Response to threats to our economy like the coronavirus usually come in at least two waves. We are headed for a real mess - but we could give it a silver lining. To see the size of the mess, look at this chart, which shows the number of unemployment insurance claims filed last week compared to the history of claims filed going back to 1967. Federal and state economic rescue efforts can fix two problems at once if we act quickly.

All eyes are watching for the impact of one invisible threat to America. There are actually two threats coming.  Some food will become hard to get. America imports one third of its fresh vegetables and more than half of its fresh fruit from from countries that already have the coronavirus epidemic. Importing food is not limited to acquiring food from other countries - the majority of America's heavily populated east coast states import fruits and veggys from west coast states. [1]

A different kind of holler: Appalachia’s future is looking a lot more high-tech by Tom Eblen as appeared in the Lexington Herald Leader September 19, 2016 I have attended many conferences in the past two decades about creating a more diverse economy in Eastern Kentucky to replace the long-anticipated collapse of the region’s coal-mining industry. Most …

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When Low-Income Parents Go Back to School By Leah Askarinam   February 19, 2016 The Atlantic Leon Sykes has eight children at home, works two jobs, and drives for Uber and Lyft on the side. Yet the 34-year-old father has found time to take classes Monday through Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. to earn his …

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Breathing Fresh Air Into The School Grading Debate Copyright Francis P. Koster Ed.D. I know how to make sure local school kids score higher on statewide ranking tests - you do it by letting the students breathe clean air. The quality of indoor air has been identified by the Environmental Protection Agency as one of …

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Why Todays Students Need Our Support   by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D.   For the next two minutes or so reading time I intend to shock you with information, increase your anxiety about the future of our society, and tell you what you can do about it. The focus is our often criticized K-12 education …

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Narrowcasting of News Threatens Survival of New Ideas by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. We are a more complex society than most realize - Over 40 languages are routinely spoken in American homes[1].   Almost 7 million Americans speak an Asian language. 35 Million speak Spanish. Almost one million speak Arabic - roughly the same as speak …

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What if I Handed You a Rose to Avoid an Argument? by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. How would you feel if I came up to you and handed you a rose and said “You have done something that upset me.   I would like to discuss it with you and see if we can find a …

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Who’s Your Hero? High School Students Lead the Way by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. The Harvard Business Review shook the ground a lot a few years ago with an article that pointed out that corporations appoint people to supervisory positions at an average age of around 30, but these lucky people were first sent for …

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Seizing the Ebola Moment to Teach Hygiene by Francis P. Koster, Ed.D. Do you know why "important people" are called "bigwigs"?   You hear it often - like when your brother-in-law said "So I sat at the head table with all the bigwigs" when he was bragging about his recent success. This subject actually links to …

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