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  • Keeping Democracy Healthy ... Locally

    LOIS KANESHIKI|Apr 2, 2020

    By I feel compelled to respond to Lee Hamilton’s piece entitled “How do We Keep Our Democracy Healthy?” (Print edition, Herald of Dec. 19, 2019) because this is an area in which I have taken great interest for over two decades. This isn’t an academic discussion. It is a practical one in which ordinary citizens can make a meaningful contribution to election integrity and representative democracy. I will address each of the sub-topics Hamilton discusses with practical applications: protecting our elections, “expanding” our democracy, restricting...

  • Can a School District Get Rid of Common Core Math? Hollidaysburg Might Find Out

    LOIS KANESHIKI|Jul 25, 2019

    We have been told over and over that we cannot get rid of Common Core at the school district level. These standards were adopted “voluntarily” by the states and nailed in by federal reporting standards. However, several events have transpired that have eroded this impossible web. So I introduced the idea at the July 17, 2019, meeting of the Hollidaysburg Area School District school board meeting. (Editor’s Note: Lois Kaneshiki serves on the Hollidaysburg Area School District Board of Directors with a term expiring December 2019.) I said, “Let’s...

  • Rare Roll-Call Vote on Endorsements

    LOIS KANESHIKI, President, Blair County Republican Women|Feb 21, 2019

    What was not reported in the media this weekend about the Pennsylvania Republican Party Winter meeting was the rare call for a roll-call vote on whether or not to endorse candidates almost four months before the Primary Election. “The significance of a roll call is getting party members on the record with their individual votes. Ordinarily, there is a voice vote without identifying who is for and who is against the endorsement. I don’t believe there has been a roll call on this vote for at least 10 years or more,” said Lois Kaneshiki, presi...

  • What Happened to the 'M' in STEM?

    LOIS KANESHIKI|Jan 3, 2019

    At the December meeting of the Hollidaysburg Area School Board, on which I serve, I voted against a proposal for eight new high school-level science and technology elective course offerings in our district. Why would I do that? After all, we live in the new “STEM” world where encouraging our kids to enter these important fields in science, technology, engineering and math, is a high educational and societal priority, right? Allow me to explain. Common Core standards have been the bane of parents’ and students’ existence for the past several...