Opinion

BY TOM PURCELL – SYNDICATED COLUMNIST Ah, college is back in session — which means, says The Washington Post, that “helicopter parents” are in full flight. Helicopter parents, says The Post, are parents who have “watched their (childrens’) every move, checked their grades online hourly, advocated for them endlessly and kept them busy from event to [...]

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Money was not mentioned by any of the more than 30 educators who responded to a question I asked about the first month of school. Each of them described the most important things that families can do in September. Everything they suggested is free: helping youngsters set goals, establishing routines, learning something yourself, talking positively [...]

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Dear editor: My grandfather was Walter Schell. He was born overseas, then came to Stillwater as a boy. He worked at the St. Croix Boom Company during the end of the lumber industry in Stillwater and went off to France in World War I. When he returned from the trenches of the war he married, [...]

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According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, outstanding student loan debt climbed by $114 billion in 2013, reaching $1.08 trillion at the end of the year (Federal Reserve Bank of New York, Quarterly Report on Household Debt and Credit, February 2014). Against a backdrop of growing alarm over student loan debt and its [...]

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BY MARNY STEBBINS – GAZETTE COLUMNIST I enjoy scaring my children. That was scaring, not scarring. Big difference in that extra “r.” And while I love a good practical joke or excuse for a costume, I’m afraid my attempts at Halloween macabre have historically fallen pretty flat. Nobody even winced last year when I came [...]

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