Last Word on early start to school, Oct. 4

Commenter advises high school student to get used to the early start times: that's life.

Early start

This goes out to the young high school student who feels they are given an education way too early in the AM.  Studies have shown that high school brains aren’t fully functional until they turn about 25 to 30 years of age.  This also known as maturity in some cultures.  I doubt very seriously that any one of the countless leaders in our country got where they are by complaining about the time in which they were made to go to school.  This is no different than showing up to a job early in the morning or reporting for duty while serving in the armed services.  However, if you are truly affected by the early morning brain drain, start talking with school officials and take the steps to make a change and more importantly, make a difference.  Best of luck.

Soccer protest

I’m just reading the article about the William and Mary soccer player. Why does the media publicize these people so much?  If you hadn’t put it in there, and the TV didn’t  put it on the news, I wouldn’t know anything about it. Wouldn’t bother me at all. But, having fought for the flag, it just upset me—that there’s not equality. I think they need to find another way to protest than disrespect the flag. Thank you.

Teacher pay

I would like to extend an invitation to those people who think teachers have such a cushy job and don’t deserve yearly raises, to spend a typical week with me. Be prepared to rise by 5 and get to school by 6 to prepare materials for the day and attend any required meetings before the children arrive at 8:25. Wear comfortable shoes because you will have the luxury of sitting for approximately 20 minutes between bathroom breaks and lunch because your planning period is usually a time spent gathering materials to be shared with your colleagues for the curriculum you will be teaching the following week. All the while keeping in mind you have the privilege of changing the lives of children daily so don’t take it lightly. Not everyone has that honor!

Hospital co-pay

In the Sept. 24 Daily Press, in the health section, page 3, there’s a question-and-answer section, and I learned that you can actually go to visit a doctor for a cortisone shot. Some did and they were charged $450 and the insurance company picked up $420. Then they get a bill for over $1,000 of which they have to pay a co-payment for a hospital facility, even though they didn’t go to the hospital, they weren’t on the hospital grounds because of the contract that doctors can have with hospitals. And if they are part of a contract with a hospital, you, then, could pay an additional fee to the hospital for a facility. Pretty shocking!  You might want to ask your doctor, the next time you go, if they’re attached to a hospital and if there will be a hospital facility fee asked for at the end of the visit.

'Friendship set to music'

I am in the process of trying to form a square dance club in the Williamsburg area. I have two square dance callers who will help out with the teaching. We are looking for a place to dance. In the meantime, I need to know how many are interesting in square dancing. We will start out with classes, the first two will be free and after that it will be $5.00 per class per person. Each class will last two hours. Square dancing is such great exercise, fellowship, and it is so good for a person's memory. By the way, square dancing is the Virginia state dance, so let’s keep the tradition going and start a square dance club in the greater Williamsburg area. I belong to a square dance club in Hartfield, and the majority of members are 60, 70 and 80 years of age, so you don't get too old to learn to square dance.  Please, if you are interested in starting a square dance club, email me roho38@verizon.net. Can't wait to hear from you! Remember, square dancing is "friendship set to music.”

Group homes

Regardless of your stance on mental health issues, I do have a warning to the residents in the community where a group housing project is proposed.  Fight this with all you have if you have any qualms about this coming into your neighborhood. Once it is established, it is next to impossible to remove such a facility.  The patients may be supervised; however, you cannot force a person to take any medication. The police are very limited to what they can do to help when a mentally ill person becomes disruptive in a community. I hope you will remind those people who snuck this in without your permission that there can be political repercussions in this battle.  Good luck!

Rental-boat safety

For those of you that rent the self propelled boats from the many locations in our area:  Many of you seem to not listen to the warnings to stay clear of the channels and moving boats. These warnings are not to hem you in but are for your and the boaters’ safety. Boats do not have brakes; they don't just suddenly stop. As you cut behind a moving boat that is backing down, you are endangering your and another's life. Channels are meant for larger draft boats. Most paddle style craft draw around 4 to 6 inches. Most power boats draw around 12 to 24 inches while on plane, twice that amount at slower speed. At slower speeds, most boats throw a two to three foot wake, at speed about 1 foot. Boaters aren't trying to swamp you staying at speed, they are trying not to run aground. Learn the dangers of boating and keep your driving habits on land. It's a big beautiful  river. Let's all try to enjoy it safely.

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