Category: Free Falling

Media have an important role

“I consider the media to be indispensable to democracy. We need an independent media to hold power to account. Power can be very addictive, and it can be corrosive, and it’s important for the media to call to account people who abuse their power.” Though I never would have thought former president George W. Bush and I would see eye […]

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Students offer change of pace

I really want to take a break from all the negative news out of Washington these days. So, this month, it is my distinct pleasure to showcase a few descriptive pieces written by my English III students at Hillsboro High School. These pieces are the result of an assignment that asked them to describe a scene or event in as […]

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Was 2016 the worst year ever?

Anyone who has been kicking around the Internet lately has come across discussions of whether 2016 was the worst year ever. After all, lots of celebrities died, Britain voted to leave the European Union, Zika-carrying mosquitoes went on the attack, America elected an orange reality TV star as president, mass shootings were in the news seemingly daily and, to add […]

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Expect a wild ride with Trump

So, it really happened. Donald Trump apparently has been chosen by the electoral college to become the 45th president of the United States. If he really meant all those statements he made during the election, we are all in for a wild ride for the next four years. Those of us who did not support him, and it seems more […]

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The sun will come up Nov. 9

As I write this, the election is still a few days away. As you read this, the campaigns at the local, state and national level are over. Thank God. And I mean that literally. I thank the Lord that this derisive and divisive season has ended. What remains is the fallout from what has to be one of the ugliest […]

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Debates need some new rules

I wish the debates were really debates. What we have seen this political season are more akin to forums, places where candidates are given free rein to trade jabs with their opponents. Some 80 million Ameri­cans tuned in for the first “debate” between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton. About half that many watched the two vice-presidential hopefuls go at it […]

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Head trauma: Worth the risk?

Football season is underway once again. The boys are hitting the field and hitting each other as usual. But, there is change in the air. More and more, brain specialists are sounding the alarm about something called chronic traumatic encephalopathy or, more familiarly, CTE. And, while the focus in recent years has already been placed on concussions and making sure […]

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Tips for success this school year

We are on the verge of a new school year, like it or not. This will be my 28th term as an educator, and I would like to think I have learned a thing or two myself during those nearly three decades. So, I thought I would pass along a few tips that might make the transition from summer freedom […]

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Highlights of Italy, Switzerland

Remember the old tourism slogan: “Texas: It’s like a whole other country”? Well, sketchy syntax aside, a recent visit to Europe revealed a number of major differences between the United States and countries such as Switzerland and Italy. Some are obvious, but others are a bit more subtle. Food, both how it is served and what is on the plate, […]

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Illnesses that need medication

Just try watching the evening news without feeling sick. I’m not talking about the content of the broadcast itself; rather, I am referring to the commercials. There is a seemingly endless stream of advertisements about diseases I have never heard of and ways to cure said diseases. And, sometimes, the list of side effects seems worse than the illness under […]

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