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Letters to the Editor and other articles on this page do not necessarily reect the opinions of the Cumberland County News publisher and staff. Letters to Editor Policy Opinions Cyndi Pritchett – Editor Sarah Stockton – Advertising Manager Billy Guffey – Advertising Design and Layout Paula Gunderman – Typesetting USPS 139-900 412 Courthouse Square, P.O. Box 307 Burkesville, Kentucky 42717 Phone (270) 864-3891 • The Cumberland County News is published each Wednesday at Burkesville, KY and is entered as a periodical at the Burkesville Post Ofce. Subscription rates are: $19.00 (including tax) per year in Cumberland and adjoining counties; $27.00 (including tax) elsewhere in KY; and $30.00 out-of-state (no tax). POSTMASTER: Send address changes to P.O. Box 307, Burkesville, KY 42717. Member of the Kentucky Weekly Newspaper Association, the Kentucky Press Association, the National Newspaper Association, and the Burkesville-Cumberland County Chamber of Commerce. © Copyright, Cumberland County News, 2014 Cumberland County News Happy Birthday to you! Jo’s Bookmark My Thanksgiving holi- day was lovely, as I hope yours was. Our amily traveled up to Shelbyville where we ate at the spa- cious, lovely home o my sister, Judy and her husband, Mark. Both I and their son, Joshua (who has an apartment downstairs) and I spent a couple o nights there. I don’t know when I’ve been so tired or sleepy, or that matter. It seems, and I was told, that I slept round the clock while at Judy and Mark’s. It was so good to be with am- ily which included not only my siblings, niece, Leigh and nephew, Todd but also my Aunt Ar- illa who was spending the holidays in Rich- mond with her daughter, Donna and amily and whom Donna brought over to Shelbyville or our Thanksgiving meal. We missed my mom and dad and Uncle Bill terri- bly but elt so happy to be together. The previous Monday evening, I attended a re- ception or Stuart Bran- ham and his ancé, Kris- ten at the home o Wanda and Tack Branham. The house in which Tack and Wanda live is so airy and beautiul that it’s always a pleasure to stop by. Stuart is doing well and as tall as I remember and certainly as bright as ever as is testied to by the high-end job he’s got in the state o Washing- ton. Many good wishes are extended to Stuart and Kristen. It was this past Sun- day that I had lunch at the Pizza Hut with my Dec. 3-9 Junior Wilson - 3rd Casey Scott - 3rd Anita Wimpee - 3rd Vivian Davidson - 3rd Crystal Willis - 4th Stephanie Jones - 4th Avo Huddleston - 4th Whitney Melton - 5th Brenda Simpson - 5th Jamie Lee Hurt Collins - 5th Amy Sneed - 5th Braxton Shaw - 5th Lorelei Hawk - 5th Lora Watkins - 6th Kevin Shoopman - 6th Mary Bean - 6th Logan Skipworth - 6th Jew- ell York - 7th Colman Hurt - 7th Kara Back - 7th Carson Hosier - 7th Grace Wray - 7th Chelsea Hope Shoopman - 7th Jennifer Paige Thomas - 7th Amy Leighann Scott - 8th Ashley Burns - 8th J.T. Baker - 8th Danny Stilts, Jr. - 9th Timmy Riddle - 9th T.J. Norris - 9th Carolyn Smith - 9th Kailey Brooke Likens - 9th Ivalee Hurt - 9th riend, Roy Davidson. Roy is amily to me and we try to have lunch together ev- ery other week which is al- ways a pleasure. On Sunday evening, I very much enjoyed the wedding o Jarred Michael Davis and Sarah Helen Morgan which was per- ormed at the Dale Hollow State Park Lodge and Din- ing Room. Sarah is rom Somerset and she and Jarred will continue to live in Lexington. Jarred is the son o Cathey and the late Michael Davis and the pa- ternal grandson o my close riends, Molly and Corky Davis. The nuptials and re- ception that ollowed were sweet and much un, par- ticularly the meal served up which happened to be breakast. I’m including several photos this week o attendees o this touching ceremony which include a picture o Molly, Corky and their great granddaughter who is Molly’s namesake and a little doll. Also in- cluded is a photo o Jarred and his older brother, Jer- emy who recently relocated to Birmingham, Alabama, and a photo o ushers, Brandon Davis, son o Charlotte, and Aaron Cap- shaw. And nally, there is a photo o everybody’s riend, Nick Carter with his par- ents Diane and Johnny, ac- companied by Pam Contos and her two prized grand- children. I do want to add that although I do not have pictures o my beloved niec- es, Courtney and Melissa, I saw them during the holi- days and they are as beau- tiul as ever. Christmas is coming, olks. My shopping is done and it is my hope that I can get down to the subject at hand…living devotedly or the Christ-child in simplic- ity and love. Until next time…. when we turn another page. By Jim Waters While the proposed revi- sions to Kentucky’s social studies standards resem- ble something akin to the policy equivalent o a hal- cooked turkey, they also highlight the need or more real choices when it comes to public education in the Bluegrass State. It’s important, or in- stance, to most Kentucky amilies that their children learn about what a “patri- ot” is and what “patriotism” means. Yet those words are among 25 history subjects that don’t even warrant a mention in the proposed dumbed-down standards. Perhaps a more-egre- gious sin o curriculum omission is the act that neither o the world wars – which no doubt required great sacrice on the part o many o these same am- ilies’ ancestors – is even mentioned. This is all very dierent rom other states like Mas- sachusetts, where a simple search o that state’s social studies standards reveals 10 mentions o “pilgrim” or “pilgrims,” ve reer- ences to the “Mayfower Compact,” our nods to the “Thanksgiving” holiday and seven dierent varia- tions o “patriot” or “patrio- tism.” The Bay State social studies standards, which Sins of curriculum omission magnify need for school choice are an outline o what should be covered in third- grade classrooms, include: “Identiy who the Pilgrims were and explain why they let Europe to seek reli- gious reedom; describe their journey and their ear- ly years in the Plymouth Colony.” The standards also in- clude teaching “the purpose o the Mayfower Compact and its principles o sel- government, challenges in settling in America (and) events leading to the rst Thanksgiving.” While most o you will read this column ater the Thanksgiving holiday, it’s worth noting that Ken- tucky’s education bureau- crats apparently don’t con- sider events surrounding some o these important concepts crucial enough to include in the standards. Maybe you don’t, either. But i you do, oer your input to the Department o Education at this quick- response site: https://www. Spublic. One important reason to give such eed- back is that items excluded rom stated standards are unlikely to get top billing in teachers’ lesson plans. A vital question in Ken- tucky’s curriculum tugs o war is: What incentives ex- ist or the commonwealth’s education policymakers to heed the voice o parents who may choose to speak out? The answer: Very ew, i any. But what i parents could choose between schools that teach those impor- tant events and those that don’t? What i parents had the option to remove their children rom traditional public schools and enroll them in charter schools or even in private schools that include such impor- tant concepts and events in American history? Such choices could have a tremendous impact on all decisions regarding public education – rom what’s taught in classrooms to how money gets spent. Kentucky’s laws cur- rently allow neither char- ter schools nor private- school alternatives where parents can receive a schol- arship through a voucher or tax-credit program – op- tions available in a grow- ing number o other states – to send their children to a nonpublic school. Right now, Kentucky’s education elites, not par- ents, rmly control public schools. Parents have very ew options when it comes to alternatives that include the teaching o events and values important to them. Giving parents more choices also could help pre- vent school districts rom being torn apart over emo- tional issues like whether to schedule around reli- gious holidays. In Montgomery County, Maryland, or example, the school board recently voted to ocially remove all re- ligious holidays rom the district calendar in order to appease Muslim amilies. But the more the school board tried to x this situ- ation, the worse it became. The nal decision – driven by the act that Montgom- ery County is rigidly orced to operate as a reedom- cramping, one-size-must- t-all system – let every- one angry. “Montgomery County’s school calendar ght shows that it is impossible to treat all people equally with a single system o public schools,” Neal McCluskey o the Cato Institute writes. “To oster peace and real unity, educational reedom is key.” Note: Jim Waters is president o the Bluegrass Institute, Kentucky’s ree- market think tank. Reach him at jwaters@reedom- Read previ- ously published columns at Please keep the following servicemen and women in your prayers. Jeremy Wheat Joe Peretto Gerald Proftt Scottie Hardin Michael Couch Fabrain Alexander Thomas Nance, III Dylan Daniels Jerry S. Rutherford Cade Barnes Casey Melton Blake Goodlett Dale Adams Katrina Taylor Andrew Thomas Ellis Jessica Ellis Dusty Hickman Will Lewis Keaton Williams Christopher Anderson Ernest Reed Nathan Shannon D.J. 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