LETTER: When the talk turns to boycott, be careful what you wish for

                  When I was attending college back in the mid 1960s I learned a valuable lesson in business and politics.                   As anyone who lived through that era will recall it was the pinnacle of political protests. Hardly a day would go by when someone was not picketing or boycotting […]


LETTER: It takes the right candidate to build the school district’s ‘brand’

                  After attending the candidate forum for the open seats on the Burlington Area School District Board of Education, I had a few thoughts.                    It seems that a lot of people want government, and public schools to operate like a business. OK, let’s go there.  What is the buzzword […]


LETTER: Current School Board members are part of the problem

                   Bill Gates of Microsoft recently concluded that America’s K-12 school system is failing if not broken. This is after donating millions of dollars to groups/schools with no appreciable improvement in student achievement.                   The most recent standardized international tests show shocking evidence that the average U.S. high school senior […]


LETTER: Those who create jobs, pay taxes should be thanked, not vilified

                  Once again, President Obama is targeting, demonizing, denigrating, demagoging, and trying to punish the 1 percent. He wants them to be ashamed that they are successful.  He wants to create the impression that there is something wrong with success, that they didn’t earn it, that they don’t deserve it. […]


COLUMN: Christmas is best through the eyes of children

By Jennifer Eisenbart Staff Writer To truly experience the holidays, watch through the eyes of a child. As an adult, it can be far too easy to get caught up in the craziness that is the holiday season – whether it be Christmas or Hanukkah or Kwanza, you can get […]


LETTER: When it comes to BASD, taxpayers have to be in a giving mood

                  I believe the Burlington Area School District staff to be dedicated and hardworking people. Every job is important to our mutual goal of a 12th-grader ready and equipped for the world.                   All staff contribute – from a clean building to good meals; from extra tutoring to a cheerful […]


LETTER: BASD staff pay is in line with their education level

                  Philip Ketterhagen must think the readers of the Standard Press are fools and wouldn’t see through the apples to oranges analysis of Burlington Area School District compensation he included in his letter to the editor (Dec. 8 Standard Press).                   Ketterhagen’s focus is on money alone as he states […]


LETTER: Top BASD staff is in top 17 percent of U.S. wage earners

                  About three week ago I had the pleasure to have a Burlington Area School District teacher tell me I am fabricating information about how well paid the BASD administration and staff are. According to him I was telling lies and misinforming the Burlington taxpayers.                   I am a college […]


Letter: Community steps up for reporter’s family

We would like to thank everyone from the community who showed up to support the Friends of Mark Dudzik benefit. A special thank you goes out to the staff at Southern Lakes Newspapers who spent countless hours organizing and then hosting this benefit event. Thank you to Veterans Terrace for […]


Column: What’s your miracle?

By Tracy Ouellette Staff writer With all the hustle and bustle going on this time of year, it’s easy to get caught up in the rush of the Christmas shopping, holiday events and general craziness that is part and parcel of the holiday season. It’s easy to get so focused […]


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