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This Week's Editorial
Legislators should start now to repair five years of state cuts PDF Print E-mail
Written by Margie Adams, Great Education Colorado board chair, Cherry Creek School District community volunteer and business consultant and Wendy Rimel, parent, president of Education Foundation of Eagle County   

It’s spring, and for Colorado’s students that means state testing. This year, the same is true at the State Capitol where legislators, too, are facing a particularly high-stakes test.

The key question for them: when is the right time to start repairing the damage caused by the five years of state cuts?

Three answers to that question are circulating in the Capitol:

A) Never. The current level of education spending—$1 billion below inflation and growth—is the “new normal.”

B) Not yet. If we increase spending significantly now, a future economic downturn could require us to cut again in the future.

C) Now. Revenues are recovering, and the future well-being of our students, families, communities and economy all depend on investing well and wisely in education.

Which bubble should the legislature fill in? Let’s take the options one by one, starting with the first response: that schools and students should get used to the way things are now, because it’s the best we can do.

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Holyoke Enterprise April 17, 2014

 
Extension Corner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Kindra Plumb   

CSU Extension: Teaching the science behind agriculture

“Cultivators of the earth are the most valuable citizens. They are the most vigorous, the most independent, the most virtuous, and they are tied to their country and wedded to its liberty and interests by the most lasting bands.” (Thomas Jefferson, 1785)

Many of you may be able to personally identify with this quote from Mr. Jefferson, due to the fact that we live in a rural, predominately agricultural area. However, our urban counterparts may be several generations removed from any form of production agriculture and do not understand the science behind the production of their food.

Even many of our youth, who will soon be the leaders and scientists of tomorrow, are losing sight of where food comes from and how it’s produced.

Colorado State University Extension agents and specialists recognized this concerning trend and created a program called AgFest in 2010. AgFest is an innovative, eclectic approach to help fifth- and sixth-grade students explore science, technology, engineering and math through hands-on educational workshops that supplement their school curriculum.

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Holyoke Enterprise April 17, 2014

 
The Senior Snippet PDF Print E-mail
Written by Erin LeBlanc   

On the 4th anniversary of the signing of the Affordable Care Act into law, new information released recently by the Department of Health and Human Services shows that millions of seniors and people with disabilities with Medicare continue to enjoy lower costs on prescription drugs and improved benefits in 2013, thanks to the health care law.

Since enactment of the Affordable Care Act, 7.9 million seniors and people with disabilities have saved $9.9 billion on prescription drugs, or an average of $1,265 per beneficiary. In 2013 alone, 4.3 million seniors and people with disabilities saved $3.9 billion, or an average of $911 per beneficiary.

These figures are higher than in 2012, when 3.5 million beneficiaries saved $2.5 billion, for an average of $706 per beneficiary.

Use of preventive services has also expanded among people with Medicare.  In 2013, an estimated 37.2 million people with Medicare took advantage of at least one preventive service with no cost sharing, including an estimated 26.5 million people with traditional Medicare, and more than 4 million who took advantage of the Annual Wellness Visit.

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Holyoke Enterprise April 17, 2014