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A dose of Dan: Oak Ridge science teacher honored for passion

As an Oak Ridge High School science teacher with more than 25 years of experience, Barbara Olson is unquestionably passionate about teaching chemistry and physiology to her students. But Olson becomes particularly excited to discuss motivating her female students to pursue advanced science studies and, ideally, a technical education and career. “Back in my day, […]

No Comment / September 12, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Supervisor Ray Nutting

EDITOR: I have been keeping track of the situation involving Supervisor Ray Nutting. I will admit that I don’t have or know all of the details. However, from what I have read, given my background in business, it appears to me that Supervisor Nutting did what every good businessman does. He has taken advantage of […]

No Comment / September 09, 2013 | Posted in Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Crib notes: They may be good, but are they kind?

A new school year is upon us and nostalgia’s knocked me out yet again. Every year this is when the speedy passage of time especially strikes and gives me pause. Whenever I tell anyone with grown children, they listen, unfazed, and say matter-of-factly,“It’ll only go faster.” Now I even feel nostalgic when I see my […]

No Comment / September 09, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Guest column: Investments in Sierra forests crucial for future water supply

The two of us have many differences. One of us is Republican, the other a Democrat. One represents a sprawling rural district, the other predominately comprised of suburban communities. And to be sure, there is plenty we do not agree on. But one area we are in total agreement is the many benefits that flow […]

No Comment / September 04, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

A dose of Dan: Summer road trip, Clark Griswold-style

Most fathers will admit to having a little Clark Griswold in them. Clark Griswold is the goofy yet doting father portrayed by Chevy Chase in National Lampoon’s Vacation movies. Griswold always planned vacations with the right intentions for his family to enjoy memorable experiences, but of course, life keeps getting in the way of Griswold’s plans. We […]

No Comment / August 29, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

Billingsley’s Bullets: Life is confusing before 9 a.m.

A few months ago I arrived at work with half of my face shaved and wearing light brown socks to match my black pants. One of my co-workers asked me if I was OK after observing my face and clothes. It’s true that I am not a morning person. I once bloodied my nose while […]

No Comment / August 29, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »

What hypocrites

EDITOR: Where is Sharpton, Jackson, Holder and Obama? If three white teens went joy riding and killed a black man jogging down the street all hell would break loose. Jackson and Sharpton would be leading marches; Holder would be demanding that justice be served and he’d have the DOJ and FBI looking for racial hatred […]

No Comment / August 25, 2013 | Posted in Commentary | Read More »