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Let's hope for a good season of 'teamwork' from the boys.
Unfortunately, there are a few points missing from this article and the discussion taking place. First, do you all realize that in middle school and high school (yes, for Moore County) there are some classes that are only using online textbooks and assignments/tests are all taken online. For instance, one of my son's 7th grade classes uses a text, however, most of the assignments and other supporting materials are online. He's even taken weekend tests online as well. Now, let's face reality and say that 40% of students in his class do NOT have internet access at home - or access to a computer (unless they can find the time to go to the public library where they need to have a membership in order to utilize, which is a fee). These kids are penalized if the test isn't done by the time specified, outside of class. It's a hardship. Most of these kids that fall in the 40% are already facing poverty, homelessness (yes, it's rampant in Moore County and if you don't believe me, go volunteer in some of the schools and you'll learn very quickly) - some of these kids are bounced around weekly/monthly between family and friends who can take them in for brief periods of time, etc. Not to mention those suffering from abuse - mental and physical - and outright neglect from parents who either have to work 2, 3, 4, or 5 jobs to make ends meet and/or just don't care. Yes, some parents do care but are trying so hard to support their kids they aren't there for them. I think what Aaron Spence asked for in the budget is more than appropriate to help ALL of our kids be the best and to compete in a very technology driven world. Even my 1st grader is in technology based classes in the school system now. But it's extremely vital for our middle and high school students to have every opportunity possible to them, and it's a disservice of the county to NOT step up, maybe do without a few of those $20 boxes of pens they order, etc and be there for our kids. Teachers and administrators are already spending out of pocket, and I know first hand the cuts the central office of our school system has made over the past three years. They have buckled down quite a bit. Don't just gripe about it, offer a solution if you don't think using this money to sustain the educational efforts that our schools are trying to offer, is valid. In the long run, technology based learning - including textbooks - costs 2/3 or sometimes less than purchasing textbooks that are just beaten, battered, and junked every other year because the state implements new curriculum. Don't believe me - ask a teacher. Ask an administrator. As someone from the central office. Call the state. Do the research. These funds were a drop in the bucket to what is truly needed for our students - who are the future - to be successful and productive members of society.
What is being reported about 1st and 2nd shift being sent home already and 3rd shift only worked a few hours and then were dismissed? There seems to have been some other developments over the past 24 hours that isn't going 'main stream'.
I have always enjoyed Godfather's at the beach so it'd be a nice change of pace...but the best pizza by far in Moore County is Village Pizza in Pinebluff. I live on the opposite side of the county and will gladly drive to the 'Bluff for some great pizza.
I'm not sure if I'd call it price gouging, but if you notice there is a huge price difference in some places. As of this morning I saw the following:
Southern Pines $3.37
Seven Lakes $3.43
Now, I'd say that $0.16 difference in about 20 miles is a bit rough. Only one of those stations that I saw this morning hasn't really changed their $ more than $0.04 up or down in the past 3-4 weeks, but two of the stations seem to change at least twice a week fluctuating about $0.10, mostly up and approximately $0.05 down.
I choose to live here because this is home...not because I'm living in a resort community. Growing up, I never saw this area as a resort community, and still don't. I don't use those types of facilities. I'm just a country girl who loves the people, arts, and the area in general. It's home.
Now I can drive about 20 miles to Spring Lake and pay $3.15 a gallon or less, if I so choose (if I'm making a jaunt to Fayetteville). But why should I have too? I buy my gas here one, because I need too since I'm local and two, because I'd rather support local establishments. However, it does need to be looked into and the justificaton should NOT be "because you choose to live in what we deem as a resort community." That's not acceptable.
sandhillsdogs has several good points. where is the money and what seems to be the problem(s) there?because there obviously is questionable activity. that's sad...something we depend on and trust in this county and it's not what it appears.
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