Thursday, July 27, 2017

NEWS ROUNDUP: Our Message To The News Media On Reviving The Cold War

To The National News Media -- Don't Make History Repeat Itself: For those old enough to remember the lowest points of the Cold War -- when the former Soviet Union rattled its sabers weekly -- it now seems like a distant memory.  But we still recall the fear of knowing the world as we knew it could end any minute.  Fortunately, America had JFK and Ronald Reagan at the helm when US-USSR relations were most testy.  To remind Americans about how bad things would be if the missiles were launched, we had doomsday movies airing throughout the 1980s, one of which was titled The Day After.  It aired in 1983 on ABC and shocked the country.  (Many experts say it was the reaction to this movie, which was set in nearby Kansas, that helped produce to Reagan's 49-state landslide re-election in 1984, although the movie's makers likely wanted it to have the opposite effect.)  Some 34 years after the airing of The Day After, it's worth noting that when the entire national news media -- along with most of the Democratic Party and some hawkish Republicans (most of whom never served in the military) -- focus on demonizing Russia on the world stage, they're forcing the ex-Soviets to align even more closely with North Korea and Iran (two emerging nuclear nations led by leaders who seem suicidal).  With the news media's contrived "Russian scandals" and politicians' phony outrage, those Cold War days could return soon -- this time, more ominous than ever.

Erica Spanyers Wedding Set For Aug. 12: According to the Wilber newspaper, DHS graduate and Dorchester native Erica Spanyers will soon wed John Gross of Wilber, as the couple plans a wedding on Aug. 12 at the First United Methodist Church in Waverly.  Parents of the couple are Keith Spanyers and Debbie Spanyers of Dorchester, Gary Gross of Wilber and Marge Sonder of Lincoln.  The bride-to-be graduated from DHS and earned her bachelor’s degree in business administration from Chadron State College.  She also earned a bachelor’s degree in dental hygiene from the UNMC’s college of dentistry. She works as a dental hygienist at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Lincoln.

Is Your Child Enrolled In Dorchester's New Preschool?:  Mounting evidence from across the nation suggests that America’s K–12 schooling is falling short in preparing new generations for the ever-changing demands of the 21st century workplace.  (Have you noticed all the 30-somethings in America still living with their parents?)  One key way to improve your child's chances is through early childhood education.  Studies show that starting at birth, young children are continuously and rapidly learning -- wherever they are and from whomever they’re with. As we reported a while ago, Dorchester Public Schools this coming school year will be administering its own preschool.  Mrs. Alison Nickel was hired earlier this year as DPS' preschool teacher.  School officials say preschool students at DPS will have a caring, friendly environment in which they are exposed to play, social skills and academic learning."  Now we know the preschool's hours as announced on the DPS website.  The 2017-2018 Dorchester Preschool hours are: AM Class (3 year-olds) will be 8:10 a.m. until 11:25 a.m. [Mondays-Thursdays]; and PM Class (4 year-olds) will be 12:15 p.m. until 3:30 p.m. [Mondays-Thursdays].  The first day for preschool is Monday, August 21.  Questions? Call 402-946-2781.

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