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  1. Journey to India Finds Path Less Traveled

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    August 25, 2011 by wcobserver

    In 1967 a young woman, fresh from college, made her first trip to India. She was idealistic and full of enthusiasm for the role she would play as a member of the Peace Corps. But her early days in India didn’t go as she had planned; the Indian women she had come to help pitied her. By their standards, she was strange.

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  2. New Criteria for Academic Distress

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    August 25, 2011 by Sue Madison

    Several members of the state Board of Education suggested newer and tougher standards for determining whether an Arkansas school district should be classified as being in academic distress.

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  3. If Only Generosity Grew on Trees

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    August 25, 2011 by Annie McCormick

    With all the mess going on in Congress and the world I have been thinking a lot about generosity. It seems to me that the people/corporations (did you know that the Supreme Court of the U.S. considers corporations ‘people’?) who have all the money simply don’t want to share.

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  4. Downside Risk

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    August 25, 2011 by wcobserver

    Anybody else recall a corny song by the Statler Brothers with the line “you can’t have your
    Kate and Edith too, you rascal you..?” Of course, this is a take-off from the proverb that you can’t have you cake and eat it too (I always hate it when I have to explain jokes).

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  5. Optimism of the Will

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    August 24, 2011 by Steven Worden

    Let’s see: we are stuck in three wars, crushed by debt, faced with high unemployment and a deranged stock market, and all the while we sizzle like a chunk of back fat in a hot iron skillet. So, what do we do? Despair? Brood? Sink into depression? Not hardly.

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  6. Working Together Deserves Kudos

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    August 23, 2011 by wcobserver

    Observant Observer readers no doubt saw the quarter-page ad in last week’s edition for the upcoming Half Marathon and 5K run coming to Winslow.

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  7. Past Remains Part of Present

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    August 22, 2011 by wcobserver

    Generally speaking, people think of the Depression and World War II eras as being very tough times in this country. A recent conversation with Martha Hamilton, who has lived her whole life in the Winslow area, revealed what she believes was a softer, more innocent time.

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