Opinion

Each school year seems to go faster than the previous. So, another school year is coming to a close. Time does fly when you are having fun, or as some say, when you start to get older. Speaking of fun, one of the most rewarding parts of being an associate superintendent for middle schools is that I have the chance to go with Superintendent Carlson and Jennifer Cherry, our Title IX coordinator, to meet with focus groups of middle school students. These groups of around 20 or so students represent the diversity in the student population.

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Fortunately legislators mostly listened to community leaders and students like Sam Petrov, Cherish Kovach, Kelly Charpentier-Berg and Aaliyah Hodge as they considered Minnesota’s pioneering Postsecondary Enrollment Options law. After months of debate, and on a bipartisan basis, legislators agreed with students and many community and business groups that families and students need more, and more up-to-date, information.

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I read many times the much loved book “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, and saw the movie as well. I would never try to kill a mockingbird but for the last few years I’ve made repeated attempts to find one with no luck. The northern mockingbird, while common in the southern latitudes and out east, is relatively rare in Minnesota.

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“Slop the pigs.” That’s an old saying you don’t hear anymore. Right by the old sink there was always the old slop pail where the potato peelings and other kitchen scraps were tossed. Each day, after supper, someone had to take it out to the pig pen or chicken coop and toss it over the fence. Many folks who were into gardening would bury it between the rows in the garden. I suppose we could call that the original recycling.

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The great rise in the stock market during the last years of the 1990s led many investors to forget the inevitable link between risk and return. This is because they had the return first and had, until the Dotcom Bubble busted, yet to wake up to the risks. If history was anything to go by, and there was not an alternative guide available, it was likely that the market would fall sufficiently to affect people’s short-term attitude about the market. And that happened.

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Today, more than ever there are more words and acronyms on Wall Street that leaves even the Pentagon in the dust. This is especially true in regard to many of the New York Stock Exchange’s procedures, operational departments and electronic trading vehicles. For your convenience some of these words and acronyms are reviewed below.

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