Controversial new President presents challenge to parents, educators

EDITOR’S NOTE: The opinions expressed in this column are the author’s alone and do not represent the views of the Lamplighter, the Cooper-Young Community Association, its members, staff, sponsors, or any other affiliated persons and organizations. The author has been a trusted and valued contributor to this paper for many years, and we decided to run this column after we determined it was wholly consistent with the his long-standing...

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Diverse optional schools offer parents greater education choices

By Dr. D. Jackson Maxwell What are Optional Schools? Well, the Optional Schools program was first initiated in 1976 with four schools. “The basic idea was to create high caliber schools that would specialize in either [sic] academic, artistic, or vocational subject areas,” states Marcus Pohlman in his book, Opportunity Lost. The Optional program required student applicants to meet pre-determined standards. After in-district students...

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Unprecedentedly ugly elections sad signs of political times

By Dr. D. Jackson Maxwell We are living in troubled times is a phrase repeated by every generation. However, the tone of this political season makes the phrase even more apropos this go around. In the past, when opposing parties disagreed there was usually a middle group willing to broker differences to find common ground and a mutually acceptable compromise. Unfortunately, this no longer seems true. Today’s message is that if you are...

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Clash of kissing cousins leads writer’s family to Cooper-Young
Oct22

Clash of kissing cousins leads writer’s family to Cooper-Young

Aaron James is a retired architect turned historian and writer whose family ties to Cooper-Young date back to 1911. For the past two years his research has focused on a soon to be self-published book entitled “America: A Family Perspective.” Over the next several issues, James will be sharing his family’s 100 plus year history in Cooper-Young. To follow James’ research visit facebook.com/AmericaAFamilyPerspective. In the woods just...

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Cooper-Young celebrates gay marriage ruling
Aug12

Cooper-Young celebrates gay marriage ruling

By Ginger Leonard June 26, 2015.  Mercy, that was a day.  A day that started with anticipation of the ruling from the Supreme Court of the United States. A day watching the SCOTUS blog give updates line by line that would have a profound effect on thousands of couples around the country, including several couples here in Shelby County. A day that began with the uncertainty of when and/or if county clerks would even issue licenses. A...

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Vote yes on pre-K sales tax Nov. 21

OPINION Although not mandated by law, attending preschool has become almost a given for those families that can afford a private pre-K program. While a few brave parents may choose to tackle early education on their own, many more seek out a solid program that allows plenty of time for play, to be sure, but that also gives 3- and 4-year olds a head start on learning the academic skills that will prepare them to hit the ground running...

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