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2 -- November 5, 2015 editor@newslj.com Eililili~ ~iZiii!iil Our view .i I 041, i We were greatly discouraged when the Weston County Commissioners appointed the five-member Weston County Solid Waste Disposal District board a few weeks ago, and chose not ! to appoint any of the three applicants (out of eight) who actually reside in Newcastle to that board. We felt at that time (and still do) that not appointing any Newcastle residents effectively deprives half of the county's population of a voice in decisions that will significantly impact all of us, and it is still hard for us to imagine why the commissioners chose to do so. After reading the page one story about last week's landfill board meeting in this edition of the NLJ, however, we can't help but be a bit hopeful that a solution may still be found that serves the best interests of all county residents-- including those who live in Weston County's largest community. We are encouraged by the tone of the discussion, the intel- ligence of the questions being asked and the interest that was expressed in establishing a partnership with both Newcastle and Upton to choose a path moving forward. And while it is disturbing to hear that there are those on the Weston County Commission who refuse to entertain the thought of using Newcastle's facility (which would be located in closest proximity to the vast majority of the solid waste produced in Weston County) as the county wide landfill, it was gratifying to hear at least one DEQ official express the belief that such a plan may present the county's best option. We were even more pleased to hear DEQ suggest that the possibility of handling trash from other communities in the region-- like Moorcroft and Sundance-- should be explored as a way to make having a landfill in Weston County more economically feasible. We strongly urge the land- fill board to consider the opportunity that may be presented in this instance, instead of focusing only on the negative repercussions associated with the stricter environmental regulations governing waste disposal that have brought us to this juncture. At this point, it is important to note that "economy of scale" presents the greatest hardship to communities like Newcastle and Upton when it comes to tackling this issue, as small towns don't produce enough garbage to justify the cost of siting and operating a landfill, and as such are being forced to undertake the expense of hauling the waste to larger cities. But as small as Newcastle is, it is still the largest community in Weston, Crook or Niobrara counties (and a couple of nearby South Dakota counties also) and as such, economy of scale could actu- ally play to our advantage-- and'Weston County's as well. We are glad DEQ encouraged the landfill board to investi- gate this option, and suggest the board should also contact those Wyoming communities that have greatly decreased the cost of i~io,, landfill operation by securing DEQ approval for performance- based design landfills that don't require pit liners. We think DEQ left a door open to us that would allow the county to continue to have its own landfill (thus avoiding the cost of hauling waste to another county) and would also allow Newcastle to hand over its landfill to the county (thus avoiding the costs associated with designing and creating an entirely new landfill). That solution would also open the door to getting paid to handle trash for communities outside of Weston County, which would help cover some of the costs associated with solid waste disposal and make it less expensive for residents of this county. For the past several months, we have struggled to understand why county officials have shunned what-- to us-- seemed to be the most viable option, and we were pleased to hear the new board is not prejudiced to the idea. We can't help but trod on the downtrodden Dear Editor, We have a problem. Most of us have been looking at the wrong end of our' problem. We have been looking at the results instead of the causes. Since we had no particular or long-term goal the results are scattered and incoherent. We need to go back into recent history and look with new eyes at the cause and effect of our policies and procedures. We also need to take into account the nature of man. In the beginning some English and European malcontents came across the ocean to become American malcon- tents. They wanted and took the fields and forests from the original inhabitants. This "wanting and taking" became a habit. It may be part of our genetic makeup. In any case, it became our Standard Operating Procedure. The smarter, bigger, stronger almost always win from the not so smart, smaller and weaker. We defeated the natives and consigned them to concentration camps called reservations. Then we sepa- rated the children from their families and retrained them in "our ways." Take a drive through Pine Ridge and see how well that turned out. Next on our hit list was the newly freed slaves. By and large, we did not school them at all. That's a fine tradition we have carried on to the present and the foresee- able future. Take a drive through Watts district of Los Angeles or Ferguson, Mo. and see how well that turned out. Those two were not the only, just the most conspicuous of the groups that the majority has either not trained or mis- trained. Some evidence I submit are the more or less common terms: Spic, Mick, Wop, Chink, Spook, Klooch, and other demeaning terms unknown to me. At this point we introduce some highly technical Psycho-Sociological terms to describe how this works. They relate to cause and effect. 1. As the twig is bent the tree will grow. 2. The acorn does not fall far from the tree. 3. Monkey see, monkey do. Lest you be tempted to argue that any of them can learn, work hard and get ahead consider that their environment has trained them to be exactly what they are. Some training is irresistible. More than once, we (the US government) have taken large numbers of young Americans through only six or eight weeks of training and then Students offer their thoughts on -Education is its own reward Dear Editor, In today's society, students getting paid for good grades has become a popular idea, and it should not be even thought about! Students should not receive money for having decent grades when it is expected out of them. When students receive money for having good grades, the incentive sends the wrong message, changes the purpose of learning, and decreases the child's work ethic. If students are paid for having respectable grades, it may send the wrong message. In 2010, Geoff Johnson, in an article titled "Cash for Grades Teaches Children the Wrong Message," in the November 27 Vancouver Sun stated that, "Paying kids gets them in a way of thinking that in order to have something done, money needs to be involved." He continues to explain that once the adolescent is paid for good grades, his/her mindset sug- gests that they need immediate gratifi- cation. This incentive can also send a mixed message. Growing up, one was always told that life is not always about money, but once the child is paid for having an 'A' in a class, he/she starts to consider that life is all about the money. When money is used as an incentive for having decent grades, the purpose of learning is changed. In "What's an 'A' Worth" printed on December 17, 2012 in the Wall Street Journal, Van Zutphen says, "The downside of using money as a motivator is that it defeats the true purpose of learning." He later explains that, "The knowledge learned will be worth it in the future." Furthermore, when students are paid for grades, they do not retain the knowledge. The student only tries to receive an 'A' in the class rather than truly remembering. Although the incentive of getting paid for respectable grades seems like it would make the child work harder, he/she ends up not working as hard. In "Paying Students for Grades May Provide Wong Motivation to Excel, Professor Says" printed in Targeted News on August 5, 2014, Durtschi hypothesizes that "The end result is the kid is more likely to stop working hard." He explains that once the money stops, so does the hard working child, since there is no motivation to work hard. Not only that, but if the method of paying for grades is used, the money should slowly decrease so the motivation comes from the student. If the student becomes motivated on their own, paying for grades will no longer be needed. In the end, patents should not pay their children and instead be telling them, "You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don't make money your goal. Instead, pursue the things you love doing, and then do them so well that people can't take their eyes offyou."- Maya Angelou --Courtney Rainbolt NHS students should become the next programmers Dear Editor, Computer coding opens doors to a world of possibilities, for anyone. Newcastle High School offers a wide range of classes, and computer coding should be one of the classes offered. Learning computer coding opens job opportunities, creates a new generation of computer programmers, and develops important skills. High school students are starting to discover job possibilities, and computer coding opens up many more of these possibilities. In 2014, Donna Saint George stated in an article titled, "Students Know Computers, Not the Science behind Them," in the April 24th issue of the Washington Post, "There is not a field right now that computer science doesn't contribute to or support." With tech- nology rising, most jobs require some background with computers. Also, without students knowing how to code computers, there will not be new tech- nology for any jobs. Students in high school are the next generation of Americans, and will need jobs. If a student knows nothing about computer science, that process will be extremely difficult. Computer coding is an important skill to be successful in finding a job. High school students are the next generation of Americans, and a new generation of computer programmers. An article titled "Week-long 'Hour of Code' Campaign Lures Millions of U.S. Students to Computer Coding," printed in the Washington Post directed them to run across that land-mine field into withering machine-gun fire to capture the enemy! Drive past any of the many military cemeteries, including the one at Sturgis, to see how well that turned out. I agree that simply throwing money at the problem will not fix it. Maybe, rather than throwing more money at it we should throw more non-political, intelligent and long term planning. Many of our K-12 schools are far from adequate and far from the best in the world. Those not academically gifted should transition to a trade school. Switzerland transitions all students into military training and they stay in "The Reserves" until age 65. They are rarely involved in a war. Our so-called justice system incarcer- ates (in for profit prisons) a much, much larger percentage of our population than any other country in the world, including Russia and China. Has that, in any way benefited either them or our country? I think not. Try getting a job when you have a record and/ or jail time for maybe selling an untaxed cigarette in New York or DWB (Driving While Black) in Ferguson, Mo. Long Beach Ca. or Chicago. So, it all boils down to this: 1. Get an education if you can pry one out of the political environment you find yourself in - or go to jail. 2. Get a job if your education, lack thereof, skin color or accent doesn't dis- qualify you. 3. Don't do anything foolish like the men hanging out at the street corner. While they may be the only examples around to copy they are not good examples to follow. Well, that's a simple enough formula. Why do so many not follow that plan and prosper? There must be a contravening force! Among the many suspects are the Oligarchs: Welch, lmmelt, Dimon, Fuld, Blankfein, Coffman, Condit, Burnham, Kresa, Raymond, Cheney, Gorman, Lesar, Campbell and many others. They have employed politicians to alter laws to benefit themselves and the politi- cians. They export their factories and jobs overseas. They keep their untaxed profits and income overseas. Our captains of industry and elected representatives have joined forces and declared war on the American economy and its workers. They are winning. They don't care about the carnage they leave behind. The misery they inflict on workers and the unemployed by their greed is an amusement. --Jerry Baird S on December 11, 2013 stated, "Don't just download the latest app - help design it. Don't just play on your phone - program. No one's born a computer scientist, but with a little hard work - and some math and science - just about anyone can become one." Students are always using applications on their phones, and playing video games. With a computer programming class, students at NHS would gain the skills to become the next generation of computer programmers. Many students are interested in computers, they just do not know how to program them. With this class, students will have more interest in computer coding and programming, and through a computer coding class, they would learn how to code and program. This will create a new generation of workers in the computer science field. Most people in generations above high school students will argue that it is too early for students to learn computer coding, but students currently in high school have been around computers their whole life, so they are ready. Some are more than ready. A computer science class will develop important skills in Newcastle High School students. 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