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Couldn’t agree more. Very well said. More people need to stand up to be heard about this. It’s shameful that our teachers and teachers’ aides have to leave the state just to find higher paying jobs. Or in this case — a job!
— Lynnette Konecny

But we’re getting a new central office, so everything will be fine.
— Chuck Freeze

Thank you for standing up for teacher assistants and for the children. I appreciate this more because I am one of the ones that was let go.
— Lisa Stracuzzi Eagle

I teach college and can tell you that our students do not graduate with the technology skills necessary for university work. Even more troubling are those who don’t go to college. They are severely handicapped for any job other than flipping burgers. We live in a new era and education has lagged behind for too long. Having said that, I worry that teachers are so far behind themselves that the iPads and MacBooks will not be utilized to the potential they should.
— Cathy Mahaffey

Best wishes for a great year, Larry! Thanks for your thoughts!
— Ron Turbyfill

Very well said! All teachers should print this out and read it when they are having one of those tough days. Thanks for such an excellent article, Larry!
— Randy Overcash

While our neighbors in areas like the West End desperately need more police involvement in their community to help curb drug activity and drive-by shootings, the NAACP is threatening lawsuits against the police departments at every turn.
— Steve Pender

— Shonice Hamilton

Heaven is getting a Big man, big in heart and size. RIP, Darrell.
— Ken Beck

Mr. Mise was a great man. Always saying good morning or cracking up. He will be truly missed around West Rowan as he was a stable figure at the school. My prayers are with the family at this time.
— Matt Eremie

Big D will surely be missed. He was a great person and a great friend.
— Chris Sifford

A police officer is not supposed to greet you with a smile, ask how your day is, and carry on as if he is your friend. He is doing his job and upholding the law. I have had my fair share of tickets over the years, and not once did I expect the police officer to be sweet and nice to me. I knew I did wrong, so I expected them to do their job, give me the ticket, and carry on. Period. Shame on you for trying to stir the pot.
— Kellie Martin

I reviewed the video and noticed that he was about to enter a 35 mph speed zone. Money and expensive cars do not make you above the law.
— James Lambert

He should have borrowed a line from Jake and Elwood Blues and opened with, “We’re on a mission from God.”
— Mark Wetmore

I see no aggressive or intimidating behavior by the officer in the video at all.
— Doug Sokolowski

Maybe the trip to the cleaners was to replace his pants that caught on fire.
— Rebecca Shives

Jake Alexander is a grand project that never really went anywhere. Now when developers want to make something of it, we say “no?” A leap is what the county and city need.
— Jon Callahan

I love animals and I hate to see them put down, but I believe making a no-kill shelter is a bad idea. Hardly anyone will adopt them because they are not at risk of being put down. Then when you start running out of room, what will happen to strays or abused animals? …I feel the gas chamber was best option for aggressive or rabid animals, so the workers would not have to get close to the animals.
— Lauren Tutherow

This will be a wonderful fundraiser. The kill box needs to be destroyed, never to be used again. It is an opportunity to also allow a reinforcement of trust by the citizens of those in elected positions. The shame and notoriety is real and widespread, and I am grateful and proud that we are moving forward. Thank you, citizens and commissioners.
— Marilyn Harrison

Congratulations to Dr. Jesse McCartney. This is an award so well deserved. I was honored to work with him. He is such a blessing to so many.
— Sandy Pardue

A well deserved honor! Congratulations to Jesse!
— Patsy Rendleman

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