Just a friendly reminder that it is back to school time. Iâd like to take this opportunity to remind everyone of our obligation to the safety of our children, faculty, and motorists traveling to and from school during this busy time of year. The Poteau Police Department needs drivers and pedestrians to be extra careful as the new school year starts. We are asking students to exercise caution when walking to and from school. The police department will have a special emphasis around each of the schools to help with traffic congestion, to slow down drivers and increase safety.
When Iâm looking for topics to write about for my column each week I have gained ideas from several different areas. Songs, Facebook posts, and everyday stories have been sources for ideas lately, but this week I found one in a classic book. I was reading David Copperfield by Charles Dickens when I came upon a passage that I found very inspirational in a slightly different way.
Eric Blair, born in 1903 in India, was the son of a middle-class English diplomat.
Upon his return to England as a child, Eric witnessed class warfare directed at him from upper-class students at the prep school which he attended. Nonetheless, the teasing and snobbery he experienced during his school years did not deter him in his pursuit of a quality education. Blair would later be accepted at the esteemed Eton in England, but would attend only for a short period of time.
This is our last week for childrenâs and teen summer activities, so we want to give you invitations to these events first, then weâll share what could be profitable reading for older children and tweens during these last days of summer vacation.
Today will be our last pre-school and early childhood summer story time at 11 a.m. We had dinosaur stories and songs last time and that was such a hit, weâll repeat that subject with our âDig Into Readingâ theme programing again this week.
The recent rash of motorcycle accidents and tragic loss of life reported in the Poteau Daily News has made me think again about Oklahomaâs helmet laws.
There seems to be an unwritten rule of the universe: if a person rides a motorcycle for 30 years, he will crash. And we do all acknowledge if a person flies through the air, he needs head protection when he lands. It doesnât really matter then if heâs 18 or 21 or 59, male or female, riding in Tulsa or Los Angeles or a back road of LeFlore County.
My truck-patch tomato farm is losing money due to drought and heat. Iâm at a loss as to what to do.
And then.....right there, on the evening news stood our president, declaring that we could spend ourselves into prosperity. The thought hit me, if that works for the largest enterprise in the world, why would it not work for my truck patch?
I was honored to be interviewed this week by an educator taking a class about teaching children with disabilities. This was such a great opportunity for me because, as Iâve said before, itâs important for teachers to try and understand these children or inclusion doesnât work. Iâm glad to see teachers getting an education about integrating these pupils into their classroom.
I was sitting on my front porch having a glass of tea, too hot for coffee, and continuing to remember the trip I took down the Mississippi River in September of 1995. As I have said before, I was working as a financial consultant at the time. It was a pretty stressful job. I did love doing what I was doing but I was continually working under a great deal of stress.
Ayn Rand, at age 12 witnessed the revolution and expansion of socialism in 1917 Russia.
Rand, who was opposed â from the beginning â to the Bolshevik insurrection, was taken aback by the political upheaval following the revolution that gave rise to power of Vladimir Lenin and Communism. Communist behavior and socialist policy would shape Randâs political beliefs until her death.
Rand, born into an educated bourgeois family of hardworking parents who had acquired wealth, witnessed confiscation of the family pharmacy business by Communists and the collective socialism that followed.
The week ahead will be a busy one for Buckley Public Library. Today at 11 a.m. our toddlers and pre-schoolers will âDig Into Readingâ for about half an hour. We had a fun time last week, and it was great to see the younger kids again. Wednesday at 10 a.m., the Magic Archaeologist will be passing through Poteau to share his finds with our elementary school kids. At 1 p.m. Wednesday, magician and entertainer Steve Crawford, who seems to know the Archaeologist well, will have a magicianâs workshop for our teens.