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Francis Koster, Author at Salisbury Post

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Francis Koster: Kids can help other succeed during online learning

By Francis Koster A fierce, disorganized debate is raging as our country approaches the time schools traditionally open.  Those fearful of millions more citizens suffering lifelong ... Read more

by Francis Koster, Sunday, August 2, 2020 12:00 am

Farm & Garden

Helping your kids start a garden will manage coronavirus impact

By Francis Koster Ed. D. For the Salisbury Post If you look at a map of the six states that have now closed all their ... Read more

by Francis Koster, Friday, March 20, 2020 12:00 am

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Francis Koster: Clean school air is an investment opportunity

Experts are now certain that about half our nations’ schools have invisible problems with mold, dust, humidity, temperature and lack of fresh air in classrooms ... Read more

by Francis Koster, Sunday, December 2, 2018 12:00 am

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Francis Koster: How fixing schools can help solve America’s rising health care costs

Third in a four-part series One in five Americans works in or attends a K-12 school. If these schools were to adopt some existing but ... Read more

by Francis Koster, Sunday, November 11, 2018 12:11 am

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Francis Koster: Lack of pure air in schools causes students to score poorly

Second in a four-part series American schools rank in the bottom half of the world’s richest 35 countries. Of school ranking among the 50 states, ... Read more

by Francis Koster, Sunday, November 4, 2018 12:03 am

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Francis Koster: A surprising way to fix schools

First in a four-part series Locally, the school system of Rowan/Salisbury ranks in the bottom quarter of the school systems in the state that ranks ... Read more

by Francis Koster, Sunday, October 28, 2018 12:50 pm

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Francis Koster: What Trump got right about Norwegians

I want to support one of President Trump’s recent statements encouraging immigration by folks who carry the values of Norway. He is right — it ... Read more

by Francis Koster, Sunday, January 21, 2018 12:00 am

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Francis Koster: We can reduce breast cancer by reducing pollution

By Francis Koster  This is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Here are some facts about breast cancer you may not know. Sadly, around 40,000 women die ... Read more

by Francis Koster, Sunday, October 8, 2017 12:21 am

Guest columns

Francis Koster: No sense and non-cents

By Francis Koster At the same time all eyes are on the flood victims in Texas, some astounding and deeply upsetting proposals are floating around ... Read more

by Francis Koster, Sunday, September 3, 2017 12:52 am

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Paying for health care is a dollars and sense issue

It might surprise you to know that total annual health care spending in America is more than $10,000 for every man, woman, and child. This ... Read more

by Francis Koster, Wednesday, March 15, 2017 9:46 pm

Guest columns

Francis Koster: This trend is going up and up

By Francis Koster Special to the Salisbury Post Pop Quiz: What does this graph show? A. The growth in debt of the State of North ... Read more

by Francis Koster, Sunday, February 12, 2017 12:00 am

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Francis Koster: ‘Whole truth’ missing from column about teacher pay

By Francis Koster Special to the Salisbury Post Mr. John Hood’s column in the Aug. 16 Post (“Teacher pay increase pilot programs get tested”) talked ... Read more

by Francis Koster, Sunday, August 21, 2016 12:20 am

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Francis Koster: Response to Duke on solar

By Francis Koster Special to the Post On Monday, April 18, Lynn Good, the president of Duke Energy released an article she wrote called “Solving ... Read more

by Francis Koster, Wednesday, April 20, 2016 12:00 am

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Optimistic Futurist: Breathing fresh air into schools

I know how to make sure local school kids score higher on statewide ranking tests — you do it by letting the students breathe clean ... Read more

by Francis Koster, Tuesday, February 2, 2016 12:24 pm

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Optimistic Futurist: Plastic is everywhere … even in your toothpaste

By  Francis Koster www.theoptimisticfuturist.com  If you buy a certain brand of toothpaste, it has little plastic pieces in it — put there on purpose. Really. It ... Read more

by Francis Koster, Sunday, December 6, 2015 12:18 am

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Optimistic Futurist: Community solar gardens are an electrifying idea

One of my favorite statements by a corporate leader goes something like this: “If change outside of your organization is happening faster than change on ... Read more

by Francis Koster, Sunday, November 1, 2015 12:25 am

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Optimistic Futurist: Climate change offers us a stark choice

By Francis Koster We have two decades to save life on Earth as we know it — and I am not kidding. About 150 years ... Read more

by Francis Koster, Sunday, September 27, 2015 12:18 am

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Optimistic Futurist: How to stop climate change?

Local communities and major corporations both have an unrecognized chance to reverse the trends in climate change/global warming dramatically. This opportunity exists because, according to ... Read more

by Francis Koster, Sunday, August 30, 2015 12:00 am

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Optimistic Futurist: Citizens take law into own hands

North Carolina citizens have access to new, low-cost weapons that can be used to protect families. Some people who want to use these weapons are ... Read more

by Francis Koster, Sunday, July 5, 2015 12:00 am

Opinion

Optimistic Futurist: Teaching about Earth Day in a polluted school

Since the passage of the Clean Air Act in 1970, America has become much healthier.  According to the New England Journal of Medicine, our average ... Read more

by Francis Koster, Sunday, April 26, 2015 12:00 am

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Optimistic Futurist: As change speeds up, how will downtown look?

For many years, 14 smaller “mom and pop” stores died each time Wal-Mart, Target and Kmart opened a new store. Between 1962 and 2013 alone, ... Read more

by Francis Koster, Sunday, March 29, 2015 12:10 am

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Optimistic Futurist: School grading system deserves ‘F’

The State of North Carolina recently released the single letter grades for all of its schools. Headlines read “Local Primary School gets a D.” The ... Read more

by Francis Koster, Sunday, March 8, 2015 12:00 am

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The Optimistic Futurist: Fixing cavities in our dental system

If someone invited you to compete for a prize of $1,000 to quickly create a method to identify poor people by looking at them, you ... Read more

by Francis Koster, Sunday, February 8, 2015 12:33 am

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Optimistic Futurist: How some utilities pour gas on the climate changing fire

We have a situation. Leaking natural gas (methane) is one of the most climate-changing gasses we dump into our atmosphere. In some places it is ... Read more

by Francis Koster, Sunday, January 25, 2015 12:00 am

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Optimistic Futurist: Keeping Keystone Pipeline in perspective

As we struggle to create a better future for our kids and their kids, sometimes it helps to take a breath and put things in ... Read more

by Francis Koster, Saturday, January 10, 2015 6:05 pm

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Optimistic Futurist: Influencing power

What is the difference in the meaning between “power” and “influence”? How does that difference play out in improving society in ways we can be ... Read more

by Francis Koster, Sunday, November 30, 2014 12:00 am

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Optimistic Futurist: Why today’s students need our support

For the next two minutes or so reading time, I intend to shock you with information, increase your anxiety about the future of our society, ... Read more

by Francis Koster, Sunday, November 16, 2014 12:00 am

Columns

Optimistic Futurist: Lack of dental care a painful reality for working poor

A few weeks ago, a courteous 20-something young man knocked on my door and asked whether I had any yard work he could do to ... Read more

by Francis Koster, Sunday, February 23, 2014 12:00 am

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