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Letters to the Editor

Voices Heard


When I called to be put on the commission meeting agenda for Sept. 19, the county clerk reminded me that Commissioner Tingey had made a motion not to talk about the vote by mail issue again.  My response, “So am I being denied my US Constitutional right to freedom of speech?”  I was put on the agenda.

Thankful to Commissioner Shaffer for letting a few citizens express their opinions at the meeting.  I was concerned when Shaffer first stated that the public comment time was at 5 p.m., and the time was past.  Citizen Tom Davis expressed the concern and desire for the commissioners to open the discussion.

In a 2012 Box Elder News Journal article, “Social Security payments have huge impact on local economy,” it stated that, “Box Elder is more dependent on Social Security payments than is the rest of the country.”  With so many in our area dependent on the government, we have a responsibility to reduce the size of government and the cost of government spending.  One way we can help reduce cost is to restore the paper ballot, which has been proven to be the cheapest and the least prone to fraud.  We can also restore volunteerism.  I volunteered to be a poll worker but was told that I would not be considered.  I guess because I have chosen to speak out and try to protect every Utah citizen’s right to a secret ballot, my free services are denied.

DeAnna Hardy

Brigham City

Textbooks and Teaching


I have been following the new mathematics programs in middle and high schools, as a result of new Core guidelines.  Last year in grade 9, Mathematics I was implemented.  This year in grade 10, Mathematics II was introduced.  Next year, grade 11, Mathematics III starts.

Textbooks are not available for these programs.  Teachers create their own lesson plans based on guidelines.  Students are given worksheets based on classroom discussions and encouraged to take good notes.

In my education pursuits, which span eight decades, I often referred to textbooks for help in learning how to solve problems. How frustrating this must be to students and anyone trying to help students grasp concepts and understand mathematical techniques without somewhere to obtain help.  The wonderful teachers at Bear River High School stay after school four nights a week to help students.

Textbooks provide several important aspects in learning.

First:  Textbooks create consistency. Good mathematics teachers at BRHS collaborate and use techniques they find successful.  Are teachers at other schools doing the same?

Second:  Textbooks provide a resource for students.  Here’s one example of two young women in a Mathematics II class at BRHS.  They were trying to solve relationships of a geometric nature.  They had a worksheet to complete and had taken excellent notes.  They needed an example from a textbook to make it more understandable.  With help and direction, they were able to grasp the concepts.  A textbook, along with their notes, would probably give them all the information needed.

Third:  Textbooks provide worked problems as examples, along with answers.  This reinforces the student’s understanding and confidence.

Fourth:  Textbooks provide parents with a reference to assist students.

It is unknown when or if textbooks will be available for these mathematics courses.  Many good programs have been implemented prematurely and doomed to failure because of lack of planning.  The failure was because they were implemented too soon and without proper resources.  I fear this will happen to this program.  We are directing changes without being prepared for implementation.  The futures of students could be affected.

Directions teachers are using can be found at www.uen.org/core/  I encourage parents and educators to view this website.

I understand the unavailability of textbooks is not limited to these three classes.  If there aren’t textbooks available to teach these concepts, we are either on the cutting edge of teaching, or this is an untried method with unproven results.

James Puglsey


Successful Playday

The Honeyville Rough Riders 3rd Annual Fundraiser Playday on Sept. 29, was a success. A total of 38 riders participated in barrel racing, pole bending, keyhole, scurry and ride-a-buck.

Congratulations to Abby Frost for winning ride-a-buck. She won $18 for being the last rider with a dollar under her leg in the bareback competition.

The trophy winners were as follows: Barrels – Lexi Ormond, Ada Sorenson, Jaydin Harper and Kristi Sorenson. Poles: Lexi Ormond, Elizabeth Wilkinson, April Ward and Kristi Sorensen. Keyhole: Lexi Ormond, Elizabeth Wilkinson, Jaydin Harper and Ammi Anderson. Scurry: Sky Weaver, Haylee Siddoway, April Ward and Kristi Sorenson.

We would like to take the time to say a huge thank you to all of the sponsors:  Tater Gate, Smith & Edwards, IFA, R&R Hardware and Melanie Bosworth. We hope that we can continue to host this fun event for years to come.

Hindi Wilkinson

Honeyville Rough Riders




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