Category: Op/Ed by Gorrell

Ten Years After

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer I’d love to change the world But I don’t know what to do So I’ll leave it up to you “I’d Love to Change the World” —Ten Years After (1971) British blues-rock group Ten Years After is one of my favorite Woodstock-era bands. They probably didn’t sing it

Everything Old Is New Again

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer Last week, advocates for education who put children ahead of institutions were given a reason to smile: SB 193, establishing education freedom savings accounts, passed a critical vote in the House. If all goes well, new doors will open for parents seeking the right educational opportunities for their

Tribal Tribulations

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer E pluribus unum. It’s one of the few Latin phrases kids learn in school – or used to. Given the sorry state of civics education, perhaps the motto of the Great Seal of the United States has been left on the curriculum cutting room floor. The American ideal

Cleaning House

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer Philosophers and theologians have debated for millennia what happens to us when we die. I am supremely unqualified to contribute to their search for the material or spiritual truth. But six months after being named executor of a relative’s estate, I know a lot about what happens to

Hey Bungalow Bill

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer One of the lesser works on 1968’s The Beatles (a.k.a. The White Album) was The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill, a song mocking an American who went on a tiger hunt during a spiritual retreat in India. The Beatles had been part of that retreat, and John Lennon

I Like The Blue One

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer Last week, we got our first glimpse of the eight border wall prototypes vying to replace the inadequate – or non-existent – barriers along our nearly 2,000 mile national demarcation with Mexico. I like the blue one. We call it a border, but it is much more than

The Iron Lady

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer Had she lived, Margaret Thatcher would have celebrated her 92nd birthday last week. I wonder how many in the U.K. would prefer the Iron Lady’s ghost to their current prime minister, the hapless Theresa May. When it comes to female prime ministers, the Brits are batting .500. The

Getting What They Paid For

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer Using public polling as a political weapon is nothing new. A recent bought-and-paid-for-by-the-AFT poll simply lowers the bar. The leaders of the American Federation of Teachers, a public-sector union representing employees of an education system where nearly two-thirds of its graduates lack proficiency in reading, want you to

Roses And Thorns

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer When I wrote my last essay I was preparing for a week-long camping trip with a Boy Scout troop. That trip has joined a long list of camping adventures I’ve enjoyed with this group of Scouts and adult leaders. Each event has been unique despite the similarities: Tenting,

Repeal and Replace Republicans

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer By the time this edition hits the stands, it’s possible that Republicans in Congress will have passed a health care bill that saves us from the sinking ship that is ObamaCare. Given their performance over the past six months, though, the smart money isn’t on GOP success. Like

Left-Hand, Left Behind

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer Has somebody ever said something to you that hit you full in the face like the wind coming off a freshly manured field? I experienced that sensation last week while attending a local “Town Hall on Education,” hosted by Reaching Higher NH. The meeting started off as expected.

Graduate Advice

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer My wife and I live in “the projects.” That’s how I refer to our 18th century farmhouse; a lovely property but one that requires near-constant maintenance and remodeling. This home has sheltered nine generations of my family, and I joke that the smart ones moved away. I got

Laconia Gets Schooled

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer “But I’d only need one hundred of you.” That line silenced the crowd of teachers listening to a high-tech titan talk about the future of public education. I wish I could find the article, but I remember reading a few years ago about an education conference where somebody

dom·i·cile (noun)

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer Black’s Law Dictionary, the most widely used law dictionary in the US, defines domicile as “That place in which a man has voluntarily fixed the habitation of himself and family, not for a mere special or temporary purpose, but with the present intention of making a permanent home.”

Middlebury March Madness

by Ken Gorrell, Weirs Times Contributing Writer March roared in like a lion at Vermont’s Middlebury college, where students chose to riot rather than debate the estimable political scientist Dr. Charles Murray. If only we could blame it on the month. Sadly, Middlebury followed the example set earlier by schools like UC Berkeley and NYU: