Not too late to consider college

Associated Press writers Collin Binkley and Larry Fenn recently reported that “The number of high school seniors applying for U.S. federal college aid plunged in the weeks following the sudden closure of school buildings this spring — a time when students were cut off from school counselors, and families hit with financial setbacks were reconsidering plans for higher education.”

A glitter girl’s guarantee

“Here Mommy, I want you to have this.” My son handed me a small lump of pyrite better known as Fool’s Gold. The metallic-looking substance brilliantly reflected the room’s light causing countless iridescent rays to dance on its crystalized surface. On an ordinary day, this glistening gold gift would have improved my disposition.

A little context please

As a school superintendent and since my retirement, I have criticized the state’s use of student test scores to evaluate schools, teachers, and principals. I have done so because any decent high school math student could do what the state’s “experts” do, which is to compile a list of numbers with little or no context.

Bring American industry back from China now

There is growing congressional interest in finally confronting China over its predatory trade practices. But while talk continues in Washington over the right policy response, China keeps picking off key parts of U.S. manufacturing, including the automotive industry.

Quite the conundrum

As I write this, in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, school superintendents around the state are awaiting guidance from Governor DeWine’s office, the Ohio Department of Education, and the Miami County Health Department regarding the standards they must meet to reopen school for the 2020-2021 school year. While many people incorrectly assume that the summer months are a time of rest and relaxation for school personnel, nothing could be further from the truth for school administrators who are trying to prepare for a new school year.

Happy Birthday to the USA

Tomorrow will be 244 years since the course of human events directed a group of American statesmen to declare their independence based upon self-evident truths and individuals’ God-given natural rights. The Declaration of Independence, signed July 4, 1776, marked a shift in the political history of humankind. Until that point, nation states came into being through accident of geography and unbridled right of conquest.

A World War II veteran tells his story

If all goes as planned, on July 4, 2020, Harry Christy, 98, will be riding in the Miami County of Ohio parade, organized by the Miami Valley Veterans Museum. His driver on this occasion will be his son Jerry, a U.S. Air Force medic in the Vietnam War.

Jim McGuire: Time and lilies

It wasn’t a planned outing—more an impromptu sidetrack.

Ads do not add to our wellbeing

(Note to readers: I realize I have expounded upon this topic before. But email ads are so annoying that it is impossible to complain adequately in a mere 800 words. Hence the redundancy.)

COVID-19 and the color green

The world is still learning lessons from the pandemic virus known as COVID-19. Having said this, there have been some pearls of wisdom kneaded out of the different countries and cultures that have come into contact with the virus. In America, current data has shown that 1 in 2,000 African Americans have been infected by the virus and, though this demographic is not unusually likely to contract the disease, they are 2.4 times more likely to die from the virus than white Americans, and 2.2 likelier than Asians and Hispanics. Is this a genetic anomaly associated with African Americans? No, but that would be an even easier fix than the true cause.