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The fleeting ‘hipness’ of older age

I have lost my hipness.

I once thought I was relatively hip. In fact, many of my students were amazed that I listened to – or at least knew – some of the bands they liked.

That is still the case in many respects. You can still find some pretty hip stuff on my iPod, but as a general rule my hipness left with my eyesight and good knees. I am now a bifocal wearing, arthritic non-hipster.

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Fatal testing flaw: outcomes are never ‘equal’

Permit me to add to Joel Addington’s comments in last week’s edition on the mish-mash that is Florida’s school grading and student testing system.

Back in those college years, I recall the second semester of political science course (my major) when I received a D after getting a B in the first section. After the first semester, using the reasoning powers of a typical 19-year-old, I figured the second phase would be a snap. So I attended class (shall we say?) infrequently.

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Reverse county’s high tobacco use statistics

Dear Editor:

We’ve heard the facts.

Every day more than 1,200 people in the U.S. die from smoking.  Tobacco use is responsible for 443,000 deaths a year.

Nine out of ten smokers start in their teens.

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Kinder, gentler during ‘Bob’ time

“Hey, where are you going?” my wife asked early this morning as I put on my shoes.

“I’m going up to school to work on the Old Time Gospel Jubilee set.”

“Will you help me set up for the meeting I’m doing in your Media Center for tomorrow?”

“Sure. So long as we do it on Bob Time and not Kelley Time.”

“There’s Bob Time?”

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