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Constitutional Education In Honor of Constitution Week, September 17-23, 2020

Constitutional Education In Honor of Constitution Week, September 17-23, 2020

Guest Editorial: Written by David SealDavid is a retired Jefferson County educator, as well as a recognized artist and local businessman. He has also served Jefferson County as a County Commissioner and is a lobbyist for the people on issues such as eminent domain, property rights, education, and broadband accessibility on the state level. Every […]

Another School Building Project? – Scratching My Head

Another School Building Project? – Scratching My Head

I have spent the last few months wondering when or if things would ever get back to normal. Perhaps the request for two new schools is the first step toward that goal. After all, can you remember a time in the past decade or so that a school building plan was not either in process […]

A Tale of Two New Schools, Decreasing Enrollment, and Enduring County Debt

A Tale of Two New Schools, Decreasing Enrollment, and Enduring County Debt

Guest Editorial by David Seal Fiction and Hard Facts Read the media releases or the sugar-coated news coverage of schools and you might get the impression that you are in a utopian place like Lake Wobegon, the fictional community created by Minnesota comedian Garrison Keillor who closed his weekly public radio show, A Prairie Home […]

Cubicrats, Swamp Tonic, and Appointed School Directors – A Recipe for Declining Public Schools

Cubicrats,  Swamp Tonic,  and Appointed School Directors – A Recipe for Declining Public Schools

Cubicrats, Swamp Tonic, and Appointed School Directors – A Recipe for Declining Public Schools Guest Editorial By David Seal For the past few decades, public schools have been systematically damaged by government. That same government claims to seek remedies to repair the damage it has inflicted, a lose-lose proposition. Public schools are funded in large […]

Covid-19 vs. Liberty, (2020) – Constitutional Questions for Public Review

Covid-19 vs. Liberty, (2020) – Constitutional Questions for Public Review

Covid-19 vs. Liberty, (2020) Constitutional Questions for Public Review A Guest Editorial By David Seal We all have a civic duty to defeat the Coronavirus, a threat to public health and economic security. Adjusting our behavior in accordance with the advice of health care professionals, wearing PPE, working from home if possible, exercising good hygiene […]

This Enemy Has Two Faces

This Enemy Has Two Faces

For most of us, we never saw this time in life coming. I personally feel like we have been sucker punched and am not inclined to be generous about the origin of the culprit. Really, it doesn’t matter that I am mad or that you are mad or that a whole bunch of people have […]

Time to fix the mistakes

Time to fix the mistakes

We all know the old saying that hindsight is 20/20. Well, that is all great and grand but wouldn’t it be nice if we could have a little foresight for once in Jefferson County. This week two more of the inmates at Mountain View Youth Development Center (or whatever ghillie name it is going by […]

A Little Common Sense Goes A Long Way

A Little Common Sense Goes A Long Way

It is almost that time of year when thoughts turn to spring cleaning. Out with the old and in with the new. Same goes with local and state junk. The stuff that clouds the mind and provides obstacles to we the people getting where we want to go is on the table for a good […]

We All Have Dreams

We All Have Dreams

It is a new year and a new decade. The roaring twenties, millennial style, have come round again and it makes me wonder if this will be a feast or famine decade. Frankly, the past ten years have been more on the famine side until the last couple of years. Not that it was really […]

Enough Is As Good As A Feast

Enough Is As Good As A Feast

For several years now, I have watched as the County Commission has struggled to find the funds to provide for the financial needs of Jefferson County. Truthfully, we enjoy a reasonable tax rate and that is important to many who struggle to pay their property taxes. You only have to have a couple of discussions […]

Reading The Fine Print

Reading The Fine Print

Sometimes politicians can make much ado about nothing. And then, there are those times when questions should be asked and answered but none are forthcoming. We are presently sitting on both ends of the spectrum. Recently, Jefferson County declared themselves to be a county that upholds the Second Amendment of the United States of America. […]

Better Judgement

Better Judgement

Have you ever wondered what the people in decision making positions are thinking? Personally, I have been scratching my head for a couple of weeks and I must admit that all that head scratching has been for nothing. I am still confused. September brought some of the strangest decision making that I have seen in […]

A Good Place To Start

A Good Place To Start

Freedom to express oneself in speech or through other non violent methods is a fundamental part of being an American. It is one of the base things that set us apart from other nations and I believe in the right to non violent expression. But, isn’t there a place where reasonable adults draw the line. […]

We Cannot Stay Status Quo

We Cannot Stay Status Quo

Sometimes change comes hard. We all have the tendency to get set in a pattern, even if we profess it to be contrary to growth, and there we want to stay. After all, the more we stretch the more we feel the pain. Jefferson County is no different. We are in a time of change […]

It’s Hot

It’s Hot

It doesn’t take a genius or even a weather man to know that the dog days of summer are fully upon us. All it takes is stepping outside anytime that the sun is up ( and well after the sun is down) to know that the heat is on. When the thermometer rises the amount […]

Is it Worth the Fight?

Is it Worth the Fight?

With the arrival of the dog days of summers comes the end of summer break for teachers and students across the area. The first partial week is under their belts and the start of the first full week of school means they are back in earnest. Any new school year brings its challenges and any […]

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