Though the game was lost, the Mercer Bears lacrosse team hosted its home opening game versus Duke at its sports complex this past Sunday. And in baseball, it was great reading the front page of Monday’s sports page in The Telegraph about “Mercer’s rally falls short,” in a game against Virginia Tech that also took place Sunday afternoon; along with page two headlines about the Bears’ softball and tennis teams in action. But nothing, I repeat, nothing about the lacrosse game in the paper.
By my count that Sunday lacrosse game had at least five times the fans in attendance compared to the baseball stands right next door. Let’s show some support to the fastest sport not on ice and give some press to the Mercer Bears lacrosse team.
-- Bobby Komlo
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Read Across America
If you’ve ever shared a book with a child, you know the joy and excitement this small but meaningful act can bring. But, according to the National Center for Education Statistics, since 1993, only 53 to 58 percent of children ages three to five received this joy on a daily basis.
We can do better. Simply reading daily with a child does require parents, older brothers and sisters and other caring adults to add yet another hat to the many they already wear to care for and raise a child. But by adding the reading hat to your collection, you also add great rewards:
Children who are read to at home have a higher success rate in school.
Children who read frequently develop stronger reading skills.
To get kids excited about reading and encourage more adults to spend time reading with their children, the National Education Association launched the first NEA’s Read Across America day in 1998. On March 2, NEA’s Read Across America will mark 17 years of celebrating reading and the birthday of Dr. Seuss.
From coast to coast, teachers, celebrities, community members and parents are putting aside the many hats they wear for work and play and donning their reading hats, the red and white striped stovepipe hat of the “Cat in the Hat.” Here in Macon, the Bibb Association of Educators will be hosting the following:
Monday, March 2: Nationwide Kickoff. Bibb Schools take the Readers’ Oath at 9:30 a.m. followed by the Read Across America song. At 4 p.m., schools will come together with the entire community to celebrate Dr. Seuss’ birthday by attending the official Read Across America Kick-off event hosted by BAE at Macon-Bibb Government Center.
Tuesday, March 3: D.E.A.R. Seuss. Drop Everything And Read Seuss. Children and teachers enjoy an educational day filled with all the wonderful Dr. Seuss characters.
Wednesday, March 4: B.Y.O.D.S. (Bring Your Own Dr. Seuss). Bring your favorite Dr. Seuss memorabilia or book to share with your classmates. Educators: load pictures into the live album on the BAE app for a chance to win.
Thursday, March 5: Celebrity readers. Local celebrities, leaders and supporters enter classrooms to read their favorite Dr. Seuss books.
Friday, March 6: Seuss Spirit. Children and teachers dress as their favorite Dr. Seuss characters. Then, while in costume, we will go to Barnes and Noble (The Shoppes at River Crossing) between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. for a special BAE Book Fair honoring Dr. Seuss.
We hope you will join us during Read Across America for this special celebration and join us in our classrooms on March 5. If you have any questions, please contact me at 478-501-2867.
-- Robert “B.J.” Shepherd
Kindergarten teacher, L.H. Williams
Kudos to Theatre Macon on its production of “Clybourne Park.” The casting was balanced and each actor was outstanding as his/her character. Thank you for this most relevant work. Bravo.
-- Merle Hazard
President Obama and his administration, continue to play a torturous word game to avoid identifying the threat the United States and the European nations face from “radical Islamists.” Beginning with the Fort Hood, Texas, attack by a Muslim shouting Allah Akbar (Allah is the greatest) being called “workplace violence” and continuing to the most recent incident in Libya where 21 Coptic Christians were beheaded by ISIS and were identified by Obama as “Egyptian citizens.” There was also the attack in Paris where a kosher market was called a “deli” and the attack in Copenhagen where a synagogue was a target.
These incidents are obviously motivated by radical Islamist religious zealots and Christians, Jews and even some Muslim sects, are the targets. It is impossible to effectively fight against this threat to our way of life if we fail to properly identify it.
-- John T. White
The power of truth
I don’t know about the rest of the Bibb County residents, but I was embarrassed that the state may take over 14 failing Bibb County Schools. What in this world is wrong with us? We have former superintendent Romain Dallemand suing for $10 million and we had a hard time choosing replacement after Steve Smith’s retirement. People need to face some facts and expose some truths. Until we do there are no means in which to correct the mistakes. I suggest we get back to basics in early elementary teaching -- reading, writing, arithmetic, proper English and spelling and I promise you students would progress.
We also need to make one placement test for students and/or dismissal for teachers. Forget about affirmative action, political correctness, racial quotas, etc. and hire the best teachers and principals. Our board of education members should be well educated and self-accomplished. Voters need to conduct background checks and the educational capability of all before voting. Further, students who cause trouble in any form need to be removed from classrooms and placed in a facility for such but continue the teaching process.
I wrote an opinion titled “Truth is power” that referenced Charles E. Richardson’s “To those without a power bill” that was printed Jan. 14, 2009. Today I would like to reference that opinion; “We as a society have forgotten the power of truth. For many reasons we silently ignore failure and have become accustomed to accepting the low standards it produces. There has to be certain tools in one’s life that has to be pursued and absorbed in order to accomplish. Until we accept (truth) we will continue to ignore the damages incurred.”
-- Faye W. Tanner
I was sorta kidding when I predicted here a couple of weeks back what President Obama’s future directives/policies might be named. I suggested (for instance): Operation Wavering Resolve, or Operation Tepid Response. Unbelievably, the next policy issue was “Strategic Patience.” Apparently, this is the new State Department approach to ISIS/Iranian nukes, etc. Back this up with the (again) State Department report that our Preezy “has not made up his mind yet” about furnishing “lethal defensive weapons” to Ukraine. Somebody please define “lethal defensive weapons.” This administration is too idiotic to even mock seriously.
-- John Brogden