Posted By: Francis Koster Published: August 26, 2020
When most people think of K-12 schools, they think of things like reputation, quality of education, statewide rankings, school taxes, and so forth. What is often not recognized is the fact that public school systems are the major way many poor children get fed in our country. There are two public school systems in Cabarrus County. During the booming economy, last school year seven out of every ten of the students enrolled in the Kannapolis Public School System qualified for free or reduced-price breakfast and lunch on school days. If this program did not exist, 3,780 school kids would not have had enough food to eat during the school week. 
Posted By: Francis Koster Published: August 24, 2020
If I asked you where you would invest if you inherited some unexpected money this week, I bet your first thought would be into the stock market. You may not know that there are other better local opportunities. The current COVID-19 epidemic has created two major wounds – on the bodies of those infected, and the health of the economy. One out of five people that become infected have lifelong health damage, so staying at home is encouraged,  but we know that this has impacts: the economy will suffer, people will lose their jobs, homes, not have food, and may suffer mental stress.
Posted By: Francis Koster Published: July 19, 2020
The next year or so is going to test our individual souls, and the soul of our country. For all the public discussion and tension produced by the COVID epidemic, what we have seen thus far is only a hint of what is yet to come. Look at this history of infection in North Carolina and note how the rate of infection is increasing rapidly. This trend will continue because we will have no vaccination until Spring of 2021 at the earliest . Until then, the only tools we have are face masks, hand washing, social distancing, and vitamin D3. The infections will continue to spread.
Posted By: Francis Koster Published: July 14, 2020
Scientists have discovered you can cut the risk of harm from COVID-19 to you and your loved ones almost in half by increasing your vitamin D3 levels. On March 1 in the entire United States there were 30 reported cases of the COVID-19 virus  and no deaths. That was only about 4 months ago. You can see this on-line at the Johns Hopkins COVID-19 dashboard https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/us-map . According to that dashboard America now has over 3.3 million people infected, and the number infected has been doubling about every 23 days since early April! Take a moment and digest that.
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