‘Nothing to do’ depends on perspective

By Robert Arrowsmith CMI Publisher I hear it often. I hear it from multiple age groups, in several of our communities. I’m told kids cannot wait to get out of town because of it. Supposedly there is nothing to do here. Every time I hear it, my question in response is: What do you wish […]

‘Mad Men’ shows how our parents partied down

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor I’ve been watching “Mad Men,” the series about the advertising crowd of the 1960s, when Madison Avenue advertising, not Wall Street banking four miles away, attracted the best and the brightest to New York City. If you are a Baby Boomer like me, you recognize “Mad Men’s” characters as […]

View Point— Free speech applies to all sides of issues

Most rules of etiquette tell us the United States flag should never be displayed upside down except as a signal of distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property. According to the Supreme Court, however, punishment for violating this rule is unconstitutional as a violation of free speech, on the federal level. In […]

Robert Arrowsmith: Numbers without context say little

By Robert Arrowsmith CMI Publisher I have to admit, there have been some interesting ideas recently on ways the public can conserve water, including purchasing low-flow toilets. You know me by now; I love to look at numbers and different ways to interpret them. Did you know, according to a 2010 report by the New […]

Steve Hansen: Common Core adds critical thinking to basic skills

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor I recently was privileged to participate with our publisher Robert Arrowsmith and Logan Schools Superintendent Dennis Roch about the Common Core and the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) tests. We all agreed the Common Core is a valid approach to education and that the […]

View Point— Candidates may offer less tax, less government

Today, April 15,  is the day everybody hates the IRS — everybody, that is, who has waited until today or just before to grudgingly send in their tax forms and checks. Those who received refunds, however, have probably already spent them, many thinking they are bonus checks. What those who send and those who receive […]

View Point: Obama’s choice to hesitate may be right call

President Obama has been taken to task by two Middle East experts writing in the Wall Street Journal for keeping our Mideast allies in doubt to the point that they are sending their own troops in to combat ISIS, the psychopathic gang that calls itself an army of God. To these experts, David Schenker and […]

Steve Hansen: A collection of random thoughts…

By Steve Hansen QCS Managing Editor •  If a driverless car gets stopped for speeding, who gets the ticket? •  Does “feckless” mean “devoid of feck?”  “What is feck, anyway?”  “What would it mean to be feckful?” • People don’t “believe in” science.  People believe science.  Believing in something requires faith.  Science requires evidence.  Why […]

Hansen: Education works best in fight against drugs

Your brain on drugs or alcohol over the long haul looks more like a deflated raisin than a fried egg. It gets smaller, Charles Stines,  a Mesalands Community College student, explained, and easier to injure. Fatty tissue between the skull and the brain provides a cushion for the soft mass of nerve cells that does […]

Arrowsmith: Best way to fight bullies is to stand up

Wikipedia defines bullying as “the use of force, threat, or coercion to abuse, intimidate, or aggressively dominate others. The behavior is often repeated and habitual.” One essential prerequisite is the perception, by the bully or by others, of an imbalance of social or physical power. Behaviors used to assert such domination can include verbal harassment […]