of whether or not they complete the entire four-year college sentence. That is not to say they must be able to complete a thought with a capital letter,…
    Leslee Kulba, January 24, 2013
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    Delirium

    Is the joblessnessmessguess rate down because more are gainfully employed as thieves?…
    Leslee Kulba, January 24, 2013