The Treasure of Knowledge

The Treasure of Knowledge

By Justin Hopkins | May 15, 2018

This week the National Center for Education Statistics released the results of a study, which found that over ninety-four percent of teachers spent their own money on providing supplies and learning resources for their students, with each spending an average of $479. This information is coming to light at a time when many teachers around…

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The Joy of Mothers

The Joy of Mothers

By Justin Hopkins | May 7, 2018

This weekend our nation celebrates a holiday that is officially just over one hundred years old: Mother’s Day. Church attendance will see a slight bump, and restaurants will be packed as families gather to honor “the hand that rocks the cradle.” Since the beginning of time, mothers have had an important place in the home…

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Taking A Stand that Matters

Taking A Stand That Matters

By Justin Hopkins | Apr 30, 2018

This weekend the holiday of Cinco De Mayo will be celebrated here in Itasca, and in many communities in the American Southwest. No, it is not Mexico’s Independence Day. It is the anniversary of the Battle of Puebla, which occurred over fifty years after Mexico declared independence from Spain. In the aftermath of the Mexican-American…

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Overlooking Important Details

Overlooking Important Details

By Justin Hopkins | Apr 19, 2018

Last week a Southwest Airlines flight made an emergency landing after a piece of the engine burst through a cabin window mid-flight. The cabin immediately lost pressure, and the oxygen masks deployed. Photos of the traumatic event surfaced on social media. Aviation officials were quick to point out that most of the passengers pictured wore…

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The Illusion of Privacy

The Illusion of Privacy

By Justin Hopkins | Apr 13, 2018

Last week Mark Zuckerberg spent two days testifying before the Senate in response to a massive data breach, which exposed the private information of some 87 million users. During the hearing, Senator Durbin (IL) asked if he would share on national television. the name of the hotel he was staying at and the names of…

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Wandering Strays

Wandering Strays

By Justin Hopkins | Apr 6, 2018

Recently there has been much said in our community about stray dogs wandering around town. These animals can be a nuisance, chasing after animals and cars, destroying property, and causing neighbors to worry about their safety. Yet, most of these animals have a home where people love them and enjoy having them around. For one…

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The Certainty of Uncertainty

The Certainty of Uncertainty

By Justin Hopkins | Mar 21, 2018

Over the last few weeks, the city of Austin has been rocked by a series of deadly bombings. A host of law enforcement agencies have collaborated to find and stop the perpetrator. Meanwhile, residents have been called upon to be vigilant about their surroundings and any suspicious packages. The bombings have brought with them an…

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Slow and Steady Wins the Race

Slow & Steady Wins the Race

By Justin Hopkins | Feb 28, 2018

Elizabeth Swaney is a very average skier from Oakland, California. She’s certainly not a bad skier, but there is nothing about her skills that stand out. Yet, last week she caught the world’s attention by competing at the Women’s Half-Pipe event in the Olympics at Pyeongchang. She was stacked against twenty-three of the world’s best…

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Unclaimed Fortunes

Unclaimed Fortunes

By Justin Hopkins | Feb 20, 2018

On August 26, 2017, at a Sam Food Mart in Lewisville, TX some nameless individual purchased a lottery ticket worth one million dollars. However, winning lottery tickets are only redeemable for a limited time. After the expiration of 180 days, on Thursday, February 22nd the ticket became totally worthless. Whoever the lucky, or perhaps unlucky,…

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