Letters to the Edior – March 6

I want to express my appreciation to Mr. Stutzman and Mr. Hartwig for meeting with a few concerned parents regarding the school calendar and the changes we have seen this semester on the grading system. I hope all parents and concerned citizens also have their opportunity to have a voice. The school calendar is now up for survey from parents and faculty and will by Mr. Stutzman’s assurance be revisited with the school board. The newly proposed grading system is not being implemented state-wide by Mr. Stutzman’s own admission and we were given the impression that was also being opened up for educated discussion. Also an opportunity with the calendar survey, although no specific visual examples were given yet on the parent survey, we have also been give the opportunity to have a parent survey as to how our children are currently being impacted by our current system. I personally have had concerns and am grateful for the opportunity to address them. I hope everyone at this point also feels it is important and will do so as well. I have also asked for the results of those surveys to be made public.

I also want to commend Mr. Stutzman and Ms. Brown for making clear their position on Common Core as well as Mr. Davis for continuing to make an effort at a balanced discussion.

As these issues become more significant regarding the impact on the education of our children, I think we as parents and concerned citizens do need to become more informed. Unfortunately, I am still in the early phases of discovery and am more than happy to share my sources and would like to hear from others regarding their sources as to information regarding Common Core. So far in my limited investigation, I know that other states are looking at abandoning common core before any more time or resources are applied to this “dead horse”. Our state is not necessarily looking at complete adoption and I hope still considering abandoning this product. So far all I have seen is an unproven product with no real time tested research to demonstrate any effectiveness. I understand and agree that our education system may need work. But to require that states adopt this unproven standard to obtain federal funds to me seems unconstitutional and unnecessary. Hopefully our state has done well enough with our budget to not even need those federal funds.

Fortunately, what happened to Cindy Hill was found to be unconstitutional and maybe we will again have an advocate willing to listen regarding our educational concerns. For any out there that know how to best have our voices heard not just locally but with the state legislature, please let the rest of us concerned citizens know. I know I’m not the only citizen of this great state and nation who still appreciate truth.

Here are the few sources I have found so far:






I look forward to more discussion on this topic.

Carol Jordan

At its meeting on February 11, 2014, the Board of Directors of the Crook County Farm Bureau Federation (CCFBF) voted unanimously to support the development of the rare elements mine, known as the Bar Lodge Project, being proposed by Rare Element Resources, Inc. Currently China produces and controls as much as 95% of the global supply of these rare elements which are critical to many of the products of our national economy and defense industry. The United States is a major consumer of products containing rare earth elements. China has announced that starting in 2014 they may start restricting exports of these rare earth elements. In response the Administration and several government agencies have called for the need to establish a domestic supply chain for these elements. The Bear Lodge Project is well positioned to contribute to this critical national need.

Starting in March 2014, the Forest Service will be hosting public scoping meetings as part of the environmental assessment process. Look for the announcement of these meetings in the local news media. The Crook County Farm Bureau is very cognizant that this project will cause surface disturbance and some adverse economic and quality of life impacts on some of our citizens, including some members of the CCFBF. Once implemented, the mine will have major economic benefits to Crook County’s economy. Realizing that this project has national and local significance, the benefits are greater than the adverse effects and at these meetings we will urge the Forest Service and Rare Element Resources to compensate and mitigate any adverse impacts to our citizens to the extent possible. We urge you to attend these meetings and voice your concerns so they will be considered in the preparation of the Environmental Impact Statement and Final Record of Decision.

Frank Hawken for the Board of Directors, Crook County Farm Bureau Federation