Honesty, the best policy

A group of us visited Schroon Lake two weeks ago and our accommodations were at the Schroon Lake Bed and Breakfast. My brother-in-law was in the group.This is the finest place that I have stayed in all my travels, he said. I agreed. The innkeepers, Jane and Jack, are the very best hosts. At breakfast, we met a family from Dallas, Texas. They us told the following story On Sept. 29, they drove to Vermont to visit the Woodstock area. Upon their return, they stopped to take a picture of one of New Yorks beautiful landscape scenes. The camera would not stay still as the family wanted all members in the picture; the husband used his wallet as a device to keep the camera from tipping forward. He remembered to take the camera from the roof of the car but forgot the wallet. Off he drove. The wallet was seemingly lost along the highway. But as it often does, luck can change on a dime. In a car not far back was the family of Sonny and Susan Harper of Crown Point. They spotted the wallet and the credit cards splattered all over the highway. They stopped, picked up the wallet, and immediately started to see if they could locate the owner. The Harpers saw a receipt that indicated that the owner had just purchased gas. They tried to see if any one at the gas station had heard where these people might be staying, but no luck. (Did I fail to mention that the wallet had plenty of cash?) A call to the New York State Police required a wait but finally a trooper arrived and a telephone number was discovered, so a call was made to Dallas. Later, when the Texans called the their answering machine back in Dallas to check messages, they listened to the wonderful message. Later, the state police returned the wallet and all its contents to the owner. The people of upstate New York are not only wonderful folks, but they are also honest. Honesty, what a wonderful virtue! Mr. and Mrs. Harper of Crown Point are what makes America great. If anyone needs an outside wood stove, I would suggest contacting Mr. Harpers stove store at 518-597 3935. I bet you will get the most honest deal of your life. The address is 3191 Route 9N. I am in the education business, so I deal with great teachers all the time. Most of the ones I know do what they are asked to do and they do it well. Schools are, at last, being asked to let the public know if they are accomplishing things with their students. In Vermont this is called the NECAP test. It is given each fall. It is being administered for the third year during October. The results arrive late but they will arrive and they will tell a story. I am afraid the story is not a good one. Vermont schools and their school systems are not providing accurate information when it comes to the NECAP data. I went to the Mary Hogan Elementary School Board (ID4) meeting Sept. 10 to raise my personal concerns about the NECAP math results. The board chairperson asked that I return for the Oct. 7 meeting. I was pleased by the invitation. I again was able to voice my concerns and a meeting with the superintendent is now set for Oct. 25. I look forward to meeting with Superintendent Lee Sease. I believe we will be able to have an open and constructive conversation regarding reporting data outcome as well as discussing the creation of a clear and concise math curriculum and eventually an examination of the Bridges Program. Honesty is good and it occurs in many wayswhether returning what is lost or doing what is right.

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