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Start times

A current issue affecting local high school students is the decision to move school start times to a later time. As a current high school student, I think that it is ridiculous that school needs to start any later than it already does.

First off, schools have been starting around 7:45 a.m. for a long time, all across the country. Teens have always had troubles in the morning. This early start time, for the most part, hasn’t seemed to diminish the accomplishments of past generations.

Secondly, a later start time would mean ending school later, which will just push back after school activities like sports, homework or after school jobs. Students will stay up later as a result putting them back in the same predicament.

The main reason to support starting schools later is that teens’ sleep cycles cause them to fall asleep later, around 10-11 p.m.

Teens need more sleep hours to be productive. The current start time, 7:45 a.m., would cause them to wake up earlier and not get the necessary sleep hours to be fully rested and productive. I can personally tell you that this is ridiculous.

I have good grades, with multiple AP and honors classes in my schedule, as well as multiple after school activities. I happen to go to bed between 10-11 p.m. and fall asleep even later, all while waking up around 6:15 a.m. My advice to students who can’t wake up in the morning is to put down their devices, get an alarm clock and go to bed earlier.

Pat Covlin

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Throw out socialism

The rather old idea of replacing “free market” capitalism with a socialistic government is again surfacing in America.

What is new is the exuberance of young people who have embraced the concept and seem determined to undermine the very foundations which have made America the beacon of light for the world.

Political leaders on the left are promising free health care, free college education, free housing and an Utopian existence for all.

Our higher education system reinforces these ideas and produces many new graduates who expect the federal and state governments to essentially regulate their lives.

Unfortunately, none of these political leaders or college professors have actually experienced life in a socialistic country. Most of their teachings are based on theory, not real life exposure. One need only study Venezuela, Cuba and the old Soviet Union to see the misery socialism creates in human terms.

Most, if not all of the great advancements we humans have experienced, have sprung from a free capitalistic society which encourages risk and innovation.

In contrast, socialism requires a larger, more regulatory government which stifles individualism and creative thought. As the power of the state increases, individual liberties decrease.

It is my hope that rational thought will prevail and Americans will put the concept of socialism permanently in the trash bin of history.

Bill Eddie

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The enemies

What is my status as a person?

Should I even be concerned about it?

It recently has come to my attention that some individuals and groups have been declared: “Enemies of the People.”

Now, the enemies have been clearly identified.

It seems to include pretty much all Democrats, the moderate and liberal free press along with their journalists, many officials in the Justice Department and defeated Republicans who did not provide “The Love.”

Which begs the question, just who are “The People?”

Is it a solid 35 to 40 percent of the population?

And at the individual level, who now qualifies as a “Person?”

What seems strange to me is that I do not feel threatened by the “Enemies of the People.”

Quite the contrary, it’s “The People” I now worry about — that 35 to 40 percent.

Maybe it’s because many in my family and lifelong friends have now been labeled “Enemies.”

So, where does that leave me? Am I an enemy or am I a person — part of “The People”

I am a white and somewhat conservative individual.

I’m not a Republican, not a Democrat, not an Evangelical Christian.

In any case, it has occurred to me that I just do not measure up to be part of “The People.”

And I am fine with that.

James Gordon Cooper

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