International students experience all new pressures in U.S. immersion
Imagine being a young, 13-year-old sixth grader or teenage high school student who is whisked away from the comforts of family, friends and food you grew up with to be sent away on a plane destined for a distant foreign country, thousands of miles from home where no one speaks your language.
Keep fans in their seats; dump the extra point
Extra point kicks are boring, predictable and passé. There's no question that the National Football League should save us all some time and dump them.
Know your passion, follow it and the light of purpose will find you
Teaching is learning. Learning is living.
Outside the Box: Fundamental tenets of journalism also apply to creating a good life
In my first semester at Allegheny, I explained the fundamental tenets and practices of journalism. I stressed that fairness and accuracy in reporting, writing and photography are essential. Hitting the deadline is imperative. I told students that a misspelled name, a factual error or a late story or photograph would result in a zero.
There's always a way to pay it forward and Support Our Troops
It has been a while since I wrote. With so many things going on in life, it seems immediate priorities overtake other areas, doesn’t it?
Raising minimum wage is the moral high ground and smart business
I think that the minimum wage for adults should be increased to the level of a living wage. Hearing that utterance from me might cause some of you to think I have gone soft in the head with increasing age, but please be assured that those who know me will vouch that I am as hardheaded as ever.
Like Subway, our state schools need promotions to improve their numbers
What do Subway restaurants, university students and legislation I recently introduced have to do with growing northwestern Pennsylvania’s economy? Allow me to explain.
Don’t get pulled into the ‘Energy Vortex’ — focus on energy security
The “Polar Vortex” that put much of the nation in a severe deep freeze in early January is now a thing of the past. Thankfully, the great majority of us survived those 48 hours in the relative comfort of homes, apartments and businesses heated by the natural gas and coal that is produced in our region and taken for granted by millions of consumers.
When it comes to fluoride, one size does not fit all
The letter to the editor in The Meadville Tribune written by Dr. Christopher G. Knapp on Dec. 7, 2013, implies that the Meadville Area Water Authority (MAWA) is considering introducing fluoride into the drinking water system. If this is the case then both the members of MAWA and the public affected by the introduction of fluoride should be aware of the some facts about fluoride.
Tests aren’t about smartest; they’re about best-prepared
One of the craziest things I experienced in my long military career probably occurred in the last three or four years of service.
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