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Teach kids to love learning, not just to learn how to earn

 03/23/2010 - 12:33
Teach kids to love learning, not just to learn how to earn

Whether straining to Leave No Child Behind or Race to the Top, there's
no question that this country's leadership is zeroing in on education
from kindergarden through college. Most specifically, they're working on
the academic gap between the haves and have-nots domestically and on
the gap between the United States and other affluent countries.

Plain Text Author: 
Esther Cepeda

Coffee or Tea party? Whatever your cup, roll up your sleeves

 03/13/2010 - 11:40
Coffee or Tea party? Whatever your cup, roll up your sleeves

I remember my first Tea Party invitation. The "hosts" were a group ofloosely federated regional anti-illegal immigration groups, the occasion
was Tax Day, and the call to action was to "protest to demand the end

of taxation without representation."

The particular bone ofcontention was Gov. Quinn's then-proposed tax increase, described
thusly: "Governor Quinn says he must raise your income tax because he
doesn't have enough money to pay for all the social welfare benefits

demanded by the illegal alien invaders."

Plain Text Author: 
Esther Cepeda

It's a perfect time to get reacquainted with Scott Joplin, King of Ragtime

 02/28/2010 - 08:30
It's a perfect time to get reacquainted with Scott Joplin, King of Ragtime

I've been on an insane Scott Joplin bender for two weeks now. I woke up two Saturdays ago thinking about ragtime and didn't even wait to get out of bed -- I downloaded 37 different rags straight into my iPod and have been obsessively playing them all over and over and over again ever since.

Plain Text Author: 
Esther Cepeda

Volunteers help make tax time a little less taxing for low-income

 02/20/2010 - 06:00
Volunteers help make tax time a little less taxing for low-income

Me? I'm as nice as the next guy. I'll help people pick up dropped parcels, shovel the elderly neighbor's walk, drop a buck in the donation jar, that sort of thing.

But I'm not that nice: I've never once volunteered in a soup kitchen or spent time hanging out with the grannies in the nursing home -- it takes a very, very special person to give away their time or talent to others. Especially when that talent is highly in demand and can be charged at a premium.

Plain Text Author: 
Esther Cepeda

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