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Opinion: Oak Trace named Blue Ribbon school

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Oak Trace Elementary School is one of 335 schools nationally to be recognized as a Blue Ribbon School. Think about that: One of 335. It’s an amazing accomplishment. The school was bestowed the honor by the U.S. Department of Education based on the school’s overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. “I am honored to accept this award for Oak Trace Elementary and feel so fortunate to get to work with such amazing students, parents, and staff each and every day,” Oak Trace Principal Robin Lynch stated. “Oak Trace is certainly a very hard-working and cohesive school family, and very deserving of this recognition.” We agree. A special recognition ceremony will take place next month in Washington. Well done!

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Maybe the Trump Show is wearing thin? It could be too early to tell, but we’re watching New Hampshire, which since forever has been some kind of barometer (along with Iowa and South Carolina) as to the true political climate for Republican candidates. According to Fox News, this month’s NBC/Wall Street Journal Marist poll shows Carly Fiorina making a 10-point leap: from 6 percent last month to 16 percent this month. “She still trails frontrunner Donald Trump, but her Granite State surge shows a potential path for Fiorina who has been mostly surfing the national zeitgeist,” Fox reported. We like what she has shown thus far, but we consider it just an appetizer for what we expect to be a battle royale between Trump and Fiorina as the months pass. Trump, by the way, lost seven points in the most recent polling. If the Republican Party pushes any of the “insiders” over these two, it might as well fold the tent and call it a day.

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We can’t make this up: It is permissible to have a brown bear in your car in Russia—as long as it’s wearing a seatbelt. (Of course it is.)


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